Who says that photographers should stick to one editing style? Who says they should choose a specialty and not deviate from that path? Who says photographs aren’t good enough to be shown to clients if a limb is chopped or the backgound isn’t ideal or because of some other technical imperfection? I’ll tell you who. In my opinion the people who think this way are too worried about taking photographs to satisfy other photographers. Sure it would be lovely to be respected by your peers in that way and we all strive to provide quality images, but I take photographs for the memories and sometimes the best memory isn’t technically perfect.
I want to take photographs that are going to please the people in them because they’re the people that count. And if they’re happy, then so am I. I want to experiment and try new things. How else am I supposed to grow as an artist? I understand the importance of consistancy in creating a brand blah, blah, blah. But I don’t want to create a brand. I want to creat photographs that my clients love as much as I do. And if that means I edit one shoot in a vintage style and the next one clean because they are suited to that, then that’s what i’ll do.
I LOVE photography. I love taking photos and I love creating memories and I’ll do it the way I love to. If that means I’m never the subject of critical acclaim then so be it. I don’t care. I have so much to learn about this craft of mine and I intend to keep learning. In the past I’ve been too pre-occupied, with worries that I would never live up to the standards of the best in my field and I was stuck in such a groove that I forgot to have fun with it. Consider my passion re-ignited. My yearn to learn resparked. I’m feeling inspired and in the mood to have fun.