FINDING YOUR STYLE

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the number one rule to remember is that art is subjective. what does that mean? it means art (which is created by emotional reactions and for beauty) can be liked and disliked based on personal feeling and opinions. People can have their opinions some may like your work while others not so much. As artists, we have voices and we speak through our images we make. everyone on earth is different, and as an artist it is important to be yourself and stand out from the 7 billion other people. what a challenge!

photo by Felipe P. Lima Rizo

photo by Felipe P. Lima Rizo

be yourself

as the years go by, certain styles become trendy, and lots of photographers are editing and shooting with the same gear. it can be hard to stand out from the rest. but in the end doing something that we enjoy is the most important thing. time also plays a big factor in finding a style.

mix it up

i know i just said to be yourself, but it is also good to try new things. or possibly you do not know what you prefer. mixing things up can be beneficial and will help us learn what we do and do not like. opinions can change, and that is totally okay! keep experimenting and growing, and something will eventually "click." 

find INSPIRATION

the world is full of inspiration! make a pinterest board or save instagram posts. communicate with other creatives on the b+b facebook group. if you find something inspiring, make sure you do not just give it a like and scroll past it. save it! put it somewhere you will see it often. 

finding your style will take time, so do not get frustrated if you wake up tomorrow without any ideas. it takes time. collect inspiration, mix it up, and most importantly just be yourself. 

ARTIST > GEAR

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sometimes it is hard not to compare ourselves to other photographers; especially the gear they own. photography isn't a cheap hobby/career and being a young photographer can be difficult to save up for that lens or a new camera. lots of us have that thought of, "my photos aren't as good as this photographer, but only if i had the same gear i could be better." constantly comparing and only focusing on gear is not going to make you a better photographer.

photo by Rachel Crowe

photo by Rachel Crowe

stop comparing

one thing a lot of photographers are guilty of and is not necessarily helping either is comparing ourselves to others and what they have. everyone is naturally going to do this, but sometimes it can be more destructive than helpful. instead, stay positive and focus on yourself. time could be spent on something more important like shooting! 

shoot more

we all start somewhere, but we can all be fantastic artists if we really just practice, practice, and practice some more. photography really isn't about the camera, it's all about what we decide to do with it. spend more time with the camera and be using it as much as possible. set goals to keep you on track. goals like how much more time will you be shooting. shooting a couple times a week would be an awesome goal to set! in the end, doing photography will only make us better photographers. so simple, but true.  

be fearless

get out there and try new things! find new angles, edit differently, or shoot with different camera settings. whatever it is it should be different than before. find new ways to create interesting images with what you have. think of it as a challenge; something that will help you develop into a more skilled and wellrdounded artist.

artists will always be more important gear. remember to keep a positive mindset and focus on yourself rather than other photographer's gear. get out and shoot more often and do not be afraid to try new things.