Have you ever wondered what stuff makes up your style? Add flowers, laughter, colours and bright tones – and there you have it. It’s a Misha picture. I have no shame admitting this to you because it’s what I love. Funnily enough, this came as a genuine surprise. So many people had to point this out to me for me to see it. The reality is –
It took me ages to figure out what I was about – what pictures I liked taking or what kind of photographer I wanted to be.
From the podcasts, blog posts and online courses I engaged with, these accomplished photographers all echoed the same idea: Shoot in with some sort of curated style. And honestly, I was clueless. I found myself thinking: “Okay, that’s very nice to say but HOW?” I liked everything and I feared committing to one idea. I loved what I was doing but I had no concept, at its essential essence, what it really was. I realized, maybe, I should figure out and investigate that girl behind the lens – who I was, what I loved and what I was made of. And I shortly discovered:
The best thing you can do is ask yourself the right questions. Just like how you get to know that other person, sometimes it’s good to get to know yourself a bit better.
Maybe you’re struggling with the same sentiment? No fear friend. Here are some helpful questions and actions to tackle those thoughts. I would recommend a pen and paper. Think about your answers – they will tell you something about you.
- What do you like? Do you love moody, dramatic pictures? Emotion, fine-art and white space? Write all the words down that come to your mind.
- What don’t you like? Harsh shadows, bad composition, clowns? You name it.
- Why do I enjoy taking photos? Do you believe you’re creating art? Or do you feel compelled to capture the rawness of reality around you?
- Experiment. Someone once said the first 10000 photos you take will make you cringe.Who cares? Embrace different, difficult projects and see what you learn and enjoy.
- Ask someone else. It’s a common truth. When we are too involved in our stuff, other people can bring the perspective we need. Find a trustworthy mentor, friend or relative. Ask them to describe your work and how it makes them feel.
Bonus question: Who inspires you and why?
Why is figuring out your style such a big deal?
This self-discovery is some sort of superpower. Personally and business-wise. Plus killer confidence and assurance with who you are and your brand. Now, you can easily make strong brand-related decisions and communications. This assists your market alignment to attract your ideal clients. You’ll know when to say yes and no to right customers and business connections. And hello, a perfectly matching instagram feed (which isn’t essential but it just looks nice anyway)
Remember: this is evolving – your taste will change as your interests change. Then you’ll get to discover new things about yourself. And isn’t that the best part?