4 Steps to find your personal style by Jose Photography & Design

Looking for your own style?

It is the holy grail for all those who venture in the world of art, to have an style, a sign that link your work with you.
Also, we all want the easy answer, the map to where such a style can be found.
If you are the kind of people who look for an easy fix to everything, then you might not like what I'm going to tell you, there is not easy fix and every one path is different, still I will share what worked for me.


A personal style is like a new born baby, you need to nurture and help to develop little by little.


1. Stop imitating other artist's work

Don’t get me wrong, it is important to see what the great photographers are doing, for inspiration also to  learn from them, but by no means try to make that person styles yours only because his work is popular.

2.Create for yourself.

I know! I know! We are artist and we create for our audience, but the truth is...  if we shoot only what others like we'll sacrifice our own style and will end up doing what others think is cool, we like it or not

3. Create lot of crap work

You need to produce a lot of art, the more art you produce the more crap you will see, and that crap will tell you what is it you need to stop doing, then little by little you will see you work and technique develop.

4. Be your self

If you want to have a unique style, start with yourself, here is the good news, you are unique already, there is no other like you, so just be yourself, let your preference show in your images, let those images be an extension of vision and passion.

For many years I pretended to be somebody else, always photographing what others thought was cool, never showed my personal work afraid someone will criticize it, but one day I said "enough" and I shoot this image

weeks later I joined the Arcanum and found who is now my mentor and friend Stephan Bollinger (www.stephanbollinger.com), he taught me how to be myself and not to be afraid of criticism, now I urge you,  believe in yourself, persevere and one day someone after seeing one of your pictures will come to you and tell you, "I knew it was yours the moment I saw it” That day you will know you have it.

Happy shooting

Why photographers Don't like to share unedited images by Jose Photography & Design

Some people can't resist posting everything on social media.

Here is what happened to me,  a client/friend asked "Can I have all the images from the sgoot, no matter how bad some might look,  I promise I will not post them" and guess what.... the worst image ended up on Instagram with my name on it

If we share all images, most of people will ① sent it to their family who will post it on social media or ② apply few Instagram filters to make it look "cool" and by "cool" I meant bad,  then upload it anyway.

If you want to know what I'm talking about, take a look at the following edited vs unedited images from my personal work.



so why get many unedited images when you can have an awesome one?

You are doing everything right but you photos doesn’t look 100% OK? by Jose Photography & Design

Maybe is time to work with people smarter than you

We as photographers like to pretend we know it all and can control everything but the truth is that although most of the time we can have the job done, there are lot of talented people in their own areas that can help us to take our images to the next level.

Look for a makeup artist, hair stylist, wardrobe stylist, etc to help you do that and you will be amaze how much you can learn from them.

The 2 persons above are Yuri Kondo (MUAH) and Joan TH (Wardrobe Stylist) to wonderful people I have the pleasure to work with, click on their names to see their work.

Another way to improve your photographic skills by Jose Photography & Design

It is amazing how much you can improve by remaking your old photograph applying your new set of skills. here is how I did it
The image below was my favorite by 2013 when I took it, and there was a reason for the black background
1. It was cool to do it in camera to impress my friends
2. I didn't want to spend time scouting for a place that fits the shoot, so why not kill the background.

  BOY DISCOVER THE BOOK OF WONDERS.  (April 2013)

 BOY DISCOVER THE BOOK OF WONDERS.  (April 2013)

Now that I have new set of skills I decided to redo the image doing what I was supposed to do in first place.
But now I got a problem, my kid has grown and I didn't want him to look like a pervert looking at a Ipad in the darkness, so I adjusted it a bit to keep the same spirit as the original image.

  BOY DISCOVER THE BOOK OF WONDERS.  (November 2015)

 BOY DISCOVER THE BOOK OF WONDERS.  (November 2015)

It took time to find the right place, decide the time of the day and wait for the right weather, but it was 100% worth the effort. 

Want to do great photography
 the easy path doesn't take you too far. 

 

Regain the lost love for photography by Jose Photography & Design

Aren't sure about your love for photography?

Do you remember when you saw her for the first time? in the mall, she was the most beautiful among them all, her nice body,  and the way that prime lens looked on her, (Yes I’m talking about your DSLR).

First love

You knew she had to be yours and you worked hard to have her on your side. Once under the same roof you felt so powerful. But like all love stories, with time, you realized that you knew nothing about her, and that it is not easy to get everything you want. You began to see that there are better ones out there, who can give you more satisfaction in lower light.

You didn’t give up. You took her to see the sunrise on that special place and there you fell in love. You understood that is not about her body, but about what you can do with it.

After a few years, you became a pro photographer and now it is all about paying the bills and finding the next client. You go back home and realize that you didn't touch her in a couple of weeks and little by little the love has gone. You want the love back but don't know how.

Here is my advice. Take a few days from work, your camera to that sunrise, park or place where you fell in love with photography, go back to what you love to do. You will be in love again.