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FINDING YOUR STYLE WITH JEAN SMITH | TEACHING TUESDAY

Guest Contributor | Jean Smith

FINDING YOUR STYLE 

What would you say if I asked you what your photography style is?

Before you tell me you are a portrait photographer, or a lifestyle photographer, or a high school senior photographer…

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I am talking about your STYLE.  Your style is what sets you apart from the other ten photographers down the street.  It’s when people can look at a photo and know that it is you who took it.

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There are a HUGE amount of genres in photography.  We’re talking traditional portrait photographers, lifestyle photographers, wildlife photographers, photojournalists, architectural photographers, aerial photographers, paparazzi, commercial photographers, concert photographers, pet photographers…and the list goes on.  No, really.  It goes on and on.

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The point of all of that is  there REALLY IS a place for everyone.  Even though we are all little fish swimming in a big sea of photographers, there is room for everyone.  Now the question is…WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO STAND OUT?  I’m not talking about your awesome marketing pieces, or your 20,000 likes on Facebook, or even your super fancy website.  Yes, those things help to add to the bling of who you are, but under all of that, what are you doing to define your style in your actual photography?

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Whether you are just starting or have been shooting for thirty years, ask yourself if your images describe you as the artist you want to be.  By identifying your style, and actively implementing it in your photography, you can begin to set yourself apart and be passionate about the art you are creating.

So how do you identify your style?

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There are many elements or factors that can contribute to your unique style.  The easiest way to start your journey of defining your style is to gather several images that you just LOVE.  They can be your own images or others.  Look through each image and point out exactly what it is about the image you love.  After a while, you will start to notice a trend of elements that you love and would like to emulate.  EMBRACE those elements and focus on those when you are shooting.

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Some elements in photos that can contribute to someone’s style include:

 

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This is the time to step out of your safe place and start shooting, editing, or lighting what you are passionate about.  Some people are afraid to take that step, for fear that their clients or followers won’t like it.  Take the risk.  You want people to hire you to create what you love.  By pursuing the elements that speak to you, you will not only love photography, but your personal style will slowly develop and your images will be set apart from others.

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jeansmith1 Jean is an on location photographer who is currently exploring the world for one year with her husband and four little boys. For work, she loves all “genres” of people and therefore photographs them all…babies, kids, high school seniors, and couples. She likes to consider herself a natural light photographer, but madly loves incorporating off camera flash into her work as well. Jean is incredibly passionate about photography and teaching others. She, along with her rad husband, Travis, teach photography workshops around the country.

Jean Smith Photography | Facebook  Blog | Twitter 

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November 24 2014 @ 8 pm Central

(6 pm Pacific, 7 pm Mountain, 9 pm Eastern)

In this 90 minute LIVE Critique, Jean will give feedback on YOUR lighting!

Can’t watch the LIVE event? No worries. A downloadable video recording is available for pre-purchase (below) & will be sent to you 48 hours after the live event.

Live Event: FREE for Chic members!
>>REGISTER HERE! <<

 

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3 THINGS WITH JEAN SMITH | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

We are always thrilled to have Jean Smith of Jean Smith Photography as one of our Celebrity Photographers, and we are supa dupa thrilled to have her hosting a LIVE LIGHTING CRITIQUE where she will give you feedback on your lighting!  Join Jean on November 24th.  Find all the info HERE.

3 Things You Don’t Know about Jean Smith

 

1.  I guess the biggest thing you may not know about me is that my family and I took off in July 2014 for an overseas adventure for one year. We are currently making our way through Europe, and are heading to Asia in December!

 

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2.  I mess up every cliche saying ever known to man. I try, I really do try. I guess you can’t have your cookies and eat them too :)

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3.  I have an irrational passion for cheese. I want to eat it for every meal and snack of every day.

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Jean is an on location photographer who is currently exploring the world for one year with her husband and four little boys. For work, she loves all “genres” of people and therefore photographs them all…babies, kids, high school seniors, and couples. She likes to consider herself a natural light photographer, but madly loves incorporating off camera flash into her work as well. Jean is incredibly passionate about photography and teaching others. She, along with her rad husband, Travis, teach photography workshops around the country.

Jean Smith Photography | Facebook  Blog | Twitter 

 

live-critique-jeansmith

November 24 2014 @ 8 pm Central

(6 pm Pacific, 7 pm Mountain, 9 pm Eastern)

In this 90 minute LIVE Critique, Jean will give feedback on YOUR lighting!

Can’t watch the LIVE event? No worries. A downloadable video recording is available for pre-purchase (below) & will be sent to you 48 hours after the live event.

Live Event: FREE for Chic members!
>>REGISTER HERE! <<

 

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SPARKLE SUNDAY

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

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Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
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