When I first started doing photography, one of the hardest things to do was try to develop my own style. There were so many photographers out there that I admired and I longed for my pictures to look like theirs.
I would do my research and whenever these photographers talked about a certain action sets or post-processing styles, I would instantly jump on the bandwagon. I would download whatever they used with hope that my pictures would have the same impact.
There was no consistency. No one would really be able to look at my photos and say “Gabriel definitely took that”. The number of presets and actions I had in photoshop and lightroom was ridiculous. I mean, I still have a lot, but it is now ones that I feel best fit me and my work.
I would ask a client how they wanted their photos to look and would edit them the way they wanted.
No more. Now, I am lucky to say that my clients trust my vision and don’t even ask how they would like their photos edited.
It is still an ongoing battle.Slowly, I am learning that it is less about how you edit the picture, but how you take it. Each job has a different vision, and I try to fulfill that vision to the best of my ability.
Sure, I still wish from time to time that I could have photos that looked like those that I admire. But, I am going to start doing what they did and begin following my own path. It definitely makes me excited for the images that 2012 will bring.
Now. Here are some awesome pictures of JC Gonzalez for your please.