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developing my own style

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.

 

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  1. James Troi

    May 1st, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Great post, I think I’m at that moment myself… finding my style. Still going on it, organising more of my own shoots so I have the control for the output.

  2. Cole Witter

    May 27th, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Just wanted to say that I spent the last hour or so looking through your photographs. You are by far one of the most filling photographers I’ve seen. Your work is colorful, vibrant, yet SO real. It’s cool because I just had a discussion with myself about where I am going with my work. I feel I am still taking bits from everyone I admire and shoving it into the puzzle that is my work, and it is more stressful than it is fulfilling or inspiring. But what you said right there. It makes sense, and it hit me. I need to rock me. Not bits of everyone done by myself.So, Thanks for encouraging me and most of all for sharing your art. I truly appreciate all the work you do and for putting your photos out there. Have a rockin’ day Gabriel.

    -cole

  3. Ray Gallardo

    August 14th, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I am exactly in the same boat right about now. Any suggestions or recommendations that will help me through the process?

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