Finding Your Image Aesthetic
Something that is spoken a lot about when it comes to taking pictures for your blog is that everyone wants to find their style and aesthetic. And I know it's something that I was so desperate to find when I first starting taking pictures and really taking photography seriously. However as much as you might crave it, it's not always as easy as it just arriving one day and there are some key things to take into consideration when on the quest for your style. I've rounded up my best advice to share with you today on how to find your image aesthetic.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Whenever I'm asked about photography my number one piece of advice for anyone is to practice. And it doesn't matter if it's not in your desired field, taking pictures of anything and everything is the key to honing in on your style and finding what you're really awesome at doing. For some people, they have a real knack for photographing deep and earthy tones and some of us are great at capturing light and airy images. It might seem counter productive to capture everything but in the long run, it's incredibly helpful.
DON'T TAKE ON SOMEONE ELSES STYLE
When you really admire someone's style and knack for photography. It's all too tempting to want to take on their style and emulate it. And whilst it's possible for that to work in the short term, in the long run, it's not going to be of any real help to you. Because it won't help you find what you're really passionate about when you're following in the footsteps of others. The same thing goes for trends in photography. They're trends for a reason because even though they might look nice for a short while. It's much better to find your signature style that will be long-lasting and classic.
We all have our comfort zones when it comes to our creativity. And pushing yourself out of it is incredibly hard but so important. Challenging yourself to take on different projects and set yourself different scenarios might seem a little silly at the time but the more you do it the more you will find what you're truly passionate about.
CREATING VS CONSUMING
We consume so much content on a daily basis and we probably don't realise just how our brain processes. Spending time scrolling through social media is always fun but often it can take away from your own focus. I'm a big believer that when it comes to anything that it's so important to create more than your consuming. Even though it's super inspiring to see the work of others, too much of it can be a bad thing. It can fill your mind with doubt and worry and more than anything makes you question your own work and it's value.
THROW SOME PERSONALITY IN
Such a simple thing to do but something can make a huge difference is putting your personality into your images. It makes them completely unique to you and helps you hone in on your style. This is something that will take a little bit of time but it's well worth the practice.