Monday, January 19, 2009

Photojournalism is a buzz word


Have you ever talked to someone who thinks they're talking about something, but really doesn't know what the heck they're talking about?

One question we got asked a lot at the last bridal expo was, 'What is your style of photography?'  Then they'd follow up the question by offering, 'Photojournalistic?'  The answer is, well kinda, but not really. What does that really even mean anymore? I would propose that 'Photojournalistic' is to 'A style of photography', as 'Alternative' is to 'A style of music'. Too many people have used the word in too many different ways, and now the real meaning of the word has gotten blurred.

I'm not sure if you're like me, but I have a natural tendency to shy away from buzzwords. When I was in the corporate world, I would waste an entire meeting counting the buzzwords flying about the room rather than paying attention at what was being said.

When people describe themselves as 'photojournalistic', I know it's a bandwagon thing as much as it is in the corporate boardroom. I don't fault them for that. I just try to be different.

So, to answer the question, 'What is your style of photography?', I don't really know. Perhaps there isn't a buzzword for it yet :)  Honestly though, I would answer 'different' as being my style of photography. I would say that my inspiration comes more from graphic design and commercial layouts than other photographers' shots. I would hope, as every artist, that at the very least, my work doesn't remind you of anyone else's work.

I want you to come away from working with us holding shots that are as uniquely 'you' as they are uniquely 'me'.

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