Ten Tips to finding your own photographic style

One of the things many photographers struggle with when they first start shooting is finding their own photographic style. How do you make your photos unique and different from every other photographer?

Here are some of MY tips that helped ME to create the Urban Bridesmaid brand and define the ‘photographs of personality‘! I hope that they help, but I am sure that you have your own tips so leave them in the comment box below!

  1. You have to shoot, shoot and shoot some more. Practice makes perfect. Great musicians practice daily, so why shouldn’t photographers?
  2. Teach yourself to see.
  3. Be proactive not reactive.
  4. Know your camera equipment, know its limitations and make sure its operation is second nature to you.
  5. Keep going. Every photographer goes through periods of ‘writer’s block’ or photographer’s block if you will, at various stages in your career. You need to push through this plateau.
  6. Look at other photographers’ work and pay attention to what you consistently like and dislike about it, because that will give you an indication of how you like to shoot e.g if you hate bright colours and prefer muted tones – you may gravitating towards desaturated vintage processing for example.
  7. Once you know what you like, keep practicing till it is second nature.
  8. Have a consistent processing style – if you have to play with Photoshop non stop till you find the right processing style like Julia Roberts’ character in Runaway Bride eating eggs till she found out how she liked to cook her eggs  – 20% of this, 47% of that, so be it.
  9. It is good to be inspired by others, but sometimes you just have to step away from looking at other photographers’ work on blogs, clear all the white noise from your head and be inspired from YOU!
  10. Mix it up a little and try new stuff!

How did you find your own photographic style? Comment below!

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About the Author:

Brides and Grooms have been choosing Urban Bridesmaid Photography for Louisa’s unobtrusive wedding photography style and attention to detail. As a documentary photographer who will observe and capture the wedding day as it unfolds and stay in the background, Louisa is able to capture wedding photographs with personality – wedding photographs which are not dull or boring that capture bride, groom and guests looking natural and at ease!


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  2. Kim February 20, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Thank you for your post, very helpful, particularly the part about paying attention to what you like about other photographers work and having a consistent processing style.

    I am still trying to find my ‘photographic style’ being pretty new to photography but I love photographs that are ‘alive’ you know, those pictures that tell a story, have personality or are very suggestive (i.e they draw you in). I’m still learning how to create the type of photography that captures me but in the meantime blogs like this are a fantastic source of help.

    Thanks again and please…keep photo-blogging


    • Louisa February 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Kim, keep going. You’ll get there.

  3. AnneMarie March 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

    When I visit photographer sites I mainly look at the beautiful photos. But with your site, I’m not only intrigued by the pictures but also by your articles. You put a lot of time into making your blog work and it shows. Thanks for the helpful tips.

    As for my photographic style… keep it clean. But I should do as you recommend in #10 and get a little crazy & mix it up!

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