The theme over at Stacy's was a perfect one for me this week. I just started a new blog for photography called Stacy Mae Photography. It's going to be about the process of starting a business. I am giving myself a year to get things going, to learn everything I need to know about photography and business to actually be successful and I wanted to share all that with anyone who's willing to listen. I'm on the Internet every day looking for tools, tips, tricks, articles ~ anything that might help me in this process. So I figured why not keep it all in one place.
Anyway, part of the process of starting a photography business is developing your own style. I've thought a lot about what I want my style to be. Since I'm just starting out it's kind of hard to put into words, but I know what it's definitely not. I don't want to have to set up a whole scene while doing a shoot. Most of you know, I already work part-time in a studio. When clients come in we have to create a story for them, props and all. While it's cute and creative, it's just not me. I want to capture children in their own environment being themselves. I don't want to have to force a smile. In fact, I don't even need them to look at me. I like pictures that show emotion. I love watching children play. I would prefer to shoot a child baking cookies with their mom or chasing after a ball or blowing bubbles.
I like simple, uncomplicated backgrounds ~ a grassy field or a solid wall. I hate taking pictures in my house because the background is always so cluttered. I like bright fun photos but at the same time I am drawn to dark, dramatic pictures as well. I'm a contradiction, I know!
These two pictures are of my oldest daughter smelling flowers, the first flowers of the season. I used the new presets in Adobe Lightroom 2.0, which is really cool btw. I think they are definitely my style.