As a professional photographer (mostly!) specialising in portraits and events, I often get asked why I don’t just stick to one genre. And while many in the industry advise against being a “jack of all trades,” I firmly believe it’s alright to enjoy multiple genres of work, in any profession.
The old saying goes, “A jack of all trades is a master of none.” However, the complete expression is often forgotten – it finishes, “but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
As photographers, we’re artists; our creativity should not be limited to just one genre. We should be free to experiment and explore different styles, techniques, and approaches to our craft.
By approaching my photography in this more versatile way, I can become a better overall photographer. Skills acquired in one genre of photography (street photography, for example) can be applied to capturing that candid moment at a corporate event.
Cat-like reflexes and the ability to compose quickly and dial in the perfect settings are also beneficial in portraiture. In fact, street photography has helped hone my photography skills in just about every genre I practice.
That’s remembering the personal aspect of genre-hopping too. For me, photography is more than a job. It’s a passion.
As someone who lives happily with ADHD, sticking to just one genre of anything is unrealistic. I need variety to keep my mind engaged and focused.
And I know I’m not alone – many of the creatives I know thrive on the challenge of trying new things and pushing their boundaries.
So, to all my fellow photographers and creatives out there – don’t be afraid to enjoy multiple genres of work. Embrace your versatility and use it to your advantage.
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