After snapping thousands of pictures and sharing hundreds of them online, I've gradually discovered my niche in photography. I now have a fairly clear understanding of who I am, and also who I am not.
For starters, I am a photographer who likes to shoot landscapes, scenery, historical sights and other things I find interesting.
By choice, I am not a portrait or event photographer. Although I'm flattered when people have asked me to shoot weddings, senior pictures or family portraits, I know that's not my specialty. I redirect such queries to other photographers who can do that so much better than can I.
My photography tends to focus on finding things I find uplifting, wholesome and inspiring. I look for beauty that is often hidden in plain sight. My style parallels the advice given in Philippians 4:8. Paraphrased for the context of this posting, the text says, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—then take pictures of such things."
Early on, I experimenting with using my camera for humor or sarcasm, but I did not find that to be very rewarding. I've also tried to document urban decay, abandoned neighborhoods or dilapidated buildings. I've chosen to look beyond the blight and to use my creativity to discover the positive within the negative. One can almost always find the extraordinary embedded within the ordinary.
A mentor once told me, "Whatever you focus on expands." I've found that to be true with my photography. As I've look for beauty, I have become more and more aware of it.
Photography has allowed me take a journey where I've discovered the abundant beauty that has always surrounded me, and always will.