“It’s Been Done Before”

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I’ve been having some sad conversations with people lately. The whole conversation revolves around how many other photographers have done the same thing.

A couple kissing, showing off the engagement ring or an overhead shot of the couple in the grass.

Babies curling up in buckets, baskets, bottles and boxes.

A chair or couch in a field.

Now, there is definitely something to be said about originality. About doing images that you want to do. So if you don’t want to drag a large vintage couch into a field, don’t do it.

However, if you have a vision….there shouldn’t be something holding you back from doing so.

Because remember….no one has done this pose with your clients and you. Yes, it may look similar to the Winning Image from WPPI in 2010 but here’s the kicker….your clients weren’t there. They didn’t see it. You have an idea, maybe even show them that image as inspiration and you can still present it to the world.

If you want to do something, no matter if someone else has done it, do it! Get out there and photograph it.

reflection collage

Top: Hanke Arkenbout Bottom (L to R): Giving Wedding | Unknown | Shannon Nicole Smith

See how different it can be?

I do my thing, and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.

~ Frederick E. Perl
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