Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

How to Develop Your Signature Photography Style

Wild yellow flower in the nature park in Rhode Island with New England Green Scenery and Blurred Background
Yes, developing your signature photography style can sound impossible when you are green to blogging and photography, but it can be quite fun too!  Since blogging and photography go hand-in-hand, why not make the best of it?

When I first started blogging a decade ago (not on this blog), I knew that I wanted to take my own pictures.  I had little to no experience when it came to picture taking, but if I wanted to be taken seriously as a blogger, I knew I had to get my feet wet with photography.

One of the first rules of blogging is to create beautiful photographs to go with your blog posts.  In the beginning, I used photos that I found on the web, not knowing that I needed to ask permission or use photo credits.

Luckily, I got rid of that first blog very quickly!  No harm, no foul.  My next blog I began using a stock photo service where I could freely use magical pictures to accompany my posts.

Then, something clicked for me.  I had shared a couple of my photographs on a feng shui post and received a positive response from my reading audience at the time.  That's when I finally got the courage to start a new blog, yet again, and to use my own photographs!

When starting any kind of blog, whether it be a niche blog or a lifestyle blog, I encourage you to learn photography.  Using your own pictures quickly helps you to establish your brand.  People will begin to recognize your signature photography style on sight.

I know it can be a bit intimidating to start using your own blog photography, but I promise it can be fun and worth the effort in the long run.  Remember, it can take many years to develop your own personal brand of photography, but the personal journey makes it both fun and rewarding!
A woodland squirrel high up in an oak tree foraging acorns on a branch in Florida

How to Develop Your Signature Photography Style

First of all, let's talk about how I developed my woodland photography style.  When I first started taking pictures, which I still include from time to time on my blog, they were taken with a digital elph point-and-shoot camera.

I would edit my pictures with highly saturated colors and bright, vintage-inspired filters.  It definitely made my blog bright and cheery, which worked for what I was trying to achieve at the time.  I was doing a lot of writing about childhood nostalgia and selling vintage purses and women's clothing back then so it was a match.

What I liked about my personal brand of photography back then was that I was bold and colorful!  I wasn't afraid to try many different types of cameras and I wasn't afraid to use color.

I highly recommend an experimental phase in learning photography, in order to really be a jack of all trades and try your hand in everything.  This will really make you a more well-rounded photographer later on, when you upgrade cameras.

However, a lot of those photos were grainy and highly pixelated.  Fast forward to a couple years ago and I'm using a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, which is basically a point-and-shoot camera with a zoom lens.  It's not ideal for all uses and purposes, but it is definitely a step up from my old camera, which I have since passed down to my youngest daughter.

The lesson in this is that you don't have to have the most expensive camera when starting out as an amateur photographer.  In fact, if you have a nice camera phone that takes high-quality pictures, you could even start with that.

In my case, I have developed my signature photography style over time, naturally.  I started Everyday Laurali Star a year ago and it quickly became apparent that I was writing more and more about my fern trail hiking adventures, woodland photoshoots, and the faerie folk.

This naturally led me to develop pictures that were nature-inspired and woodland-themed.  When I think of my blog now, my pictures make me feel like I'm taking a nature walk outside my cozy cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Of course, I still let the fact that I currently live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida shine through.  I photograph botanicals (plants, flowers, gemstones) in sunny, tropical Florida and wear colorful tank tops to match my mood.

It took many years and much trial and error, but I have definitely found my signature photography style!  Guess what?  You can too!

The thing is: Once you find your photographic style, you can never lose it.  I spent the summer in New England, which you can read about here, and my style remained the same.  There's only one you and you are rare and one-of-a-kind and so is your photography style!
Nature scenery with hot house pink flowers in bright colors and wild green grass in a forest lawn cemetery

Tips For Branding Your Blog Photography

If you want to start blogging, you'll want to create a brand that is cohesive and utterly you, and photography is a great way to set your blog apart.  Start with content creation.

What is your blog about?  Your photographs should be able to mix n' match with your blog content in an organic way.  If it doesn't feel natural, then it probably doesn't fit.

That doesn't mean you can't branch out and take photos outside of your comfort zone once in awhile.  It just means, for the most part, you're going to want to create some emotional congruency in your blog posts, matching photo to blog post content.

It just has to fit in with the natural style of your writing!  If you keep a wellness blog for men, would you have a bunch of nature pics up?  No, probably not.  These are things to keep in mind in brand creation.

In order for your lifestyle blog to become emotionally congruent, you have to match your outsides (photos) to your insides (writing) in a way that they match up the look and feel and overall mood of your blog.  For example, even though I do an occasional indoor post, like this one, it still matches the nature of my blog!

For anything else, you can always just share it on your Instagram feed, if you have one.  With Instagram, you can really play around with your pictures more with filters, family photo albums, and storytelling.

The biggest tip I can give you to really go wild in finding your personal photography style is to experiment.  Experiment with different cameras and camera angles, take your artwork indoors and bring it back outside.  Experiment with different filters and photo editing styles.

Allowing yourself creative freedom will really up the quality of your professionalism when it comes to blog photography.  At some point, you'll get to know your camera inside and out, and you'll be able to call yourself a professional photographer!

The key here is to take it easy on yourself.  We all started out somewhere and were probably not that great in the beginning.  I know I wasn't.

What helped was that I kept experimenting and trying new things until one day it dawned on me.  I had my professional photography style down.  That doesn't mean I'll sit on my laurels though.

I want to keep growing professionally and increasing the worth of my personal brand of photography with upgraded DSLR cameras and equipment.  I have no doubt that you can work to do the same.  Practice makes perfect!
A Woodland Fairy Ring and Mushroom in a New England Spooky Forest in Autumn

Lifestyle Photography Blogging Resources

My style might be mushroom foraging and fairy-lighted pathways, but yours might be something completely different.  Either way, I have some blog photography resources to help you get started in finding your style in no time!

(Photography Resources)
(Blogging Resources)
So, whatever you have on hand, camera phone or Instax camera, use it!  It's okay to use whatever you have on hand, because you'll get so good at using it, you'l develop your picture style in no time.  Snap away!

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