When I first started photography I told my mentor, “I want to find my style.” He responded, “Style is something that develops over time.”
Over the 7 years that I’ve been photographing weddings, my style has changed. Recently I’ve started to produce more black & white photos. One of my goals when I shoot a wedding is to make it look timeless. Sometimes timeless translates better in B&W.
In order for style to be authentic, you can’t one day say, “This is going to be my style. From now on I’m going to do this when taking pictures.” Producing more B&W photos wasn’t a decision I made one day. I simply noticed that I started doing it, and now realized why. It looks and feels right right now. To develop your style, you can try different things but there is no need to make a plan – your creative self intuitively knows what to do.
If you are new to photography, remember that style changes and develops over time. Have fun exploring. Enjoy the process.