So, what’s the big deal about having a specialty? Don’t all photographers know how to photograph any and everything? The short answer is yes but there’s much more to it than that. Most people who are looking for a photographer believe that even though there are only photos of babies and children on a website that the photographer must photograph weddings as well. That would be a no for the most part. I’ll explain.
Think about it. If you needed to hire a plumber, would you try to hire an electrician? I don’t think so and if you did, I would most certainly worry about your logical thought processes. To expound on my previous response, there are photographers who do photograph multiple genres of photography than what is featured on their website. For instance, I specialize in child and baby pictures but that doesn’t mean I won’t photograph maternity portraits. To me, they are all related. You can’t have children without being pregnant, plus they are all portraits.
When photographers or anyone offering a product or service has a specialty, you are more likely to get a better product/service. In the past, I have actually photographed weddings. That’s a whole other story. Anyway, I guess I was alright. My clients loved their images and that’s what’s important. However, if I were to compare my wedding images to my children’s portraits, I believe my children’s portraits would be much better in style and emotion. The reason is because I spend more time on my children’s photography than anything else and I enjoy it way more.
Most photographers will only show you images of the type of photography they want to produce. You can most certainly ask for a different type but don’t necessarily expect it to be as good or better than what they are displaying. There are always exceptions. Ultimately, it’s best to go with what is being shown. This is one of those times when you don’t want something to be like a box of chocolates.
”Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any.” ~ Plato (this applies to women too. :-))