I thought it was time to give the blog a bit of a face lift. It's not *all* that different but I think, somehow, this "look" looks a little more, I don't know, contemporary. Leastwise, from a blog-template-design point-of-view. I'm not even sure I like it but I'll let if roll this way for a while and see if it grows on me.
It's sort of like shaking up your photographic style. Every now and then it's probably a good idea to shoot things a little differently and give your images a slightly uncharacteristic "look" or "feel" to them.
Course, if you're shooting for clients and those clients expect a certain style from you, it might not be such a great idea to suddenly and dramatically change that style... not without letting them know that's what you're doing.
Clients mostly hire shooters based on what the photographer has already done and what that previous work looks like. They want to know what their shooter will deliver. Not just in terms of content but in terms of style as well. Consistency, from the photographer, is a good thing in the minds of most clients. What they usually don't want is for me, or any other shooter, experimenting on their dime.
Sometimes, I shake it up with some of the pics I submit to my clients. I don't do it with all of them, just a few. Then, I sit back and wait for reactions. I don't often receive specific and audible reactions. The reactions come in the form of which images the clients select for use. If they start picking some of the photos where I made changes to my usual and customary style, i.e., I deviated from what I usually submit, then I know to start incorporating those changes into my production techniques. If they don't, I don't. Pretty simple, actually.
Jumped into the Wabak Machine for an artsy sort-of shot from 3 or 4 years ago, captured in my studio when I still had a studio. Model is Bianca.