I posted this on the blog today...
I've actually never once, not even for a day, in my 7 years of shooting thought or worried about being original. I've never tried to be original, either. I also, all to often (imo), hear other great photographers constantly nagging other photographers to "be more original, damnit!" I hate when I hear it.
What do you guys think? I'm curious as I've found in my comments and some emails that there are a fair amount of photographers that agree -- and I thought photographers would strongly disagree with me (assuming what I'm saying would lower the bar of good photography).
UPDATE: Just so it's clear -- I'm NOT talking about the bride and groom overlooking our great/original shots. I'm more specifically talking about how to achieve (or not to achieve) originality.
As the blog post goes further into, I believe that STRIVING for originality -- just so you can be original -- is the last way to get there. Where if you merely strive for truth or sincerity in your photography, you have a much better chance at striking "original" gold.
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