Happy Hari Raya to all of you. It was sometime silence as I can just read but rarely have much time to get things in detail in criticizing people's picture. Anyway, it's not a popular job to critic people's work however, I do hope critics can be very healthy after this. Here I can see some already started to share their know how in helping the newbies or the oldtimer who now seeking for a wind of change in wedding photography.
Since 2004, I started the whole thing as a wedding photographer. Simply because I really want to be one. Not because of money (those day, it was a bad idea to earn in Malay wedding photography). Later than that I became wedding photographer until today. People asked me, did I shoot other than wedding? I said, yes I could but I don't want to feature those more than wedding as I don't want people to see me as a multi-talented photographer who can shoot anything under the sun. I was a little bit lucky as I was very determine of what I want to pursue on. Some people might have to try many before they know which one do they like most. Simply like becoming a specialist doctor, one of the requirement for a doctor to be a specialist is to be a GP (General Practice) first. We can still go to E&T doctor for our fever, they will give you a bill of RM300 with probably the same medication like if you meet GP Doc who charge you only RM30 only.
What I wanted to say is the PREMIUM for you to be known as a photographer is through specialization / focus. Steve McCurry may probably shoot wedding but he opt not to, James Nachtwey can probably shoot better travel picture but he opt not to as he don't want to be seen as someone who can do everything. Let us see another analogy, a knife who meant to be used for butchering may not good enough to shave, and we can't used razor blade to slaughter a chicken.
Sometime people asked me, did i get bored of doing the same thing over and over again? My answer is, I shoot different couple every week and they are different. Yes, the genre is the same "Wedding"...that's why sometime you must know what is your rice then you eat it together with some side dishes but still with rice. My rice is "wedding". Well, sometime...I do eat KFC or Pizza Hut as well. But I just can't do it everyday
Bottomline, if you are a newbie and you don't really know what you like to specialize, maybe you should try many first. Later you specialize...and as a specialist doctor got paid in premium figure...so do specialist in photography