There are three main photography styles: Traditional, Photojournalistic, and Artistic/Contemporary. The Traditional style refers to photography subjects being put into various poses and told to look at the camera. The traditional photographer interacts with his photography subject the most because of the constant need to organize groups/lighting/posing, etc. This approach has been less and less popular over the past years.The photojournalistic (PJ) approach is the opposite of the Traditional approach. The PJ photographer captures what is happening at the moment. The PJ photographer interacts with his subjects the least and act more like a “fly on the wall” and observing and capturing the scene. The Artistic/Contemporary (AC) approach is a style where the photographer looks for the best available lighting/background options for his photography subjects and then adds or subtracts the lighting elements to create a distinctive lighting which defines the photographer. The AC style utilizes some of the Traditional portraiture concepts and is practiced by seasoned photographers with an appreciation for the quality of light, shadow, and edge contrast.
Over the past 10 years, the Traditional approach has given way to more of a Photojournalistic approach since the PJ photographers aren’t as concerned with the particular lighting of the overall scene. Maxim Photo Studio utilizes a two lead photographer team with Max focusing on the Artistic/Contemporary approach and the 2nd lead photographer acting as a PJ photographer.