Same deal here, regarding less manicured shots -- My rep wants me to put a new lifestyle section on my website with looser, less-planned, less-perfected shots, since everything these days is following that Instagram style. Just not sure if it's a good idea to follow trends. By the time I've shot and finished new work, and made that gallery section a known presence in the marketplace, I might look like just another photographer shooting that kind of imagery. A while back, people wanted the Jim Fiscus look, then the Jill Greenberg look, then the Erik Almas look ... et cetera. The danger with chasing every trend is, you're always a bit behind the curve, and and you're never doing what's in your heart. (cooter -- I'm not implying you're doing this; I'm just voicing my thoughts I've had on the matter.)
Naw I get it. Every agent wants you to broaden your repretioire, but hey they sell, they get use to what they see and kind of forget that not everybody they show is as bored with it as they are and I can elaborate on this, but I'd get in trouble.
Anyway, I did a video that was shot with stills and a really "real" look a while back, it still pulls work and well . . . a gigs a gig man.video
Not to go of topic, but I really resist being put in a category like a brand of soap. I dunno, I find most of it is just silly.
When we shot lingerie/inner-wear (what a strange name) we shot for the 4 largest companies in the world and two we're completely positive we only shot men, for the other two it was women.
Silly, but you just roll with it.
Personally if I just had to shoot one thing, either motion or still I'd go crazy. It just seems boring and after a while you just can't get out of it.
After all still photography is just subject, light and background. Always is and shooting "real" (what the heck is real?) or manufactured it's all kind of the same.
Most people will disagree, but hey, that doesn't matter. It matters if you work.
The only thing I don't want to do is subjects that don't breath. I just fall asleep.