I’m in a love hate relationship with this question. It’s kind of like “What Do You Photograph?”
I don’t shoot weddings. Well not often and only for friends or family.
I don’t shoot portraits, though occasionally I’ll shoot a portrait of a friend. I do shoot lots of headshots, which are really a kind of portraits.
What do I shoot? I shoot creative images of models.
My most common answer is “Mostly pretty girls.”
Which conveys the truth in the best possible way.*
If I say, “I shoot glamour and fashion,” some people get the wrong idea. Glamour means everything from Playboy to Glamour Shots in the mall. Fashion implies I make big money shooting extremly skinny models in New York.
Sometimes I say, “Mostly model portfolios.” I think the common person doesn’t really understand what that is, but they think they do.
Plus I do stuff that just doesn’t fit. I shot a Goth Swimsuit Calendar for God’s sake. That sure doesn’t fit anywhere. By design.
That’s the point. The kind of photography I do, and the kind of stuff I teach here at Glamour Apprentice defies categorization. The common denominator is it normally involves a model, which is a beautiful woman.
I can live with that. And it impresses the crap out of most guys. Though they don’t understand either.
* Though if they know the connotation of “pretty girl pics” from the porn world, it doesn’t convey what I do. But the only reason I know that meaning is because of a forum buddy’s blog, Pretty Girl Shooter NSFW. If you don’t want to see pictures of naked women, a Pretty Girl picture are the ones taken for the box covers of porn movies.