Ok so this is a question that been running around my brain for a little while .. do client's expect me to be a single type of photographer or is it OK to be a more generalist. There are of course some things you need to be a specialist for ... I'm not sure I'd want to try to be Formula 1 photographer, or try to capture the Grand National but for the things I can take a photo of why not ...
I like to think of my camera as an instrument that I can play ... much like a guitar, which by the way I also do. The resulting tune is therefore a picture and to stretch an already tenuous analogy even thinner the various buttons and knobs are the frets and strings ...
Ok so bear with me ... if you think about it both photography and music are a form of expression, a type of art. Both can move people, and the results can mean different things to different people, or to the same person at different times.
As a guitar player I play really bad Dad Rock ... you know Oasis, Beatles and the like. I've been doing it for years and I'm a bit rubbish at it but it's fun. I also learn a lot from each of the songs I learn to play. There are patterns that repeat and you would be surprised how similar some songs can be. Master 5 or 6 chords and that's most of it in the palm of your hand.
So to stretch my musical legs every now and again I'll maybe try my hand a bit of Jazz or Funk, maybe play acoustic rather than plugged in, I can use one pedal or another ... you get the drift.
The point is that every time I do that I can bring something I have learnt to the tunes I play.
And isn't that the same for photography. I mean I love taking pictures at barmitzvahs, weddings and portraits but if that's all I took pictures of I might go slightly mad ... so I diversify and shoot indoors and outdoors, with strobes and flashes, zoom and prime lenses. I took that even further and even built a brand for boudoir and contemporary portraiture ... here
But is it OK to also say I can take pictures of products, interior design and decor maybe even landscapes ... after all I both borrow and lend the techniques across all of these fields.