Styles 101: What is Environmental Photography?

Clients often aren’t aware of the intricacies of photography, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles out there that some professional photographers offer. To help them better understand the types of photography that can be illustrated in their carefully created images, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Environmental photography from Jeff Stoddart Photography

Environmental photography involves images that showcase natural surroundings and landscapes. This type of photography includes nature photography as well as environmental portraits. Most of the time, environmental photography is used to bring light to issues regarding the environment and conservation efforts. The social issue aspect of this photography style has led to many environmental photography award programs and exhibitions to acknowledge individual photographers who successfully use their work to bring awareness to these issues.

Environmental portraits are one aspect of environmental photography. This style showcases the photo’s subject in their natural surroundings to better showcase their personality. The theory behind this is the assumption that showcasing a person or an animal in a familiar setting will allow them to be more comfortable and express themselves in a more authentic way.

Clients who should consider requesting this type of photography include documentary producers, activists, editorial art directors, and people who simply want to be photographed in less commercial ways. 

Environmental photography from Troy Marcy Photography

Environmental photography from Journey Of Light Photography

Environmental photography from Troy Marcy Photography

Photo credits: Jeff Stoddart Photography, Troy Marcy Photography, Journey Of Light Photography


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