Photography is an art form. There is no “standard” photograph, just each photographer’s interpretation of a situation and their vision. No two photographers create an image the same way. This is important to know when going for family photos or an updated headshot. Most of us can reproduce a style, that’s pretty common. Headshots, for example, tend to follow a certain form. The variations come in a photographer’s lighting setup and technique. No one method is better than another. (Every photographer will tell you their way is the best, but that’s because it is part of their style, and it is very personal.) It is always a good idea to explore the photographer’s portfolio before booking a session. That allows you to get a feel for their style and understand how your images might look. If they don’t have a portfolio you can view, ask them to email samples. It is typically a red flag if they don’t or won’t.