I've known Alice for close to 15 years now - that's almost 3/4 of my entire life. We went to the same primary school and even went to dance class together (she was my dance partner in an act of Tarzan once). Now that we're both at uni in separate cities, it's been harder to catch up. And every time that we do get to see each other, I try to fit everything we could do in - one of them being shooting.
Only a few people know, but Alice was actually the first person I ever did a shoot with since I came back to Hong Kong from New Mexico, where I went to high school. Looking back now, I always cringe a little bit at the photography I was so proud of. Things like over-saturation, increasing graininess and adding lots of curves are amongst the few culprits. But there were also aspects that, I realize, later defined my photography style, including symmetry, movement and space.
To be honest, I feel like I'm still trying to figure out what my style really is. I get so inspired by photographers like Mario Testino, Juergen Teller and Boo George, who produce instantly recognizable work. I know that if I really wanted to, I could just stick with one specific style/look for my photos so they would be recognizable too, but I love experimenting and trying new things, so that's not going to happen anytime soon. I guess with time and more experience, I'll be able to better define what kind of work represents me and my thought process.
Practice, practice, practice.