I love capturing the human face and form through portraiture. There is something about a strong, ambiguous portrait that speaks volumes to me so I try to embody that in my work; the kind of portrait that leaves the viewer to imagine the mood of the subject at the time. I think the mark of a great photograph is the subtle nuances captured, a slight smirk, or the way an off camera gaze makes you wonder. I rarely make straight up "smile for the camera" portraits for my clients. I also enjoy a bit of abstract photography. I think it is good to be break the rules every now and then and experiment. This can be with composition, editing, etc. I like a slightly left of center style.
There are quite a few photographers whose work I admire. Kareem Black for his ability to ride the fine line between commercial photographer (Verizon, Gatorade) and pop culture photographer. Kwesi Abbensents of course for his use of color and the style of modern portraiture he does, Anne Leibovitz for her longevity in the industry and classic portraits of iconic figures. I can't forget the iconic Gordon Parkes, especially for his work with Time Magazine as well as James Van Der Zee for his classic images taken during the Harlem Renaissance. Also, just about any photographer who shoots for National Geographic (lol).