So “cliche” means it has been done enough already, and “genre” is a class or category? So, wedding photography is a genre, and “bride walking up aisle with father”, “first kiss”, “couple leaving church”, and “bridal party all in a row” would all be cliches? Actually everything on a wedding shot list has been done a lot. Does that make the whole thing cliche?
Dudley may have a point. It’s how well executed and tasteful the shot is. If everyone viewing it gasps and exclaims “Wow! It’s gorgeous!”, almost everyone will miss that it is cliche. If it’s not executed so well, it leaves room for people to think about French words they can apply.