Powerful Pictures that tell a story only bring your pictures to life! How to tell a story through pictures – look at the pictures, funny pictures and multiple images can all tell the story.
How to Tell a Story Through Pictures
It has taken me a while and a lot of tries at different things, to find the type of photo sessions that work best worked for me and my clients. I started off shooting clients (as well as taking great pictures of my own kids) at local parks, or I would find remote locations off the side of the road with tall grass and beautiful golden sunlight. The images I created were beautiful, but they were missing something.
When I looked at pictures, I could see sweet smiles, soft wispy curls, and bright blue eyes. But the images did not help me recall specific memories….What was there favorite toy at that age? What things were they just learning to say or do? And so I started looking for photographers who work inspired me to shoot my family and clients differently….to capture real genuine moments, that tell a story of who they are today. This where I found and then fell in love with storytelling and documentary photography.
For clients, I work with them before the session to plan the actives that they would love to capture. We discuss the activities that their family loves to do together, favorite toys that they would like to remember, or silly habits that their children do today, but will likely grow out of soon.
How do Photographs Tell a Story?
Messy, dirty, fun, creative, beautiful and so much more. Every photo you see will tell you a story. And every viewer will see a different part of the story. – Pictures that Tell a Story
Shutterbug states that a story can be told in one image – or more.
With my own kids it is a bit easier. I look for the things that interest them the most. Maybe it is my oldest new love of building legos, my little girl learning to ride her bike for the first time, or my baby trying to dress himself. Those are the stories I want to remember.
With each story, I approach it much like reading a book. I first try to take wide angle images to set the scene. Then I move in closer to introduce the characters, and slowly I work my way to the details.
I try to ensure that the story has a beginning, middle, and end. As we move throughout the session I capture “transition” images, that help the story flow from one activity to the next. Throughout the session, I think about if I have a good beginning and ending to my story, everything else will fall somewhere in the middle.
Once the session is done, I sit down and look at the images and thing back to the story I want to tell. Like a writer or director laying out a storyboard, I layout the images in an order that best tells a story, and by the end leaves you smiling.
Jennifer Vititoe Photography | New Orleans, La