As a photographer, I use my photographs to tell a story. Even when I am photographing families, I try to have the photos reflect their family story. I do this by capturing their personalities, use poses to convey a feeling, and definitely use my setting to enhance. There are times when the story is easy to capture. Others, you need to think a little bit harder about.

Telling a Story with 5 Photos


Week 38: September 14-20

Have purpose! It’s not hard to tell your story with your images. However, you need to have a purpose behind them. You need to be able to express your feelings and what you are seeing through those pictures to your viewer. Put some thought into it!


Be selective. You could stand around and snap away and take hundreds of frames, but when you are telling a story, you don’t want to just dump all of your photos out. You need to have a beginning, a middle, and an end.


Make sure you get the background in the shot! This will add context and help your viewer understand the placement of your subject. This is the time to “leave some fat” in your photo or get a sign or clock into the frame.


Edit you images.  This is when editing your images {even slightly} can help your story. Be enhancing your images, you can help portray the mood or give the surroundings a little boost. Maybe your story, like mine, is better off being told in black and white.


This week, we are going to tell a story in 5 frames. Your story can be a dandelion being blown away by a gust of wind. Or your child headed off to school for the first time. It’s your story! Make it come alive.

telling a story with 5 photos

Make sure you share your storytelling photos on Facebook!