Female business owner taking notes in her journal

Before you develop a story with photography, it’s important to make sure you have a framework in place.

So grab a pen and paper or your favourite notes app and jot down –

  • What you want to say.
  • What’s your main message?
  • Is it factual, educational or entertaining?
  • How will you make it engaging and interesting?
  • How will you make it relevant to your audience?
  • Does your story have a structure?

A common technique used by filmmakers to develop the structure of a film is a storyboard. It’s a visual representation of the story as it unfolds and shows you all the important steps.

Once you’ve created a storyboard it’s easy to see if your story flows and whether you’ve missed anything.

Here’s some of the elements you might find in a typical storyboard.

  • The opening scene that gets the story started.
  • The key moments where something important happens?
  • Location changes.
  • Actors entering and leaving the scene to guide the direction and flow.
  • Scene design – a simple visual representation.
  • The lighting, colour and mood.
  • The final scene which may be a conclusion or a cliff-hanger.

Depending on how you prefer to work, you might find a simple set of notes is enough to help you develop your photographic story.

If you’re a visual thinker, a visual storyboard will definitely help you bring it life though. Just sketch it out quickly with a pencil and make any changes as you go.

Either way, plan it out and make sure you engage and draw YOUR audience with a powerful story.

Hopefully these useful tips will help show you how to develop a story in photography.

Are you ready to elevate your business storytelling photography?

If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with Nick on 07410 634158 or book a complimentary consultation call at a time that suits you.


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