Even though this isn’t the most technically perfect photo, I love the story it tells. My daughter and our puppy playing on the beach side by side, both engaged in what they are doing, but with separate projects in mind. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how to tell stories through my images. I am reading a great book on the subject called “Storytellers” by Jerod Foster. He has challenged me to be more reflective before and after I create an image. These are some questions from his book that I have started to ask myself…
1. Am I telling a story with this image?
2. Is it the story I want to tell?
3. What elements in the image might distract or intervene in the successful telling of this story?
4. Is there anything else I could use that would strengthen my ability to tell the story I’m photographing?