Category: Shoot Like a Storyteller

photography composition for documentary photographers

12 Ways to Kick Your Photo Composition Up a Notch (When You Don’t Want to Pose Clients)

Have you ever been so captivated by a photo, not because of the moment or light, but because of the perspective? It felt like, “HOW did they do that?!” as you reflect on your own photos feeling kind of blah? Let’s combat that feeling with some killer composition techniques specifically for us storytelling, documentary photographers.

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how to document your life in photos

How to Document Your Life in Photos When You’re Single

Documentary photography can feel pretty difficult when you’re single. When you have a family with kids there’s a lot you can (and want to) document right in front of you. You want to remember the little things. Being single, or just living on your own can feel a bit dull compared to family life photos already out there. Is it even worth documenting your life at all?

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Shooting Under the Pressure of a Clock

Could I bring photographers into the four walls of someone’s home and document a family in an hour… and yield some awesome photos? I really wasn’t sure. And I’ll never forget being on the phone with Anastasia (mom), telling her my plan, and her response, “Do you have kids?” I could hear the doubt in […]

Document Your Favorite Places, Not Pretty Photo Locations

Your favorite place is a must to add to your documentary photo shoot bucket list. When I became a photographer taking on clients, I scouted for pretty photo locations. My hunt was about pretty fields, stylish downtown scenes, run down barns to shoot in, and I never once thought about where my clients are most comfortable. It was about […]

Photography Income and Intuition

Have you ever felt like you are on a hamster wheel with your photography business? Or maybe like a clone of thousands of other photographers out there, but you aren’t sure what you can do to break away from the mold? Maybe, you haven’t even given yourself permission to break away, because you simply don’t […]

How to See Ordinary as Extraordinary Using Documentary Photography

You’ve heard me say it before and I’m saying it again: there is a photo opportunity in every moment of every day. The story within that moment may not always be sunshine and rainbows, but a story is there no less. It’s a matter of opening your mind to be aware of the story to tell […]

Sunflower Ring Photography

Want to know how this photo was taken? See all the details in this engagement ring photo back story.

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