Storytelling Part 1


Photography with Purpose, on Purpose

Adding Story into your photos

“Last Ride”

You want your photos to have impact.  Who doesn’t!  “A Picture is worth a thousand words” seems to be self explanatory. But why doesn’t every photo hold our attention for more than a second or two?  If that…  And whether you’re a professional photographer or just take snapshots for fun, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to consistantly take photos that make people stop and engage?


“All Washed Up”

Ours is an image driven world. We’re subjected to a never ending array of photos, messages and ads.  All demanding our attention.  And so a new commodity has arisen, the commodity of our time.  Unconsciously we have learned to dole out our time in bits and drops like priceless gems.  We’ve evolved into a “Show Me” culture and have become voracious consumers of visual stimuli.  So if you are going to ask someone to spend some precious time with your image, what you are offering had better be good!


“Surf Check”

This is where story comes in.  To get someone to pause and take a look, our photos need to say something to the viewer.  To evoke a feeling. A memory. An emotion.  To make the viewer laugh or cry, become excited or even uncomfortable.  Or to just stop and hit pause lost in the beauty of the moment you captured.  To open the wallet and spend a bit of time.


  “Yearning Heart”

Is this easy?  Well…no!  But to do so you must become a storyteller.  You must connect to your audience with any photo you share, be it on social media, stock photography or a gallery.  And if you can’t connect that means  the viewer will not pause, click, comment and share.  Or stand and get lost in your gallery piece.


“Morning Glory”

 In fact, one of the biggest compliments your photo can receive on social media is a share or a re-post. When this happens your viewer has  decided your photo is not only worth their time, but their friend’s time as well!  Or, even better, the viewer will spend time and a bit of another precious commodity, their money, for gallery piece purchase.


“Blue Monster”

So here is the issue. How do I make the someone pause and spend a little…Time?

In my next few posts I will take up challenge of shooting storytelling photos.  I’ll share tips and tricks small and large.  I’ll take you beyond just camera settings and light. We’ll also embark on a journey of discovery.  And along the way my hope is to inspire and equip you to take Photos with Purpose and on Purpose.

Oh, and thanks for spending a bit of your precious time to read these posts.  Don’t worry, it will be time well spent!

Oh, and By the Way…Please feel free to look around our website.  We are constantly changing out galleries and photos so you will find something fresh every time you come back!

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  1. shelly holloway 10/14/2017 at 3:38 am #

    Hi Doug…. this is a wonderful new dimension.. Ive said before that your words plus your pictures are a mighty twosome. It was your pictures at first that drew my attention then I started to read your commentary and loved what you as the photographer had to say. After all nobody can give that perspective to your work but you. Although we..the viewers are free to have our own perspective yours has always been an insight that Ive found to enhance your work. Glad youve added this! We can learn from you.

    • Doug Bailey
      Doug 10/14/2017 at 6:44 am #

      Thanks so much Shelly, coming from a wordsmith such as yourself this means a lot. You may have noticed that the blog link takes you to my new website. I’ll be putting up coupons on future blogs to make pieces very affordable. I hope you are someday able to take advantage of them since by now you seem like family! By the way, anything I sell also helps support my wanderings in search of great photography!

    • Doug Bailey
      Doug 10/14/2017 at 6:45 am #
  2. Lura Bailey 10/14/2017 at 6:39 am #

    Awesome Blog….I know people will learn from your posts…Beautiful~

    • Doug Bailey
      Doug 10/14/2017 at 6:46 am #

      Thank you so much Oise, my most loving and loyal fan!

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