I've been doing a lot of thinking lately on what exactly it means to be a storyteller. This word gets thrown around A LOT, especially in the photography and marketing worlds. As a woman behind the camera capturing real life stuff, naturally storyteller becomes my role. It's an incredibly important role. In my hands I hold a tool that allows me to take another person's story and convey it to the rest of the world using my expertise. It's not as easy as picking up the camera and snapping a photo of a subject. I need to spend time in advance understanding what it is my subject is wanting to communicate.
It takes a great deal of thought and preparation to do this correctly. Whether it's a new Mother and her child, telling the story of her parenting experience and where it has taken her.
Or an entrepreneur, passionate about what led her to start her own business and why she loves what she does so much. It's essential to understand what parts of their story are important to them.
I'm truly obsessed with other people's stories. I always have been. It can be anyone—someone I've known a long time and have been close to, a new acquaintance, or someone I've briefly interacted with at a coffee shop. Everyone's story matters to them, and defines who they are, and how they got to be right here in this moment time. There's an unbelievable amount of value in that!
Our stories define who we are right now. It's as simple and as complicated as that.
Every shoot I do, and every client I work with has a chance to tell me as much or as little about their story as they would like, but I always encourage them to share as much as possible. The more time I can spend understanding who my client is, and why their story matters to them, the better I can do at my job as the communicator.
Everyone's story is crucially important to them, and it takes a lot of trust to allow someone else to communicate it for them. I am so grateful when my subject puts that trust in me, and I do not take it for granted.
Do you have a story you want to tell? Maybe you have experienced something profound in your life—whether your'e a parent, an entrepreneur, a creative. There's no shame in wanting to share it with the world. I would love to talk about how I can help you do that.
Feel free to reach out to me at any time.
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