Telling a Story without Words & Creating Emotion

Telling a story without words requires vision, planning and execution.  I decided to do a fashion shoot this past Saturday in the woods near my home.  I envisioned long colorful dresses backed by the stark, naked woods. I wanted to create a feeling of dominance over nature. I fortunately had a few of my sons friends who were home for the holidays agree to model for me.  They had each spent countless hours performing in theater and musical venues so when instructed, they were able to achieve the look and feel I was trying to create. My first model had on a beautiful pink flowing gown.  Not a dominant color in nature.  So, how was I to best use the color and beauty to tell a story. I looked around the woods and envisioned a fairy peeking out from the trees.  I had her play a role as seen in the images above. Take a look and use your own imagination to tell this story. Feel free to send a response to this blog.  I would love to see if our stories are similar.

My second model had a long red gown.  Now THIS was the color I had in mind when I originally started planning for this session.  I thought about this model in front of a big old tree on a particular path.  The tree, towering above her with strong bulky branches, yet, she, was in charge.  She was the dominant force in nature.  My vision was somewhat derailed when I saw this section of woods near where I shot the first model.  I loved the curves of the fallen tree and the strong subdued back light.  We cleaned up the area and worked within the fallen area of tree. I was still able to create the feeling that I wanted in a slightly different location.  Maddie appeared strong, in control, untouchable.

I will return to this area soon.  I have additional visions with snow, fog, light and the colors blue and white.


3 thoughts on “Telling a Story without Words & Creating Emotion

  1. Karen, these pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love the whole theme and telling a story without words! Your passion for photography is admirable and your work is truly amazing! The girl in the white dress in the woods….she could be an Angel. Or it looks like it could be from something like Alice in Wonderland. Thank you for sharing your pictures!

  2. These pictures are absolutely stunning. I’m currently in a photography class and my assignment right now is to tell a story. I came across this and was totally blown away.

    1. It is so fun to create a story or style a shoot that goes with your vision. I have been doing fairy shoots lately which allow me the ability to create a stage with my images. Check out my FB page and website to see more .

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