Visual Story Telling, It Takes More Than Just One Shot!

The next time you’re planning to go on a shooting trip or you’re heading out on a photography workshop with one great shot in mind, you might also attempt to create a visual story through a series of strong images.

Think about a themed project you would like to develop.

To accomplish this, it sometimes helps to find a strong title first.  This will give you a guided vision of sorts, something to work you through to your ultimate goal. Think about what you want to say with your visual story. This could be a series of animals interacting in a unique location. It could also be a geologic natural display of rocks or plant life.

An example would be this series of horses I captured last winter during one of our Iceland workshops. I noticed them playing in an open pasture behind one of the small cottages we visited.

I found their interaction quite playful as they seemed to almost mug for my attention. I followed them closely for a time, noticing a story developing before my eyes. I’ve never been much of an equine photographer, but Iceland’s small statured horses are amazingly photogenic and fun, with their beautiful windswept bleached manes.

Your images can be accomplished in a moment like this, or over a long weekend shooting a special subject you know well. 

Perhaps you will shoot the same subject over years showing changes in a unique landscape from all 4 seasons in the same location. As long as your images have a connected theme, then you have something.  Photo sessions with strong visual storytelling are great for building strong portfolios, in addition to establishing your style as a photographer.

If you would like to learn more about creating a strong portfolio of images or traveling with us on our photographic workshops to Iceland, explore our website for more information.

Explore our blogs on photography in Iceland:

Beyond the Golden Circle, A photography Expedition.
Iceland Creative Photography workshop – Opening your eyes to adventure!

All the best,
Mark Jansen

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Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscape photography draws him into some amazing places and he freely shares this knowledge on his photography workshops. He researches his subjects extensively, making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment. His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions and teach workshops.

Mark offers photographic workshops in numerous U.S. and International locations with his business, Jansen Photo Expeditions. He is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader and award winning, visionary photographer. 

Mark has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. He has a passion for landscape and classic aviation photography and provides large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California. He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images.


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