Something I like to do when working on ideas for storytelling and creative photoshoots is to do something called a brain dump. I put all my ideas on paper (or cocktail napkins) and see which ones stick with me. To be honest, sometimes I have an idea and then forget to write it down. I blame a bad short-term memory! Notes, notes, notes! If I have an idea that won’t work with time or budget, I try to think of a different or sometimes better way to tell the story in the images. Photographing with storytelling in mind helps me better plan, understand my intentions when shooting, and really trust my instincts to adapt where needed. Now is your turn to find what story you want to tell and what inspires you. Don’t be afraid to shoot a lot during these photoshoots and don’t be afraid to think way outside of the box!
Shannon K Dougherty is a portrait, editorial and boudoir photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been creating art all her life and picked up photography as her most loved medium. She has been published internationally and has won awards for her photography work. When she is not working with her clients at her studio, she is often photographing self-portraits or baking pies from scratch. website: shannonkdougherty.com instagram: @shannon_k_dougherty
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