3 Ways To Create Connection with Stories
Carmen Buck Photography
3 Ways To Connect with Stories
Carmen Buck Photography
I love stories and storytelling. I'm not sure what came first- my calling to be a nurse or my love of stories and storytelling. Learning about people and what is important to them are essential traits of a nurse and a photographer! I am a nurse/nurse practitioner and have been for almost 40 years. Even before becoming a nurse and nurse practitioner, I worked with the elderly and those with dementia as a nurse's aid when I was in high school. I loved hearing people's stories, their legacy and history the most!
Connection and Meaning
Connection with other people, nature and oneself are basic spiritual needs. In a world filled with static and noise, it is easy to feel disconnected from others even though our phone and other electronics are tethered tightly. A meaningful life is filled with connections and relationships with nature, one another and ourselves. Photography is a healing practice. Images and portraits with connection, meaning, compassion and emotion tell a story. These are the portraits you stop and become so immersed you forget to take a breath. You'll see plenty of those on my, Carmen Buck Photography website!
About Stories and Storytelling
Every story has a beginning, middle and end but expressing exactly what we want to say in a story, is not always easy. Yes, in case you are wondering- one photograph CAN speak an entire story! Have you ever told a story and get lost in the details and then totally miss the point of your story? Welcome to the club! The point of every story and of storytelling is to inspire, educate, influence, impact, and/or entertain. You'll find elements of each of these in my portfolio on Carmen Buck Photography.
Why We Love Stories and Storytelling
Imagine having a beautiful cloth with multiple colored threads. They’re each individually beautiful and yet they are woven together to create their own beautiful cloth. It’s the same with stories. We each have our own stories and yet our stories are part of bigger stories which tell our history and leave a legacy.
Stories have been around forever. Back in the days of cave men (and ladies) they told their stories by carving on the wall. There are also stories never written. These stories are the ones we share from generation to generation. It is probably one of my favorite things about photography. I create legacies for the families and individuals I work with. Even business portraits tell the story of a business and become their legacy!
3 Parts to a Good Story
1. Decide what story defines you. Whether you prepare to tell your family story in portraits, your business story or the stories you want to pass on to future generations, choose the stories which inspire, educate, influence, impact, or entertain. I’ll give you an example. I LOVE photographing the elderly and specialize in those with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. I learn about the person from the person themselves and/or the family by asking
- What is important to them now and in the past
- What do they enjoy doing now
- Who do they love
- What are their favorite sayings, favorite colors…
Then, the stories evolve naturally! Each of these questions will elicit all kinds of interesting stories which help me to capture the essence of the person.
2. Every story has a beginning, middle and end. The stories also answer the following questions:
3. Be authentic! Keep it real, and vulnerable. These traits comfortably invite others into your space and draw them in. Remember the title included “Connection?” This piece is the MUST HAVE!
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