Storytelling photography is real life. It's not posed, it's not always pretty, and your grandma probably won't get it :) I love documenting and recording memories. I've been a scrapbooker for almost 20 years, but didn't become interested in photography until about 5 years ago. At first, I took a lot of photos "the right way" - beautiful light, clean backgrounds, kids smiling and looking at the camera.
But...when it came time to scrapbook those, I didn't have anything to say about them. There were no memories associated with the photos, because they were set up. Still, I kept on pushing through. For about 6 months, I hated photography...well...at least I hated my photography. I felt like I was doing something wrong. Then, in January 2016, I read a breakout by Jessica Thomason called The Art of Authenticity. Something inside me clicked and it was like I was home. A few months later, I took her brand-new class, The Documentary Approach, and I fell in love.
Since then, I'm all about capturing life in a real, authentic, joyful, and sometimes bittersweet way. My photos will never win any awards, but I hope that 50 years from now, someone will look at them and know exactly what life was like on a rural Nebraska corn farm with 3 young kids, 9 chickens, and 5 cats.
I want you to be able to look back at this exact moment in time and remember what it felt like to be there...not just what your family looked like, but your personalities, quirks, and uniqueness.
As for the "storytelling" label - I used to call myself a "documentary" photographer. Documentary is all about showing life exactly as it is. But...I am drawn to prettiness. Light especially. And I want the freedom to move something if I don't like where it is. So I thought about "lifestyle"...but that's not exactly me either (I don't think your house has to be completely clean and perfect, among other things). So, "storytelling" seems to fit me - a mix of documentary and lifestyle.