Storytelling – It Doesn’t Need to be Complex


Today’s feature is from Andrea Strunk.

Andrea says:

“I love to shoot toddlers, kids and teens, and this year have started with newborn sessions as well. And I sometimes do shoots for my friends with their children and adorable puppies.”

Andrea’s Photography Tip:

I always aim to tell a little and simple story with my images, so good planing is very important. When I approach children’s sessions, I first collect some ideas and scout locations, and then discuss ideas and locations with the parents.

For this session, I used a couple different short story ideas. For the images with the flowers, I used springtime as my inspiration and like to call it “Helping spring to come with planting some tulips.” For the picture of the little boy with the dog, it was very simple – “A little boy taking a walk with a huge dog.”

Since the kids are too young to understand something like a storyline, I instead just show them something that would be fun to do – like hang out with the family pet or pick flowers. Then I photograph them from a distance, mostly lying on the ground to make sure I’m on their level, and just document what they are doing.

Conceptual shoots that tell elaborate stories and portray elaborate messages are fantastic and super fun to put together – but don’t overlook the small, simple things in life either. They can make for just as good of a session.


Andrea used a Canon 6D with a Canon 70-200 2.8 lens set at 200mm to capture these images.

Andrea Strunk is a Wenden, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Children’s Portrait photographer.

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