It’s a strange time we are living in right now. We’ve all seen coronavirus photos ranging from hospitals to chalk drawings on driveways. Life is different and we know there’s something wrong, but we also feel normal. There’s fear coupled with stress. We’ve got security at home that’s surrounded by chaos. There are virtual connections and social distancing feels like contempt.
Maybe you’re working harder than ever at home or away keeping the country safe and informed. It’s a scary and confusing time and no matter how you’re feeling, you’re right. There’s no one way to feel. And the emotions – wow. How do you deal with it all this change and how do you focus to stay sane?
Whether you’re handling this perfectly fine, as well as can be expected, or barely hanging on, you can’t argue that it’s not going down as a memorable piece of all of our lives. So what will your story be in 2020? How will you remember this time?
Admittedly, I’ve been at all levels from a nasty funk to Pinterest mom. I struggle with focus on “normal” days, so these few weeks have been particularly hard. However, I do realize that I want to remember this time through photos that tell our family’s story.
Above you can read my why so now I want to propose a project for you.
What is it? It’s your story told with photos.
I want to invite you to join me in a storytelling journey and let me guide you through some ways you can document it. The “coronavirus photos” you take will tell the story from your perspective. As a business owner, maybe you’re struggling with ideas and photos to post on social media. What a great opportunity this would be for people to learn more about you through photos and stories of your experience. As a busy parent, maybe you’re forgetting to document this time at home OR maybe you just love taking photos.
Who can participate?
Wouldn’t it be fun to see this from so many different perspectives? The non-essential workers who are doing their part by staying home to the essential workers who are on the front lines guiding us through this moment in life. As parents who are homeschooling their kids for the first time to students whose school year abruptly ended. We want to hear all the stories and see what it looks like to you.
How do you tell a story with photography?
I want to keep it easy for us, so plain and simple… telling stories with your photos starts with planning.
You’ve got to start by visualizing your story. Take a few minutes to reflect. The best part is that this is YOUR STORY and it’s going to be yours to look back on to remember how you felt, what you learned, and how you grew during this unique time.
The second best part is that this reflection time can be nothing but good for you right now…just a little quiet time is good for the soul.
You can tell your story with one photo or multiple. One photo can be part of the series or part of the whole story you’re writing.
I’ve created a guide to help us with this process of telling our pandemic story with photos. You can snap one photo idea listed on this guide or you can take multiple photos for one idea. You can take a photo and write a caption that lets the audience know the story behind the photo and how you felt. You can use the photos as a header for a daily journal entry. (I like to use the 5 Minute Journal App.)
The words on the list are meant to guide you through the process and help you develop your ideas. Some are specifically connected to the Coronavirus and some are meant to help you create interesting photos.
Where to share your photos?
I’d love to invite you to be a member of my Facebook group. You can share your story in there with other creative folks doing the same. You’ll receive some feedback from me as well as some photography tips to make your photos even better.
Or you can share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #krpstoryteller
When to participate?
Join us whenever you’re ready. You may already have taken some photos that can be part of your story.
I hope that you’ll come along for the journey and share how you’re feeling. I can’t wait to see if you tell your story through humor, seriousness, or even through the eyes of your child.
However this happens – let’s get creative!