Photo Journal

Story-telling Photographs

I knew it. . . . It was coming, but it came sooner rather than later.

I don’t know what to write about! I’m stuck. Or maybe it’s because it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon.  I’ve had my nap; I’ve been reading. It’s comfortable, though, outside—low 80’s after a cool morning (I wore my right pink sweater to church this morning).

I pulled out one of my photography books, The Photographer’s Playbook. You’re familiar with the idea of coaches and teams having playbooks with a variety of moves the team can make. The players are familiar with everything in the book, so nothing is new, but when the team gets in a jam, the coach can pull out a play.

So, today, I pulled out the playbook, and I looked through the subject index. I honed in on the keyword “editing.” I was expecting to find some interesting ways to edit images.


What I did find was advise on looking back over the photographs that I’ve already taken and start to look for the story or for the patterns or perhaps the story that I’ve found. I went back over my images I’ve taken this year, and selected randomly some thirty images. Then I culled that those images to twenty-five. Using the online photo-editor/collage maker, I created a three by three grid to make a collage. to make things really simple, I used the auto-fill feature to fill in the grid.

Water, florals, lines. These show up in my photography more often than not.

Editing Collage

These images, randomly selected, reveal my love for nature, for details, for atmosphere. I think I will be exploring the stories that my images reveal.

By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

3 replies on “Story-telling Photographs”

I love nature too. I love getting out and capturing it. I need to do it more. I’m often found taking pictures of my daughters HS soccer games or food pics for my blog. But nature is one of my favorite things.


I remember those days with my sons’ at the soccer field and later on the marching band field! I so enjoy walking outside with the camera. Just having the camera with me makes me more observant.


I like the idea of randomly selecting some photos and trying to figure out what story they tell about my photography. I’m in the process of sorting through and cleaning out about 50,000 digital photos on my computer. Nature is my usual subject but I’m shocked at how many of them I look at and can’t remember why I took them in the first place. I need to be more selective when pushing that shutter button!


I love conversation, the close, intimate kind amongst friends. Won't you join me? I look forward to a good coze.

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