Connective Storytelling Photography … No Business Needed! with Lindsey Shedd

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You can be a photographer creating storytelling photography without taking on clients. Lindsey Shedd shares how she uses her own kids to tell stories filled with movement, connection and atmosphere.

Introduction (4:21)

How did you discover your love of photography? (4:43)

After my 3rd son was born, I wanted to slow down and focus on my family, and wanted to capture the bond and friendship that my boys share.

Do you take on clients, and do you feel pressure to do that? (5:40)

I used to, but with 6 kids now, I don’t have time. I pour my energy and focus into learning as much as I can about storytelling photography, and encouraging and teaching others along the way. That is where my passion and focus is.

How do you use movement, atmosphere and connection in your storytelling photography? (8:33)

These elements all work together to bring the story to life. Elements like rain, snow and fog can also turn an ordinary photo into an extraordinary piece of art.

What is you biggest influence and inspiration? (9:33)

Hands down, my kids. I particularly love Norman Rockwell and Ansel Adams.

Do you have unusual places you find inspiration (10:22)

I frequent antique shops with my son, and find vintage trinkets that light up my creativity.

How do you get it all done, making the time to learn and edit. (11:35)

I don’t get it all done. I give myself pep talks to say that’s ok. That said, I do a lot of late nights with coffee!

Do you feel pressure to be posting on Instagram all the time? (12:30)

Yes, I do! I have studied the algorithm, and I know that the more you post, the more engagement you get, especially when you act with humility.

Do you feel pressure to show up in stories too? (14:15)

Yes, the more you can connect with your audience and show who you are, the better I can show up for my followers and show them how much I appreciate them.

Do you always know where you want to take an image in editing? (15:43)

An image that speaks to me, and conveys emotion, even if it isn’t technically perfect, is the one I’m going to spend time on editing.

Do you edit to music? (17:03)

I like classical piano music. But I can also put on worship or oldies – I’m all over the place!

What is your favourite image and why? (18:33)

A picture of my son playing guitar next to a pond. The atmospheric elements created such a tranquil and peaceful mood.

What would be your dream location to shoot at? (20:27)

A farm with lots of trees and animals. It is different to where we are now.

How do you discover your own voice? (21:19)

Shoot for you. Capture the world through your eyes, and with your vision, without falling into the trap of comparison.

What is your presentation about in the Family Retreat? (23:01)

Storytelling photography from the heart – my goal is to help photographers tell a story, create a composition that will make an extraordinary photograph, and elicit genuine emotion and expression from young children.

What do you wish you knew starting out (24:02)

Don’t be so hard on yourself and don’t expect perfectionism.

Speed round! (25:00)

What are you artistically curious about? (26:48)

Street Photography

Discover more about Lindsey Shedd




Lindsey Shedd is a mama to half a dozen amazing kiddos. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse prior to photography and really began to delve into photography after her third son was born. She loves all things photography and can’t seem to learn enough! Her style is children’s documentary and fine art. She has been published and has won numerous photography contests. She loves to tell a story through her work and through the eyes of her children. She uses color, composition, atmosphere, and the candidness of child play to convey a story and feels if she can elicit an emotion or response from the viewer, her job is done.

Resources shared in this episode:

2021 {online} Family Retreat

The Art of Storytelling Class

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