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How to Use Stock Photos to Tell a Story

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At a loss for words? Use stock photos to tell your story.

As children, before we knew how to read, we flipped through picture books. Graphic novels and comic books mostly rely on images to tell a story. Photojournalists’ entire careers are built on the idea that photographs are powerful storytelling tools and forms of communication.

Photographers who take stock photos often take a bunch of photos in one shoot. With a little imagination and just three or four stock photos, you can create a narrative and convey a message.

What story do you want to tell?

The story of a young explorer:

Vacations by LuckyImages
Traveling by LuckyImages
Traveler by LuckyImages
Traveling by LuckyImages

The story of a rising star: 

Basketball Athlete Sport Skill Playing Exercise Concept by Rawpixel
Basketball Athlete Sport Skill Playing Exercise Concept by Rawpixel

A story about skate culture: 

Skateboard Extreme Sport Skater Street Recreational Activity Con by Rawpixel
Skateboard Extreme Sport Skater Park Recreational Activity Conce by Rawpixel
Skateboard Extreme Sport Skater Park Recreational Activity Concept by Rawpixel
Man Skateboarder Lifestyle Relax Hipster Concept by Rawpixel

The story of weekend warriors:

Viking woman standing near Drakkar on seashore by Nejron
Serious viking warrior with sword and shield standing near Drakkar on the seashore. by Nejron
Viking with axe standing near drakkar on the seashore. by Nejron
Viking warrior with sword standing near Drakkar on the seashore by Nejron

The story of life on the road:

Travel hitchhiker man on a road by Nejron
Travel hitchhiker man on a road by Nejron
Travel hitchhiker couple on a road by Nejron

The story of your creative process:

Photography Photograph Camera Creative Inspirational by Rawpixel
Photography Ideas Creative Occupation Design Studio Concept by Rawpixel
Photography Ideas Creative Occupation Design Studio Concept by Rawpixel

The story of a little girl with big dreams:

Superhero kid. Girl power concept by yarruta
Funny strong child by yarruta
Happy kid playing with toy airplane by yarruta
Funny strong child by yarruta

For more inspiration, check out our photo library on Envato Elements.


Jamie Frankenberg

About the Author Jamie Frankenberg

Jamie is a freelance writer and social worker with a background in public relations. She's currently exploring the world and learning about new cultures, connection, and creativity.