HOW DO STORIES WORK?
How stories work, from the early ages, is that they connect to a piece of memory and feelings in our brains right upon we engage with them. This is the secret power of the age old tradition of stories amongst humans. Let it be written, visualised, performed or experienced, story is a powerful tool.
Our bodies react to it, we engage with it, we relate to the protagonist and to other characters in it. We engage with it, experience it, feel it, live it to a certain extent. The better it is constructed and presented, the more our imagination gets activated, sometimes to the extremities.
Stories can activate us in various ways, depending on many factors. Depending on the skills and means how the stories are created and how they are presented. Depending on how the stories are experienced by the audiences with various previous memories and feelings and their own biases and stories.
In our current turbulent times of various wonderful methods and engines of storytelling it all gets challenging for people and businesses. How to keep growing the audience? What, when and how shall they share exactly to avoid overwhelm and secure a nuanced approach for the best results? How do stories work?
Visualising the designs of Hester van Eeghen Dutch Leather Designer, I give you an example. In the midst of the summer after the first lockdown, the business still in recovery mode, I got the idea to get the designs out onto the sandy beach vibes at The Grand Beach of the prestigious Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam. What a great project it became!
Imagining, styling, lighting, organising, directing and photographing of several sets of design shoes and bags came together wonderfully. Both the luxury hotel location and the famous design brand were very satisfied with the project results of engagement and the profit it generated.
Please find one of these shots here below as well as via the online media links on my contact page. Samples of my professional commercial work are showcased at my Adobe profile, have a look via this link: https://www.behance.net/barbaragalvacs .
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Need to spice up your (business) visuals online by a professional photographer, who looks at your narrative with a clear glass from a caring feminine perspective? Specifically someone who understands your story and creates relevant photography and story sensitive visual projects? Someone who takes away the unnecessary trouble of these tasks, and assuring to add what's necessary for the right atmosphere? Someone who does all these to perfectly match your message at a reasonable cost? Let's have a chat!
Narratives of people and businesses, visual ways of story-telling and the discussions these can generate fascinate me most. How we turn situations around, human dignity, emotions and discussions around it attract me magnetically.
Through photography I visualise stories I connect to, quite often in a single photograph, otherwise in a collection of photographs and sometimes even in a whole exhibition, extended by mixed media and from time to time also being grouped up with other artists. Based on my personal story I am especially attracted to and capture stories about women empowerment, dignity and the turn-around points of overcoming challenges in life.
'Your idea of collaboration for this photoshoot is fantastic, very glad that you work at our location!' Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam, July 2020
'Compliments, Barbara! The depth of your understanding my designs is truly amazing. Each and every photograph and moving pictures you make is telling the story and it fascinates people. I find it very beautiful how you visualize the bags and shoes, the light, the location, the model are all exactly what I am looking for.' Hester van Eeghen, June, 2020
'Wow, fully amazed by my cyclist portrait: mourning the loss of my mother, I enrolled to the Alp d'Huzes challenge to support the Dutch Cancer Foundation. Somehow she is part of the photograph by that huge cloud above me, I am out of words from this feeling coming through. Thank you so much' Marije 2019
'Your photographs capture my product perfectly, the design comes beautifully through, glad to use them for my flyers and at trade fairs where I show my designs!' Zsofia 2015
'Wonderful photographs, shot in a home on the channels, working with the location and the team fluently whilst visualising the gist of our product. It is a great extra that we see Amsterdam through the window, even though the weather was very dark outside. How did you do it?' Veronica, 2015
'It is such an energising experience to be photographed by you for my professional website. You make me feel so confident and free in how I come across visually simply by being myself. Freeing my mind from worrying about how I look and connecting with myself, vision and goals instead.' Marja, 2018
'I usually hate being photographed, but you make it super easy and I feel liberated and love your photographs of me! Quite surprising I must say, I have never experienced this before.' Paulien, 2018
'Our afternoon photoshoot together was so much fun and empowering that I'll never forget it. I got a lot of strength out of it.' Sarah, July 2016
'Amazing how nicely your photo's represent our services! Our clients get a great insight in what and how we do, which helps growing the trust in our clientele. We really appreciate also the way you dealt with our clients who were present during the shoot. Could we please use them for our posters, too?' Erika, 2017
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Get empowered also by exploring your beautiful self image, if you so fancy. A lot is possible by various investments in time and effort between a simple 30 min profile headshot session shall you accidentally just now need one, through a few hours long branded character portrait shoot or regular collaborative projects important for your own communication, till a full artistic project concept and execution.
Spice up your visuals online and offline! Explore the process of photography as well as how it influences our vision on the world and on ourselves, our self-image! Get empowered by investing a day to model for a piece of authentic framed artwork to your wall! Any questions: let's have a chat!
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