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The Art of Storytelling Through Commercial Photography

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In a world where we are inundated with visual content, the art of storytelling through photography has become a powerful way for businesses to tell their brand story. Commercial photography has evolved from simple product photography, to engage and connect with audiences on a much deeper level, creating visual stories that resonate with your dream clients. In this blog, we explore the art of commercial photography and how it has become such an important part of modern marketing.

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Understanding the client’s story

Every commercial photography project starts with a story – Your story!

Whether it’s headshots for your team, a corporate event, or a full brand campaign, understanding your values and mission is vital, for me to translate your vision into photographs. As a society we are drawn to stories, they capture our attention, evoke emotions, and leave a lasting impression.

Commercial photography leverages this by crafting scenes that resonate with your audience and help them connect with you. In our digital age where everyone can pick up their phone and take photos, professional photographs stand out. Scroll-stopping images engage your audience and strengthen that important connection that builds the know, like, and trust factor.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently wrong with using what you’ve got. We’ve all been there, stretching the purse strings to make ends meet. Commercial photography is most definitely an investment but it’s a worthwhile one. I promise I’m not just telling you that because I’m a branding and commercial photographer, let me tell you why.

The power of visual storytelling

Just as a writer carefully selects words to convey a message, photographers like me craft a visual language. Our language includes the composition, lighting, details, and overall aesthetic of the photograph. A picture speaks a thousand words!

It’s not just about capturing an image; it’s about evoking emotions, sparking curiosity, and leaving a lasting impression. A well-crafted visual narrative has the ability to transcend language barriers and engage your audience on a deeper level. In the competitive landscape of commerce, the power of visual storytelling in commercial photography is a strategic tool, allowing businesses to connect authentically with their audience, foster brand loyalty, and stand out from the crowd.

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Commercial photography solves your problems

Most of my clients fall into one of two categories. The majority fall into the first category of people who aren’t quite sure what they want in a photo. They run an amazing business, but struggle to showcase their excellence and expertise visually. The second, smaller category consists of those with fantastic photo ideas, but find it challenging to bring those ideas to life.

I help you solve these problems, no matter which of the two categories you identify with. Using my photography skills and a good understanding of visual marketing, together we will create eye-catching images that highlight and showcase you and your brand.

Authentic portraits

One of the most effective ways to tell a story through commercial photography is by incorporating the people behind the business. As we all know, people connect with and buy from people they trust. Showing yourself and your staff in images helps your audience connect with you. As humans, we are curious by nature and love to take a peek behind the scenes.

Consider a series of photographs for a coffee brand. Instead of just showcasing the product, I would want to capture the intimate moments of a barista brewing the best cup of coffee, or a customer enjoying their coffee – the first sip in the morning, the shared laughter with a friend, or the quiet contemplation during a break. These images highlight the product, but more importantly, they also tell a story of warmth, connection, and the simple joys of life.

Building a unified story

In our digital age, commercial photography goes far beyond print advertising, it incorporates websites, social media, and other online platforms. Maintaining a consistent visual story across all channels is crucial for building a strong brand identity. The use of consistent colours, fonts, tones, and visual elements ensures that the brand’s narrative remains cohesive and recognisable across all touchpoints.

If you’d like to learn how to use your brand images on social media, you’re in luck! I recently wrote a blog on it, check it out here.


In the realm of commercial photography, the art of storytelling has become a mighty force. It trumps product photography, by creating an emotional connection with your audience. It involves capturing your unique brand story and conveying a message that resonates with your target audience. In today’s visually driven marketing world, first impressions count. High-quality and well-thought-out commercial photography can really help to establish a strong and memorable brand identity.

Whether it’s showcasing products, illustrating services, or capturing the ethos of a company, commercial photography is a powerful tool to communicate professionalism, build trust, and leave a lasting impression. It’s not just about pretty pictures; it’s about crafting a visual story that speaks volumes about your business and sets you apart in a competitive market.

No matter the size of your business, you need great images for your marketing. If reading this has made you realise you need to improve how you present yourself and your brand to the world, get in touch and let’s arrange a chat, I’d love to hear all about you and your business.

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Until next time!
Iska 📸✨


PS. As someone who knows the importance of feeling at ease in front of the camera, I promise you, the results are worth it. My mission is to help Aberdeen business owners stand out and elevate their brands through beautiful photographs.

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