Create Work People Will Remember

How Storytelling Will Impact Your Reach

Want people to remember you? Make them feel something.

No matter how good your work is, it will go unnoticed if:

  • The message you convey isn’t clear

  • The context is missing

  • The story you tell isn’t relatable

Storytelling is often reduced to entertainment. But it’s so much more than that.

Storytelling is a powerful communication tool that awakens human emotions.

It is how we connect and how we form relationships.

Relationships with ourselves and with others.

Because art is merely the expression of ideas, emotions, and imagination, the quality of the stories you tell to yourself will be directly reflected in the things you put out in the world.

And the quality of the stories you tell the world will be reflected in the success you have in relationships and business.

And by success, I don’t necessarily mean the volume of your wealth or the amount of people you know.

Good stories can bring:

  • Deeper connections with your partner and family

  • Companies and individuals wanting to collaborate with you

  • People wanting to learn from your experience

  • People wanting to buy whatever it is you create

All this is because the key word is: relatability.

I've witnessed firsthand the transformative power of storytelling in turning simple visuals into compelling narratives that captivate the audience with my images.

In this letter we explore the essence of storytelling, its crucial role in both creative expressions and business strategies, as well as practical ways to implement narratives into your work.

1. What Is Storytelling

At its core, storytelling is the art of conveying messages, emotions, and information through a narrative structure that engages and connects with the audience.

It’s a fundamental aspect of the human experience. And it is found in every culture and time period, adapted to countless forms; from oral traditions to digital narratives.

Everything is storytelling if you reframe it:

  • Education at school is the told stories of what we gathered and built in the past with science, history, geography…

  • Financial statements in a company tell the story of the company, the choices that were made, the health of the business…

  • Relationships form because we tell who we are, what we enjoy, how we met, where we want to go, and we form stories around each of those

Storytelling is the vehicle from idea to concretization.

It is the most powerful tool to embark anyone in your vision of the future.

In art, storytelling allows individuals to soak their works with personal experiences, external observations, inner reflections, or imagined worlds, inviting the spectator or viewer into a deeper and more immersive experience of their reality.

In business, storytelling transforms marketing from mere advertisement to a relatable, emotional experience that builds brand identity and loyalty.

Whether it is through the journey of a brand or the vision behind a photograph, effective stories are built on characters, settings, conflicts, and resolutions that resonate universally.

Understanding these elements helps craft narratives that are authentic, compelling, and memorable, which is paramount for setting the foundation for a powerful connection with your audience.

2. Why Storytelling Is Important

In this section, I will highlight the importance of storytelling for art and business.

Storytelling In Art

When it comes to art, storytelling elevates the aesthetic experience.

It allows viewers to see beyond the image or visual output, and be exposed to the deeper meanings and narratives embedded within it.

For instance, my night images are not only captures of rocky landscapes taken in the dark with a few stars. Although it objectively is when you put them out of context, they actually hold the stories I attach to them. Stories that can either focus on the location, the emotions felt, the particular conditions witnessed, or the metaphorical, more spiritual meaning behind them.

And those stories are what allow anyone to interpret and relate your work to their own life in a different context because the emotions are the same.

Stories don’t require the same settings for everyone to be relatable. They require a connecting point.

Find this connecting point and you unlock a dialogue between you the creator and the observer.

Storytelling In Business

In business, storytelling is equally critical; it humanizes brands, making them relatable and memorable to their audience.

A compelling brand story can forge strong emotional bonds with customers, turning transactions into relationships and loyalty.

And that is of course applicable to personal brands, which is what most creators and artists have.

I would argue it is much easier to create stories people can relate to when the brand is attached to a person, rather than an entity. That would explain why most brands today employ or leverage celebrities to act as an ambassador for the brand because the company on its own would see fewer conversions in their sales if it wasn’t for that.

Of course, they also play with the authority of the people they choose to work with, but for those who don’t and still make it in business, most of their success can be attributed to the quality of the message they deliver to the audience (e.g. Dyson emphasizing what their technology enables for home cleaning).

3. How To Implement Storytelling In Your Work

Implementing storytelling into your work starts with identifying the unique narratives you have at hand.

These can be personal experiences that have shaped your artistic vision, problems you’ve encountered and found a solution for yourself, customer journeys that reflect your business's impact, or even fictional stories that embody your brand's values.

For artists, photographers, and creators in general, digging into personal stories or universal themes can enrich your work with layers of meaning that resonate with audiences on an emotional level.

Remember, you want to find that connecting point.

You don’t need to find stories you think will apply to most people.

Keep your story personal, and by finding a connecting point you will make it relatable to others, despite people not having experienced the exact same situation as you.

Crafting these narratives requires authenticity and a keen understanding of your audience to ensure the story connects and engages.

Once you’ve identified the connecting point, your stories must be carefully structured, using both visual and textual elements to craft a narrative that's both compelling and easy to follow.

Once you’re good with the structure, it’s time to share it.

Sharing your story through various platforms—be it social media, newsletters, or video content—allows you to reach your audience where they are, using the most impactful medium for your message.

By consistently integrating storytelling into your communication strategy, you can turn every piece of content into an opportunity to connect, engage, and inspire your audience.

The sharing is as important as the quality of your message. One without the other fails the initial purpose.

In summary, here is how you can build a compelling story attached to your work:

  • Find a personal story or idea you want to elaborate on

  • Identify a connecting point to make it relatable

  • Structure your message to make it easy to follow

  • Use visuals (in my case my images)

  • Share it where people can see and read it

4. Tips For Effective Storytelling

Effective storytelling is an art that requires practice, insight, and a deep understanding of your audience.

Don’t focus too much yet on the audience, as the understanding of it builds with the practice of crafting great messages.

A few tips from my experience to captivate and engage your audience:

  1. Use compelling visuals. This applies especially in art and visual-centric fields like photography. This step might require you to improve your level (in photography for example if that’s what you do) if you’re not yet comfortable with the quality of what you produce. Once you are, it will make it easier for the viewer to be immersed in your storytelling because the quality of your work will catch attention much more easily.

  2. Authenticity is key. Your stories should reflect the true essence of your art or brand, fostering a genuine connection with your audience. You can still tell stories or share ideas about topics you are less experienced with, but it should be stated as such so that you avoid showing a false sense of confidence. People will sense it otherwise and won’t take you seriously.

  3. Consistency in storytelling reinforces your message and builds a cohesive narrative over time, strengthening your relationship with your audience. The more you expand on specific topics you choose, the more credibility and authority you build in the fields you are writing about. This is key to building trust and eventually converting inspired readers and viewers to loyal customers.

  4. The power of simplicity. A clear, concise story is often more impactful than a complex narrative that loses the audience's interest. Keep in mind that you should craft your message according to the platform or medium used to share it. Your message and story should be crafted differently for places like social media where the attention span is incredibly limited. Simple doesn’t mean short. Simple means easy to follow and understand. This builds with practice.

By applying these principles, you can craft stories that not only engage and entertain but also deeply connect with your audience, leaving a lasting impression.

The stories we tell are the bridges we build between our work and our audience.

Your ability to create relatable stories that connect with people is what will set you apart from others in the same arena as you and make competition much more irrelevant.

Remember, make people feel something.

You do that by sharing things that make you feel something yourself.

This is how people will remember you.

That’s it for today.

Hope you enjoyed it.

See you in the next one,