Annie Leibovitz said, “Fairy tales are what every photographer wants to do well.” Fairy tales are timeless stories that people all over the world love to hear. One of the ways you can make these stories come alive is by becoming a better fairy tale photographer.

Let’s look at five tips that will help you become a better fairy tale photographer.

Focus on Telling an Interesting Story

Don’t fall into the trap of making your photographs about you. Instead, think about how you can tell an interesting story with every shot that will help illustrate whatever fairy tale it is that you’re telling.

Capture the Mood and Setting That Matches the Story

Capturing the mood and setting of a story is essential. Think about how you can accomplish this with your photographs, whether through lighting, angles, or even props that are part of the fairy tale.

Don’t Be Afraid to Use Flash

Fairy tales are often filled with darkness, so don’t be afraid of using a flash when photographing them. Using a flash will brighten the background and help the subject stand out even more than they would if it were too dark.

Think Outside the Box

Remember that every time we retell a fairy tale, it changes slightly or dramatically depending on who is telling it and what mood they want to convey. Do the same with your photographs. Think outside of the box when it comes to how you can make each fairy tale come alive in a new way.

Don’t Forget About Composition

Fairy tales are often told in different languages and cultures, so don’t be afraid to mix things up by using different compositions. This way, you’ll be able to tell the story uniquely and interestingly.