VISUAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUR TEAM
BECOME a squad of powerful VISUAL storytellers
Does your team work on important issues?
Do you want your stories to create loyal brand ambassadors?
Are you frustrated that your stories on Instagram or Facebook aren't making a bigger impact?
Do you find it hard to decide on which visuals to use in order to maximize engagement?
Get connected to your audience! It’s time your work made a bigger impact!
I HAVE WORKED FOR
The NY Times, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, the International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, the Associated Press and Reuters, among many others.
Prices start at $6,000 for a workshop, depending on your needs and size of your team.
I want to make sure you get maximum impact for your time. Let’s figure out what will best suit you and your organization.
I create exclusive bespoke workshops for companies and non-profits
I have had the pleasure to work with Tara on more than a dozen projects for my organization, Search for Common Ground, the world's largest peacebuilding NGO. Tara is an incredible photographer and storyteller. She brings deep knowledge to all phases of the production of a story—from ideation and storyboarding to on-the-ground work to post-production and distribution. Her ability to connect with the people whose story she is telling shines powerfully in her work. Her technical expertise is superb and shows in all of her photography (I was amazed by what she did for a gallery installation that required technically very challenging shots). Her creativity and storytelling experience shape a good narrative into a great one. And in her capacity as a consultant in digital communications and storytelling, Tara brings excellent training that I know colleagues in peace and development work who are not trained as communicators have found very useful. I am looking forward to another opportunity to work with Tara in the near future!
Director of Communications, Search for Common Ground
Tara worked seamlessly as an extension of our team during the pandemic. She helped us navigate storytelling during lockdown when production was halted, bringing in her network to help us create digital platforms and content that communicated our impact stories in engaging and unexpected ways. For every block in the road, Tara found a work around! Tara is an expert storyteller; she will help you find the nuggets of gold in your work and build on them. Highly professional, creative, solutions focussed and calm, I really look forward to working with Tara again in the near future
Director of Marketing & Partnership Lead at Girl Effect
Tara understands storytelling like no other. In particular related to impact-oriented storytelling. We live in a world where storytelling is core to many marketing strategies and Tara knows precisely not only how to craft a good story, but also how to engage a community with this story through different channels, each with their own engagement dynamics. Tara is really a one-stop-shop for impact brands and organizations who generate meaningful content. I can highly recommend her!
Camille Van Gestel-Walinga
Tara was a guest speaker in my Global Reporting class at The School of The New York Times's Summer Academy, where she guided students (high school aged) through some of her award-winning photo essays. The students greatly enjoyed Tara's deep and inspiring experience in photojournalism, as well as her thoughtful explanation of the story process and craft.
Journalist and instructor at The School of The New York Times
It’s rare to have a consultant that is not only talented but willing to go the extra mile to make sure an organization is self-sufficient. I hired Tara originally for her outstanding photography in challenging/remote environments around the world. We had one circumstance where we couldn’t access a location and I was particularly impressed by her ability to coach other local photographers in the toughest situations—effortlessly. No detail was overlooked and her creative assets were able to be featured in a variety of campaigns, stories, events, and media. It was only natural for me to bring in Tara to lead our organization in workshops on how to become better storytellers. She taught us how to make the most of limited resources from a real place of understanding and helped us build a larger strategy for ongoing success. Anyone would be lucky to have the chance to work and learn from Tara!
Philanthropy & Communications
You rarely come across a professional like Tara. It was my and my teams' privilege to be coached by Tara in effective storytelling. Her top-notch technical expertise is accompanied with an effortless and to the point communication style. I was particularly impressed by Tara's ability to cut through the static and zero in on practical and straightforward solutions that significantly amplified our work's message. Tara was also very generous with her talent. She was genuinely looking forward to making a positive impact on her clients. Her positive attitude, technical expertise, and pay it forward style was a breath of fresh air. I look forward to cooperating with Tara on future projects.
Country Representative & LIFE Project Director at CIPE
We will create a 1 or 2-day workshop for your team
which can include sessions on:
Learning photo and video techniques relevant to your organization's needs
Aligning your storytelling with your organization's mission and values
Getting authentic stories by applying journalist ethics
Identifying, planning and shooting the elements of a visual story
Creating evergreen content that you and your team can continue to use
Learning Facebook and Instagram skills that can easily integrate into your team’s workflow
Scheduling your organization’s stories on the right mediums
Analyzing your needs and planning the best way to reach your audience
Preparing and coordinating for shoot days, either in the field or at the office
Hi, my name is Tara Todras-Whitehill
I’m an award-winning visual storyteller and communications consultant.
When I was 28 years old, I moved to the Middle East to become a photojournalist. I landed in Beirut on February 14th, 2005. Ten hours later, a massive car bomb went off and killed the former Lebanese minister Rafik Hariri. Right then, I had to make a decision: Run toward the massive explosion or run away. I ran toward it. I took a lot of pics at the scene of the bombing, but I couldn't sell even one photo to the news agencies. Why? I had a couple of good images of the attack, BUT I didn’t know how to tell the whole story of what was happening around me. That was 15 years ago. During my career I have been a staff photographer for the largest wire service in the world, run my own communications agency and worked with the top NGOs and news outlets -- I know what makes a good visual story.
And now I want to help YOU elevate your storytelling chops.
Many communications teams struggle with creating engaging visual stories. It can be a combination of reasons: lack of time, not understanding the most impactful mediums for your stories, or not planning out what you need from your team. If this sounds familiar then a workshop is for you.
I’m not going to say that your team will be fantastic visual storytellers overnight, but there are a lot of skills we can put into action immediately. That way everyone will be working in lockstep to create awesome, engaging content.
We can create a workshop for as many or as few people as you want. Depending on the size there may be more than one instructor to make sure everyone gets the individual attention they need.
Certainly! We will adjust to the people attending to make sure everyone comes away with actionable skills. It can be very helpful to have other people at your organization come to the workshop so that everyone is working in sync to create great visual content.
Still have questions? Set up a 30 minute consultation
to discuss what is right for you and your team