Movement. When I see movement through my lens—significant movement, like my son doing kicks with a football or a little girl twirling—I shoot in bursts to capture all stages of the motion itself. I then can tell this story by threading a few images together in diptych or triptych, or even making a GIF animation so the movement can be seen.
Change. When planning to take an extended time-lapse series, consider location, composition and even the light that will eventually show the same subject matter over a longer period of time.
It takes extra thought and careful preparation. I began doing this with my sons. At the end of every summer, I shoot a close-up portrait of them, with the same background. Through the series you can really see the passage of time and the wonderment of change.
Consider a series of the beautiful form of a pregnant woman and then re-create the shot with the newborn. In a series like this, the viewer can see the depth of the journey a mother has made, right there in the frames.
Subject. A series led just by the subject matter, like taking shots of just your feet in different places, is another way of adding a reoccurring component to your work. My feet series highlights my location, those who are with me, often the weather and what I am wearing—a record of my life told through a consistent content element.
Finite Time. When it comes to simple everyday activities or a specific event, you can devise a conscious plan to record a story over a short period of time. I call these "Time Capsules," and they’re a gathering of photos shot in a finite amount of time: your day, an event, a special occasion. The key is to take note and capture all of the little details and moments of that event. In the end, you have a clear picture of that occasion as seen through a series of images. You then can package them up into a collage, a photo slideshow, an album—whatever best expresses your creative intention.
More Series & Sequence Ideas
| Here are some additional concepts for sequence projects to inspire you
365—A Photo A Day For A Year: Take an image every day. It can be random, or it can follow a theme like "The daily gratitude project."
Take A Photo Every Hour: Make a record of your daily routine, creating an image to represent each hour of the day.
100 Strangers: Over the course of time approach strangers to photograph; this can be rewarding on so many levels.
Same Place, Different Time: Document a favorite spot and see how different it looks over the course of a day.
Self-Portraits Over A Year: Photograph yourself every single day from the same angle in the same position.
Time-Lapse: Photograph something that usually happens too slowly to see, like the sun setting or the tide coming in, and thread the images together in a video.
Pregnancy: Photograph each week as the baby grows.
Actionsampler: Lomo makes a camera called the Actionsampler with multiple lenses, which exposes the frames in sequence. Fun!