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About Photos + Words

It can be a challenge to find the right tools, inspiration, and time to turn your experiences and memories into stories—even when you’re a seasoned memory keeper. Truth is, it can be hard to know where to start, how to organize, and how to keep going. Sometimes, the words won't flow. Sometimes, the visual bits don't click. Other times, it's a lack of creative energy that gets in the way. Certainly, there are better ways to spend your time.

And yet...

Memory keeping is powerful, wonderful, and something you love—even when it challenges you. When you gather together your photos and words, turn them into a story, and share that story with others, it's deeply connecting. I can see myself in your story. You can see yourself in mine. Our common struggles and triumphs bring us closer. Even if you keep your stories to yourself, creating them helps you remember (and, sometimes, discover), celebrate, and calibrate your life. Reflecting on the journey—the easy parts, the hard parts, and everything in between—can help you grow into a better version of yourself. It's powerful stuff. Plus, holding your story in your hands summons some pretty awesome emotions as you remember the events of the story. One of my favorites is joy.

Here at Photos + Words, I help storytelling-creative like you develop as memory keeping designer—in your own way. I believe there's no right or wrong way to create. There is your way and it differs from my way. And, our ways differ from every other memory keeper's way of doing things. This is one of the things I love about creativity. There's always another way to do a thing!


The products and courses at Photos + Words (and under development) range in a way that's meant to suit you:

  • Your time.
  • Your creative appetite.
  • Your creative intentions.

My goal is to help you be the memory keeping storyteller and designer you wish to be.

Are you feeling it? Do you think you're in the right place? I sure hope so because I can't wait to connect with you through your photos, words, and projects that tie the two together. Seriously. Let's go make some stories together!

Photos + Words: Works in Progress

Photos + Words is just getting off the ground and working on a growing collection of:

  • Guides to inspire your storytelling projects. Check out the Guides »
  • Blog posts centered on storytelling projects, getting organized, and living a creative life
  • Print and Cut materials and Digital Kits to add creative convenience to your storytelling efforts
    in the Design Shop »

Also, a variety of Project Workshops and Courses are under development focused on:

  • Photography, writing, and storytelling skills.
  • Graphic design and layout skills.
  • Digital and physical vignette and display creation (e.g., videos, slideshows, scrapbook pages, etc.)
  • Laptop, tablet, and smartphone applications—for everything from observation to story creation.
  • Creative workflows that fit your time, skills level, and creative appetite.

Meanwhile, get on our mailing list to stay up-to-date with the latest at Photos+Words.

Liz Ness

Who is Liz?
Liz Ness lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the geeky engineer-turned-photographer-turned-visual-storyteller behind Photos + Words. A former writer for Photoshop Elements Techniques Magazine (and blog) and a freelance graphic artist, Liz is eager to share some tricks of the trade.

Super power: Though Liz is often flummoxed by fashion and what to have for dinner, she finds it easy to beat the 1 in 10,000 odds of finding four-leaf clovers (and is beginning to wonder if that’s a made-up statistic).