Storytelling Tips from Corey Rich
I've already mentioned what a fan I am of Corey Rich and his work, so this will be just a brief insight into visual storytelling that I've gleaned from some of his videos. In order for a commercial image to paint an accurate picture of outdoor lifestyle it has to be anchored in authenticity. Corey has talked on several occasions about working with athletes, not models. Photograph people actually performing the given activity. If it's a running shoot, work with runners. A real runner will have the right gait, the expected body type, and the correct posture. More than that, have your athlete really run through the scene, the intensity will show through in your image.
If you want more, Corey has lots of great content on Adorama's YouTube Channel.