So how? How to translate a story that you have in mind to a reportage with 20/30 nice photos?
First of all consider that your photos alone not necessarily tell the story. Sometimes you can tell a story just with one photo, in other cases 20 photos don't mean a thing and most of the cases you need to write down some brief captions to your pictures to give the complete view behind the scenes.
Just an example of a story within a photo...
At Parallelo Zero, Alessandro Gandolfi and other photographers look for stories and you can be inspired by all their reportages. Amazing job!
When I started to think about building a reportage, I started with my sketchbook, yes a sketchbook. You can understand more about sketchbooks thanks to Ted Forbes and his video
Here same pages from mine sketchbook:
I use it just to sketch my ideas and some drafts of the photos that I want to take or just to compose the stories with very low res prints.
In the first case you create a storyboard: you put down your ideas, it's a brainstorming phase and you can understand if it could make sense. It was my storyboard to tell the story of the life of my son during the day through his hands
In the second case I use the sketchbook to watch my photos from outside, as they are coming from another photographer so I can judge them with less personal feeling but more objectively.
So now you know what to tell, how... it's time to go outside and take those photos.
In the third part of this post I'll write about shooting with a story in mind, completely different from the candid street photography.