Coordinate a time and place that works for the photographer as well as those being photographed.A photo essay does not need to be done in a day (although it definitely can be).
Not only photograph the pieces themselves but also those in attendance—how they are interacting with the pieces and among themselves.
If you can, attend the reception so you can also capture the artist or artists whose work is on display or the curators of the exhibit. For this photo essay, find a subject that is undergoing a short-term transformation.
Try to go deeper than the surface and look for what passersby tend to ignore. Find a neighborhood and, after photographing the homes, ask to photograph those inside the homes.
You could photograph them inside their homes or just in their doorways, depending upon what you want the focus to be on—the interiors or the individuals within those interiors. Find a school and photograph its students, teachers, and classrooms.
It allows the photographer to tell more than what is possible with a single image.
Essays can range from purely photographic (no text) to photographs with captions, small texts or full text essays accompanying them.
This someone can be a volunteer, staff member, or a professional photographer. Pinpoint a subject or group of subjects to photograph.
Action is great for photo essays, so it’s best if your subjects are doing something.
This could include a group of men growing mustaches to celebrate Movember or a stray dog brought in to a shelter that is groomed and adopted.
This sort of essay should take no longer than a month or so to tell its story. Think pregnancy, from the baby bump through to birth and maybe even the first birthday, or following a returning soldier and their transformation back to civilian life.