All the Awesome of August in Documentary Family Photography | Fearless and Framed

All the Awesome of August in Documentary Family Photography

In the spirit of unity + community here’s a round-up of all the things (that we know of) happening in the Documentary Family Photography Community this month.

Note from our Founder:


Happy August!

We’re dedicating this month to doodling in the background, as I call it.

We’re in the thick of summer (here in North America). Some of us have back-to-school starting this month (August 20th for us!). We’re savoring our last days of lazy mornings, late nights, and endless hours in the pool.

I had the luxury to think about business very little in July (opened my laptop less than 5 times maybe). I’d love to FULLY continue the biz distance for August if I keep up the candor… to push all business off until fall, at least, until August 20th.

Think about fall and what you want your business to look like.

Me? I’ve got goals. I want to host the Memorable Story Collector’s workshop, The Preservation Project, and knock out 2019 for the Intentional Documentary Podcast, among other things.

Those things don’t map out, plan, and prepare themselves. 

There’s pieces that need to be put together to make our next runs better than before. So…

I’m gonna doodle it out in the background. 

What can you doodle in the background of your summer fun?

I’ll doodle what I’m gonna do. What I want to see happen. Ideas. Inspiration. Questions. Design. The stories I wanna tell.

Not doodle a rigid “what I need to do today” (although, I’m sure a few of those will pop up), but my first steps for when August 20th hits.

When I do this, it feels GOOD, because there’s zero pressure to take action or to react immediately to an idea. The ideas + inspo get to age gracefully until you’re ready to DO.

It’s not choosing business over presence + pool time.

It’s simply exploring intentions for your next season.

So friend, this month, dream about your next season.

(even if it’s not like us in North America about to start up back-to-school and end summer)

Doodle in the background today to be intentional IN the next season.

Doodle on xo

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Living Memories to record this month:

  • Fishing or frog catching
  • Backyard bbq or picnic
  • Vibrant Colors of Summer (whether it’s fruit, nature, objects, etc. document the beautiful colors of summertime)
  • A road trip or going on a local adventure
  • Back-to-school prep / First day of school

For more ideas, follow #sessionsparks on Instagram! Follow F&F here to see our Session Sparks in your feed. For a guide of 160+ Session Sparks ideas with descriptions for yourself + to share with your clients, click here.

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Fun Themespiration Calendar

So sorry, we’re a U.S. based company and simply cannot know the calendar of the entire world. We simple pick a few fun ideas from National Day Calendar. Something to add? Comment below!

Family Fun Month
National Back to School Month
National Farmers Market Week — August 7-13 (First week in August)

Photo Credit: Katie Jett Walls

• 8/1/18 National Girlfriends Day
• 8/3/18 National Watermelon Day

Photo Credit: Beth Farnsworth‎

• 8/5/18 National Friendship Day & American Family Day (First Sunday in August)
• 8/19/18 World Photo Day
•8/21/18 National Senior Citizens Day

Intentional Documentary™ Podcast




  • #019 – A Story on Photographs + Healing After Sudden Loss with Brittni Schroeder
  • #014 – Simple Marketing + Promos that Worked for Michelle McKay
  • #011 – Assessing the Damage (and the Good Stuff) {This is the dirt on  F&F’s biz!}
  • #007 – Marketing, Selling, and Your It Factor with Nick McArthur
  • #002 – Why Intentional Documentary™ is a Movement Worth Paying Attention To {this isn’t a soapbox ep – it’s about THE BIG PICTURE  of what we’re documenting for our lives}




  • #016 – Do Something GREAT with Your Phone Photos
  • #017 – Pricing Documentary Family Photography with Ashleigh Raddatz
  • #018 – Keep the Kind Words
  • #019 – A Story on Photographs + Healing After Sudden Loss with Brittni Schroeder
  • #020 Staying Fueled Through Personal Projects with Stacey Ilyse

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Awesome Events, Workshops, & Mentoring


FilmingLife Academy

with Courtney Holmes • Online • Register Here
Learn everything you need to know about how to create family films from start to finish, using the tools you already have, from wherever you are in the world.


Workshops That Create Clients

with Marie Masse, Fearless and Framed • FREE Online Video • Register Here
Imagine designing inquiries to match the type of clients + sessions that totally LIGHT YOU UP inside.


Storytellers Photo Conference

with Blimie Tee and Rowena Meadows • May 2019 • Miami, FL •  Learn More

It’s finally time for the International Community of Documentary Family Photographers to be united for learning, inspiration, connection and good times. A taste of the speaker line up includes: Kirsten Lewis-Bethmann, Ryan Christopher Jones and Niki Boon.


Intentional Documentary™ Client Prep Workflow Class

with Marie Masse, Fearless and Framed • Online, Self-Paced • Learn more.
Upgrade your client shooting prep workflow + fine-tune your inner-message (or photography voice) as a photographer, so your marketing message identifies with aligning clients. This is a self-paced program.


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15 Great Additions to Your Phone Photo Books: I’ve made a checklist for you so that you’ll REMEMBER to grab these treasures for your next phone photo book. Grab your list here.



A Quote that hit our hearts

(ya might wanna pin this one!)

Check out our Quotes for Documentary Family Photographers Pinterest Board for more inspiration! It’s new, so bare with us while we grow this baby.

Stories We Love



>> Fearless and Framed

Fearless and Framed welcomes the opportunity to feature other photographers and industry leaders. Join us in the documentary movement. Share your story, your photos, your thoughts, & more.

>> Beyond the Wanderlust

Available to all fans of Beyond the Wanderlust. The Daily Story is a collection of images that capture the emotion of storytelling.

>> Sham of the Perfect

Unposed, un-styled, documentary images from your personal archives or from client sessions. Interesting images that tell a story and celebrate life in it’s most raw and honest form.

>> My Name is Mama

My Name is Mama is a collaborative project that’s willing to tell the truth and embrace the joyous, painful, inspiring, authentic, boring, beautiful stories of mothers around the world.

>> Dads in the Wild

Monthly themes with a goal of capturing all the amazing dads out there and their relationships with their family + children!

>> Documentary Movement

For photographers transitioning from posed sessions to documentary sessions (or those already shooting documentary style)

>> Documentary Family Photographers

Worldwide community, website & blog aimed at getting real family life pictures out into the mainstream, so that we can forget about perfect and all enjoy the ups and downs of parenthood & family life.

>> Goodbye Posing Guide

>> Modern Storytelling Family Photography

>> The Stories that Make Us

>> In The Now

>> Breaking the Glass Ceiling – A place to share your personal photo projects

>> Emotional Storytelling with Twyla Jones


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