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

All the Awesome of October 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:

Hello, my sweet friend!

This month we’re focused on all things PRESERVATION PROJECT + FAMILY HISTORY!

To show up better in our businesses, we have to be crystal clear on WHY we do what we do. For most in our community, me included, we picked up our cameras NOT to be photographers, but to document our lives.

The photographer piece came later.

If you’re anything like me, you started putting becoming a “great photographer” or above your original mission to make meaningful pictures that document your life. It became about the complexity of the work, finding an epic moment that wow’ed social media, or simply all about BUSINESS (getting clients).

Disclaimer: if you’re in it for the art, not the other way around, keep doing you love! It’s not a which way is better.

In October, we’re living out our root cause to document our lives BETTER than before.

Not just the funny stuff your kids did last week or the Saturday at home with your honey, but ALL walks of our lives. Let’s get remember the purpose of the pictures we make – there’s no one, right way to do this thing – and make sure our actions are serving THAT.

Beyond this news post, we’ll be sharing more on this topic in your inbox and over on Instagram. Please, for the love, grab the To-Remember list in the Free Zone below.

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Living Memories to record this month:

  • Raking/Jumping in Leaves
  • Carving Pumpkins
  • Apple picking
  • What Fall feels like
  • Favorite ____________________________

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.

Session Sparks by Fearless and Framed

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!

• National Family History Month

• International Post Card Week – October 1-7, 2017 (First Full Week)

Photo Credit: Tara Lynn Geldart

• 10/3/18 – National Walk to School Day – First Wednesday in October
• 10/5/18 – National Do Something Nice Day
• 10/10/18 – World Mental Health Day
• 10/15/18 – National Grouch Day
• 10/31/18 – Halloween

Intentional Documentary™ Podcast




  • #024 – Taking Ownership of Your Path with Kirsten Lewis
  • #025 – Shooting + Sharing Your Truth with Angela Yarbrough
  • #026 – Serving First + the Practice in Being Fully Expressed with Davina Fear
  • #027 –  Start Your Memorable Story Collection
  • #028 – Staying True to Yourself with Erin Hensley


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Awesome Events, Workshops, & Mentoring


Workshops That Create Clients

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


The Business of Family Films

with Stacey Adams & Heather Eijzenga, Everyday Film School • October 16th – November 13, 2018 • Online •  Register Here

This course will take you from wondering how to build your portfolio/struggling to make films profitable to having a completed Business Plan.  Learn what steps to take and how to get to your defined goals.


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Start your “To-Remember List” Playbook: Record your living memories in one, central place to help trigger your anticipation skills when the opportunity to #preserve one of them arises. Get started here.


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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 bear 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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