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

All the Awesome of September 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 friend!

Last month, I told you how I was doodling out biz plans in the background of our laid back + free summer. Now, that we’ve reached September, I’m ON IT.

Ready to work. How about you?

The difference this time: I’m avoiding the “behind-the-laptop from drop-off to pick-up” routine that I was in before the summer.

Instead, I want more space for PLAY.

This includes lots of hiking in the beautiful, Blue Ridge Mountains, that I shared last week in my IG stories. I asked:

Is that stat crazy or what?!

Our IG report also told me that you guys want to see more Day in the WORK / BIZ Life stuff. I’m committed to doing my best with that – it’ll take some getting used to, but I’m hoping to be helpful in showing you how to leverage your time.

Follow me on this Instagram account for a blend of Day in the WORK / BIZ Life + all things documenting and rocking a Preservation Project.

Follow me on this Instagram account for regular doses of the Blue Ridge Mountains views (keep me accountable to get my booty into the woods)

What are you focused on this month?

Also, this month, how will you do things better than before?

Use your digi-journal below to tell me (aka the comment box!).

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Living Memories to record this month:

  • School happenings – play, choir concert, sports, etc.
  • Family time together/ a family meal together
  • Juxtaposed images with the change of season
  • A day with a special family member
  • 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!

Save Your Photos Month — When a natural disaster, digital malfunctions or human error occur, treasured memories are lost forever. Save Your Photos Month reminds us to back up our digital pictures, scan and save the vintage ones.

Photo Credit: Dreama Renee Spence‎

• 9/3/18 Labor Day (First Monday in September)
• 9/9/18 National Grandparent’s Day
• 9/13/18 National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day
• 9/30/18 Save Your Photos Day
• 9/30/18 International Podcast 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}




  • #019 – A Story on Photographs + Healing After Sudden Loss with Brittni Schroeder
  • #020 Staying Fueled Through Personal Projects with Stacey Ilyse
  • #021All About Launching with Business Strategist Kyla Roma
  • #022 – 7 Phases to Consider for Your Next Workshop (or Product / Service)
  • #023 – Filming Life, Music, and Teaching Workshops with Allison Redmon

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Awesome Events, Workshops, & Mentoring


Cultivating Creativity in the Mundane

with Jessica Mielke, Photo Art  • September 24, 2018 • Online • Register Here
The time has come for us to work through the things that are holding us back. To rediscover our why and reignite within us the passion for our every day that pulled us into this work in the first place.


Workshops That Create Clients

with Marie Masse, Fearless and Framed • FREE Online Event • Register Here
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.


Earn Some Damn Money

with Ashleigh Raddatz, Documentary Family Photographers • Online, Begins September 17, 2018 Learn More

The first online pricing course made specifically for documentary family photographers where you learn step-by-step how to start making money with your DFP business through proper pricing, sales & tackling money blocks.


FilmingLife Academy

with Courtney Holmes • Online • Register Here
Where heart + visual storytelling meets creative family filmmaking.  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.


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7 Phases of a Workshop: Plan your workshop in a way that sets you up to grow your email list, potential client & student roster + provides a high value experience for your students. Grab your free workshop guide.


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.


The Marketing Makeover Bundle: Navigate who / where to market + what to say to forge relationships and stay connected with the ones you’ve already established. This is so packed, it shouldn’t be free. Grab your Marketing Bundle here.


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.


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Community Spotlight

Confluence Magazine

Photo Credit: Katie Jett Walls

We’re so excited to announce that our community member Katie Jett Walls will be debuting her NEW magazine, Confluence. This magazine will be the next step and a go-to for ambitious documentary photographers. Issue One is coming soon – with some remarkable projects by talented emerging photographers, including a feature curated by a leading U.S. photojournalist.

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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