Awesome Things to Know in Documentary Family Photography APRIL 2018 | Fearless and Framed

Awesome Things to Know in Documentary Family Photography APRIL 2018

In the spirit of unity + community here’s a round-up of all the things happening in the Documentary Family Photography Community in April.

Note from our Founder:


My kids are home from Spring Break and my in-laws are in town this first week of April. That means, I’ll be doing a whole lot of NC + SC exploring, making pictures, and not a whole lot of workin’ (except, work mostly feels like play, so idk if it’s a good thing or not! ha). Truthfully, the past month or so has been very busy in all things Fearless and Framed®… I’m welcoming the (short) space away, ya know?

Wanting to binge Hulu (very into Nashville right now, Season 4), little “energy” for the things I value, and over-caffeinated, brain swirls over “what do I need to do next for F&F?” are my signs that a break + self-care are a must.

It’s time to get back to my boundaries that I’ve slipped on:

no laptop after (kid) bedtime, booty in bed by 9 p.m. to read / journal / unwind, and stop it with the evening snacks that crept in.

(damn Easter candy I bought 2 weeks before Easter. you too?)

What can you do in April to hit reset and step towards your best self?

I hope you find time this month to soak in the season with a little extra self-care for yourself too!


I’ll upload the first few eps on April 3rd. Don’t have a time for you yet, but they’re comin’!

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Living Memories to Record this April

  • what do you want to remember about April? Create a to-shoot list to help.
  • showing what life looks like with the extended evening light
  • Easter festivities or a family dinner
  • spring break!
  • last days of snow / first signs of the warmth
  • document the growth your child has had since the beginning of school
  • make a picture of your spouse / partner

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. Something to add? Comment below!

    • April is National Autism Awareness Month  (check out our community spotlight in this post to find out how Spectrum Inspired is making everyday Autism Awareness Day)
    • Preservation Week – (April 22 – 28 – please share with us your pictures participating in this one with us!)
    • 4/1/18 Easter + April Fool’s Day
    • 4/2/18 World Autism Awareness Day
    • 4/3/18 National Find a Rainbow Day
    • 4/7/18 National Beer Day
    • 4/8/18 National Zoo Lovers Day

Photo Credit: Kortney Fox

  • 4/16/18 National Wear Your Pajama’s to Work Day — (snap a pic of you wearing your pjs and share in the GPG group)
  • 4/22/18 Earth Day  #EarthDay
  • 4/27/18 National Tell a Story Day —  (start telling your personal story today – through written word or an image!)
  • 4/28/18 National Super Hero Day

Awesome Events, Workshops, & Mentoring


The Preservation Project™

with Marie Masse, Fearless and Framed • May 2018 • Learn More
What if YOU could feel more organized and spacious in your mind as you re-align with what’s really important in your life? Accomplish one thing that feels important to you inside The Preservation Project™ — It’s an experience, not another course or workshop.


Composition Clinic

with Zalmy Berkowitz • April 23, 2018, Brooklyn, NY •  April 30, 2018, Long Beach, NY   • Register for this Workshop
This workshop is for documentarians! All ye who seek to document life through the magic medium of photography come hither! Gather round the electric campfire of distilled pixel juice and find the fountain of compositional wisdom.


Photographer’s Unite Annual “Night to Grow”

with Thor Rasmussen & friends • April 26, 2018 •  $15 admission 924 Washington Ave, Bay City, MI 48708
Hear from 4 award winning Michigan photographers, talented in their respective fields. Thor uses a documentary approach to narrate everyday life + important family milestones.


The Family Narrative

with Various Educators • August 7 – August 10 2018 • Sydney, AU • Register for this Workshop
A retreat focused entirely on the art and business of family photography. An educational experience to help your businesses and your community grow for your entire career.


Discover the Power of Music & Audio for Family Films

with Allison Redmon • Online, Enrollment Opens April 12, 2018 Learn More
An advanced filmmaking course for photographers looking to learn the important elements of music & how they impact the edit of a film. *This is a FilmingLife Academy MASTERCLASS.


He(art) of Home Workshop

with Yasmina Cowan and Clare Barker Wells • June 29 – July 2 2018 • Georgian Cheltenham, UK • Register for this Workshop
A workshop for photographers who want to embrace the unconventional in their business and photograph families where they feel most happy and at ease: at home.


FilmingLife Academy

with Courtney Holmes • Online, Enrollment Opens April 12, 2018 Learn More
Beginner to advanced family filmmaking education for photographers. Learn everything you need to know about how to create family films, using the tools you already have, from wherever you are in the world.


Unraveled Academy

Various Industry Educators • Online Learn More
Unraveled Academy is a unique, inclusive, online community of photographers and visual artists. No matter where you are in your creative journey, you’re welcome to be a part of our community.


Ease-y Money

with Susan Ferraro, Mindset Coach • Online, Sign up for FREE class + get replay • Learn More
Learn how to shift your money making style. For overwhelmed creative entrepreneurs who’ve turned their online”freedom” biz into another SOUL-SUCKING JOB.


Intentional Documentary™

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. Learn more here.



Recommended Tools to Use in 2018


 Client Questionnaires for Documentary Photographers

The intel you gain from a client from the beginning will determine your inspiration for planning their session + how on point you are to fulfilling their expectations. Learn more here.


 365 Project Photoshop Template BUNDLE

Finally a .psd calendar template specifically for photographers wanting to display their daily 365 images on social media or in a collage print. Use Code: APRILSHOWERS for 50% off (expires4/30) Learn more here.


documentary school photographyShooting + Selling Documentary School Portraits

Turn your slow months into peak earning months by shooting documentary school photos that parents buy directly from you + dozens of new families get acquainted with your work in a way that’s personal to them. Learn more here.


The Storyteller Collection Lightroom Preset

The Storyteller Collection: The Storyteller Collection was created by Jessica Mielke with the Documentary Photographer in mind. Pick and choose your packs for one click edits! Use code: DOCUTOG for 25% off any full collection. (excludes individual packsLearn more here.



Our email service provider of choice. What makes them different than the rest is their powerful segmentation + automation features without the price tag of the other industry leaders. We moved from Mailchimp to ConvertKit in 2016 and haven’t looked back! Learn more here.


 The Documentary Family Photographer Client Contract Template

Documentary Family Photography is different than Portrait Photography, so your contract should reflect that. This is a lawyer-drafted contract template made for you: the documentary family photographer. Learn more here.



Ever wish you could take a break from Social Media, but continue marketing your business? With a Content Library and the ability to either select a date / time to manually schedule your posts or set up a queue so that selected shares happen like magic, this has been our choice of social schedulers since 2014. Learn more here.


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My To-Shoot List Playbook: 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. Create your To-Remember List here

10 Must-Ask Questions for New Inquiries: Free fillable Questionnaire. Learn how to new inquiries emotionally excited and more likely to say yes to booking with you! Snag your copy here.

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Challenges and Contests


>> 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)


FB Groups/ Pages/ Communities we LOVE

>> 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


Community Spotlight

In the sprit of Autism Awareness month, we have to mention the Spectrum Inspired community! Spectrum Inspired is a global community that connects, supports and uplifts individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

SPECTRUM INSPIRED is a global community that connects, supports and uplifts individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders. In order to educate the general public, our team uses Lifestyle Photography to document a diverse group of children on the spectrum and their families across the globe in effort to normalize and destigmatize ASD. It is our mission to give families a platform to voice their struggles, celebrate their victories and share their story; all the while, removing the stigma and stereotypes of what is thought to be representative of Autism and show the world just how broad and beautiful the spectrum is.

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


>> The Story of Grandma’s Home, Before It’s Filled with Memories for Someone Else

>> Making Memories Tangible + Durable for the Littlest of Hands

>> Photos Because I Miss Them Before They’re Gone

>> What You Want to Remember (That You Might Not See Yet)

>> Simple Pictures with Big Backstories of 2017

>> From Shooting Everything to Shooting With Intention


Intentional Documentary™ Podcast Episode Lineup


Intro + first 3 episodes published April 3rd! Then, episodes will hit iTunes + Stitcher weekly.

>> Ep. #000Welcome to the Intentional Documentary™ Podcast

>> Ep. #001Gain Total Clarity Around What Matters Most

>> Ep. #002Why Intentional Documentary™ is a Movement Worth Paying Attention To

>> Ep. #003Documentary School Photography with Katie Jett Walls


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