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

Awesome Things to Know in Documentary Family Photography February 2018

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

Note from our Founder:

Hello, Friend!

As we inch our way into February, I’ve been reflecting on celebrating what our little, growing genre has built up so far. I sent out the backstory of F&F (how we came to be) to our email buddies last week. I thought about how lonely it was back in 2013 and 2014 when I started to pursue documentary photography – not even totally sure that’s what I could call what I was doing, terrified I was going to be bashed or called stupid – and look where we are today!

Documentary Family Photography is truly a big umbrella.

There’s a place for each and everyone of us under that umbrella, each with our own point of view to bring to the mix.

It’s a beautiful thing when you start looking at how a photographer sees and stop focusing on “what” kind of photographer they call themselves and judging them.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch a photographer document her (or his) heart out to go from shooting what we commonly see in our groups and such… then EXPLODE into owning their individuality, making work that sings their name when it shows in our feed.

Let the YOU in your work speak louder than the limiting beliefs of what you think your work *should* be.

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Living Memories to Record this February

  • what do you want to remember about February?
  • showing how you love _______________ (your family, friends, neighbor, and your community)
  • a portrait that captures personality
  • your pet
  • favorite ______________ (you fill in the blank)
  • what it looks like to wake up next to him or her
  • Valentines Day (or date night from start to finish)
  • Sunday dinner

For more ideas, follow #sessionsparks on Instagram! Follow F&F here to see our Session Sparks in your feed. We’ll share more Session Sparks on IG later in February. For a guide of 160 Session Sparks for yourself + 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!

    • The entire month of February is Black History Month + International Friendship Month
    • Random Acts of Kindness Week (second full week in February, 2/12/18 to 2/18/18 – please do share with us your pictures in participating in this one with us!)
    • 2/2/18 Bubble Gum Day

Photo Credit: Lori Hancock McCurdy

    • 2/4/18 National Homemade Soup Day + Super Bowl Sunday (And This is Us day!!!)
    • 2/11/18 National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk DayA day for looking on the bright side of things then carry that with you every day after. We challenge you: when meet your toughest challenge of the day, pick up your camera, shoot through it, and share with us.
    • 2/14/18 Valentine’s Day
    • 2/18/18 National Drink Wine Day 
    • 2/20/18 National Love Your Pet Day
    • 2/28/18 Rare Disease Day USA

Photo Credit: Julie Page

Photo Credit: Kelly Haymes

Photo Credit: Linsey Brigman Davis

Awesome Events, Workshops, & Mentoring


Portfolio and Perspective Building

with Kirsten Lewis • Six weeks Feb 23rd – Apr 30th • Register for this Workshop

This group mentoring class explores the obstacles that are holding you back, preventing you from being confident in your work. It helps to break down barriers between where you are and where you want to be while working on finding your photographic voice.


Everyday Films Video Workshop

with Emily Mitchell • Apr 10th –  May 7th • Registration opens on Feb 27th at 9pm • Register for this Workshop

An online DSLR beginners video storytelling workshop for photographers. Immerse yourself in an online, self-paced, 4-week course with simple, easy to follow lessons on shooting video with your DSLR. Registration goes live at exactly 9 PM and sells out in minutes!


Family is Everything

with Colie and Sara/ Colie James Photography  • Aug 2-5 (Only 1 seat remaining) Register for this Workshop

If you are passionate about balancing the roles of  businesswoman and artist, this is a unique opportunity to see two very different approaches to running a family photography business. Making new friends and drinking all the wine are just icing on the cake.


The Documentary Department

with Natasha Kelly, Erika Roa and Friends • in the Seattle May 17 – 20th • Register for this Workshop

The Documentary Department is retreat for women photographers interested in documentary photography. A weekend to make photos, critique photos, connect with others and reconnect with yourself.


The #MarieMagic Marketing Makeover

with Marie Masse  • Sign Me Up!

Not generic marketing advice. A Marketing Makeover is for photographer-doers who want a reliable, long-lasting foundation of potential dream clients.


Everyday Films 1:1 Video Mentoring

with Everyday Films Mentors •  Sign Me Up!

Personalized, one-on-one mentoring beyond the basics of videography. For photographers that know the basics of making videos, but want to elevate their art, need inspiration or a critique of their work. Our very own Course and Community Ambassador Eboni Rivera is one of eight incredible mentors available to work with.

Recommended Tools to Use in 2018



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.


 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.

Don’t miss this Deal!


*NEW* 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 packs)




10 Ways to Increase Client Demand: Stop feeling like ‘no one gets it’ and let your bright documentary light be contagious! Grow a community based on a shared core value where documentary photography can be their solution (their obvious choice when hiring a photographer). Click here for your free playbook.


5 Keys to Getting Clients to Act Natural: easy cheat sheet + training emails. Learn how to Get Clients to Act Natural
and infuse your documentary sessions with more client authenticity. Click here for your cheat sheet.


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.


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/ Communites we LOVE

>> Goodbye Posing Guide

>> Modern Storytelling Family Photography

>> The Stories that Make Us

>> The Documentary Movement

>> In The Now

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

>> Emotional Storytelling with Twyla Jones


Community Spotlight

I LOVE what fellow photographers Aniya Legnaro and Katie Jett Walls are doing with their documentary work. In January, they visited Puerto Rico to photograph six families living in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

We featured Part 1 of their story on Fearless and Framed back in November and can’t wait to share Part 2 in the upcoming weeks!

These ladies are not paid photojournalists on assignment from any media organization, they’re volunteering their time and using their own money + donations.

Show your support by visiting their Go Fund Me page, which has some awesome rewards (including, a signed Limited Edition book of the project, and prints) gifted at different levels.

A Quote that hit our hearts

(ya might wanna pin this one!)

Stories we love

Documenting Real Stories: and she would reply, “I’m right here.”


Documenting Real Stories: A Photographer Meets a Nomad Family in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot


The Long Game: Surviving in a Photography Genre without a Rulebook


17 Reflections in Marketing + Memories + Life from 2017


13 Lessons to Make Your Inbox Presence More Welcoming to Readers

10 Ways to Make Your Photography Business More Efficient


Upcoming Real Stories:

Here’s what you can expect to read this month on Fearless and Framed®.

>> Where to Start in Setting Pricing + Packages in Your Documentary Family Photography Business by Dana Pugh

>> The Intimate Familiarity Between a Mom & Her Baby by Michelle McKay

>> Documenting What Follows After Receiving “The Call” We All Fear by AnneMarie Hamant

What I’m reading + learning:

This will be a mix of topics here – some to do with photography, most not. I’m always learning and excited to leave some nuggets here for you!

Just finished:

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

My favorite part about this read what how Shonda highlighted that sometimes we don’t realize how profound a moment is until later. In this case, she was talking about her sister mumbling, “you never say yes to anything,” which sparked Shonda’s year-long mission to say YES to everything.

Currently involved in:

Magical Parent Magical Child: The Art of Joyful Parenting

The Magnolia Story (LOVING this so far! Cannot wait to report back next month)

Easy Peasy LOA
After doing Ease-y Money with Susan Ferraro (LIFE-CHANGING in 2017), I wanted more. I used to think manifesting was kind of… out there, but I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve never been in a better mindset than I’m in right now. It’s not even about manifesting what I want, it’s about clarity in who I am and who I’m stepping into becoming. If you’ve ever felt totally stuck, not sure of “your purpose” (or if there is such a thing), anything of Susan’s will help you get your groove back.


Get published in 2018 on our elite site.

Fearless and Framed® welcomes the opportunity to publish work + writing of photographers and industry leaders. Our growth and success is not one-sided or one-minded, it’s from all of our voices coming together to help others understand, believe, and fall in love with the {mostly} documentary approach.

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