JUNE 2018 in Documentary Family Photography | Fearless and Framed

JUNE 2018 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 in June.

Note from our Founder:


School is just about out here, which means I’ve been working my TAIL off on our podcast. My goal is to NOT record any guest episodes throughout the summer, because of more kiddo presence in my days. I’m excited to travel to Michigan and spend lots of time in nature or at the beach (i.e. staying away from the laptop more than usual).

Great news: As we roll into June, we’ve got the first THIRTY-FIVE episodes mapped out, including all guest-episodes #recorded. Yeah! There’s so much work that goes into these podcasts, but I’m enjoying the process.

Podcast aside, we also welcomed new participants in The Preservation Project in May, which will open up again for the summer (I think). If you listened to IDP episode 012, you know I’m in the middle of dusting myself off after my last launch + eagerly moving forward, making this program better & better.

All that aside, I’ve been reflecting on documenting FOR memories vs. FROM memories. Have you ever thought about that? I’d love to get your take.

I’m sure I’ll record a podcast ep at some point on this topic 😉 I’ve felt a little disconnected to my camera lately as, still, most experiences are new to us (since moving). I thrive behind the camera when I’m shooting FROM memories already anchored within me rather than in documenting whatever’s happening that has little meaning to me at the time and trying to preserve that (if I’m making any sense).

This month, I’m cruising through documenting my brand stories + stories of my life through writing and am really excited to have these for myself and for my family Legacy Box, which I started doing in this May’s Preservation Project.

What are you documenting next?

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Living Memories to record this month:

  • End of the school year
  • The 1st Day of Summer
  • A trip to the aquarium
  • Photograph a friendship
  • Planting + Gardening

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!

• National Gardening Week – First Full Week of June
• LGBTQIA Pride Month
• Aquarium Month

Photo Credit: Natosha Cundiff

• 6/1 National Penpal Day
• 6/3 National Cancer Survivor’s Day
• 6/8 National Best Friends Day
• 6/14 National Flag Day
• 6/17 Father’s Day
• 6/29 National Camera Day

Photo Credit: Khalilah Hall


Intentional Documentary™ Podcast



  • #002  Why Intentional Documentary™ is a Movement Worth Paying Attention To
  • #003  Documentary School Photography with Katie Jett Walls



  • #007 – Marketing, Selling, and Your It Factor with Nick McArthur
  • #008 – Loosen Your Grip
  • #009 – Life-Proof Your Business
  • #010 – Shed Your Mask, Reveal Your Voice with Eboni Rivera
  • #011 – Assessing the Damage (and the Goodness)


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Awesome Events, Workshops, & Mentoring

Creating Deeper Documentary Imagery

with Chuck Anerino • Starting July 16, 2018 • Online • Early Bird Registration Now Open at a special Rate
Learn how to compose critical elements of chaotic scenes by infusing elements of composition and layers into your work.


The Documentary Department

with Natasha Kelly and Erika Roa • March 14 – 17, 2019 • Melbourne, Australia Learn More
The Documentary Department is a retreat for women photographers interested in documentary photography. A weekend to make photos, critique photos, connect with others & reconnect with yourself.


Storytellers Photo Conference

with Blimie Tee and Rowena Meadows • May 2019 Learn More

It’s finally time for the International Community of Documentary Family Photographers to be united for learning, inspiration, connection and good times.


Daring to be Different: Creating Images with an Edge

with Laura Froese • Online, Self-paced Learn More
This course helps you find and develop your own unique voice as a photographer to attract the clients YOU want. It explores 5 key elements of photography that you can use to cultivate that voice and to set your photos apart from the crowd.


Intentional Documentary™

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.


Recommended Tools to Use in 2018


 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.  Learn more here.



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Get $10 off your next order of $27.99 or more. Click here to claim your reward.




My To-Shoot 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. Create your To-Remember List 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.


Community Spotlight


Tomasz Lsky

Our community member Tomasz Lsky of Day in Life Storytelling Photography was recently published in Father’s magazine’s. There are about 14 pages inside with his breathtaking images! In the sixth issue they put close relationships under the microscope. We’re so proud to see one of our members published!


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


>> How to Get Started with Underwater Documentary Photography

>> A Family’s Trip to Their Backyard Neverland

>> Documenting Real Stories: Learning About Lobsterman Life

>> Skip the Perfect Vacation Postcard Photo, Do This Instead

>> How an Uneventful Day Can Bring Out the Magic of Childhood

>> Escaping Business With Our First Family Vacation




>> 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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