Author: MarieMasse

I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

#056 – I’m Grieving My Biz Passion. Now what?

I have a feeling that you, too, may be carrying extra weight. No, not pounds on your body, but a heaviness on your spirit—maybe it’s a part of your identity, maybe it’s part of your business you don’t love, or how you feel in parenting or as a friend or son or daughter yourself. It […]

#055 – 3 Copywriting Checkpoints with Rachel Greiman

If you think the success of your photography business is all about the quality of your photos… meaning, alllll your attention is going to being a better photographer… Or you’re sharing your work consistently and wondering why no one is knocking on your inbox door… …you’ve gotta listen to this episode with Rachel Greiman of […]

Intentional Documentary Podcast Ep.054 Sara & The Beach House

#054 – Story of the Month: Sara & The Beach House

This month’s story is Sara and the Beach House and comes from photographer Angela Douglas Ramsey. This is from Angela’s personal project and spoke deeply to me, which I’ll share more about after the reading. Enjoy the story. Ah I just love sharing these stories! Reflection Questions: What did Sara and the Beach House spark […]

Indonesia Documentary Street Photography

From Foreigner to Just Another Person: an Iconic Photo Story

At the time, I was photographing small business owners in Lombok, and I was meeting with one of the families at their home. The rain started to fall. As I looked across the way, I saw this family, spending time together on their porch. When I look at the photo, I remember the sense of […]

Ep. 053 Intentional Acts of Acknowledgement

#053 – Intentional Acts of Acknowledgement

I was gonna call this ep Random Acts of Acknowledgement, playing off of Random Acts of Kindness and the whole “Pay It Forward” movement, which is giving kindness through, say, leaving money at the drive through for the person beyond you’s meal. There’s a lot of emphasis in that movement in doing these kind acts […]

#052 – Real Life with Kelly Haymes

With a zillion messages coming at us from all directions—how we deserve better; how we deserve more—it’s easy to feel pressure to be better and go after more. We need a reminder that our lives, just as they are, are beautiful and imperfection is normal (and actually pretty perfect), so that we can say, “Forget […]

#051 – Confidently Speak Your Stories

This ep is for you if you’re looking to connect with your dreamies, but you’re HIDING behind the computer and only writing to express your stories. We’re gonna talk about confidently speaking your stories. For the record, I’m a writer. I LOVE writing. I have loyal readers. Still, there’s magic when people hear your voice […]

Documenting Led to a Grand “Surprise!”

Have you ever surprised someone? Or has someone ever *really* surprised you? Here’s my story… On 3 Christmas Eve’s in my life, I made the 4+ hour trip from Michigan to Ohio and showed up (without warning) on my Auntie Deb + Uncle Gary’s doorstep. “Surprise! Merry Christmas!”⠀⠀ It happened as a newborn with my […]

#050 – Lighter Stories & Less Launching with Melissa Cassera

You’re gonna LOVE Melissa Cassera. Guaranteed. If you’re not already learning from her, after this, you’ll start. She breaks things down not just into simple ways, but in FUN ways. That’s part of her thing. She’ll tell ya, she makes work feel like a guilty pleasure! If you think marketing is far from a guilty […]

#049 — Story of the Month: Anna Nodolf’s Snow Day Story

Have you ever had a snow day? Or several snow days? Or have a story about the greatest snowstorm that hit your area? Or heard the kind of snow stories where your parents walked a mile each way to school uphill in the snow? Everyone has their own versions of snow stories, except, if maybe […]

Ep. 048 April D's Brand Voice + Strategy Review

#048: April D’s Brand Voice + Strategy Review

Ever wish someone could come in with their superhero cape and makeover your marketing? What if you could build up your OWN cape? Last month, I took on a marketing review for a documentary family photographer and she agreed to let me share our review publically. For sure, I’m happy to help people with an […]

#047 – Seeing Differently with Kelly Wagner

How are you my friend? Welcome back! In the last episode, you heard a whole earful on practicing awareness and why it matters. That convo continues here with a story from Kelly Wagner— who has been photographing all her life! Ok, let that sink for a moment. She shares how through going through The Preservation Project expanded […]

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