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.
ADHD sibling relationships

A Major ADHD Milestone in a Picture

I share a lot about our ADHD journey on Facebook, but not here. Very long story short, our son has ADHD (emphasis on the H) and it’s been whiplash to navigate—not to mention beforehand, with him living undiagnosed for 2+ years (being that he was so little). He was diagnosed just after his 5th birthday. […]

Expression Through a New Home Owner Welcome Letter from the Seller

As exciting an adventure moving from Michigan to South Carolina was, it was a BIG DEAL to uproot the kids + say goodbye to the life we’ve built this far. It felt like a loss. Or a breakup. To help process how I was feeling on the goodbye side of things, I wrote a letter […]

The Master Light Guide for Storytelling Photographers

Light comes in all shapes and sizes and I’m pretty sure at some point you too have been frustrated by the lack of it. Especially when shooting indoors, light can cause tricky situations. There’s just so much to take into account: where’s it coming from, what kind of light is it and the age old […]

12 Ways to Kick Your Photo Composition Up a Notch (When You Don’t Want to Pose Clients)

Have you ever been so captivated by a photo, not because of the moment or light, but because of the perspective? It felt like, “HOW did they do that?!” as you reflect on your own photos feeling kind of blah? Let’s breakthrough that feeling with some composition techniques specifically for us storytelling, documentary photographers. I’ve […]

The Best of 2019—Marie Masse’s Tiny Stories

January 2019 We did what we swore we never would: we bought a house that stretched our finances to where we don’t have the money to make this house a home. We don’t like the inside of our home. Most days, it’s fine. We moved here for the nature, not for the house itself. Some […]

#058 – Summer Reflections + Q&A

This will be the FINAL episode hosted on the Fearless and Framed website. Moving forward, all episode show notes will be published under my new brand: Dangerously Good Stories. I love to reflect on transitioning seasons and invited you along as I reflected on my summer—hoping it’s a chance for you to reflect on the […]

Ep. 56 Grieving My Biz Passion. Now What?

#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 […]

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