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.

The Photography Rule You May Have Broken

Ok, I’m glad that title caught your attention. There’s been a bit of a buzz in our documentary-style community about following the “technical, photography rules” of a documentary photographer that takes on clients… what’s allowed in shooting, what’s allowed in editing, and so on. It pisses me off. The focus is in the wrong place. What you should […]

photography happiness

5 Insider Secrets for Giving Yourself Shooting Freedom

Have you given yourself a reality check lately? At one point in my career, I felt like my business was running me instead of the other way around. I felt like my photos were beautiful, but nothing special. I wanted to take photos for clients in the way I documented my family life, but wasn’t. Give yourself a reality check

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A Letter to Photographers: Have You Taken Yourself Hostage?

Dear Photographer Friend,

I hope this letter does not hold true for you. But, the blog comments pouring in (like on the Double Dog Dare post) and emails to me here at Fearless and Framed lead me to believe that there are a lot of photographers that feel this way… just like I did at one time.

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documentary photography

When a Photo Tells a Story

This photo represents everything I believe in for documentary style photography. When I posted for fans to share a photo that is meaningful to them on my Facebook Page, Mitzi’s photo stood out to me.

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photography tutorial blog

10 Tips to Master Your 365 Day Photo Project

You are not going to fail. You are going to grow. Even if life takes you take a day, a week, or 3 weeks away from your project, you are winning. You are winning even if you hit 264 photos instead of the full 365. How? Photography goes far beyond the camera and technicalities. It […]

Photography Income and Intuition

Have you ever felt like you are on a hamster wheel with your photography business? Or maybe like a clone of thousands of other photographers out there, but you aren’t sure what you can do to break away from the mold? Maybe, you haven’t even given yourself permission to break away, because you simply don’t […]

Family photography

The Exclamation Point at the End of a Family

This post is all about that free-spirit, care-free, wild-child full of energy and life. When Danielle submitted this Iconic Photo, I just knew I MUST add it to the line up asap. Reading her words

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How to See Ordinary as Extraordinary Using Documentary Photography

You’ve heard me say it before and I’m saying it again: there is a photo opportunity in every moment of every day. The story within that moment may not always be sunshine and rainbows, but a story is there no less. It’s a matter of opening your mind to be aware of the story to tell […]

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Before We Know It

It’s kind of like the start of a vacation. You have 5-10 days of fun right in front of you and everything to look forward to. Then the end of that vacation arrives and you find yourself thinking, “how did we get here?”

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Childhood

Seeing My Childhood in Her Childhood

We used to spend days on end up at the family cabin in Baldwin, Michigan. My parents bought this quaint, little cabin in the middle of the woods on a lake when I was just a baby. It is not luxurious. It’s a simple mobile home trailer attached to a garage-turned-living room. This heaven to us […]

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Finding Your True North – A 365 Day Photo Project

I can almost feel the eye rolls, “yea rights,” and click-away-from-this-post-quickly fingers even thinking about a 365 Day Photo Project. Just read it anyway 😉

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Holiday Home Decorating with Documentary Family Photography

One extraordinary experience as a child is transforming your home into a holiday paradise. If I’m honest, it still feels like magic today as an adult. The magic is peaked in our hearts when we see those twinkling lights or pull out an old ornament that makes us say, “Oh yeah, remember this thing?!” We have […]

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