Category: How Documentary Shooting Rocks

An Iconic Photo of “The Bubblegum Lady”

I have a story about bubblegum and a picture to go with the story that shows how amazing photos are, and how important our job is. This is my grandma – probably my favorite person in the universe. We lived in a small town of fewer than 3000 people. Everyone in town knew of her. […]

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Why I Use Client Questionnaires for Documentary Photography

Ever show up to make documentary work of your clients, but they can’t seem to grasp the concept that you’re not there to direct? Or, they’re so stuck on the outcome of their pictures that the honesty of the story is lost? I’ve totally been there! In 2013, my client work was very trial & […]

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 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 […]

Engagement Photography That Speaks To Your Heart

Have you ever looked at a photograph of your newly engaged friends thought, “man, I’ve never seen them look like that?!” Maybe it’s a friend wearing a suit when he’s clearly a shorts and t-shirt kind of guy. Maybe it was a girlfriend sitting daintily in a park, when you know she’d rather be hiking. Maybe […]

Photographing a Moving Story + Thoughts on Memories

When I was five, we moved an hour up the road to the house I lived in for the remainder of my childhood. I remember standing in the bathroom on our first night. The sun was setting and the sky was glowing pink and orange out of the kitchen window, but in the bathroom it […]

The Photographer’s Perspective of the Women’s March on Washington

Photographers within our community were all photographing the same event, at the same time, all over the country, which I found to be extraordinary. Saturday evening as they started sharing their 2017 Women’s March photos, I was blown away watching photos pop up from cities all over our country. I did not march. I had caught […]

16 Inspiring Family Documentary Photography Sessions of 2016

We’re pretty thankful to be involved in a photography community where individual core values are celebrated.  In 2016, we watched some photographers blossom, met new photographers who have become friends, and lifted each other up in taking documentary photography to our clients. This blog post is to give a shout out to a handful of […]

The Photograph I Couldn’t Shake (and Made Me Want to Learn More)

While on a trip visiting New York City, I took this photograph of a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk. Initially, what caught my attention was that I noticed some, kind stranger handing him a sandwich and a drink. I stood there for a second watching before I even brought my camera up to my […]

Honestly Documented Contest Collection XXXIII

Pin now for inspiration later >> See all of our past photo challenge winner collages on our Honestly Documented Pinterest Board. It’s October  and you know what that means — another collection of images from our documentary photography contest submissions from the month of September. This will be our final month for the Honestly Documented Contest Collection as we are […]

Honestly Documented Contest Collection XXXII

Pin now for inspiration later >> See all of our past photo challenge winner collages on our Honestly Documented Pinterest Board. It’s September  and you know what that means — another collection of images from our documentary photography contest submissions from the month of August. Post your {Honestly Documented} themed photos to our Facebook Timeline + tag your photography page. […]

HONESTLY DOCUMENTED CONTEST COLLECTION – XXXI

Pin now for inspiration later >> See all of our past photo challenge winner collages on our Honestly Documented Pinterest Board. It’s August and you know what that means — another collection of images from our documentary photography contest submissions from the month of July. Post your {Honestly Documented} themed photos to our Facebook Timeline + tag your photography page. Feel […]

HONESTLY DOCUMENTED CONTEST COLLECTION – XXX

Pin now for inspiration later >> See all of our past photo challenge winner collages on our Honestly Documented Pinterest Board. It’s July and you know what that means — another collection of images from our documentary photography contest submissions from the month of June. Post your {Honestly Documented} themed photos to our Facebook Timeline + tag your photography page. […]

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