Category: How to Shoot Like a Documentarian

General photography tutorials, how-tos, light guide, composition, what to shoot to tell a story, etc.

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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 & […]

Making a Connection With Your Client While Making Pictures of Her In Pregnancy

I won’t lie. Like many photographers, it took me awhile to find my feet. I began as a filmmaker and threw myself headfirst into the wedding industry, falling head over heels in love with photography along the way. I was happy with my work, but after awhile, I knew that the culture of high expectations in […]

Choosing a Photo Project You Can Commit to

The past 12 months or so just happened to be all about projects. I love how they keep me accountable for documenting all the important stuff happening around me. I really just wanted to give up the desperate feeling of where my next client was coming from and whether they like my style and to […]

4 Tips to Being Present While Photographing an Experience Simultaneously 

A couple weeks ago a group of girlfriends and I took a weekend away.  We went to a no-name town in Wisconsin and rented a house in a quiet neighborhood on a quiet river.  The leaves were painted by the brush of fall and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.  If you would have […]

Day in the Life | Documentary Photography

Thoughts on Photographing Your Own DITL with Alaina Miles

We’re surrounded by photographers shooting their Day in the Life projects and offering these sessions to clients. If you’re anything like me, you’ve become too busy to do your own and too “I really don’t want to invest in a photographer when I can take our family photos myself with a little strategy to get […]

When Street Photography Becomes Less Scary and More About the Stories

Staring out in the distance, I’m always daydreaming. Seconds pass; I never realize why I catch myself doing these things. Always imagining myself as someone else, in someone else’s shoes.  Wondering how a person’s life is so different from mine. People and their lives fascinate me. My upbringing was very different, which probably contributed to […]

Mike Riley on Saying Yes to Fully Documentary Wedding Photography

With regards to weddings I tell people that I’m a documentary wedding photographer. But really I’m just a photographer at a wedding. I resisted shooting weddings for so long, forever basically. The truth is that I just dont like wedding photography. I have an aversion to cheese and I see a lot of it in […]

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 combat that feeling with some killer composition techniques specifically for us storytelling, documentary photographers. […]

everything you need to know about creating a client guide for photography

Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Client Guide

The foundation of great marketing begins with understanding where your clients are at in their knowledge of what you do and how you can transform their lives with your products and services. In the F&F community, we know the majority of non-photographer potential clients still don’t quite understand what a documentary session even is. The problem […]

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How to Document Your Life in Photos When You’re Single

Fearless and Framed has lot of blog stories about couples and families, but what about individuals? One of our contributors, who is single, was saying how documentary photography can feel pretty difficult when you’re single. When you have a family with kids there’s a lot you can (and want to) document right in front of […]

How She Faced Her Street Photography Fears

Let’s get real about street photography, shall we?  If most of us see a well composed street photo, at first glance, we probably would think something along the lines of “cool.” and continue on about our day. Now, if you looked at that photo and imagined yourself trying to photograph it, you might start thinking […]

Escaping Business With Our First Family Vacation

Like white water rafting or flying through a good book in one sitting is for some people, Fearless and Framed is my thrill. Truthfully, I’m the opposite of someone that experiences business burnout…. I can’t get enough. Turning off being in work-mode is a challenge every day. I call it sickly-driven and carry a lot of […]

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