Category: How to Shoot Like a Documentarian

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

Simple Pictures with Big Backstories of 2017

I’ve been using the phrase “simple pictures with big backstories” for a while now. Those 5 words were a 2017 divine download and could not sum up the MARIE in my work better. This has meant less emphasis on well-rounded technical skill and has anchored me in the best way. I’ve let go of trying […]

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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 & […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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 is just so much to take into account: where is it coming from, what kind of light is it and the […]

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3 Ways to Add Details to Your Session Regime & Wow Your Clients

Add details into your session regime and you will find yourself being an observant, intentional shooter as well as providing more meaningful, iconic images to your clients by far. Before I dive real deep into this post, we have to talk about what the word ‘details’ really means. So, what do you think of when […]

From Shooting Everything to Shooting With Intention

It’s easy to get lost behind your lens, hunting down your next masterpiece… and when it feels like you’re on the verge of magic (or on the opposite side, the magic feels like a lost cause), it’s easy to feel the need to hold the shutter down… click, click, click, click. It’s like a reflex […]

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A Seaside Storytelling Newlywed Couple’s Session in Oahu

If ever I could make a dream session come to life, this is one of those sessions. Shooting + mentoring, newlyweds, salt water, sea turtles, and food all in one… need I say more? This session is one that has stolen a piece of my heart that will forever remain in Hawaii. Brian & Amber tied […]

How to Get More Great Photos in a Short Session

This post is a continuation in my series about how long a documentary-style session “should” be. You can read the first post, Shooting Under the Pressure of a Clock here. To summarize, I mentioned how so often in a short 1 hour or so session, especially in-home when things are moving a bit slower, I […]

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