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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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. I’ve been running businesses since 2008 and though there’s been some zigging + zagging, I truly enjoy the journey. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Photographing People with a Passion: Mrs. Jones Makes Jams

I love people with passion, whether it’s for their job, a hobby, volunteer work, or whatever. People who love what they do intrigue me. Since starting my photography business six years ago, I’ve been even more attracted to people who run their own business. I know how hard it is, how it can take over […]

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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5 Unconventional Places to Shoot Great Family Photographs

It’s common for a lot of family photo shoots to happen in people’s homes, for a good reason. Your home is probably where your kids said their first words, where they learned to crawl and take their first steps, where they did something that should have made you mad, but they’re just so gosh darn cute […]

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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 them. Shooting + mentoring, newlyweds, salt water, sea turtles, and food all in one… need I say more? This is the third share in a series on the length of time for documentary sessions. See post 1 and post 2 here. Brian […]

How to Get More Great Photos in a Short Documentary Session

This post is the second in a series about how long a documentary session “should” be. The first, Shooting Under the Pressure of a Clock is here. To summarize, I mentioned that often in a short, 1 hour or so session (especially in-home when things move a bit slower), I leave feeling like I could […]

Shooting Under the Pressure of a Clock

Could I bring photographers into the four walls of someone’s home and document a family in an hour… and yield some awesome photos? I really wasn’t sure. And I’ll never forget being on the phone with Anastasia (mom), telling her my plan, and her response, “Do you have kids?” I could hear the doubt in […]

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