Documenting What Follows After Receiving “The Call” We All Fear

It’s always easier to tell other people’s stories, isn’t it? The Sunday after Thanksgiving, we got “the call.” My oldest sister Cathy’s battle with Lymphoma was coming to a much quicker-than-expected end. After a three-hour drive to Albany, my husband, my three children and I arrived rather frantically to the hospital in anticipation of seeing […]

Documenting Real Stories: The Intimate Familiarity Between a Mom & Her Baby

I’ve always been fascinated by motherhood. I grew up without my mother, so since ever I was a girl I’ve studied mothers and their children, envious of the easy bond, the magnetic affinity. In awe of what it must be like to have that oneness, that other half, on demand. An unlimited supply of security […]

Where to Start in Setting Pricing + Packages in Your Documentary Family Photography Business

Early on in my photography career, I could tell things weren’t working business wise. I had been naive about the volume of clients that I could manage. I underestimated how much time it would take to manage a business and provide a decent level of service to the families who had hired me. I created […]

Awesome Things to Know in Documentary Family Photography February 2018

In the spirit of unity + community here’s a round up of all the things happening in the Documentary Family Photography Community in February. Note from our Founder: Hello, Friend! As we inch our way into February, I’ve been reflecting on celebrating what our little, growing genre has built up so far. I sent out […]

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 […]

17 Reflections in Marketing + Memories + Life from 2017

My apologies if this gets a bit long – it’s a bit of a journal-esque share. 1. Humanity trumps everything. I teach you to be more of yourself in your communication and I got lost in the shuffle myself in 2017. The root cause: doing too much, too fast. My shares came from a place […]

Awesome Things to Know in Documentary Family Photography January 2018

We’re trying something new in the spirit of unity + community. Each 1st of the month, we’ll have a new post for you centered around what’s going on in the documentary family photography community – not just with Fearless and Framed® – but with other DFP hubs, vendors, and more. We’re committed to putting this […]

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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 & […]

Preserving the Heart of Your Holidays Through Family Photography

Sometimes what’s warm and familiar to us is something we don’t SEE. I mean, really see. We’re easily caught up in the doing + prep for the cookies, festivities, gifts for everyone, dinners, and beyond that we can miss feeling the experience itself. I don’t know about you, but holidays aside, I crave more connection […]

Documenting Real Stories: Project, La Mano de Maria (Part 1)

On September 20, Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, at just a hair under Category 5 strength. Towns and cities across the island, home to 3.4 million people, were devastated. The devasation in her wake is a humanitarian crisis with effects that will carry far into the future. Fellow Documentary photographers Katie Jett […]

Documenting Real Stories: Bringing Your Camera to Girls’ Day

NoFo Winery Part Deux was the name of the invitation for the Facebook event sent by a client of mine whom I’ve become really good friends with for a few years now. My initial thought was, “it’s like an invite to a birthday party but for moms with wine & cheese. Plus NO KIDS for […]

13 Lessons to Make Your Inbox Presence More Welcoming to Readers

I opt-in for A TON of stuff using a dedicated (and neglected) email for opt-in noise (to keep my main inbox clutter-free). Recently, that inbox went from 21,000 emails (!!) to inbox zero status WITHOUT hitting Select All / Delete. Crazy, right? I’ve got a feeling what I learned will be your new email marketing […]

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