Community Interview with Sham of the Perfect

(All photos provided by Sham of the Perfect)

If Fearless and Framed had a sister, it would be Sham of the Perfect. This is one of my personal most favorite photography communities, because we share such a similar philosophy + belief in family documentary photography. Take a few moments to read through this interview and see how you could be featured on their site. Pay close attention to the simple, yet powerful photos from these talented photographers – they are far more than ordinary, everyday photos.

Be sure to also check out our full list of communities we’ve found where you could be featured after checking out this interview. Read on!

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sham of the perfect
Photo by Chrystal Cienfuegos

Sham of the Perfect

1. Name and description of your community.

Our community is called “Sham of the Perfect.”  We are a group of photographers that think life doesn’t need to be cleaned up, orchestrated or posed, because life is beautiful and family is beautiful.

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 2. What is the mission and philosophy behind your community (why was it started)?

Our name was taken from a fantastic poem written by Sarah Dunning Park (it can be read on our “About” page).  In the poem a woman picks up a magazine at a grocery checkout and fantasizes about the “perfection” displayed within it’s pages only to toss out the magazine realizing the image of perfection is only a sham.  The photographers in our community are ready to toss out the magazine as well.

We don’t live in catalogues.  Our kids make a mess.  We leave appliances on the kitchen counter.  The light in our homes is not always perfect.  None of that makes family life any less beautiful.  On the contrary, we believe it is more beautiful because it is the truth.  We aim to recognize meaningful and honest moments, then capture them in the most beautiful way possible right then and there.

Interviews on Fearless and Framed
Photo by Celina Bailey
documentary photography at the park
Photo by Natasha Kelly
dramatic light
Photo by Erika Roa

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3. What sparked the idea for your community?

All the members of the Collaborative met in an alumni group for Molly Flanagan’s Visual Storytelling workshop (through The Define School).  Lacey Monroe, Natasha Kelly, and Erika Roa wanted to create a community that was focused on images that told a full story in an honest and real way.

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4. How can photographers contribute or be featured in your community (weekly challenges on Facebook, spotlight features, etc.)?

 We share favorite images to our Facebook timeline and we just opened up a monthly theme to our community.  The theme images will be shared to our wall as well in addition to our favorites being compiled into a blog post at the end of the month.

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5. Do you have a signature hashtag for people to use on Instagram for possible repost features?

 #shamoftheperfect

interview with Sham of the Perfect
Photo by Jodie Byrne
indoor photography
Photo by Lacey Monroe

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6. For blog or magazine submissions, do you have special format requirements? Do you have a link that describes these requirements (if so, please provide it here).

 Yes, images must be landscape oriented (or portrait in diptych), 960 pixels wide, and without watermark.  Further details can be found on our submissions page: www.shamoftheperfect.wordpress.com/submissions/

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7. Do you have a blog and accept guest blog submissions?

 Yes we have a blog and, starting in March, we will be featuring a “Perfectly Real” artist each month.

family documentary photography
Photo by Jessica Uhler

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8. Meet the Founders & Contributors of Sham of the Perfect”

featured photographer opportunities

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Founders:

Natasha Kelly

Melbourne, Australia

www.natashakellyphotography.com

FB: www.facebook.com/natashakellyphotography

IG: @iamnatashakelly

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Lacey Monroe

Portland, Oregon USA

www.laceymonroephotography.com

FB: www.facebook.com/laceymonroephotography

IG: @laceymonroe

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Erika Roa

Poulsbo, WA

www.littlefishphoto.com

FB: www.facebook.com/photosbylittlefish

IG: @travelingfish

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Contributors:

Celina Bailey

Montreal, Quebec, CANADA

www.petitapetitandfamily.com

www.leastlittlething.com

FB: www.facebook.com/petitapetitandfamily

IG: @petitapetitblog

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Heather Bowser

Clinton, MS

FB: www.facebook.com/AllOursPhotography

IG @bowserbrood

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Jodie Byrne

Wagga Wagga, Australia

www.jlbphotography.com.au

FB: www.facebook.com/jlbphotography

IG: @jlbphoto

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Chrystal Cienfuegos

San Diego, CA

www.chrystalcienfuegos.com

FB: www.facebook.com/chrystalcienfuegosphotography

IG: @chrystalcienfuegos

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Elisa Elliot

Montreal, Quebec CANADA

www.elisaelliot.com

elisa@elisaelliot.com

FB: www.facebook.com/elisaelliotphotography

IG:  @elisaelliot

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Vicki Hull

Littlecote, Buckinghamshire, UK

www.orchardlanephotography.com

FB: www.facebook.com/orchardlanephotography

IG: @orchardlanepics

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Michelle McDaid

Sacramento, CA USA

www.mbymphotos.com

FB: http://www.facebook.com/mbymphotos

IG: @eat_dessert_1st

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Gemma Robillard

Renfrew, Ontario CANADA

www.gemmarobillard.ca

FB: www.facebook.com/GemPhotographyON

IG: @gemmarobillard

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Jenny Rusby

Melbourne, Australia

www.jennyrusbyphotography.com

FB: www.facebook.com/jennyrusbyphotography

IG: @jennyrusbyphotography

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Robin Stephenson

North Carolina, USA

IG: @_robin_

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Jessica Uhler

Tacoma, wa,

www.jessuhlerphoto.com

FB: www.facebook.com/Jessuhlerphoto

IG: @jessuhler

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Kym Vitar

Los Angeles, CA USA

www.kymvitarphotography.com

FB: www.facebook.com/kymvitarphotography

IG: @kymvitar

childhood photos
Photo by Kym Vitar

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9. Visit Sham of the Perfect: 

Blog:  www.shamoftheperfect.wordpress.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/shamoftheperfect

Instagram: https://instagram.com/shamoftheperfect/

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If you are a community moderator or owner and would love to be in the spotlight with an interview, please email us at hello@fearlessandframed.com.

Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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