Strong Storytelling Photography: Facebook Group Rules

Welcome to Strong Storytelling Photography! 

The parent group, Goodbye, Posing Guide, began in 2014 for Fearless and Framed customers. We soon expanded as one of the first communities available for photographers moving from a portrait business to a documentary business.

If you’ve made it into this group, F&F believes you are one heck of a talented artist!

 

Group Purpose:  

  1. For skilled documentary, storytelling photographers to show off their sessions + personal stories and connect with elite shooters sharing a love for preserving real stories.
  1. For the group members to be exposed to publishing features, such as featured blog posts, Library contributor eligibility, and even paid blog posts for Fearless and Framed. 

Specifically, this group is for documentary photographers taking on families, couples, small business sessions, weddings, or whatever amazing stories you choose to photograph, we are a community actively working towards attaining our business dreams.

Sound good? Great!

We are dedicated to maintain the FREE supportive environment we’ve created, so these guidelines are super important.

And, we stick to the rules, so please do the same.

Suggestions on rules are welcomed. If you have a suggestion, email: hello@fearlessandframed.com with subject: SSP Group

 

Facebook Group for Documentary Photographers

Let’s get back to the SSP Group rules and opportunities: 

People to know: 

  • Marie Masse – admin & creator of Fearless and Framed and the GPG group
  • Eboni Rivera – admin & Community Ambassador for F&F

By being a part of this community, you are agreeing to our Group Rules below, Terms of Use, & Privacy Policy.

  1. Share your Full Story Sessions or Strong Documentary Imagery from ALL seasons in life (not only life with the littles).

It’s not about an epic documentary image, it’s about the stories… the memories-in-the-making.

This means, share in a few sentences + photo(s) the stories you’ve preserved with your camera… and we’d love to know why the story is important to your clients or you.

This is NOT a critiquing group.

This group primarily wants to see your client work – the day in the life of a family, documentary projects, documenting adventures/travels, documenting someone’s lifestyle, the story of an engaged or newlywed or expecting couple, stories of small businesses, stories of Mrs. Smith in the flower shop she’s ran for 37 years, stories of topics like love, loss, thoughts, & more.

We’re a bunch of photographer-dreamers of savoring + preserving memories for a living, so keep this audience in mind!

If you’re wondering, “May I post personal work?”

YES! We want to see stories of your life & special people too. Please do not stuff the feed with cute pictures of your kids… there’s many groups for that!

Thursdays we post a thread for you to share a personal fave of the week inside of the Goodbye, Posing Guide group – that’s the time and place for that!

To share a full story session, post an image with a link to your blog or gallery to view the rest. Do not create an album.

2. Do not post Lifestyle or Portrait work.

This means, if most of your imagery was a result of directing your clients in any way, this is not the place. The photos and stories you share must be organic, without any influence from you. This is how we maintain our group philosophy in moving towards a more documentary approach.

*Note: We encourage and believe in photographers using their voice. We do not believe Lifestyle or Portrait work or intervention with clients during a session is in any way a negative thing. However, due to this being a DOCUMENTARY photography group, let’s keep on topic, shall we?

Exception: If your session was primarily documentary, but you have a few portraits in the mix or found yourself in a situation where you needed to help clients slightly. This would also make for an excellent backstory so you can help the others in the group. This area is a bit grey, so use your judgment here.

  1. No debates on what Lifestyle vs. Documentary Photography is.

These conversations almost never end nicely. With that said, always be kind and respect one another’s perspectives. We are a positive, supportive group & it’s my mission to maintain this atmosphere! To understand what Fearless and Framed considers as documentary photography, read this blog post (remember, what we say isn’t gospel… it’s just our brand position)https://www.fearlessandframed.com/what-is-documentary-style-photography-and-lifestyle-photography/

  1. No self promotion.

This means, you may not post links to:

  • Your social media platforms or website.
  • Your Facebook group.
  • Your products, workshops, or mentorship opportunities.
  • Create a thread to advertise anything.
  • Create a thread asking members to submit guest posts, features, etc to your site.
  • Post affiliate links, that’s just wrong.
  • This also means do not solicit people in this group to PM you for more info on X. (If this happens to you, email us at hello@fearlessandframed.com and we will remove the person)

Exception: We encourage you to share your recent blog posts of SESSIONS. 

We do not allow vendors to post links to their sites for any reason. If you are a photography vendor (you sell products and write blog posts to help photographers), you must get admin approval first or purchase a media pass. Email marketing@fearlessandframed.com for our media kit.

If someone asks for help via a new thread, and you happen to have a blog post or piece of content that perfectly answers their question, you may share a link to it in the comments of that thread only. Again, vendors are NOT permitted to do this. Any vendors that troll the group looking for opportunities to gain traffic will be removed and banned. We monitor and watch for people that work together to ask questions so the other can answer with self promotion. If we notice this, we remove both members.

If you’re wondering, “May I post a link to my website/social media so that I can get feedback on something?”

YES! Please make sure you ask for specific feedback in our Wednesday thread. We are moving towards creating topic-based albums and documents within the group, so your cooperation in sticking in the thread of the day for this will only help everyone! 🙂

  1. No promoting brands, sales, products, mentorships, workshops, or other Facebook Groups – yours or anyone else’s.

This FREE group was established for Fearless and Framed fans. Promoting other products just isn’t cool…. even if they are offering a super-duper sale, this is not the place to share.

Exception: If someone asks a question and you’ve taken a course/used a product that was helpful to you, you may answer the question with that resource in that thread only. We do monitor and watch for people that work together to ask questions so the other can answer with promotion. If we notice this, we remove both members.

We may break our own rule here when we promote upcoming community events or services I believe are of value to this group, including on behalf of approved vendors. We reserve this right as it is our group & community.

  1. Utilize our Thread of the Day posts and understand all opportunities.

Since the GPG group has daily prompts all 7 days of the week, we’re keeping this group’s prompted posts to a minimum and with clear purpose.

Tuesday – Teaching Opportunity Tuesday: What I’ve learned in the past 2 years in running F&F is that I absolutely cannot do this alone. Each Tuesday, I’ll list a few educational blog post proposals that I’m looking to add to the Fearless and Framed blog. These posts will be PAID posts – starting at $150. You can learn more about how to get chosen to be a writer for Fearless and Framed and blog specifications below.

Wednesday – Wonderful Work Wishlist: We’re constantly on the hunt for specific types of images (or sessions) to feature in places like our blog or in the 7 Day Storyteller’s Challenge (which goes out to our email list). This will be the day we’ll post specific image requests we’re in need of (examples: an image with killer backlight, an image of cousins, etc.). These image requests, as always, are for documentary photos only.

Thursday – Talk About It Thursday: I want to try to see where it goes if we cultivate a conversation here around advanced business… perhaps this is our leadership conversation day. I’d love to see who is expanding their photography business into more of a teaching role – as we’re looking to add classes to Fearless and Framed by other educators besides myself (Marie). Share your wins, ask about topics you need help on, etc. To keep this alive, participation in this thread will be highly encouraged.

Any given day: I may be looking for someone to fulfill a product testing role, I’m always on the hunt for people to feature and soon give Member Shoutouts inside of Goodbye, Posing Guide. So check back daily to join in the conversation & possibly find more opportunities!

Nominations: 2 years ago it was my full time job to be on the internet on the PROWL for killer sessions, stories, projects, and seeking talent to showcase on Fearless and Framed. I LOVED it. But, as fun as it was, it didn’t pay the bills. As my role at F&F has expanded to sustain the business, I need help in this talent-seeking area big time. As a member of Strong Storytelling Photography, I know I can trust your judgement looking at work and know when it likely meets my story vision as well as technical standards. I invite you to nominate work for possible features on F&F. If we choose to feature work by another artists that YOU have nominated/referred to us, we’ll reward you $25 as a way of saying thank you.

And because who can remember all this?! We have a cheat sheet for you to glance at throughout the week, which also includes a guide to getting featured, how to nominate an artist/story, and guest blogging for Fearless and Framed. Click the image below so I can send you the cheatsheet + guide.

  1. Be Kind and Helpful.

For each question you ask, try to answer a few. We know you’re busy, everyone is, but taking a few minutes out of your day to help someone else will keep the group the thriving place it has been!

While we have moderators in the group, we may not catch e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. If you see a post that shouldn’t be in this group, use the Report to Admin feature when you hover over the post.

  1. Don’t PM or Tag Marie for personalized help.

I (Marie) am only one person. I also manages several other Facebook Groups, primarily for Mastery Moment-Seekers, where I show up to support my students on a regular basis. If you need to reach us or have group suggestions, please email hello@fearlessandframed.com

Ok, enough with the boring rules. Let’s have some fun!

*Group rules are subject to change at anytime, so check back regularly. We reserve the right to update the rules at any time, without notice.

I’m so impressed you’ve read this til the end – I know you’re busy – so before we let you go, here are a few party favors: 

5 Ways to Increase Client Demand (little guide to get started with marketing)

How to Get Clients to ‘Act’ Natural (mini-training on client communication + shooting)

Top 40 Blog Posts from Fearless and Framed (pdf bookmarked list of our best gems – coming soon)

 

How to Get the Most Out of This Facebook Group:

1. Before posting a question, use the Search bar.
Groups that have the same questions asked over and over tend to lose engagement quickly. Let’s work together to keep it fresh in the feed, yo!
2. Don’t share the same photo or photo story across 7 different Facebook groups for photographers.

Many photographers roll in similar groups and see your same posts repeated… and this says more about you and your business than you realize (get to work and outta the groups, already!).

3. When creating a post, keep our audience of Serial Moment-Seekers in your mind.
 We have a mix of photographers working towards thriving businesses or fulfilling hobbies all with a passion to preserve memories-in-the-making.
4. Show up daily for a set amount of time and then get back to business.  
 I know it’s all fun and games to chit-chat all day, but if you’re living in a FB group, you aren’t growing your business. #thetruthhurts
5. If you show up just to post your content and not help out your fellow community members, they notice.
 This big, spacious world of the internet may feel like people don’t see your game and how you engage, but they do.
6. Let this place be your outlet… your diary as a documentarian ambitiously chasing your dreams. Your thoughts and experiences help everyone.
 I’m not even gonna sugarcoat it, creating a thriving documentary photography business – or any business – is tough. But know this, you aren’t alone in the journey! 

Don’t forget to grab the cheatsheet + guide: