Category: Documenting Family

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“Nanny available, early July” a Goodbye Story Documented Well

How does it feel to give birth and go back to work after 12 weeks leaving your new baby with the nanny? How much trust and courage does it take? How does it feel to raise kids who aren’t your own? How much love and patience does it take? And how does it feel when […]

Photographing Family In-Home

That Clutter in Your Home? There’s a Story There

Friend, you can skip the cleaning before you pick up your camera. Confession: my house is almost always a mess. It’s not that I like it that way or that I don’t care about it. It comes down to three simple facts: I want my children to have access to lots of materials with which they […]

Real Life in Photography: The First Day of Kindergarten

Learning to let go is hard. Change has had a major impact on my life and my growth as a photographer. It drives my desire to document life. I’ve always been greatly affected by it. It’s difficult, yet refreshing, for me to come to terms with the fact that nothing stays the same. For the […]

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 […]

An Annual Family Photo Session to Spotlight Cerebral Palsy

I want to share a story with you. A special one. Special. Special needs. Special needs family. What does this mean? Why is it important to share the stories of special families? Well because they are among us. They’re our family, friends, neighbors, and classmates…. By sharing their stories it helps bring awareness to their […]

Day in the Life | Documentary Photography

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 […]

Older Kids, Electronics and Great Family Photos

Documentary family photo work with parents and little ones come in abundance to be published on Fearless and Framed®. I’m not sure why the demand for family photos seems to wane as the kids get older. Just as important as celebrating the firsts we have with our babies and children, the years in the middle + 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 […]

A Few Secrets to Getting More Authentic Photos

The days I cherish most are the ones that are beautifully ordinary. They’re the building blocks of who we are, how we spend our time, who we choose to love, and the foundations on which we grow our family and lives – that is what a Day In The Life session is all about. To […]

Being a Truth Seeker and Life Documenter in Your Photography Business

All through school, I was the girl who photographed everyone and everything. I was part of the yearbook crew. I had this crappy little 35mm point and shoot film camera … it was garbage, but those photographs fill my albums … my heart … my soul. When my first daughter was born, my parents bought me a little point and shoot […]

How an Uneventful Day Can Bring Out the Magic of Childhood

When Aleah and I first discussed me coming over to capture the everyday life of her family she said that her life is pretty uneventful, which is what most families will say. My response was: “Perfect! Uneventful is kind of my thing.” The small details that make up our everyday routine are often overlooked. It brings me so […]

Dude Bus Series: An Inspiring Story About an Awesome Grandpa

Every morning at 5 a.m., my Father-in-law wakes up and prepares himself for his morning drive. This is not just any leisurely morning drive, it’s his bus route to pick up his eleven grand-kids and take them to school. (and, he blogs about it as you can see HERE) Next year, there will be 2 more […]

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