Category: Documenting Family

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Glimpse of a Day in the Life with Boys

This session is special to me, because it’s of my brother and his family. I wanted to show the love shared between him, his wife, and their two boys. I was striving to capture each person’s individual personality and how they each add something special and unique to the family dynamic. I wanted to do […]

Documentary Family Photography When the Kids are Grown Up

I see many blog posts written by photographers that start with something along the lines of “I got to spend time with…” and I always think about how they should find another way to say it.  But when I sit down to write about this family, all I can think to write about is how […]

A Morning in the Life Before School

Our “school” mornings consist of our family being together — groggy and sometimes a little crabby, but together. I revealed these Morning in the Life photos for our 7 Day Storyteller’s Challenge participants, so they could have an example. The funny thing is, I made these pictures on a whim, before the challenge on the fly, without thought. […]

Mom + Kids Choose Baseball & Park Play for Family Photos

When I asked this mama to pick a family memory that she wanted me to capture during their session, she told me that they love to play at the park and play baseball together. So, that’s exactly what we needed to capture! We planned the session in the evening, at a really cool park that […]

Celebrating Motherhood: Documenting a Baking Story

As a mom, I enjoy spending Sunday afternoons, in the kitchen, baking with my littles. I always think about how special these moments are to me and how my littles will grow up with fond memories of the everyday things we do. For many months I had dreamed of shooting a baking session and was […]

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