Full confession, my friends … I am obsessed with Marie Masse's website, Fearless & Framed. If you ever considered documenting reality for yourself or for your photography clients, you need to check out Marie's blog posts.
Challenges Of Documenting Reality
Highly produced portrait sessions are in vogue right now, so the challenge becomes convincing clients to sign up for a documentary session. Marie says, “The point is that somewhere, we have started to neglect taking photos that document our lives, our personality, and our connections.”
We are going to quickly evolve into a society that produces “cute” pictures that simply don't have any soul. Marie isn't advocating for the complete omission of selfies or the occasional “camera aware” portrait. She (and I wholly agree with her) is calling for more balance.
Marie double dog dares photographers to commit to creating a list of possible documentary opportunities. And if clients are still reluctant to work with you, Marie has a free PDF that outlines four easy ways to increase client demand. Here is an alternate link to the same free resource.
Fearless & Framed
Marie Masse describes her website in these words:
Fearless and Framed was built out of a vision far different than your average, trendy photography sessions. We wanted to create a place where developing and professional photographers can be freed of any rules that may be in their head about how a photo session should be.
Fearless and Framed is about leaving the props and backdrops at home. We document life and yield photos that merit tears in a mom’s eyes, warmth in a bride’s heart, and become a tangible piece of someone’s history forever to be shared.
Click the link below to receive Marie Masse's 29 page ebook, 7 Day Storyteller’s Challenge, totally free of charge.
1. Get off Order-Taker Mode
2. Shooting Details: Object + Human Details
3. My shooting techniques (getting clients to relax too)
4. Energizing the story through editing
5. Evaluating Your Story
6. The #1 Thing You Need in Growing into a Business
7. Getting Your Marketing Moxie
Portfolio Of Documentary Photography
Shop At Fearless & Framed
The other thing that I absolutely loved about Marie's website were exactly the right resources I was looking for. I pretty much bought everything in the store! See a screenshot of my cart before I checked out.
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Here are the resources I personally bought:
Which ones will you need for your documentary portrait photography business?