Fran Corporate-7-LR

• About

My Style:  At weddings, my goal is to tell your story, taking more of a photojournalistic approach to the entire occasion. The more in love a couple is, the more comfortable they are with each other in front of the camera. I am drawn to couples who are truly in love and want their story told and their feelings exposed through images. Through creative, artistic, authentic moments. I like to laugh. I like when couples like to laugh and have fun. It’s important to enjoy yourself and let loose a little! Your wedding day is not just any day. It is one day that is dedicated to you and your loved one! It’s my job to encapsulate that, as the images will last forever.

As far as destination weddings go, my home base is LA, but I love to travel!

For portraits, my intention is to capture the true essence of whoever is in front of me. I enjoy shooting indoors and outdoors and have the wherewithal to do both. I like to have fun on the job and make my clients feel comfortable and at ease. Music is often involved.  I encourage people to be themselves in front of the camera, relax, and enjoy the experience.

I can’t tell you how many times people tell me that they hate having their pictures taken! It happens before almost every portrait or headshot session. The beauty is that after every shoot that starts like that, that very same person tells me that they actually had fun and that the experience wasn’t what they had imagined it to be! It is completely normal to feel uncomfortable having your pictures taken. I even get uncomfortable when my photo is taken. As humans we tend to get extremely self-conscious when the focus is on us (no pun intended). That’s what I’m here for! I will give you guidance and direction, occasionally making silly jokes or playing games in order to make you relax and yes – actually ENJOY the experience!

At special events, my style is to take candids that tell a story of the occasion while capturing the occasional group shots that look best printed and framed!

My philosophy is that there is light in every person and situation, and it is my responsibility to find it and capture it.

Noteworthy Experience: Based in Los Angeles, I have had the pleasure of photographing celebrities. Some significant experiences include: several personal portrait sessions with Britney Spears and her children, Neil Patrick Harris on several separate occasions (including his surprise birthday party thrown by his partner David Burtka), singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb in the studio with Ed Helms and Craig Robinson as well as during personal family events, Jessica Sutta (a former Pussycat Doll) during music videos and her cover art for her single “Again”, Bruno Mars, Seth Rogen, and LMFAO at a charity event (“Hilarity for Charity”), the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during a book signing and Kyle Richards in her home closet. I also often work with renowned wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela.

Equipment: For all you technical folk, here is a rundown of what you will find in my camera bag(s). I own and use two Canon 5D Mark IIIs. My favorite lenses to shoot with are my 70-200mm f-2.8 Canon L-series lens, 85mm f-1.2 Canon L-series prime lens, and my 50mm f-1.2 Canon L-series prime. You will also find the 100mm Canon macro, the 24-70mm f-2.8 Canon (another go-to lens), the 28mm f-1.8 Canon, and the 35mm f-1.4 Sigma. I own and quite often use three 600EX-RT Canon Speedlite flashes, 3 Wescott Rapid Boxes, and I also own a professional grade Bowens light kit with 2 light heads. For studio portraits, both on and off-location, I own and often use a variety of backdrops with a portable backdrop stand, and my trusty stool (to get the most flattering angles of course).

What is included in your investment: I show up to each and every job with a fun and focused energy and the intention of capturing gorgeous images that are truthful and captivating. There’s a reason I didn’t choose a 9-5 office job. I like to be on my feet. I like to connect with people. I am extremely passionate about my art. I use top of the notch gear in order to produce highly professional images. My gear costs over $20,000 total- there’s a reason photography is not cheap! I am a professional and I offer professional prices. After the shoot, I use Lightroom and/or Photoshop to edit all the images, selecting the best moments to deliver to you so that they look their best. The editing process takes time when done properly and doesn’t typically happen overnight. I do my best to deliver your images in a timely yet thorough manner so that you are extremely satisfied with your final product: images that you can look back on for the rest of your life.

Background: For the majority of my life, I dedicated myself to soccer. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, then went on to play collegiate soccer at Colgate University in upstate New York. As soccer was no longer at the forefront of my life post-graduation, I was left with a significant void. I decided to do a bit of international travel and had a camera on me at all times to document my ventures. As fate would have it, I ended up moving out to Los Angeles and began working for Justine Ungaro, a dynamite photographer whose work I truly admire. I continued to take pictures, and found that doing so gave me that same spark that soccer had always given me. I purchased my first SLR camera and decided to make a career out of it. Although I believe that experience is the best teacher, I also took several photo courses at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (which I highly recommend).

Thank you for stopping by. I am grateful to able to carry my creative passion into my professional life and value each and every one of my clients. I look forward to creating with you.