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An Editorial Debut: Reign Magazine, Lead Photographer

I am a firm believer in the law of attraction.  Specifically, the things we focus our attention on are the things that we attract into our lives.  Several years ago I created a collage with words and images that I cut out of various magazines that were ideas that inspired me, things that I was naturally attracted too.  When I was finished, I put it in a frame and hung it next to my kitchen where I would walk by it and see it every day.  I was imagining how my business would grow and how it, and I, would evolve.  At the time it seemed like a pretty major stretch to fantasize that I would have much to do with editorial photography as I was a wedding photographer and had built my entire business around the wedding industry.  Perhaps I just hoped I would get the cover of a wedding magazine, but still, the words “magazine/editorial” were among the words I cut out and placed in the middle of my board.

As the years went on and I kept up my focus on wedding photography, things started to evolve and change in my personal life and as a result, in my business too.  In 2010 I went through a traumatic divorce that was incredibly difficult and while that was happening I started to imagine other things I could do with my photographic talents.  Mainly, I was concerned that I would wind up a jaded wedding photographer because at the time it seemed unlikely that my personal tragedy would not interfere in my work.  I didn’t want to risk sabotaging the career that I had worked so diligently to build up.  So I took some time off and distanced myself a little from the wedding scene.  At the same time, many of the couples I had photographed weddings for began starting their families and the requests began to pile up for maternity and baby portraits.  It was a welcome change of pace.  In February of the same year I also had an epiphany while being on the other side of the lens when a friend offered to do a boudoir for me, so that I could be reminded of my own beauty and strength.  In the years leading up to that, I had actually photographed a few boudoir sessions of my own. They were mostly for brides that had requested them, but it wasn’t until I had that experience that I realized how powerful these images could truly be. And so began the expansion of my business to include a varied range of portraiture.  I redesigned my website and started to market myself into these new arenas.

Given that most people plan their weddings well in advance, I wasn’t completely removed from weddings as I still had a few obligations to clients that had already booked me.  It was a good thing too because slowly but surely I started to remember where the passion for my wedding photography came from in the first place.  I started to get better and so did my work. It didn’t take long before I realized that I wanted to continue photographing weddings.  The joy and love and truths that I was able to witness with my own eyes and capture through my lenses had the opposite effect of what I had feared.  They brought me peace and hope, not sadness and pain. And all of a sudden, not only was I a wedding photographer, but I had also opened up Pandora’s box of the unexpected in other areas of photography as well.

Last year I met a wonderful, bright, and visionary woman named Betsy Martin who was launching a new fashion and lifestyle magazine in Denver called Reign.  We hit it off immediately and the kindred spirit effect began to take hold.  She started asking me to help her on some smaller projects, and though I didn’t have any clue where it would lead, I just knew that I was having fun and it was something new and interesting for me to focus on.  I’m a sucker for a good challenge; for anything that forces me to “stretch.” And little by little we built a repertoire that lead to me taking another major leap in my career.  Specifically, that of becoming one of two lead photographers for the magazine.  In a matter of only a few months, I photographed a fashion shoot that produced a beautiful cover shot, among a myriad of other editorials.  And in Oct. of 2012, I realized another personal and professional goal.  Only it wasn’t just a “cover” shot, it was a whole new adventure that seemingly overnight, emerged into my life.

I am very proud of this new venture.  It’s one of ultimate trust and belief in the Universe at work for our highest good.  It’s an adventure in passion for art and a quest into the nature of my own creative spirit.   And finally, it’s a new-found love for my photography that doesn’t begin or end with weddings, but that instead includes them.

Being a photographic artist gives me a wide breadth to harness my creativity into a number of channels, and as time goes on, I am discovering new ways to enjoy it; new ways to practice and hone my craft.  The latest of which includes editorial photography.

Thank you to you Betsy Martin-Marr for helping me to refocus this unquenchable fire I have for creative expression into another new direction.  I am thrilled with how far we have come and I look forward to seeing where this adventure will lead.  Perhaps it’s time for a new “vision board.”  I think I’ll cut out lots of clocks so that I can focus on time.  Specifically, having enough of it to fit in all the things I have told the Universe I want included in my life.  I must now focus on having enough time to DO IT ALL!

Look for the next issue of Reign this week, with my second cover shot and my second run as a lead photographer in not only Reign, but in her newest little sister, Aisle Style.  It’s a special double issue that is sure to rock the Denver magazine scene!

 

 

Newborn Soren Colman: Baby Photography Denver

One of my favorite things to do lately is to open a baby announcement covered with my newborn images!  Today that announcement came from two of my best friends, Angela and Ty Col(e)man.  It’s been such an exciting time with so many of my closest friends having babies the last couple of years.  I had no idea how many people I was going to be “Auntie Frances” to in such a short span of time & I couldn’t be happier about it.  I recently was able to go visit one of my own Aunts in CA and when she squealed with excitement over getting to see me, for the first time, perhaps ever, I understood how she felt.  I imagine getting a surprise visit from one of my nieces or nephews in 30 years and how that would just warm my heart right up and over the moon!  But for at least the next 18 years or so I get to be right here, watching them, capturing them, and loving them to pieces all along the way.  Baby Soren Tyson Colman is one such amazingly special little baby boy.  I was as excited as his entrance into this world as I could ever imagine I would be.  And he is perfect in absolutely every way.  In fact, one newborn session just didn’t cut it (in terms of my own selfish baby time satisfaction), so I went back for more less than a week later.  The photos here are from both sessions with them.  The other thing that makes me so proud and happy is that the main art piece in the nursery is a beautiful landscape image that I took years ago that I gave to Angela and Ty as a gift after they helped me to produce my very first ever fine art show, “Flow”, at the Space Gallery in 2009, benefiting a nonprofit organization that Angela and her step-father set up to help victims of domestic violence, called the Trelexa Foundation.  They have been waiting for the perfect wall to present itself to showcase the image as it didn’t exactly match the rest of their house.  It only took 3 years, but that spot finally showed up, and if you ask me, it has found a permanent home!  We already know that Soren is destined to be a mountain lover, just like mommy and daddy, so it seems appropriate that it will be a scene that becomes as familiar to him as his own parents.  Angela, Ty, Soren, and the doggie children, Serena and Sidney, I love you ALL.  Now and forever.  Kisses….  Auntie Frances.

Denver Event Photgraphy: Catering By Design

I was so excited to photograph the always amazing Catering By Design’s party that is thrown annually for all of their vendors and clients. I photographed their last fabulous party, so I knew this one was going to be just as good or better! This time I saved plenty of room in my stomach and prepared myself for a great night.

The party took place in CBD’s warehouse, featuring different kinds of foods, deserts, cocktails and treats. Entertainment was high, with a talented flash mob, dancers, and plenty of eye candy for the ladies! Incredibly innovative food displays filled the warehouse, entrees were mounted on the walls, and some snacks were shelved on high ladders- so creative! Not to mention delicious. Catering by Design always throw the most entertaining parties, complete with a band, DJ and dancers on top of the food coolers!  Everyone from the wedding industry was there, eating, drinking, dancing & enjoying themselves.

I have to say thank you to Catering by Design for having me photograph this phenominal party. CBD are one of my favorite cateres in town for a reason! I look forward to working with them again soon!

Love The Dress with Stef and Tim: Denver

A phenomenal wedding dress requires equally amazing wedding photography, so when Stef told me she was interested in doing a “Love the Dress” photo-session, I was game. Stef, Tim and I met at the park in Denver- and the newlyweds looked just as beautiful as they did on their big day! We had a great time taking some intimate and fun bridal photography around the park.

I love photographing Love the Dress sessions, it allows us to get creative, resulting in intimate and unique images. Stef, you and your gorgeous Vera Wang dress looked amazing in the park! And I loved the black sash :)

Click here if you want to see Stef & Tim’s Wedding Portraits!