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a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY manifesto

FACT - A wedding is one of life’s few and true markers.

Many couples spend their budgets on the experience of the wedding. I understand. Music was incredibly important at my own wedding. We hired an a capella group for a flash mob, organized for various individuals to sing throughout the day, and selected the best DJ in Denver for the real throw down.

But I was not able to see the single tear in my father's eye and the smile of pride on his face as he walked me down the aisle. My wedding photographer did.

I ask you to take a step back and consider the importance of documenting this experience, the numerous side stories that will take place, many of which you'll never personally witness, and the art and beauty of this day.

Admittedly biased, I believe the level of photography MUST meet the importance of this moment.

For each and every wedding, for each and every client, I strive for greatness. I've spent a career honing my art and becoming better at being able to see a deeper level of composition, of emotion, of story. And while I've been a professional wedding photographer for nearly 20 years, I know I will be even better tomorrow than today.

I go all in because I truly and deeply believe in the importance of what I do. Thank God my own wedding photographer felt the same.

The Joy of Wedding Photos

I get to take photographs for a living. I love that. And while there are numerous different fields of photography I could have focused on, I intentionally choose to work with people.

As a wedding photographer, I get to connect with people from many different walks of life … from city slickers to mountain goats and everyone in between.

People + wedding day often = chaos.

It's true and it's just the way the cookie crumbles. But there's a certain amount of joy I take in thriving within the chaos of the wedding day. The flower girl will be balling, relatives will be fighting, your dress won't fit as well as you think it should, and the love of your life just snuck out for a sip of whiskey. Within this hot mess, I'll be there by your side to help. I've made a habit capturing amazing photos despite the circumstances.

A sucker for the first look.

I don't care if you decide to celebrate this moment alone as a couple or in front of your friends and family, after all of these years, I'm still love pointing my camera at a bride and groom when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. I just do.

You'll be more than a client.

When I look at my close circle of life-long friends, they were all once clients who allowed me to take their picture. I’m extremely proud of my work. But I love and cherish the relationships with my people. If I lost my eyesight tomorrow, I think I would get along just fine knowing they were there with me.

The Best Wedding Photographers

Other artists can take their time, sometimes years, to ponder their next brush stroke. But for a wedding photographer, the best shots only appear for a second and if not captured, are gone forever. I've made a habit out of not only getting those shots, but telling stories and capturing art in those moments.

There is a difference between a competent shot and a powerful image. At this level, that difference has little to do with technology. The difference is the vision and the interpretation of the photographer and her most important tools: the brain, eye, and heart.

I’ve been shooting Colorado weddings for over 15 years and seem to be able to find that “thing” again and again and again. I believe that’s what makes a great photographer.

What's my special sauce?

My years of experience is certainly an ingredient. But on a deeper level, I honestly believe it's my lack of fear. I have another gear which takes me the extra mile to get the epic shot that tells a real story of the who my couples are.

I've climbed buildings, jumped in front of traffic, raced down a mountain on a snow board, and have been pulled behind a speed boat in a dry suit ... all for the shot.

Part of that is just how I am wired and the other part is that I love an added challenge that allows me to capture something show stopping and truly different. But even beyond that, I just love having fun with my clients and doing things with my photography that are unexpected.

In my mind, there’s no time in this life to be bored. I want our work together to be as fun as it is creative, breathless as it is bold, timeless as it is boundless. It is always an honor to help my clients memorialize the start of their epic adventure together through this thing we call life…..

DENVER PHOTOGRAPHERS

There are some amazing wedding photographers in Colorado. There truly are. Regardless if you chose to work with me or somebody else, I beg you to dig deep on learning about their experience shooting weddings in Colorado.

Extreme and rapid changes in weather are a Colorado hallmark! Believe me. Blizzards in late May. Swift approaching lighting storms during an outdoor ceremony. Hail. It takes a substantial amount of experience to gracefully operate under these conditions.

PHOTOGRAPHY musings

Photographing people in their most tender, sensitive, and important moments in life is my passion. Oddly, photography is about capturing the fleeting moments of the day, but it’s not for today. Photographs are for the rest of our lives and our posterity. Photography can connect generations and I fully realize and accept the fact that I’m responsible for how people remember their family histories. I take this to heart every time I pick up my camera. It is a unique sensitivity that fuels my desire to capture those fleeting moments in time that we all want to remember forever. Regardless if it’s wedding photography, engagement photos, or boudoir, the artistry of my imagery comes to fruition in my being able to not only see, but to capture, what people feel. Photography has the power to both stop and outlast time.

They say a camera never lies. Perhaps. But I believe photography allows for multiple interpretations of the exact same moment. The composition, lighting, angles and the like – can all be interpreted. But that’s part of the beauty, and power, of photography. I don’t use the word accurate, but instead real when referring to my photography.

Both a photographer and their photographs are intentional. When I’m holding the frame, I’m creating the story. No matter what I’m photographing, my goal is to document what is both beautiful and unique about every event, every person, every couple and every family that makes their way in front of my lens. This quest for sharing this beautiful thing we call life with the world, one couple or wedding at a time is what keeps me creatively thriving, continually growing and I’m deeply honored to do what I love.

ABOUT FRANCES PHOTOGRAPHY

In 2003, Frances Kelley launched her wedding photography business with a mission to capture the beauty of great love stories. But wedding photography was only the beginning for Frances. Over the years, countless brides have returned time and again for everything from baby photos to family portraits to sexy boudoir sessions. Her visual repertoire continues to grow and evolve while her eye for true beauty and retouching skills are a dreamy, in-demand duo for magazine editors and style-inspired entrepreneurs.

A decade and more than 1,000 shoots later, Frances has an ever-evolving, versatile portfolio in four core areas: wedding and engagement photography, boudoir, fashion photography, and fine art. This artist at heart has garnered national acclaim, international assignments and a reputation for marrying perfection with personality. Her approach is so personable; Frances feels like one of the family.

And though her photography portfolio is extensive, there’s a clear and common theme to her artistry: BEAUTY. No matter what the occasion or location, Frances has an eye for time-stopping details. She knows exactly how to capture the ocular essence of every human being in her view.

Working with Frances goes beyond exceptional customer service and a high-end experience. She builds genuine relationships. Her passion for people is unparalleled and her drive for the best shot keeps clients oh, so on their toes. Hanging from the rafters? Check. Stopping traffic? You know it. She’ll do what it takes to document your most momentous moments.

With loyal clients coming back for a lifetime, her finger on the pulse of all things creative and an unstoppable desire to keep learning and growing, it’s no wonder Frances is one of the most trusted and sought after of all Colorado and Denver photographers.

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