I had the privilege of being interviewed and listed as one of 50 Essential Portrait Photographers in the Vancouver area. To be among these talented woman is truly an honor! Thank you for adding me to this amazing list!
Photographer Fran Chelico loves to hang out, both with her long-time friends and new acquaintances… mostly to laugh while enjoying a glass of wine! When she`s not focusing on her photography she`s just a North Shore girl who loves to have fun with her husband Mike and her son Max on the beach in the summer and the slopes in the winter.
Why did you get into photography?
As a child, I was always interested in art. I would prefer to sketch images of things around me than to play with dolls. When I was 13 years old I landed my first job as a photographer’s assistant and that’s when I reallyfound my passion. I enjoy capturing special moments for people, I find it very satisfying and fulfilling. That feeling you get when you know you just got ‘THE’ shot … it’s exciting!
Tell us a bit about your company?
I had left photography for a few years and worked in various corporations, but always felt like a piece of me was missing. Six years ago while living in NYC I decided I wanted to explore a career as a photographer. I wentback to school to learn all about digital photography and after some early success with formal shoots and encouragement from my husband Mike, I opened my own photography company when we moved to North Vancouver. That was four years ago. My current business focuses predominantly on weddings andportraits (I like interacting with people!) but I do the occasional commercial shoot as well.
How would you characterize your style of photography?
I am a natural light photographer. I like clean, elegant shots that are timeless, capturing real moments unfolding around me. A groom’s smile as he walks his new wife down the aisle; the tiny little hand in yours that will only be that size once; or the moment when your grandfather blows out his candles for the 95th time are all endearing moments that make life so sweet. I love to see the world as a photograph and would like to preserve those images for people before they fade away.
Who are your clients?
My clients are regular people who want to have images captured that tell a story of who they are. For the most part, they are not people who feel comfortable in front of the camera, so a photojournalistic style suits them. If I have done my job well, they will forget I am even there!
What should your mom clients expect when working with you?
That I am a very easy going, patient and fun person to work with. It totally makes my day when a young client is dreading their photo shoot and at the end are disappointed it is over and say it was much easier then they thought it would be and that they had a ton of fun! That is one of the biggest compliments for me! For families, I would tell them I understand when your child is not cooperating because I have a 5 year old son and deal with that whenever I want to take photos of him “lol” sometimes you have to just let them do their thing until they get used to the camera or you get down on your hands and knees and play with them until you’ve developed a bond. You do anything to get the shot!
Anything else to add?
I love working with people, hearing people’s stories and capturing the moment for them! It makes me feel good that I can contribute a small bit to keeping their memories alive! I love what I do…
Fran Chelico Photography