Fran was a pleasure to work with on our wedding day. We had a vision of the types of engagement photos and wedding photos we wanted and she provided great suggestions for locations to get those perfect shots. Her and her second shooter worked well to make sure that all of our requested photos were taken. She then edited them beautifully and made us the perfect wedding album. Enjoyed having Fran at our wedding very much and would highly recommend her.
Carla & Scott
Pinnacle Hotel – North Vancouver, BC
We are so happy that we chose Fran to capture our wedding day. We are not the most organized people (See EXTREMELY…LAID…BACK…), and Fran totally rolled with it. She is the perfect mix of easygoing, personable and professional, and you will feel like you’ve known her for years. She did an excellent job of managing time for photos before our ceremony and has an amazing ability to blend into her surroundings so as not to disturb guests in order to capture those natural, candid, most-cherished moments. You won’t even notice her taking photos, although she is literally taking hundreds. She definitely works hard to get the best shots, including continuing to snap them while being eaten alive by swarms of mosquitoes. If that’s not professional, I don’t know what is! We couldn’t have been happier after seeing the finished product. Our beautiful backdrop of Squamish, BC, was made even more breathtaking in the way that she captured it. Our photos are filled with so much of the happiness, love and laughter of our special day. Thank you, Fran!
Krystal & Wade
Fran was recommended to us as a photographer only a few short weeks before our marriage ceremony. My mother had been ill with cancer and we were advised that we should get married ahead of schedule to ensure she could be there and enjoy the day with us. I contacted Fran by email and explained the circumstances, unsure of whether she could fit us into her an undoubtedly busy wedding season schedule. My email was met with the utmost professionalism and empathy, and Fran found a way to make our date work with her schedule so she could photograph our civil ceremony. Fran took the time to make all of us feel comfortable and relaxed on a day filled with mixed emotion. She respected my mother’s wishes for privacy and never acknowledged her illness or made it awkward taking the mother-daughter shots that were carefully chosen and staged to make sure the important moments were captured. She made what could have been a stressful and emotionally-heavy day feel calm, enjoyable and fun. She also never once made us feel that our small, causal ceremony was any less special or important than an elaborate wedding. Seeing the photos from this day warms my heart for so many reasons. I met a genuinely compassionate friend out of the experience who was able to beautifully document one of the most important events of my life while capturing priceless memories of my mother in the final months of her life.
Leah & Craig
Vanier Park, BC
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
I was blown away by your work when looking at your website but the icing on the cake was how awesome you were when we met. Gabe and I knew you were the perfect fit by how enthusiastic and professional you were while being laid back at the same time. I remember I was so nervous and felt awkward leading up to our engagement session but that didn’t last long at all. You kept it playful and fun but also captured such intimate photos.
When our wedding day rolled around I was so excited to be working with you again. I had no doubt that you would capture every special moment so beautifully to tell our love story. Knowing that I got to enjoy the day as it unfolded and didn’t worry about a thing.
With our wedding now over I’m so grateful to have photos that preserve that wonderful day. You have an amazing ability of seeing a special moment and taking the perfect photo to remember that. Gabe and I are so pleased with your work and would definitely recommend you to anyone who is looking for a talented and professional photographer who is an absolute joy to work with.
Nicole & Gabe
Pinnacle Pier Hotel – North Vancouver, BC
As a wedding photographer myself, I have to say that choosing a photographer for our wedding was no easy task. We chose Fran not only because she is a super cool chick, but also because of the timeless beauty she captures. Her images are full of emotion that she manages to capture in such a beautiful way. She is a true talent. We love our photos more than I could ever imagine. We are so happy we had Fran photograph our wedding. We will cherish these images forever.
Jen & Mike
Punto de Vista – Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
I am so grateful for having Fran as our photographer on our wedding day. I struggle with a husband that refuses to get his pictures taken and Fran made it easy, relaxed and fun for not only him but me too!! Our picture locations were amazing that only a creative ye like herself could find. I could not be happier with the way our photos turned out!! Fran’s talent and creativity has forever captured the love that was felt that day and we are truly thankful that we will have those memories forever!!
Tif & Adam
The Waterfront Centre – Hamilton, Ontario
Choosing a photographer for your special day is probably the most important decision an engaged couple could make. If the wedding day is not captured in a stylish, sensitive and imaginative way the images will be lost forever. In selecting Fran Chelico we recognized her impressive track record and accolades … all were well deserved indeed.
From the preliminary instructions to the dress rehearsal walk through and he demands all wedding days present, we enjoyed a professional and assured performance from Fran and her team. The resultant photographs were a wonderful recollection of the day and our faith in Fran was generously rewarded with the results.
We wish Fran every success and have no hesitation in commending her for couple’s who want to be sure their memories of the day will remain as perfect as it appeared.
Shona & Stephen
Van Dusen Gardens – Vancouver, BC
More than a year later and our friends and family are still commenting on our gorgeous wedding photos! They’re so natural … so us. Thank you Fran for capturing the beautiful moments of our special day. you were more part of the circle of friends and family we had there with us vs. being a hired photographer. you let us enjoy our day while you did your magic finding the perfect opportunities into what ended up being a treasured collection of photographs to look back at and smile.
Tanya & Eric
Burlington Golf & Country Club – Burlington, Ontario
Fran has a gift in capturing natural moments, the essence of the day. Going through our photos 6 weeks later we laughed and cried all over again. we were able to relive every speech, every vow, every toast, every moment. From a glance, to a baby smile, she has the ability to capture the most beautiful parts of the day and the people in it. She has a zero cheese shot clause and that was very important to us. We wanted to just be, and have her in the shadows. She is extremely down-to-earth too, and open to new ideas. She runs with it and we had so much fun with the engagement and wedding shoots.
Angie & Devon
Science World – Vancouver, BC
Our wedding experience with Fran was exceptional. She was able to capture the essence of our wedding day in such a beautiful way. We absolutely adore the photos she took and are so happy with the selection she provided us. With the wedding now over, a photograph is really the only way to preserve the special moments. Her photos have absolutely succeeded in doing that for us. We would recommend Fran’s services to anyone who is looking for a talented, professional photographer who is a joy to work with and has the ability to put you right at ease.
Nat & Dave
Aug 2011: I can’t rave enough about Fran. Leading up to my wedding I was ambivalent about the cost of a photographer given our tight budget, but I felt like it was an important thing so I started looking around. I talked to quite a few photographers and felt a bit lost choosing which one but then I came across Fran’s website and I was very impressed. I got in touch with her and after we met, I felt confident that I had found a great person to shoot our wedding … and man, was I ever right!!! Fran totally exceeded any expectations I had. On the day of the wedding she was FANTASTIC. She was so grounded and energetic and made my husband and I feel like natural models (which we are not!). She did an amazing job of organizing our wedding party and family for the various shots (she was quick!), and I can’t thank her enough for telling us about the “first look” option, it was the best thing for us. My only regret was that I didn’t hire Fran to stay the whole night!! If she is available to shoot your wedding, book her while you can!!
UPDATE: Sept 2011: So I wrote a review before I even saw my pictures … now that I have my pictures I am even more impressed and OVER THE MOON in love with Fran and her work. Her shots are amazing and there are SO many of them!! She captured all the special moments … moments we didn’t even know were special at the time. I feel so thankful to have found Fran and am so thankful that I have such an amazing documentation of the day. All our family and friends go crazy every time they see our pictures … Fran is truly truly talented and clearly loves what she does. You are lucky if you get her!
UPDATE Dec 2014: When my husband and I were expecting our first baby in late 2013 I knew I would want some nice professional baby pictures. There are a million professional baby photographers out there but I wanted Fran!! She was absolutely amazing when I contacted her. She was so sweet and genuinely excited for us. Instead of the typical newborn photoshoot, Fran suggested we do a “Day in the Life” session where she would spend the day with us and document that special time in our lives. It was such a wonderful concept and once again Fran totally over delivered and gave us the most amazing collection of images. She was able to capture so many sides of my son, and precious moments of our new family. Like our wedding photos, I treasure these shots. Fran’s images from that photoshoot are still the pictures I keep on my desktop and phone even though they are getting a little dated as my son is much bigger now. We hope to make a “Day in the Life” photo shoots with Fran an annual tradition as I can’t imagine a better person and way to document these amazing years. Fran is an absolute gem of a photographer and person, I can’t wait until our next session.
Kora & Will
Hycroft Manor – Vancouver, BC
We were instantly impressed with Fran and her friendly relaxed way of working. Both Sam and myself instantly felt comfortable with her both during the engagement shoot and during the wedding day. Despite the fact that it looked like we were going to be rained out, Fran had scouted out some stunning locations for our wedding photos and luck was with us as it stopped raining right before we headed outside to take the pictures. Not only did Fran stay relaxed and friendly throughout, but she managed to wrangle our large (chaotic) families into place which I can only compare to herding cats. When we received the pictures they were absolutely fantastic and it was clear that Fran achieved Sam’s goal of having her very own photo shoot with accessories (me and the rest of the wedding party :). We cannot thank Fran enough for helping us during our big day and making sure that we will always be able to look back fondly through the pictures.
Sam & Kris
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
We hadn’t met Fran when we hired her. We fell in love with a sampling of her pictures online and knew her style matched with our vision for our “big day.” We kept our fingers crossed that she would be able to travel out to Niagara (Ontario, Canada) for us. From the moment Fran said yes she was a calming force, dependable and reassuring – for a bride with a thousand things on her plate, this is exactly what you need from your photographer. Someone who is professional and easy going, who doesn’t add to the mounting pressure you feel as your wedding day arrives.
When the day finally came to meet Fran, it was like an old friend walked through my front door. She was sweet, supportive, encouraging, and a ball of energy! Dynamic is a great word for her. She set out right away shooting every detail imaginable. Her eye for interesting compositions and powerful vignettes, tell an overwhelming story – your story.
Fran is focused, and able to work without direction. She shoots and shoots, and yet is able to keep track of the days schedule and timing.
When we got our edited photographs from Fran, my husband and I were both completely overwhelmed. The entire day came back to us. I remembered how the sun felt on my shoulders, the smell of the French fries we snacked on and the look my husband gave me right after I said “I do”. It is as if Fran is able to shoot through your eyes and see the small things that you might have overlooked or missed in the bustle of the day.
She loves what she does, she has a talent for it, and her wealth of experience means you can relax; you are in good hands on one of the most important days of your life.
A beautiful woman!
Xoxo Paul and Mary
Balls Falls, Ontario
We were so honoured that Fran flew down to Toronto to take our engagement photos and to capture our special day. Having her as our wedding photographer was fantastic. One of my fond memories about getting ready was watching Fran on the floor trying to get a perfect shot – she was our “guerilla” photographer. As she flew in the day before the wedding, she did not have much time to explore our venue, but on our wedding day she knew exactly which shots would make the most impact. And as it turned out, it rained all day, but you’d never guess that from our photos – they are vibrant and Fran used the reflection of the wet ground to make some of our photos more impactful.
She captured amazing, candid moments that Todd and I will treasure forever. She managed to be everywhere, without us even noticing that she’s there. Fran is a skillful artist, a complete professional and her work is stunning. We constantly receive complements on our beautiful wedding photo, which hangs in our main living space, and we cannot thank Fran enough for capturing our day the way that she did. We love you, Fran xoxox
Toni & Todd
Steamwhistle Brewery – Toronto, Ontario
Congrats on all your awards. You should be proud of the work you did, we’ve received nothing but compliments from our friends, family and colleagues. Fran – our pictures are amazing!! We love them!! I thought they were going to be great and they are even better than I expected.
Roseanne & Derek
Sasamat Camp, BC
Fran was amazing to work with! She made us feel so relaxed in front of the camera on our engagement shoot that we were really looking forward to taking photos on our wedding day. Fran has an unbelievable artistic side and her photographs reflected that. Her end product for us went above and beyond our expectations. We proudly have recommended her to all of our close friends and family for weddings, portraits and engagement shoots. We couldn’t have been happier with the services she provided us.
Katy & Dave
Brockhouse – Vancouver, BC
Fran was amazing!! I was planning from far away for our wedding in North Vancouver. I never stressed about the photos. On the day of the wedding she even calmed me down before the walk down the aisle:) I feel more that she is a friend not just a random photographer, I highly recommend her for weddings. Oh and the photos are AMAZING!!!!
Laura & Adam
Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel – North Vancouver, BC
We could not have asked for a better photographer than Fran. Once we saw her website no one else compared. We contacted her to see who she might recommend, never expecting her to travel out of province to photograph our wedding. We received the digital prints and cannot stop looking at them. Everyone we show them to is amazed by them. They were by far the best investment from our wedding. They are a beautiful reminder of a wonderful day, and Fran captured everything from the details to the emotions with amazing talent and unsurpassed originality. We would absolutely and 100% recommend her to everyone.
Megan & Vince
Balls Falls, Ontario
My wife and I had the unique opportunity of being Fran’s first clients in Vancouver for a wedding shoot (2006). Yes we were rolling the dice a little, but we fully trusted Fran after our initial meeting (in fact we opted to hire Fran over another photographer with an extensive portfolio). Fran greatly exceeded our expectations, both for her quality of her work and our enjoyment in having her share in our wedding day. Since that day I have strongly encouraged many friends and colleagues to work with Fran, many of which have employed her with great satisfaction.
Two years ago I also hired Fran to do some corporate head shots for my private investment practice. In true Fran Chelico style she juggled her schedule to accommodate me on short notice, and I am very pleased with the outcome.
I understand that Fran has taken her craft to a higher level now, and is utilizing the highest quality camera’s and equipment. I am overdue for new corporate photo’s so I will be seeing Fran in the near future. I highly recommend her.
Coralie & Noel
The Brix – Vancouver, BC
I wanted to say that I already miss you! It was beyond amazing having you shoot our wedding. Everyone raves about you & your team. You made Jon & I feel like movie stars. Even one of my friends noticed that I was in heaven with all the pictures. Thank you so much for your amazingess, professionalism, superb skill, knowledge & enthusiasm. As soon as you walked into my room I felt like another family member was there with me. Words can’t describe how happy I feel to have had you as my photographer. Thank you for staying longer to capture my second dress, you are so wonderful!
Emina & Jon
Georgia Hotel – Vancouver, BC