I'm a fine art wedding, portrait, and birth photographer that has a love affair with film. i shoot medium format film (and sometimes digital), but you can check out what's in my photography bag here
i love the process, i love the film grain, i love developing my own prints. i'm a purist, a fine art major from the University of Wisconsin, and i like to treat my weddings and portrait sessions not like the run of the mill photographer, but like it's an assignment for a gallery space. i value physical prints over pixels, and want my own children to be able to riffle through boxes of prints instead of locating folders on hard drives when they want to reminisce about their childhood. we appreciate handmade albums for weddings and family heirlooms, and giclée prints and silver gelatin prints for the walls.
We love traveling all over the world to photograph amazing events and milestones... it fuels my soul to see people fall in love with each other, their babies, their lives. You can also read more about what i do and contact me at my main photography website at www.lexiafrank.com
This November i had the incredible (!) opportunity to photograph Shaun and April where they live in Cairo, Egypt. They are planning their wedding (which will be here in the states) while living and working there, so it only made sense to do their engagement session in one of the most amazing places on earth.
We started off at the Pyramids at Giza and slowly made our way back into the heart of Cairo before ending at the incredible Khan el-khalili Market.
We were so fortunate to have amazing weather- but we did run into some obstacles. dress code is strict in Arab nations, as is public display of affection. we definitely had to tip toe around and find out of the way places before we could get comfortable with each other. but, it made it sort of fun, and you know i love a challenge! I love anything that pushes me out of my comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory, which we definitely were in!
Shaun and April made us feel so at home, however, and so safe. We drank Turkish coffee (more on that tomorrow!), smoked Sheesha, climbed down into a pyramid (by ourselves! oh my word!), kissed a camel, wore some great pashminas, and ate the most amazing food. it was absolutely the opportunity of a lifetime, and i am looking just as forward to their wedding this coming summer!
and…. because you know i wouldn’t leave you with just one post on Egypt… more to come tomorrow about the culture and people with some of my favorite shots yet… stay tuned!
This is so great! check out this awesome little production Canon put together from the premiere in NY as well as a bit of the regional premiere in LA! it’s getting me excited to have our own little regional premieres in Madison WI and Tampa Florida. i cant wait for all my friends, clients, and family to see this incredible film that Ron and Bryce have worked so hard on. i’ll be posting details about the premieres as soon as i know dates/times/venues!
I promise to share more pictures of Egypt soon…. very very soon. but first, I wanted to share this hugely inspirational video. i know a lot of photographers and creatives out there follow this blog. maybe some of you are just starting out, maybe some of you followed the beginning photography articles i wrote for www.sliceoflemon.com. maybe some of you are advanced creatives but are in a lull.
maybe some of you just need reminding of where you came from… where all of us came from or still are. it lasts just a tiny minute, so take a second and watch.
So if you’re frustrated with your work right now, if you know it’s not what you aspire it to be, Dont.Give.Up. what that really means is that you have the potential to be incredible. You are already on that path. You are already on the journey, dont hop off the train while it’s moving. pull your camera out, or whatever media you use to be creative and make whatever you can. i dont care if all you have is your iphone, shoot something, edit something, create something, even if it is just for yourself, and you never show anyone else.
shoot everyday. make something every.single.day. the camera should be an extension of your hands. if you dont know what that means, then you are probably still looking with your eyes for the right buttons to push. when you know your camera, you dont need to look. when your camera is part of you you can walk into a room and already know what ISO to use, what aperture to use, and what shutter speed give or take a couple hundredths of a second. you already know what your image will look like without looking at the LCD screen. you’ll begin to ‘see’ photographs in the world even when you dont have your camera- the term “oh that would be a great shot” start to happen 10, 20, 30 times a day. you’ll know what ‘good light’ is and be able to seek it out, knowing where it will be before you even turn the corner.
YOU and YOUR WORK are just around the corner…
story told by incredible Ira Glass, edited by David Shiyang Liu
“In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group ever came back after crawling up the lily stems to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what had happened to him. Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number.
The fact that we cannot see our loved ones or communicate with them after the transformation which we call death is no proof that they cease to exist.”
For my beautiful friend Sarah and her family. a heartbreaking loss of a tiny little life, who is now a beautiful dragonfly.