Today we’d like to introduce you to Charlotte Francis.
Charlotte, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Wow where do I begin? I’ve loved photography as long as I can remember. I remember being in elementary school and going through disposable cameras left and right shooting anything I could. I took your average photo classes through junior high, high school and even a few in college but ultimately, I ended up choosing Veterinary medicine as a major in college because who could ever really make a living doing photography? I hated it. After realizing how much I hated what I was doing I quit school and picked my camera up again because its kind of clicked to me that I didn’t want to be another person miserable at work not doing what I loved just because of money.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
For me my work isn’t just taking nice photos in a pretty place. I truly want to create an experience for every couple I shoot so that they leave their session feeling like they’ve done more than just checked an engagement shoot off their wedding tasks.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
To me success is being content with your work. Obviously, there is always more to learn and areas you will constantly work to improve but I feel like in being successful there is not a need to constantly compare yourself to others or tear yourself down for not getting enough likes, comments, being featured everywhere, all of that nonsense. I think once you’ve come to a place where you are confident enough in your own work that you know you are doing great and don’t need reassurance from everyone else that makes you successful.
I think in order to be successful you need to be a hard worker (that’s a no brainer) but honestly it takes so much work to build a name for yourself and you need to be willing to put in countless hours, collaborate wherever you can, shoot whenever possible and take every opportunity you can.
You also need to be tough. Tough in the sense that you don’t take every rejection to heart. It totally hurts having a bride choose someone else or having a company not want to work with you because you don’t have a big enough Instagram following. You can’t let those rejections tear you down as an artist.
The last thing I think is really important is being empathetic. You need to care more about your clients than you care about the money, being featured, followers, etc. When you truly care about your clients you tend to focus more on the shots that will get you featured rather than the shots that will mean those most to them 10 years down the road.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
A majority of my work is on Instagram.
- Website: www.charlottefearsphotography.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: charlottefrancisphoto
Image credits : Charlotte Francis Photo
If you are needing the clients names
Wedding photos – Gabrielle & Sean Marucha
Flagstaff – Caitlin & Seth
Sedona – Allen & Melissa