Frances Litman is a passionate community connector, award-winning event organizer and professional photographer. She is one of Vancouver Island’s most established and awarded photographers and has supported herself and numerous charities for her entire working life from her creativity.
Her international career has spanned more than two decades and has seen Frances travelling the globe as a photographer, teacher, photographic tour leader and accredited photo adjudicator. Her photography has graced book covers, magazines, newspapers, and can be found on websites and in homes far and wide.
Frances also teaches photography and creativity classes with a childlike enthusiasm that brings out the artistic genie in everyone.
“I am truly dedicated to excellence and in doing so, I strive to not only meet but exceed my client’s expectations in all that I do.
When photographing people, it’s crucial for me to quickly put everyone at ease so that they look as relaxed and natural as possible. I make my sessions a fun and pleasurable experience to ensure no one looks stiff or posed.
I love to come up with fresh angles and to find the art in everyone and everything.
I conduct my business with professionalism, integrity and honesty. I value my clients and respect and honour their needs.
Photography is what opened my eyes to really seeing the world around me.
By working with everything from macro to telephoto lenses, I began to see and appreciate the world around me in ways that I never imagined.
Despite working as a full-time professional photographer for more than 25-years, photographing mostly people and events, I’ve always loved photographing nature and objects of beauty.
My passion for photography expanded into a passion for the natural world and grew to include founding and organizing North America’s largest non-profit sustainability showcase and Earth Week festival (www.creativelyunited.org) which launched in 2012 with thousands of people attending annually.
My desire to celebrate social innovation and unite community to achieve a more just and sustainable world has resulted in beautiful collaborations where ideas are moved into action in creative ways – merging art with science, business and more.”
Trained to Notice Details That Others Miss
Frances is one of only a handful of western Canadian female photographers that has received both Master and Craftsman of Photographic Arts designations (CPA and MPA) and print judging certification from the Professional Photographers Association of Canada (PPOC) and is frequently asked to speak and judge at photography conventions and competitions in Canada, the US, and overseas. In 2008, she received the Order of Fellowship from the Professional Photographers Association of Canada, the highest designation possible.
Frances has also received both an Accolade of Photographic Mastery (APM) and an Accolade of Outstanding Photographic Achievement (AOPA) from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). Until recently, Frances was one of the only female Canadian photographers to have been invited to adjudicate at WPPI’s annual photography competition/convention in Las Vegas.
Let me showcase your brilliance and bring out the best in you.
With more than 16-years of experience working as a writer and editor with the Times-Colonist daily newspaper, 20+ years as small business owner and professional photographer, and 5+ years as the founder/organizer of a massive community event (www.creativelyunited.org), I bring my talent, expertise and energy to work for you.
Whether you need a fabulous portrait, business advice, marketing and website support, connections made, or help with an event, I’m committed to giving you the best exposure possible.
Convenient, fully-equipped studio and
Frances has a beautiful studio with a wide variety of one-of-a-kind, hand-painted backgrounds, a multitude of props and sumptuous furniture to meet any need, plus full on-location flexibility.
Conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Victoria, Frances has plenty of free parking and operates her business and personal life with a positive, earth-friendly attitude that is green-based and community-minded.
International Photo Tours & Lessons
At the invitation of travel companies, Frances has led boutique tours to France, Italy, Croatia and Santa Fe and welcomes the opportunity to teach photography to groups of all sizes both locally and internationally. Beginner to intermediate photographers are her specialty.
“I love to show people the short cuts that I wish I had learned and get them using their cameras in more creative ways so they can greatly improve the quality of the images they take. It’s really important to me that people have fun while they are learning.”
Quality and Personalized Photography Services for Business, Editorial, Individuals and Families
Frances specializes in capturing the essence of people and their special moments whether it’s a head and shoulder business portrait, an award’s presentation, for an advertising or editorial feature, a family portrait, a gift for a loved one, a wedding, whatever the occasion…if you want a timeless portrait looking your best or moments captured, Frances is the photographer for you.
At events, Frances prefers to quietly go about her business, drawing no attention to herself, but simply recording the action as it happens. Her photojournalistic eye and sense of timing has earned her the respect of clients and colleagues alike.
Her corporate clients include: The Empress Hotel, the Victoria Conference Center, Times-Colonist, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications, plus a variety of government ministries.
Individuals, Couples, Children, Pets and Families
Frances loves people of all ages and their pets. Celebrate your life and love for others with a custom studio and/or outdoor portrait unique to you. These priceless memories will be cherished and treasured for all time as there will never be another moment quite like the present.
Since 1990, Frances has photographed more than 550 weddings and been awarded Wedding Album of the Year in both BC and Canada, a top honour by the Professional Photographers Association of Canada
Corporate/Commercial/Editorial Photography Services
- Photography for business cards and websites
- business portraits, professional headshots, group and office photographs
- annual reports
- public relations
- biographies, book covers and author photos
- editorial and news features
Stock and Art Libraries
Extensive library of images for advertising or editorial purposes