Beautiful Gallery Space

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Click here for event details.

Photography and art lovers are in for a special treat this Sat., Feb. 11th.
The Creatively United for the Planet Society presents The Gift of Change, an inspirational multi-media show featuring the stunning imagery of one of Canada’s most awarded landscape photographers, the late Courtney Milne.

Tickets are just $35 and that includes admission to the gallery, this incredible program and lovely edibles. Sat., Feb. 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm, at The Robert Bateman Centre, where I also have a piece in the Boxed Sanctuary show continuing until Feb. 28th.

Tickets and details can be found here

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New Year, New Head Shot!

marlene-portraitThe new year is always a great time to freshen up your image for the year ahead.
With professional lighting and finishing, I can ensure you will have a portrait you can be proud of that captures you at your very best.

I can work outdoors, on-location or in my studio. I use seven studio lights to create the most flattering light possible.
I work quickly and make all my sessions a pleasant experience, even for those most photo phobic. My convenient location is close to downtown and also has plenty of free parking.

Book now and head into the new year with a professional new portrait!

Before & After:

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24/7 Warmth!

Revisiting summer memories can truly warm a cold winter day. It’s such an honour to not only capture and create images for my clients, but to design books to last lifetimes is a real joy.

Meet Julie, Peter and their gorgeous family. I photographed their wedding in 2009 and this past summer, I finally had the pleasure to see them again after their return visit to Victoria from Quebec with their two children.

While it may be cold outside, the warmth these photos bring resonates year-round!

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Chasing Summer

Family get-togethers are a perfect time to capture special moments that only happen all too infrequently.

Here are a few images from a session this past summer with a family visiting from Minnesota. These moments pass far too quickly not to be captured by a professional photographer.

Just think of the joy of re-visiting images that are meaningful to you. If you would like me to create something special for you, please keep in mind that I can work from your photographs as well.

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Another Beautiful Day

Now that the dark-days of winter are upon us, it’s always nice to reflect back on sunnier days and happy occasions.

These family portraits were taken late September while the fall colour was at its peak and became wall portraits for this family who I’m grateful to receive this fabulous letter from. I love my clients!

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Boxed Sanctuary Project

Working out of the box on my submission for this upcoming show at the Bateman Centre. Excited to be one of the chosen artists!

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Come & Enjoy Creative Play

Each month, starting December 3rd, I will be co-hosting creative playshops for adults with Maggie Reidy, a popular registered counselor.

Through circles of sharing and caring, meditation, laughter, dance and collage making, enjoy a fun afternoon that will leave you feeling renewed, uplifted and fully inspired.

No art experience required. All supplies included. plus yummy treats for just $45!
Sign up here.

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Radical Rainbow Kitchen Renovation

I was honoured to be one of the many volunteers on the HeroWork Radical Renovation team for the Rainbow Kitchen on Lyall Street in Esquimalt.

Although I was assigned to a number of non-photographic duties, my photography and video skills were brought in at the last minute to cover the first look by the United Church and Rainbow Kitchen staff who saw the finished project at the grand unveiling, October 2nd for the first time. It was wonderful to capture their joyous reactions.

Click here to watch an extended video of the event.

Passionately Vibrant

_dsc2770-low-resolutionNot only does Kat Hardistry create fabulously colourful works of art, but she lives a vibrant life.
I had the pleasure of meeting Kat years ago when I first did both her and her sister Suzy Hahn’s realtor portraits.
We reconnected a few years ago at an art event and I have been completely in awe of her artistic talents since.
It was great to photograph her again, this time with her art as the backdrop.

Esquimalt Arts Festival

Esquimalt Arts Festival

Come and enjoy a wide selection of local art displayed throughout the beautiful grounds of the English Inn, 429 Lampson St., this upcoming Sunday, August 14th, from 11 am to 4 pm. I’ll have a variety of my personal work for show and sale and hope you’ll come and say hello. I look forward to this annual event organized by the wonderful volunteers of the Esquimalt Township Community Arts Council. Admission is free.

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Maestro Extraordinaire

I consider myself extremely blessed to meet and work with so many incredible people. Most recently I was given the opportunity to create new portraits for former Victoria Symphony and international orchestral conductor Peter McCoppin, who many may also remember as an international television host and radio broadcaster.

His impressive resume and success as an executive coach and speaker truly adds to the honour of receiving this testimonial from him:

Frances Litman is in every way a superb artist.
A master photographer she embodies that rare combination of intuition, instinct, poetry, and craft to capture the true essence of every subject.
She produced the finest photos of my professional career, for which I am deeply grateful.

– Peter McCoppin

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Loving Where I Live

Loving Where I Live

It’s always such a pleasure to show off our city in all it’s infinite beauty. I was reminded of this recently when I spent a few days offering photo instruction to a client visiting from the USA who wanted to go out and explore and compare our respective composition, viewpoint, exposures, etc. I’m so grateful to be able to share my 25 years of experience as a professional photographer, educator and international photo adjudicator.
You can read the testimonial here

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Sooke Fine Arts 2016

I’m grateful for the beautiful placement of my photograph at the Sooke Fine Arts Show. It’s always an honour to be selected into a juried show. Kudos to the organizers and many volunteers who make this annual art show one of the finest on Vancouver Island.

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Held Over – At The Robert Bateman Gallery

Held Over – At The Robert Bateman Gallery

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One of the highlights of my 20+ year career as a professional photographer is to have my personal work on display at the Robert Bateman Gallery.
The display is themed around the sea with World Ocean’s Day in mind and will be up until June 15th.
Please be sure to drop by and see all the beautiful work in the gallery.

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Grand Opening

What an honour to be given the special task of helping with the grand opening celebrations of the Urban Ground Market and Lakeside Village project near the entrance to Thetis Lake on Six Mile Rd. and be part of a pop-up gallery that features more than 60 pieces of original art by Victoria locals like Heather Barr, Jan Dong, Lon French, Katarina Leah Carlos, Vickie Stewart, Robert Barr, Olisha Mitchell, Liz Dailey, myself and others.
Fantastic music was provided by Auto Jansz, Little Crow (Rhonda Broadfoot and Mike Nicholls), Brad Hawkes, Lonnie Glass, Roger Plant, plus Daniel Cook and the Radiators.
The gallery will be open again Sat., May 28th from 1-5 pm with the live music lineup to be announced soon. The market is open daily and features a fantastic selection of organic produce, local products and more.

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Creatively United Art Show

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Thanks to CanvasPlus for doing such a fabulous job in printing the canvases I had on display at the 5th Annual Creatively United for the Planet Sustainability Showcase this past April at both Royal Bay Secondary and the Royal BC Museum.

Jan Dong was a total pro in how she hung the show and to be in the company of so many talented artists was a real highlight.

The First of Two Great Weekends

Thank you to everyone who took part in and came out to the 5th annual Creatively United for the Planet Sustainability Showcase at Royal Bay Secondary in Colwood which opened Friday evening with a beautiful sold out farm-to-table meal, live music, art and dancing. The decor, food, ambiance and company was world class. Thank you to all our incredible sponsors and a team of fantastic volunteers who helped create a night to remember.

Saturday, April 15th was full on with 30 presenters, more than 75 exhibitors, live music, art and more than 1000 people.

The Earth Week festivities continue at the Royal BC Museum, with an inspired evening of revolutionary art and film with Franke James and Sarah Robertson this Friday, April 22, from 7-10 pm (Earth Day) and continuing Sat., April 23 from 1-5 pm with live music, art, and two incredible workshops suitable for all ages. Learn more here!

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Creatively United Art Showcase

I’m honoured to have some of my work on display at the Canvas Plus display that is part of the Creatively United showcase opening this Friday evening with art, live music, a four-course farm-to-table meal and called dances. Incredible artwork by 14 artists will be on display, as well as live music including Bijoux du Bayou. Click here to see more!

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Sustainability Showcase

This could possibly be one of North America’s biggest Earth Week and sustainability showcases.
It’s very exciting to watch it grow and be organizing an event like this!

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