Frances Litman Photography
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  • July17th

    Here’s your chance to let go and immerse yourself in a carefree play shop where no experience, just an open mind, is necessary. Explore a variety of creative mediums and try new and fun approaches to expressing your creativity. All supplies are included!

    I’ve designed these programs for busy people who desire more fun and creativity in their lives and want to explore and play.

    August 2017 Plays Shops

    Outdoor Photo Fun
    Sunday, August 13th, 2 – 4:30 pm
    Enjoy a scenic walk to a nearby forest and waterfront park and find gold in your images as you are inspired to see beyond the obvious, develop an eye for composition and enjoy an outing. Ideal for iPhone and digital SLR users. This class isn’t about the camera you own, but about having fun with what you have and seeing things in new ways.
    Register Here – $75 per person

    Impactful Photo Critiques
    Tuesday, August 15th, 1 pm
    Monday, August 21st, 7 pm

    The fastest way to improve your photography and train your eye is to have an honest critique of your images. I love sharing what I have learned as a professional photo adjudicator.
    My designation as an accredited judge has resulted in me giving critiques at both amateur and professional photography events the world over. In a group setting, the learning is fast, impactful and truly dynamic.
    Register Here – $30 per person

    Zen of Collage
    Saturday, August 19th, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
    Immerse yourself in a carefree play shop where no experience, just an open mind, is necessary. Let go of perfection and preconceived ideas and leave feeling like you’ve meditated for three hours.
    All supplies included!
    Register Here – $80 per person

    Mixed Media Mashup
    Sunday, August 20th, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
    Explore a variety of creative mediums and try new and fun approaches to expressing your creativity. Let go of perfection, preconceived ideas and try numerous techniques and find your groove in this exploratory introduction to using various art supplies and methods. A guaranteed feel good experience.
    All supplies included!
    Register Here – $80 per person

    Mixed Media MashUp
    Let go of perfection, pre-conceived ideas and try numerous techniques and find your groove in this exploratory introduction to using various art supplies and methods.
    A guaranteed feel good experience.
    Length: 3 hours

    Creativity Ignited
    This fun, fast and furiously creative workshop doesn’t allow your critical mind or second-guessing self to take part. Your creativity will be ignited and unleashed by experiencing art-making in a purely intuitive, free-your-soul way. Using numerous techniques and supplies you will create your very own custom-created portfolio book as part of your creative evolution.
    Length: 1.5 days

    Zen of Collage
    Explore an art form where time flies because it’s not only fun, but zen. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve meditated for three hours.
    Length: 3 hours

    Creative Camera Control: Manual Mode Simplified
    Do you have a digital SLR and want to shoot like a pro? Learn how to use your camera in manual mode so you have complete creative control over your exposures and images. Includes helpful cheat sheet.
    Length: 2 hours

    Outdoor Photo Fun
    Enjoy a scenic walk to a nearby forest and waterfront park and find gold in your images as you are inspired to see beyond the obvious, develop an eye for composition and enjoy an outing. Ideal for iPhone and digital SLR users.
    Length: 2.5 hours

    Studio Lighting Simplified
    Learn what’s possible with studio lighting and enjoy this introduction to sculpting with light. Ideal for anyone who has always had a curiosity about studio portraiture. Bring your questions.
    Length: 1.5 hours

    Making More from Your Photos / Impactful Photo Critiques
    The fastest way to improve your photography and train your eye is to have an honest critique of your images. I love sharing what I have learned as a professional photo adjudicator. My designation as an accredited judge has resulted in me giving critiques at both amateur and professional photography events the world over. In a group setting, the learning is fast, impactful and truly dynamic.
    Length: 1.5 hours

    Photoshop and Lightroom Basics
    Always wanted to learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom but don’t want to commit to a series of classes? Here’s your chance to get a great overview and explore these powerful programs. 
    Length: 1.5 hours

    Advanced Photoshop and Lightroom
    Ideal for those with intermediate knowledge and experience using Photoshop and/or Lightroom, but would like some professional tips and tricks and the opportunity to ask a variety of questions.
    Length: 1.5 hours

  • July16th

    Honoured to have been interviewed by Bonney King and featured on Warrior Girl Productions.
    Thank you to everyone for all your kind comments on Facebook, etc.
    Click here to read the full interview.

  • June23rd

    Anyone who loves their pets knows they are part of the family. Treasured moments can be captured and enjoyed again and again with wall portraits, books, prints, slideshows and screensavers.

    I’m always honoured to capture special times in the history of any family. There’s no time like the present to book a portrait session. Within weeks of this session, Santi passed but her memory and beauty lives on. These are but a few of the many images I took that captured a “day in the life of” this beautiful horse.

  • June20th

    I’m compiling photography and working on all kinds of creative new art to display this upcoming Saturday at the Township of Esquimalt Arts Festival in Memorial Park, on Esquimalt Road across from the municipal hall.

    The event features more than 25 local artists and art making, live music, plus several carvers from the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations who will demonstrate their art and share stories from their people.

    Free admission. Outdoors, rain or shine. Come and say hi!

  • June15th

    Ever need a quality local image to illustrate a display, presentation or use web and just don’t have the right time of year, weather or time to find it?

    Look no further! I have thousands of local and regional stock images and can custom-create exactly the kind of image you need.

    Here are just two examples of how images I created for the Township of Esquimalt have been used in an upcoming informational piece.

  • June5th

    Thanks to Cathy Scott of Niche Women’s Tours/Departures Travel for the opportunity to host a fabulous trip this past May to Iceland.

    The natural beauty of this incredible country is staggering. In fact, Iceland is one of the most picture-perfect places I have ever visited.

    Here are a few of the many images I took with my phone to give some idea of the variety of sights to be seen. I’ll be posting more soon once I have the opportunity to edit the 1000+ images I shot with my Nikon DSLR.

    I look forward to hosting my next trip with Niche in the spring of 2018 to Scotland and Ireland and in the fall to Africa.

  • May2nd

    I had the honour to create these short videos for Andy MacKinnon, the Green Party candidate for Esquimalt/Metchosin.
    Andy’s ability to talk on a variety of topics resulted in us completing all these videos in just a short 40 minutes.
    His warm spirit and calm demeanor clearly comes through and made a chilly, rainy day feel bright.

  • April17th

    I’m so excited to host and share with you this pilot episode of an upcoming six-episode series to air this fall on Shaw TV. This IS Leadership is a program dedicated to showcasing local leadership and changemakers in action!

    Our first feature and guest is Tom Zaban, Vice President of Marketing for Reliable Controls, a company which specializes in the design and manufacture of Internet-connected building controls.

    If you would like your own tour of Reliable Controls, one of the region’s leading green-tech employers, here’s your chance! Learn more about the Sunday, April 23rd, 1:30 – 3:30 pm tour of this LEED Platinum facility here.

  • April14th

    I’m delighted to support our community by producing the annual Creatively United for the Planet Earth Day Festival & Sustainability Showcase.

    Did you know, that it’s been more than 100 years since electric vehicles were introduced to Victoria? On Earth Day, April 22nd, history will be made again with Vancouver Island’s largest Electric Vehicle Show and Sustainability Showcase to be held from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 22nd, both indoors and outside, at the Royal BC Museum 675 Belleville St.

    In addition to free test rides and hands-on demonstrations, learn about innovative new technologies, see more than 34 displays, explore engaging topics and presentations by Order of Canada singer & storyteller Ann Mortifee; Emmy-nominated screenwriter & award-winning novelist Pauline Le Bel; one of Victoria’s leading high tech firms and green leaders, Tom Zaban of Reliable Controls; a panel of Net Zero Buildings, Saltspring creative up-cyclist Jaime Murdoch, and meet and write a letter with Franny and Rupert, who at age nine and 13 years are environmental rights advocates working with the Blue Dot movement.

    Admission is free, with some ticketed talks and workshops. Check out www.creativelyunited.org to learn more.

  • March23rd

    I was delighted to learn this image I took at Royal Roads on a client’s very wet wedding day was chosen to represent Canada at the World Photographic Cup competition held recently in Japan.

    The World Photographic Cup was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers internationally in a spirit of friendship and cooperation.

    A Governing Committee from seven different countries conducts the ongoing affairs of the competition which is a multi-level process which begins with each country choosing 18 images (three in six different categories) to represent the country.

  • February16th

    Picture-perfect Iceland! Here’s your chance to see one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

    Two additional seats have just become available for this intimate tour for women travelers wanting to enjoy the trip of a lifetime, see amazing sites, make new friends and be pampered!

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    Click here for more information

  • February6th

    brentwood bay emporium gallery 001Thank you to Alice Bacon and John Carswell of the Brentwood Bay Village Emporium for the opportunity to be the featured artist in their beautiful gallery/coffee emporium. With the help of artist Jennifer Witvliet, 14 of my images are up in a fabulous space dedicated to showcasing local artists until March 7th. They also have live music evenings.
    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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  • January9th

    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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  • January3rd

    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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  • December21st

    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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  • November25th

    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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  • November24th

    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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  • November12th

    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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