Sunday, September 27, 2015

Featured Artist | Francesca Marchese Photography

Featured Artist: 
Francesca Marchese Photography

Tell us about yourself and your business.
I am Francesca Marchese-Reeder, a mommy to my three little loves, wife to
an amazing dude, and full time stay at home mom who loves that I get to
follow my passion as a photographer and spends most nights up late

Where are you located?
I live in southern California.  I was born in Long Beach, CA and have
lived here the LBC majority of my life.  It’s the southern most part of LA
and I live right across the street from Orange County.   So I serve the
north Orange County and southbay LA areas.

Who or what inspires your art?
I am most inspired by light, connection and my kids.  I love seeing light
in different ways and how it can totally make an image.  So when I find
pretty or interesting light I like to put my kids in it to do their thing
and capture those moments.

What do you love most about photography?
I majored in biological anthropology and I think anthropology has played a
part in my photography.  I love to see the interaction and connections
between people and capture those moments.  What I love most about
photography is being able to capture a moment in time that can be
preserved forever.  Just by looking at an image it can take you back to
that moment and all the memories and feeling associated with it.  As a kid
I loved to sit and look through the basket of prints and photo albums my
mom had in our living room.  Even though two of my grandparents passed
away when I was young, I have strong memories of them because of the
photograph I grew up seeing of each one of them.  When we see someone on a
daily basis we don’t notice how much they change.  Thankfully photographs
can keep those memories alive.

Describe your style in 2 words.
Simplicity and genuine

Tell us about your specialization or what subjects you prefer to shoot.
My new love is birth photography and fresh 48 sessions.  Put me in a
hospital to photograph a new little human and that’s my jam.  I also
photograph lifestyle newborns, maternity and families.  I love
photographing kids.  Two years olds have been known to make me have to
work for it, but once I get it I love the images I capture of their true
little selves!

What do you do to jolt your creativity when it’s running low?
In the last month I started a 365 project with a group of other
photographers that has kept me on my toes.  Sometimes, especially now that
I’m back in the busy season, I will forget to use my camera at home.  I
get in the habit of only using it for sessions.  But my favorite subjects
are my own kids and sometimes I’m guilty of only using the handy iphone
with them.  Doing this project forces me to use my camera at home and I’m
shooting throughout the day in different lighting situations which can be
challenging and pushes me creativity.

What’s in your camera bag?
My Canon 5D Mark III, 35 sigma art, Aspen Willow Props scarf camera strap,
expodisc even though I no longer use it since I started shooting in Kelvin
awhile ago, but it’s my security blanket and can’t get rid of it

What are your Top 3 must haves when shooting.
1. Pockets since I lose lens caps like it’s my job.
2. Rubber band/hair ties since I like to have one for myself and client’s
since I shoot at the beach often and the wind can be out of control.
3. Camera with my sigma 35 that hasn’t left the body since getting it.

Share a fun fact about yourself with the readers.
I was a middle school teacher for 10 years.  For a decade I surrounded
myself with 7th graders, and to top it off I taught them health.   I bet
you are cringing right now.

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would he/she be?
Beyonce, well because she is Beyonce.  Seriously though, I’d love to
photograph any beautiful birthing momma.  Ok I totally have my
answer…Beyonce while she’s laboring and delivering if she has another

Natural light or artificial?

What impact does photography have on your family life?
It allows me to follow my heart and do what I love.  I photograph my
children and create images that I adore of the ones I love.  I also am
honored that people chose me to capture a time in their family’s life by
hiring me to photograph them.  I am able to book sessions around what
works with my family’s schedule.  I get to be a full time mom and have my
dream job!

What’s your most important artistic tool besides your camera?
I think of my house as a canvas.  I love creating things for my home and
have really enjoyed doing major projects on the house and decorating it.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since started photography?
How to batch edit!

What advice would you give to an artist just starting their journey in the
photography world?

Learn everything you can about how to use your camera properly.  Learn to
master manual mode.  Don’t let your camera think for you.  And have fun
with it!  It’s art and make the art you love.