Dan Francis Photography: Blog https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Dan Francis Photography (Dan Francis Photography) Tue, 24 Oct 2023 15:24:00 GMT Tue, 24 Oct 2023 15:24:00 GMT https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u969494360-o351116814-50.jpg Dan Francis Photography: Blog https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog 98 120 A Composed View: The Craft of Capturing Spaces https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/10/a-composed-view-the-craft-of-capturing-spaces High above Fargoimages created by Dan Francis Photography
"A Composed View: The Craft of Capturing Spaces"
Here are a few interior images of an interior I was asked by the designer to create. 

High above the bustling streets of our vibrant city lies a unique opportunity- a luxurious condo with floor-to-ceiling windows, a cozy wood nook, and a balcony that offers a breathtaking overlook of the urban landscape.


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This exquisite bedroom boasts an awe-inspiring view high above the city, with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame a dazzling urban landscape. From the cozy comfort of the bed, the city's twinkling lights create a mesmerizing dreamscape that lulls you to sleep beneath a starry cityscape.

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The breakfast nook, perched high above the city, is a haven of tranquility bathed in natural light streaming through the expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoying your morning coffee here is a captivating experience, as the panoramic view of the city unfolds before you, providing the perfect backdrop for a peaceful start to the day.
 

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This cozy living room exudes warmth and charm, adorned with tastefully selected interior design items that create an inviting atmosphere. The pièce de résistance is the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that greet the promise of each sunrise, filling the room with a soft, golden glow and offering a daily spectacle of nature's artistry.
 

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Video of some Behind the Scenes:
https://youtu.be/iKA9sgxPHcA?si=SwHmrG0qX5dqz-C0

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture Canon DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art historical buildings ND North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/10/a-composed-view-the-craft-of-capturing-spaces Fri, 13 Oct 2023 18:08:39 GMT
"Capturing the Butterfly Effect" https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/10/-butterfly-effect-within-your-business Capturing the Butterfly Effect
By Dan Francis, Dan Francis Photography


Butterfly Effect for Business

“If you spend your time chasing butterflies, they’ll fly away.
But if you spend your time making a beautiful garden,
the butterflies will come. Don’t chase, attract.”

- Mario Quintana

 

In the world of business, the "Butterfly Effect" opens doors, especially when it comes to client relationships and project opportunities. In business, a small action or decision can have far-reaching and sometimes unexpected consequences.

For the past 20 years, I have been a photographer of events, weddings, headshots, and now solely architecture photography, but in the past six years, something noticeably changed. I saw my smallest connections lead to my biggest clients. I leaned into the Butterfly Effect, stopped chasing, focused on honing my craft, and let nature take its course. Here are just a few of the ways butterflies can find their way to you:

  • Initial Client Engagement: It all starts here with a seed. A small project or a single transaction with a client can seem insignificant at first, but it sets the stage for potential future developments for a series of events that lead to significant business growth. I found this really worked well with headshots for my business. In my studio, I have photographed many architects and interior designers; this gives me a chance to have a conversation and hand-deliver a leave behind booklet of my best work.
  • Positive Experience: If you provide excellent service and create a positive experience for the initial client, they are more likely to return or refer you to others. In this line of work, repeat business is often more profitable than acquiring new clients. It can be hard to work your way into an architecture firm, especially if they already have a lead photographer. Landing on the backup list isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Scheduling conflicts happen often, and you’ll have your time to shine, eventually building a strong relationship.
  • Word-of-Mouth: Satisfied clients can become your advocates. They may even recommend your services to their network of contacts, which can result in new clients and projects. Be patient – amplification happens gradually, with each new client bringing in more business. It might just be an “in” with a construction lead who worked with an interior designer who worked with an Architect who is looking for a new photographer.
  • Portfolio & Reputation: As you complete more projects, your portfolio grows, and your reputation in your industry or niche improves. This can attract larger and more prestigious clients who might not have initially considered you. This is your chance to demonstrate what you want to capture and bring your portfolio down to a select few images that really showcase your “A” work.
  • Specialization & Expertise: Over time, you may develop expertise in a particular area, driven by the types of projects you've taken on. This specialization can make you more appealing to clients looking for specific skills and expertise, further expanding your business opportunities. Show what you want to get paid to capture.
  • Social Media & Online Presence: Be social on social media. Sharing your work on various platforms and building an online presence can help you reach a wider audience. If a particular photo or project goes viral or gets noticed by influencers or publications, it can lead to increased visibility and opportunities. Show your face and let people get to know you. Remember, it can take 4-7 contact points before a new client finally reaches out. Contact points are simply exposure, anything from an ad or networking event to word-of-mouth or visuals of you or your work.
  • Networking & Partnerships: Engaging with one client can introduce you to other industry professionals, potential partners, or investors, opening up new avenues for collaboration and growth. These connections can result in more significant projects. If you enjoy certain podcasts (local or national), reach out to see if there's a way for you to share your story or work. If the people who are hiring you are primarily in an older demographic, a local newspaper or art gallery can be a great resource. Leverage every opportunity to expand your demographic, share your story, or simply get your name out there.
  • Scale & Diversify: With a steady stream of business and a growing reputation, you can start to scale your operations or diversify into related areas, opening up new markets and revenue streams. A good first step is to try and build up Google ads in places outside your area, perhaps a larger city 4-8 hours away, or even further away if you’re ready to see the country. Another fast-track to diversification is to speak with local clients who have national companies, letting them know your services are willing to travel.
  • Legacy & Reputation: Building a strong brand and reputation as a photographer can leave a legacy. It can also lead to opportunities for mentorship, speaking engagements, or teaching. Don’t be afraid to pass on your knowledge and experience to the next generation of photographers. I taught Photography and Photoshop for six years at a local college. Once those students graduated, they became employees of regional businesses; I’ve had the opportunity to work with several of my students over the years. I have also been able to speak about the creative and business side of architecture photography around the country. Photography conventions, my favorite write-off, is where I get to meet new people who are interested in this medium from places like Phoenix, San Antonio, Wichita, Atlanta, and D.C. Bringing well-traveled knowledge into your social media can show that you are not just a local photographer who does this on the weekends or as a part-time job. You are excelling and dedicated to your field!
  • Long-Term Success: The Butterfly Effect only works if your actions are consistent. Small mistakes, mismanagement, and poor client interactions can lead to negative word-of-mouth, a damaged reputation, and lost opportunities. Therefore, it's crucial for businesses to prioritize quality, consistency, and professionalism in all interactions to ensure the "butterflies" that get released have positive, rather than detrimental effects on growth and success, leveraging opportunities as they arise.

The cumulative impact of these interconnected events has guided my photography business to long-term success. Twenty years ago and today, initial client engagement still serves as the catalyst for a series of positive developments that let the butterflies fly. Give it some time and allow your work to build because these seemingly small actions can have a profound impact on the trajectory of your business.

Thanks for reading!


Dan Francis, M. Photog., Cr., CPP
Dan Francis Photography
https://www.DanFrancisPhotography.com

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture Architecture photography Canon DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Design Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art Kilbourne Group North Dakota Photography story https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/10/-butterfly-effect-within-your-business Tue, 10 Oct 2023 03:01:14 GMT
The Impact of Architectural Stories Part 3 https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/7/the-impact-of-architectural-stories-part-3 Part 3

Architecture is not just about structure and function, but an integral part of the human experience, capable of shaping identities, fostering connections, and leaving a lasting impact on individuals and communities. The architectural stories I explore serve as a testament to the power of human connection. 

Ultimately, my aim is to create a transformative experience for viewers, where they are transported into a world where architecture becomes a vessel for stories and emotions. By highlighting the impact of architectural narratives involving people, I seek to inspire a reimagining of the role of architecture in our lives, encouraging a more empathetic and thoughtful approach to the built environment.

I seek to capture the human presence within architectural spaces, highlighting the interaction between people and their built environment. Instead of solely focusing on the physical structures, I look for the decisive moment where human activity or emotion converges with architectural elements, creating a narrative or a story within the frame.

I’m interested in exploring the relationships between people and architecture, seeking compositions that reveal the human scale, rhythm, and dynamics within architectural spaces.  I feel like my images feature individuals navigating through architectural structures, capturing their gestures, expressions, and interactions with the environment.


 

"Lunch atop Block 9"

"Lunch Atop Block 9"

1. High above the ground, a symphony of progress unfolds as construction workers perch on steel beams, their lunchtime respite a temporary oasis in the sky. With a backdrop of towering scaffolds and unfinished walls, they share stories, laughter, and camaraderie, In this suspended sanctuary, they forge bonds and find solace, united by their collective endeavor to shape the skyline and create a lasting legacy. 
I was asked by the contractor and the land owner to recreate the lunch atop a skyscraper from the early 20th century. This image only had moments of pre planning before we brought a handful of steel workers up to the 5th floor so that we weern't too far up and could see the buildings downtown and also the theatre marquee. If we waited until the 18th floor was up, we would just see building rooftops as the highest building around the area is 3-5 floors. This image really brought me lots of views around my city and outside as it was published throughout the country.


"Midcentury Modern Abode"
"Midcentury Modern Abode"

2. In the serene embrace of a midcentury home, a man sits captivated, his eyes tracing the graceful stretch of his two small dogs upon the plush couch, bathed in the gentle embrace of sunlight streaming through the window. Above them, a staircase adorned with small steps ascends to an inviting office den, while the warm hues of mid-tone beige and rich wood envelop the space, creating a timeless sanctuary where love and tranquility intertwine.

 

"A Touch of Life"

3. With an artist's precision, the interior decorator delicately adjusts the placement of a lush green plant in the sun-drenched corner of the newly remodeled white kitchen, her discerning eye ensuring that every detail harmonizes flawlessly. As her fingertips brush against the leaves, the plant's vibrant energy seems to radiate, infusing the space with life and completing the transformation of the kitchen into a sanctuary of timeless elegance and natural grace.

 

"Sweet Moments"

"Sweet Moments"
4. In their freshly remodeled kitchen, a mother and her young daughter blend flour and sugar with infectious giggles,  as the aroma of freshly baked cookies fills the air, a delicious testament to the love and warmth that fills their home; creating not only cookies, but also a legacy of shared memories that will forever nourish their hearts.


"Whispers of Winter"In the cozy embrace of their cabin lake home, a woman and her loyal dog stand side by side, their breath mingling with the crisp winter air as they gaze out across the frozen expanse of the lake. The silence is palpable, against the backdrop of snow-covered trees and glistening frost, their presence marks a timeless bond with nature, an unwavering connection amidst the tranquil stillness of the winter landscape.
"Whispers of Winter"

5. In the cozy embrace of their cabin lake home, a woman and her loyal dog stand side by side as they gaze out across the frozen expanse of the lake. The silence is palpable, against the backdrop of snow-covered trees and glistening frost.

 

"Frozen Oasis" "Frozen Oasis"

6. Amidst the buildings and bustling streets, an ice rink stands at the heart, alive with the graceful glides and joyful laughter of skaters.
The surrounding crowd forms a vibrant tapestry of faces and voices, drawn together by the shared delight of the frozen oasis. In this urban symphony, the trails of car lights blur into streaks of motion, echoing the city's ceaseless energy and constant movement. We may have cold winters here, but the community is mostly use to it. The saying... If you build it, they will come. everything on the right side of this image use to be just a parking lot that was barely used. This infill has brought the second tallest building in my state, a hotel, a parking garage, a classy restaurant, and multiple store fronts along with an ice rink in the winter and a green park in the summer. It has become the new heart of meetups in downtown.

 

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art ND North Dakota story https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/7/the-impact-of-architectural-stories-part-3 Sat, 08 Jul 2023 03:08:33 GMT
The Impact of Architectural Stories Part 2 https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/6/the-impact-of-architectural-stories Part 2

Architecture is not just about structure and function, but an integral part of the human experience, capable of shaping identities, fostering connections, and leaving a lasting impact on individuals and communities. The architectural stories I explore serve as a testament to the power of human connection. 

Ultimately, my aim is to create a transformative experience for viewers, where they are transported into a world where architecture becomes a vessel for stories and emotions. By highlighting the impact of architectural narratives involving people, I seek to inspire a reimagining of the role of architecture in our lives, encouraging a more empathetic and thoughtful approach to the built environment.

I seek to capture the human presence within architectural spaces, highlighting the interaction between people and their built environment. Instead of solely focusing on the physical structures, I look for the decisive moment where human activity or emotion converges with architectural elements, creating a narrative or a story within the frame.


"Cityscape Playland"

1. In the heart of the bustling downtown city, a vibrant scene unfolds. Amidst the concrete and glass, a patch of green grass emerges as an unexpected oasis, inviting respite and joy. Here, people gather on a sun-kissed summer day, relaxing in the simple pleasures of warmth and community. Children giggle and squeal as they frolic through playful sprinklers, their carefree laughter echoing through the air. The surrounding streets pulse with life, a tapestry of cars and pedestrians weaving a bustling rhythm. Artistic shops line the sidewalks, their vibrant displays inviting exploration and creativity. In this captivating juxtaposition of urban vitality and natural bliss, the cityscape becomes a canvas where moments of leisure and artistic expression harmoniously intertwine.
This is one of my new favorite spot to capture my downtown Fargo as it shows all the fun events that happen in this new space while still showing the 100+yr old Broadway activity and artistry shops.

 

Dan Francis Fargo

"Architecture Camaraderie"

2. Underneath the gentle shade of a midcentury modern home. A spirited group of people engage in a lively game of yard croquet, their laughter harmonizing with the clinks of glasses as they sip on their drinks, their joyful camaraderie casting a vibrant kaleidoscope of memories against the backdrop of timeless architecture.
This was an image I created simply from my imagination of what a yard party might look like in the 50's and 60s. Kids goofing off, adults listening to records and sipping on beverages while being in the moment of a playful adult party.

Architecture, Mid-Century Modern, Family game night

"Laughter and Love in Mid-Century Comfort"

3. Bathed in the warm light coming into the windows within their midcentury modern home. The parents find respite, their eyes filled with fondness as they watch their two children engaged in a lively board game, the air filled with laughter, competition, and the timeless bond of a family woven together in moments of cherished togetherness. For this image I really wanted to capture a simple family doing a simple family afternoon activity. The family happen to have a vintage clue board game so I was happy to include that into this mid-century modern home and furniture and color balance.

 

Childlike Wonder

"Childlike Wonder" 

4. In the nostalgic embrace of a 1950s mid-century modern living room, a child's imagination ignites like the distant stars, their tiny hands weaving tales of galactic adventures while wearing a Stormtrooper helmet, their surroundings transformed into a backdrop of epic battles and cosmic wonders, blurring the line between reality and a galaxy far, far away.

Dan Francis Fargo

"A Glowing Welcome"

5. A late 1950s Frank Lloyd Wright inspired midcentury modern home stands as a beacon of architectural brilliance in my hometown. Its clean lines and expansive windows inviting the outside world to blend seamlessly with its serene interior. In the driveway, a vibrant red 1958 Buick Special gleams under the sun, a testament to the era's automotive elegance. As a person approaches the front door, their figure blurred in motion, a sense of anticipation and curiosity permeates the air, as if the home eagerly awaits their arrival, ready to unveil the secrets within its walls. To be able to get a 1958 Buick Special was just amazing as that was the year the house was beautifully built by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter Elizabeth Wright Ingraham in Fargo.
This house was on the verge to getting torn down or moved from it's intended place in the land from the Architect because of the Red River and flood protection; however the city and the homeowner have found a way to keep the building as is with the flood protection wall going in front of their property. Which I think was the best possible solution.

 

Dan Francis Photography - Fargo - Architecture Photographer
 

 

 

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art North Dakota Photography https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/6/the-impact-of-architectural-stories Mon, 26 Jun 2023 15:11:05 GMT
"The Impact of Architectural Stories" Part 1 https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/6/Architectural-stories Architecture is not just about structure and function, but an integral part of the human experience, capable of shaping identities, fostering connections, and leaving a lasting impact on individuals and communities. The architectural stories I explore serve as a testament to the power of human connection. 

Ultimately, my aim is to create a transformative experience for viewers, where they are transported into a world where architecture becomes a vessel for stories and emotions. By highlighting the impact of architectural narratives involving people, I seek to inspire a reimagining of the role of architecture in our lives, encouraging a more empathetic and thoughtful approach to the built environment.

First image up:

"Embracing the Stones"

1. In a display of youthfulness, children jump across the colossal rocks strewn like ancient giants outside the museum, their laughter echoing through the air as their spirits soar amidst the symbols of art and culture. When I positioned my camera and tripod into this position, I was looking at the available light with the rays cutting through the right side of the building. I knew something was missing to finish it and only a few minutes later it was revealed...three kids in neutral shirts and jeans running out of the museum and being kids as they jump up on the rocks and jump from one to another. It helped bring out the joy into the image and make it not stale.
 

"Swinging in Sunbeams"

2. As the golden rays of the sun pierce through the slatted deck above, casting dramatic lines of light and shadow, a young girl swings with unabashed delight, her laughter blending harmoniously with the rhythmic creaking of the swing. In a moment frozen in time, her bare feet blur as they kick higher into the air, capturing the essence of youthful freedom and the pure joy of childhood. A symbol of untamed joy and boundless possibilities. When you can watch the light and know where to position the camera; I believe your work will hit a new level of professionalism. 

"Backyard Sanctuary"

3. Amidst the embrace of a summer day, parents find solace on their deck, their smiles mirroring the effortless rhythm of their daughter's swinging, as their loyal dog savors a cherished toy, a portrait of family bliss captured in the harmonious symphony of laughter and companionship. When you get a chance to capture photograph a dog into architecture, do what you can to do it as it will always help to bring the image to life.

 

"Through Sunlit Shadows"

4. Beneath the protective canopy of a towering tree, a young girl glides gracefully on her scooter while the light just starting to shine on her face; her laughter trailing behind her, while her unique home stands as a testament to the boundless imagination that brings joy and wonder to every corner of her world. These are the type of photographs I could photograph every day, a little bit of everyday life captured with that golden light and a unique home.

 

Dan Francis Photography - Fargo - Architecture Photographer

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architectural Architecture Bismarck DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Design Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art historical buildings Interior Kilbourne Group ND North Dakota Photo Photography Story https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2023/6/Architectural-stories Wed, 21 Jun 2023 01:57:16 GMT
Dan Francis Photography 2022 in Review https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/12/dan-francis-photography-2022-in-review Looking back at this year (2022) of photographs is always a great reminder of where I started at the beginning of the year and where I ended up. some sessions seemed like so long ago, yet others seemed it was just yesterday. (snow images Jan-March and Nov-Dec will do that.)

I started with a visit to the Nation's capital to give a 3hr talk about Architecture photography at ImagingUSA. It was my first talk at ImagingUSA and I decided to break through my introvert-ness and return to teaching because I hoped to bring excitement to others and hopefully when I return to Imaging in 2023/2024 I'll be able to go to some talks about Architecture photography, something that I feel is lacking at PPA. I also received my Imaging Excellence award and a GIA nomination for my architecture images I created in Minneapolis, MN.

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I traveled to Los Angeles and Las Vegas as well this year for photography opportunities. Next year, I believe I'll have a few trips to Alabama, and L.A. as well.

This year I also was able to work with multiple firms in Minneapolis, MN and worked on projects in both states with them. I hope to 2023 brings me some unique projects as that is where my creativity flows.
 

2022 Accomplishments:

- Presented a 4hr talk about Architecture and Interior Design photography

   at the International Photography Convention in National Harbor, MD

- Received my Imaging Excellence medallion (It took 11yrs to earn it)

- GIA nominee for an Architecture image

- People’s Choice Nominee for my Portfolio in the 2022 Loop Design Awards

- Had an image published titled: “100 photos that tell powerful stories about Architecture in 2022”

- 9 out of 12 monthly covers chosen for the Midwest Nest Magazine showcasing local Interior Design and Architecture

 

Here is a quick video of my images I created in 2022:
Thank you and I'll see you in 2023!

Dan

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture Architecture photography Canon DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art historical buildings ND North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/12/dan-francis-photography-2022-in-review Wed, 14 Dec 2022 23:41:30 GMT
2022 IPC through PPA https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/9/2022-ipc-through-ppa This week the PPA (Professional Photographers of America est. 1868) put on their annual International photo competition. This year I entered my first Album which involved the ground breaking to its completion of a 18 story building in the heart of Downtown Fargo. The building was designed by SOM and built by McGough Construction right here in Fargo, ND. It has a upscale restaurant and bar on the ground level called Rosewild along with clothing and jewelry also available in commercial sections along the street. The next level above is the HQ of Fargo based company RDO. The next levels up is where the event space and hotel reside until the top two floors are for multimillion dollar condos with views of Fargo-Moorhead.

I'm so grateful for the partnership between the Kilbourne Group/McGough for them to ask me to capture this project with the first shovel went into the ground to the last piece of furniture was placed.

Here is the album as a pdf and I will hear later this year if it has made the GIA list of Best of the Best in the competition. (think of it as an Academy Award in the photography world)
https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/MyAlbum
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This album will be displayed in Nashville, TN next year at ImagingUSA.

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First half of 2022 awards and nominations https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/8/first-half-of-2022-awards-and-nominations "100 Photos that tell powerful stories about Architecture in 2022"

 This year I submitted to 3rd Annual Architizer one photo challenge.  I thought the following image showcased the subjects story about home life here in Fargo, ND. This image I was able to bring a family into a summer setting and anytime I can include a pet always brings a smile to a viewers face. This image also made it to the cover of Midwest Nest Magazine and was considered one of the best of the year. 
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Image titled: Fun in the Sun by Dan Francis Photography, Fargo, NDHere is the image that made the cut of the top 100 images that invoke a story in Architecture.

Part 2:
Along with Architizer's nomination; My portfolio was nominated for Loop's People's Choice award. While this is a huge long shot as it is based on who can get the most "likes" and not solely on qualified judges criteria. It's pretty great to be among some great works of Architecture art. I'll keep you updated on the final results.

 

The Architecture portfolio of Dan FrancisA series of my favorite images into one collection for Loop Design Awards.
Nominated for People's Choice Award 2022Loop design awards for Architecture photography.

 

Part 3 coming in September dealing with PPA's International Photographic competition being held in Atlanta, GA.

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture Canon DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Design Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art ND https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/8/first-half-of-2022-awards-and-nominations Mon, 22 Aug 2022 04:28:02 GMT
Talking about Downtown Fargo with the kilbourne Group https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/3/talking-about-downtown-fargo-with-the-kilbourne-group Here is a video that my 10 yr client: Kilbourne Group out of Fargo, ND.
They asked if I could do a sit down interview and share my thoughts on Downtown Fargo.
I was grateful for this chance to be in front of the camera instead of behind it and to share some of my Downtown Fargo Architecture work.

Dan Francis Q&A | Kilbourne Group from Spotlight on Vimeo.


 

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(Dan Francis Photography) 'buildings Architecture DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art historical buildings Kilbourne Group ND North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/3/talking-about-downtown-fargo-with-the-kilbourne-group Sat, 05 Mar 2022 21:38:40 GMT
Imaging USA 2022 https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/2/imaging-usa-2022
Last weekend I made my way to Washington DC for the ImagingUSA conference through PPA. After some airplane troubles I got to the hotel.
Saturday morning I spoke to a group of people about the art and business of Architecture photography. Three hour talk went by like an hour, I think there was a lot of good information shared with the class.
Speaking eventClass

After the presentation I was able to visit parts of DC with the family. And on Monday was able to attend the award ceremony for PPA where I was awarded the Image Excellence award which means that since I started to compete with my images I've been able to reach 13 Image excellence (previously called "loans")

It was a level that I was excited to achieve after getting a GIA finalist nomination, World Cup finalist. (still on my list to get top choice for both)
After that presentation, the GIA's were up. in previous years it would be top 3 for each category; however this year they changed it so it would only be one winner for all the categories. The winner was in the portrait category.
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Thanks to PPA for keeping ImagingUSA going throughout this crazy time of the year.

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(Dan Francis Photography) "Black and White" 'buildings ImagingUSA Architecture Canon DanFrancis Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art historical historical buildings North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/2/imaging-usa-2022 Wed, 09 Feb 2022 02:38:39 GMT
Speaking at ImagingUSA in Washington DC https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/1/speaking-at-imagingusa-in-washington-dc Screenshot
This week I'll be speaking for 3hrs about my favorite photography subject: Architecture photography!
This will be a Precon class and the people walking in the doors have selected this class to learn more about the Art and Business of Architecture Photography. 

This will be great as I know everybody that is there, is first... Interested in what I have to talk about which makes it easier to know that their eyes and ears will be open to know more about this great craft.

Speaking at ImagingUSA is a huge deal, as previous years there has been around 10,000 photographers coming together to learn; while this year will most likely be a bit less; it's still going to be a great event. I'll also be up for a GIA (Grand Image Award) for one of my Minneapolis Architecture images and I will also be walking across the stage for my Image Excellence award which is a 11 year accomplishment. 
Stay tuned for next week when I show off those awards.

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture Architecture photography Canon Dan Francis Photography DanFrancisPhotography Fargo ImagingUSA Interior Photography ND North Dakota PPA speaking talk https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2022/1/speaking-at-imagingusa-in-washington-dc Sun, 09 Jan 2022 21:03:49 GMT
From Groundbreaking to Cloudbreaking of Block 9 https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2020/11/from-groundbreaking-to-cloudbreaking-of-block-9 Here's a short video that shows some of my images that I've created of the Block 9 project here in Downtown Fargo. The ground breaking was around fall of 2018 and here we are in 2020 and the building will soon be open to the public for skating out front and businesses inside. congrats to those that had a hand in creating this from a parking lot to an 18 multi-use building for Downtown Fargo.

Groundbreaking to Cloudbreaking: Block 9A few of my images that I've created of the Block 9 building in Downtown Fargo, ND

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(Dan Francis Photography) Architecture DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art Kilbourne Group ND North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2020/11/from-groundbreaking-to-cloudbreaking-of-block-9 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 04:08:00 GMT
1958 Midcentury Prarie Style home built by granddaughter to famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2020/6/1958-midcenturyprariestylehome Front exterior of the Stern home. (National Register of Historic Places)Dan Francis Photography
I tend to do a few personal projects from time to time: no clients, no time limit. Just an idea that I get and my own passion to follow through on the project – and it has been that way ever since my Fargo: Past/Present series.

I went through my projects that I’ve created over the last 11 years. Most of them involved people and their stories, so I thought I’d do a personal project that is closer to home, so to speak, that involves something I do everyday: Architecture Photography. But this project was special. I hope my images can draw more attention to what can happen in the future.

Prariestyle look is a style that really stands out to this day.Dan Francis Fargo

Last year, I was leaving an architecture event hosted by the Plains Art Museum and I drove past a home. I had not driven this way before, so while I drove down the street, I slowed down my car to get a better look. (According to the homeowners, this happens frequently!) Interest, right? Once you see it, it just has the power to draw you in.
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I later realized it was a historical home on the National Register because the home’s architect was a 3rd generation architect named Elizabeth Wright Ingraham – or, the granddaughter of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd wright, daughter to another famous architect John Wright. You may known him better as the creator of Lincoln Logs. The home was built in 1958; Frank Lloyd Wright passed away in 1959, making this one of the last projects he saw finished. I love discovering the rich history of my projects; just like the Fargo series.

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The house is under threat for being torn down due to the Fargo Flood wall project. This time next year, the home may no longer be here. What a shame and loss for Fargo as we watch another historical structure being torn down. John, the homeowner, would love to see it saved for Fargo’s future. While I was shooting, John mentioned the potential for NDSU architect students can study the house to further their education and knowledge or even to serve as a muse for artists like myself. After living there for 36 years, this isn’t just a house to him; it’s a home.

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Notes about Elizabeth:

-She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.

-She was a draftswomen for the United State Navy in World War II.

-She decided to pursue a career in architecture at age 14.

-She passed away, just like Frank Lloyd Wright, at the age of 91.

https://www.kvrr.com/2017/01/04/fargo-homeowner-fights-to-save-his-historic-home/

A word from the homeowner John Stern: 

"Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Mid-Century Modern house in South Fargo was designed by the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect.  It is the only remaining home in Fargo Moorhead of the three she and her husband designed.  It has many of the characteristics of a Wright design: flat roofs, clerestory windows, horizontal lines, built-in cabinetry, natural materials, connection with the outside.  Living in the home is like living in a work of art that changes with the seasons and the time of day.  Unfortunately, it is on a buy-out list to make room for a flood levee, although there is a possibility it will be saved."

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(Dan Francis Photography) architecture Dan Francis Photography DanFrancis Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art Frank Lloyd Wright historical buildings Home Mid-Century Modern ND North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2020/6/1958-midcenturyprariestylehome Wed, 24 Jun 2020 03:36:49 GMT
My first 10 years photographing for the Kilbourne Group in Fargo, ND https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2019/7/kilbourne-group-10yrs-in-fargo Welcome!
Here is a collection of buildings I have photographed for Kilbourne Group from 2009 to 2019. Personally, for me and for Kilbourne Group, it is to share the beauty of downtown Fargo to the world. Enjoy!

1. Kilbourne Group purchased the St. Mark's Lutheran Church building in 2013, which later transformed into the Sanctuary Events Center through a historic renovation. In the summer of 2016, Sanctuary Events Center opened their doors.
670 4th Ave. N. Fargo, ND 58102
More about this space: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/st-marks/

St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown Fargo in 2014Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Photo by: Dan Francis PhotographySanctuary events Center 2018Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Sanctuary events Center (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Sanctuary Events Center 2016Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Construction of St. Mark's into Sanctuary Events CenterPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Sanctuary events Center in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

  St. Mark's Lutheran Church south entrancePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center south side entrance. (after)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography
2. Surface parking lot transformed into 300 Broadway mixed-use infill development, which includes multiple condos and ground floor business. 300 Broadway was my first big job with Kilbourne Group in the summer of 2009. (below: a picture I took in 2006-ish?)
More about 300 Broadway: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/300-broadway-building/

300 block of Broadway in Downtown Fargo. (2006)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography 300 block of Downtown Fargo (2019)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography NDSU Game Day celebration at 300 Broadway in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Car show on BroadwayPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

 3. Woodrow Wilson High School historic renovation to Woodrow Apartments. more info at: woodrow-apartments

Woodrow Wilson past and presentPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Above: my Past and Present work done to show the past of the former Woodrow school and today's apartments
Below: The windows were all replaced and finished all around Woodrow as seen below.

Woodrow Apartments in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

New windows for Woodrow Apartments in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Woodrow newPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Resident Courtyard at Woodrow Apartments

Woodrow Apartments courtyardPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Woodrow ApartmentsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Woodrow ApartmentsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

4. Former Mathison's printing building transformed through adaptive re-use. Now home to Prairie Roots Food Co-op.   More info at: 1213-np-avenue/ Mathison's Printing (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Prairie Roots Food Co-op (After)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Front of Prairie Roots Food Co-opPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before and AfterPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Mathison's and inside of Prairie RootsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Mathison's emptyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Prairie Roots Co-op 2018Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Prairie Roots Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Backside of Prairie Roots Office spacePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

(above) North side office entrance of 1213 NP
(Below) Early stages of historic renovation of Wild Terra taking shape from the Stable. This original stable was constructed by Haggart Construction Co in the early 1900s. It has been vacant since 2015, and was previously used by Mathison’s Printing for cold storage.
More info at: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/stable/

Early stages of Wild Terra constructionPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Cold Storage for Mathison's Printing (soon to be Wild Terra)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

WILD TERRA CiderPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Cold Storage for Mathison'sPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography WILD TERRA CiderPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography WILD TERRA Cider exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

5. The Black Building historic renovation. The sign of the same design and red color from the past was installed on May 1, 2019.

More info on the building here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/the-black-building/

Black Building 2017 in downtown Fargo, NDPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Black Building 2019 in downtown Fargo, NDPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Black sign going up!Photo by: Anders Johnson

Black Building in 2019 at twilight Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

6. "Prior to the Loretta Building’s historic renovation, the building was underutilized. Renovations introduced contemporary amenities, a rooftop patio and inspiring modern materials such as raw steel, zinc shakes and glass. The materials, old and new alike, are thoughtfully connected within the building's interior space." –-Kilbourne Group website Learn more: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/loretta-building/

Loretta construction interior above Kilbourne Group offices below

Loretta interior above Kilbourne Group offices belowPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Loretta at twilightPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography
Rooftop addition of Loretta: Elevate
Elevate on 4th floor LorettaPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Basement of Loretta: The Boiler Room restaurant early construction below the Loretta building.

Early image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography After image of Boiler roomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography After image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before image of outside seating of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Exterior of Boiler Room and Roberts AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

7. "Kilbourne Group worked diligently to preserve and maintain the integrity of many of the building’s historical features, including a pressed metal ceiling, large windows, corbelled brick, simplistic stone trim, an oak-encased office, exposed wood joists and beams, wood flooring and masonry exterior walls. In short, you’ll enjoy a living experience that melds historic charm with urban amenities.

In May of 2009, Kilbourne Group was recognized by the Fargo-Moorhead Heritage Society, an architectural preservation organization, with an Adaptive Reuse Award for its efforts in renovating and creating The Lofts on Roberts." - Kilbourne website

Exterior of Lofts on Roberts.Photo by Kilbourne Group Exterior of Lofts on Roberts.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

8. "Storefront renovation of Lowman-Hadeland Block. Recent storefront renovations have given new life to the buildings, while maintaining their historic character unique to downtown Fargo. Spaces are currently occupied by retailers Unglued, Boots & Heels, Stabo Scandinavian Imports, Insomnia Cookies. and Drunken Noodle, and Slurp." - Kilbourne website

Exterior Lowman-Hadeland Block (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Lowman-Hadeland Block (after) 2017Photo by: Dan Francis Photography 2019 exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

9. The Gibb building historic renovation into the Exchange Building.
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/exchange-building/

Exterior Gibb Building (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Exchange Building (After)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Exchange building (after)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

  10. Dakotah Block (The first image shows the former Metro Drug, vacant) The second image shows the post renovation of the Dakotah Block, which is now home to Black Coffee and Waffle Bar, Wasabi, Poke Bowl, and Silver Lining Creamery. The Dakotah Block is a commercial building located at the heart of downtown Fargo at the intersection of Broadway and 2nd Avenue North. More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/dakotah-block/

Before image of exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography After exterior imagePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Exterior of former Metro DrugPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Silver Lining Ice Cream exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

11. "The former Goodyear Schumacher building was transformed into the Broadway Garage through a temporary space activation. With the help of several local organizations, the site came alive in the summer of 2016 with craft beer, a food truck, a farmer’s market, local theater groups and live music. Uncorked, Revland Gallery, the Red River Market, Frostival, and the Night Bazaar have all activated this space while plans for redevelopment of the Mercantile site are underway." -Kilbourne Website
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/mercantile-block/

Goodyear BuildingPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Broadway GaragePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

What it currently looks like before demo of a new commercial/residential building.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

 

Red River MarketPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Night Bazaar at Broadway GaragePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Red River Market entertainmentPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Red River MarketPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

12. Historic renovation of the Loudon building located at 64 4th street. N. Fargo, ND
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/loudon-building/

Loudon Building (before)

Above: 1976-2012: energy-saving effort led to its nearly 20 front windows being boarded up and insulated.
Loudon building under constructionPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

"By 2012, the Loudon building’s future looked uncertain.
Having seen historic photos of Loudon’s once lovely brick facade and abundant windows “envisioning it as a site from which future companies could continue serving the Fargo community,” Kilbourne Group saved the block-long building from bidders aiming to raze it to make way for more parking.
Loudon now boasts 22,000 square feet of light-filled space and shows excellent potential for an open, loft-style office space that showcases the structure’s original architectural materials." - Kilbourne website
Learn more: LoudonFargo.com

Loudon Building AfterPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

13. Located behind the Loudon building and in between N.P and first avenue.

   Red River Market behind Loudon BuildingPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

14. "Roberts Alley and Roberts Commons. What was once a surface parking lot is now a mixed-use infill development, known as Roberts Commons or (RoCo).
Phase I of RoCo kicked off in June 2016 with the construction of a seven-story parking garage, which was complete by June 2017. The parking garage provides 455 car parking stalls and 221 spaces for bicycle parking. Phase II was the construction of the Roberts Commons mixed-use building, which wraps the parking garage. Construction of Phase II began April 2017 and was completed in April 2018. RoCo offers 72 amenity apartments, ranging from studio to two-bedroom units. The ground floor of Roberts Commons added over 13,000 square feet of space for retail, food, and beverage concepts along Roberts Street, 2nd Avenue North, and Roberts Alley." - Kilbourne Group website.
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/robertscommons/


(Above: 2 before photos by Kilbourne Group)

RoCo under constructionPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

 

Scoop N' DoughPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Robert's AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography People Gathering in Robert's AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Parking Garage Grand OpeningPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Roberts AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Roberts CommonsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Roberts Commons GaragePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

15. Block 9 Groundbreaking of the mixed-use infill development.

"From 1983 to 2018 it stood as a 48,000-square-foot surface-level parking lot. Block 9 is in the heart of downtown Fargo at the corner of Broadway and Second Avenue North. Beginning Fall of 2018, this empty slate will be transformed into a mid-rise, mixed-use tower that will add to a vibrant city core and change the skyline of downtown Fargo. The project includes headquarters for hundreds of team members of R.D. Offutt Company, ground floor retail, a boutique hotel, restaurant, and residential condominiums.

Block 9 also includes a programmed community plaza, over a half acre in size, which is anticipated to become a gathering and celebration space for the region. Plans include seasonal amenities such as a skating rink, splash pad, vendor spaces, and a band shell for live performances." - Kilbourne Website.
I can't wait to photograph it once finished!

More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/block-9/

Block 9 Groundbreaking of the mixed-use infill development.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

"Lunchtop above Block 9""Lunchtop above Block 9"Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Recreating the iconic NYC image into Fargo's own: "Lunch atop Block 9." I photographed this in the summer of 2019 while construction was going on at Block 9 in downtown Fargo.

Below: Halfway there
Block 9 going up.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Downtown Fargo as seen in July of 2018.

My HomePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography
Thank you for looking through the last 10 years of building transformational images that I have created for my city of Fargo!

 

2021 UPDATE: Block 9 had its first full year of operation including: Skating/Red River Market/Frostival/Movie night and so much more!

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(Dan Francis Photography) DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Downtown Fargo Fargo Fine Art historical buildings Kilbourne Group ND North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2019/7/kilbourne-group-10yrs-in-fargo Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:16:54 GMT
1 of 1: Limited Edition https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2014/2/1-of-1-limited-edition 1 of 1

Photographer Introduces 1 of 1: A Concept That Brings Back the One-of-a-Kind Appeal of Fine-Art Photography

 

In this digital age, photography seems to have become everyone’s domain. Anybody with a smart phone is considered a photographer, and even professional, copyrighted photos might be shared hundreds of times via Facebook, Instagram and the Internet.

Now Fargo photographer Dan Francis is introducing “1 of 1,” a photo series that he hopes will bring back the unique appeal and special cache of fine-art photography.

“When you have a painting, it’s an original painting and that’s it,” Francis says. “You could repaint it, but it will never be exactly the same.” Prints can be made, but they are never as good or as valuable as the real thing. Likewise, the name of Francis’ project, “1 of 1,” plays off the concept of limited-edition printmaking or photography, in which prints are marked “1/50,” or “1 of 100.”

Francis plans to bring the same concept to a select portion of his own work. He will choose from his collection of unprinted fine-art images, print a photo using Hahnemühle Fine Art paper to the most exacting standards, then frame, matte, sign and number it, “1 of 1.” The image will then be permanently deleted from his computer. Anyone who purchases the photo will receive a certificate of authenticity that guarantees it has never been replicated and is the only existing image of its kind. In doing so, Francis hopes to preserve the artistry of certain handpicked images.

Francis says he was motivated to develop the “1 of 1” concept in an endeavor to push himself to create the best work possible. “There will be a select few images from my past work, but this endeavor will continue on throughout my life,” he says. “The goal is to think more conceptual photographs, print them on the finest paper available and then archive them. I still hold onto a favorite film photograph of my childhood, and it’s been with me for almost 30 years. It’s the only copy I have of that image. When you care about something and it’s one of a kind, you take care of it as best as possible.”

For Francis, the “1 of 1” concept is a way to preserve the quality and uniqueness of his chosen work. “It’s a way to bring a uniqueness back into photography again,” he says. “It’s just a way to choose the best of the best vs. just having a computer full of images you don’t print. It’s taking all those 0s and 1s and turning them into a real image.”

Born and raised in Fargo, N.D., Francis is a Certified Master Professional Photographer and college photography instructor. Francis has been honored as a Professional Photographers of America Silver-Level Photographer of the Year. His work appeared as the cover image for the B&W International magazine for fine art. In January of 2013 he was awarded the Highest Portrait Print honor of PPA as a Grand Image Award Nominee. Francis is also a five-time Kodak Gallery Award Winner for his fine-art images.

Dan Francis Photography (www.danfrancisphotography.com) is located in downtown Fargo, 10 8th Street, Suite 200.

“The prints are posterity, not the negatives.” - Brett Weston

Contact: Dan Francis, 701.238.7185

              [email protected]

 

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(Dan Francis Photography) Black and White Canon DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Fargo Fine Art Limited Edition ND North Dakota https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2014/2/1-of-1-limited-edition Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:57:09 GMT
Moments to stop and realize what photographers are doing. https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2014/1/moments-to-stop-and-realize-what-photographers-are-doing Pictures

I took this photograph on the California Coast just a couple hours after arriving at LAX. I love the Quote from the movie "One Hour Photo"

I've had this photo in a folder "To work on" for awhile. Its not an image that stands out with all my other street scenes, but for some reason I've been wanting to express something with it. I think this quote is perfect on why I even took the image to begin with. I feel he's smiling behind that camera. The way his cheeks are raised would confirm this. It's a simple moment that happened while I was on the beach in L.A. but it stopped me from moving on and made me notice. This picture of her could be framed and hanging on his wall at work or home. It could be something he stares at everyday and smiles at, or it could be simply in a folder on his computer titled: "Someday_print" Either way, don't forget the power of photography. Selah

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(Dan Francis Photography) 7D Black and White Canon DanFrancis DanFrancisPhotography Fine Art LAX, Street, Beach, Art, https://www.danfrancisphotography.com/blog/2014/1/moments-to-stop-and-realize-what-photographers-are-doing Thu, 02 Jan 2014 03:02:11 GMT