Today we’d like to introduce you to Frank Colosi.
Frank, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story begins when I was quite young. I remember that first moment I received my SLR film camera, a Pentax K-1000. I had no idea what I was doing back then but my father would help me set up the camera and if I was lucky a few images were properly exposed. After college, I began traveling whenever possible and exploring the mountains of the east coast, always with a camera in hand. The opportunity to document my experiences was one I couldn’t pass up, once I returned home and developed my rolls of film or saved my images to my computer to share with my family later on but this is where my time with photography would end after each adventure.
As I began to spend more time in the mountains, the opportunity to bring travel and climbing adventures together started in my early 30’s with my first glacier climb on Mount Baker in Washington which lead to greater adventures on Mount Rainier and Mount Shasta. With my trusty point and shoot in hand, I captured as many moments as I could along these multi-day climbs of these iconic and stunning mountains. After moving to San Diego about 8 years ago, I purchased my first DSLR camera about 3 and a half years ago.
From there I began to invest in my passion both in equipment and time, which has now evolved into a growing career in photography. On December 18th of 2015, I began a journey that I’m still on to this very day. I set out to shoot as often as I could, focusing solely on single exposure photography- one month grew to the next shooting every day along the way. The next thing I knew a year had gone by and now I’m working on my third year shooting every day. Photography simply has become my life. It brings me great peace, feeds my soul and furthered my connection to the earth that I’ve loved so deeply and for so long.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Like most small businesses, it is never a smooth road starting out and transitioning from a typical employment scenario to working for yourself has its ups and downs for sure. The risks and rewards are amazing and scary all at the same time… Taking the huge leap of faith into the unknown wasn’t easy but I saw no other path that fulfilled my mind and my soul.
In full disclosure, I’m not a business minded person, I really only know how to create and teach, so the learning curve of a small business has been steep for me. I have been very fortunate to have lots of help along the way from my friends and family, without their encouragement, patience, love and support it would have been a rougher road for sure. And I can’t forget the support of my followers and clients who’s dedication, encouragement and trust in me has made the road a lot smoother as well.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Frank Colosi Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
Currently, my business encompasses many different avenues in the industry. My passion and main focus of my business are centered around Landscape and Fine Art photography as well as one on one photography workshops. I also offer commercial photography services as well as, product photography, event photography and portrait and wedding services as well.
As of late, my focus has been on my one on one photography workshops. As an occupational therapist of roughly 18 years, I have spent my career in healthcare teaching people from young to old, how to navigate challenging life circumstances. Blending this experience with my skill-set in photography, I am able to offer customized learning experiences bringing the skills of new photographers and experienced photographers alike, to the next level. After a clients workshop has ended, I continue to provide resources and support for all of my workshop clients for the duration of their photography career!
Where do you see your industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc?
Honestly, I can’t say. I have been so focused on my work that I haven’t kept up with any industry trends or changes. I can say that with the evolution of digital camera technology the ability to capture images with incredible resolution and depth really amazes me. For me, I’ve noticed a shift in photographers going back to shooting film, myself included. I think the advancements in camera technology is amazing but going back to the roots of the art and working with film is still very much alive and for some becoming a greater focus versus their digital counterparts.
- One on One Photography Workshops starting at $450.00 and up ($450.00 Intro to Photography package, 3 sessions at 2-3 hours per session)
- Website: frankcolosiphotography.com
- Phone: 603-661-3714
- Email: email@example.com
Personal Photo by Dustin Waits