I graduated in 2016 with a degree in photography at this Dominican University in River Forest. I've been active in photography for around ten years now.
I'm experienced in a variety of styles from street to lifestyle to fashion. I shoot in both medium format as well as digital. I don't believe in sticking to one style of photography and always try to do what would be best to successfully execute the creative vision. I make sure what is desired is captured as best as possible in camera which minimizes any editing that may need to be done.
I'm currently working as a freelance photographer focusing in on fashion, lifestyle, and events. I previously have had experience working with companies from weddings to newspapers to modeling agencies.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Frank. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have competed nationally in improv as a teenager. And I've utilized that skill in photography to help make the work environment as fun as possible. Something else that is unique about me is that I'm really into Japanese wrestling haha. They are very passionate and dedicated to their artistic craft, and I try to have a wrestlers mindset when it comes to photography. One must capture the attention of thousands of people while in the ring so I try to make my images something that will catch the attention of others.
Frank, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I aspire to be able to make a full time living off of photography and be able to travel the world to capture beautiful moments and people. Things change at such a fast rate these days, to be able to take pictures of landmarks and moments that may get lost in time as well as to document people who in their unique way are very beautiful. Time moves so fast so to leave behind a beautiful body of work when it is all over is what I strive to do with my life.
Who is your inspiration in life Frank? How do you keep inspired?
It is pretty cliche, but everyone is an inspiration to me. I take a lot of inspiration from things that aren't necessarily even directly photography related. A lot of my inspiration is music based and the emotions that music invokes. I also take some inspiration from video games as well. They are such a beautiful art form(Sorry Roger Ebert!), and there is so much you can take from it and apply to photography. When it comes to photographers, I was always a fan of Ansel Adams, Vivian Maier, Weegee, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Carrie Mae Weems to name a few.
We all make mistakes Frank; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I honestly always try and handle everything in a very professional manner, so I don't have a situation that I handled poorly. I was on a shoot, and I ended it early because I got what I needed, but I wish I utilized all the time I booked the model for and maybe brainstormed some ideas to fill the rest of the time.
Frank , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I try and work closely with clients to come up with realistic time frames for what needs to be delivered to them. I try and be very efficient with delivering pictures for clients but not sacrificing any effort put into post-production.
Please tell us, Frank, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I once had a lot of various shoots to edit from portraits to professional wrestling shows, and I wanted to get all the pictures to the clients within two weeks. It was tough, but I put in a lot of extra time to deliver for the clients in the set time frame. I always strive to go above and beyond for the people I work with.
Frank, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was working with a newer model who was not as confident, but I saw the potential she had and knew she could really create something great for her fashion blog. So with some kind words, I wanted to help her believe in herself and her ability to show the camera and the word what she can do.
Frank, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest professional accomplishment is more personal for me. I was able to photograph a hardcore wrestling match between a local Chicago wrestling Craig Mitchell and Matt Tremont of CZW(Combat Zone Wrestling). Something that would top this would be getting to photograph the Tournament of Death for CZW or being able to photograph a the Wrestle Kingdom for New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Frank, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was working with a fashion designer I graduated with, photographing some pieces she made, and I was able to get creative in using public spaces to accentuate her designs as well and create an interesting space for the picture and model to exist in. The difficulty of it is very much making something that exists and is non-transformable and use it interestingly. It is such an exciting challenge because the results are always worth it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would be always to be respectful of who you work with. Make everyone feel comfortable whether the shoot is a fun fashion theme or a boudoir shoot. Also, don't follow trends it may get people to pay attention to you because it's what everyone is doing, but you will in no way ever stand out. Show that you aren't replaceable and that what you bring to the table is unique to you. When you are distinguishable from the rest that is when you feel most fulfilled in your work.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am always looking to collaborate with different brands. I love fashion photography and would love to dive more into that. Fashion design on its own is such a beautiful art form, and I'd love to combine my talents with fashion creators to show the world our skills. I'm also open to working with clothing brands and accessory brands as well as artists to create interesting photoshoot concepts. The human body is a work of art on its own and to capture that in interesting ways is a goal of mine.
Cover 1: Model: Kimberly Ann @kimbereley_a
Designer: Dana Bitto @danabitts
Cover 2 : Model: Ivan Filipov
Designer Dana Bitto @danabitts
Picture 1: Model: Kimberly Ann @kimberely_a
Picture 2: Photographer: Me
Picture 3: Model: Emma Bernstein @emmabernstein1
Picture 4: Model: Dilvana Jaramillo @dilvana.jaramillo
Picture 5: Space Monkey vs Stevie Fierce @pwspacemonkey and @stevie_fierce
Picture 6: Photographer: Me
Picture 7: Model: Amber Harris @ambieeee08
Designer: Dana Bitto @danabitts
Picture 8: Kylie Rae clothesline's Craig Mitchell and Kenny Sutra @iamkylierae @craigxmitchell @kennysutra
Picture 9: Model: Emma Bernstein @emmabernstein1
Picture 10: Pat Monix performs a dive over the top ropes one a group of wrestlers @thepatmonix