We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine June and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I earned my BFA in photography way back in 2003 and was delighted to be capturing landscapes and still-life, but it was after having my first baby that I realized that is where I became a complete person and found my purpose. My tiny perfect baby was growing and changing every day. Also, life was a blur and I knew I wouldn’t remember every adorable smile, expression, and giggle. Capturing these moments for myself was so important and 12 years later I’m so glad I did. I now have two children who are elementary school age and looking back at those big milestones brings me so much joy.
I love being able to do this for my client families as well. I love knowing every one of them has beautiful images of their little ones to hang on the walls, to look back on, and one day they’ll probably be in a wedding slideshow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I truly love being a part of my local business community. I recently organized a fundraiser to help support the Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) where I donated my sitting fees to the DDFL. My fundraiser was called Pooch Playoffs and I did portrait sessions with my clients’ dogs and entered them into a bracket-style online voting competition to see who was the Ulti-Mutt Cutie in the area. I also had several amazing sponsors who donated to my s’wag bags and prizes.
Animal rescues have really been hurting this past year due to a lack of donations and fundraising events so I thought this could really help a local shelter and some animals in need.
Being an entrepreneur, I can set aside a few weeks of my time and focus on a fundraiser. I can help lift up my community with a fun event that gives back and it really brought me a lot of joy as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s say we weren’t in the time of Covid! I would take visiting friends and family out to my favorite vegetarian restaurants like City o’ City, Native Foods, and Sazza Pizza (they have vegan pizza options!).
I’d love to find some quirky immersive experiences to check out like Prismajic or one of the upcoming VanGogh exhibits, the Denver Art Museum is a fun stop for all ages as well as The Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Oh! The Clue Room is a really fun experience too.
Getting out of town and closer to the mountains is something I enjoy doing with visiting friends. Heading up to Estes Park or toward the Salida area are my favorites.
I’m not much of an itinerary planner, more spontaneous and whatever feels right in the moment.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad, Marvin June. He always encouraged me to go to college and get a degree in anything! His ridiculous example was earning a degree in “underwater basket weaving,” because it would show a future employer that I’m trainable. Getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts was pretty much as close as I could find to underwater basket weaving. I’d tried teaching, engineering, business, and veterinary medicine, but I found my home in the art department. I’m not sure if my dad thought his silly example blew up in his face, but I did become the first in my family to earn a 4-year degree.