We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Skeels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, why did you pursue a creative career?
I started creating videos because of all the amazing stories I was encountering every day. Whether it was the barista making my morning coffee or the streets of a new city I was visiting – I was seeing these amazing stories and wanted to share them with my community. I started Skeels Creative so that I could creatively tell the stories of incredible people doing incredible things. It’s been so fun to help tell their stories!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to come to every interaction I ever have with empathy. I want to listen and try to understand what the other person is feeling or going through. I think what sets me apart is that I really take the time to learn the ‘why’ behind a project before actually creating. We’ve gotten to a point where anyone can take a cool photo, anyone can shoot video on their phone. But being able to tell a story – add music, effects, evoke feeling – that’s the true magic that I think I can bring to the table. Honestly, everyday I learn something that I should be doing to help grow my business, and I love that there’s always something to learn and some action to take. But I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made so far – and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in the next year or two.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love being able to mix in a little of the touristy spots but then also take my visitors to those places they’d never find by looking on Pinterest. So of course, let’s go to Union Station and Rino for some fun pics of wall art and cool architecture. Let’s go grab a coffee at Queen City or Bardo Coffee House. At some point we’ll do a brewery crawl around Rino and slowly take in the city by foot or scooter. I’d show them the amazing parks we have – Sloan’s, Wash Park – and let them take in that gorgeous Colorado sun! I’d probably take them to a mountain town one day, just to get out of the city and to the mountains. And what’s better than grabbing a beer and a brat at Ein Prosit! If they’re really ready for a good time, I’d take them to X Bar for a drag show and a night out! My favorite thing about Denver is that there is ALWAYS something going on! I’m not much of a planner, so we’d just run around town stumbling on whatever fun thing is happening that day!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I always credit my dad, Paul, for first putting a camera in my hand when I was little. He always let me shoot his Canon film camera when we were on family trips or doing something outdoors. It was the first time I really got excited about something creatively. Since then, he’s supported my dreams of making a living with a camera. I couldn’t do it with him!
Emily Brianne Photography, Amelia Vilona