We had the good fortune of connecting with Frankie Spontelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frankie, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
When covid first hit I thought I was done for as a freelancer… my income was crushed and I didn’t have solid work for a few weeks. I could have quit… I could have easily given up and then I decided to double down on my dream of being a freelance photographer. Freelance career paths can be stressful with fluctuations in income, workflow and other variables that impact a sense of job security, being able to persist when the times were tough and challenging developed skillsets for my freelance business that I would not have learned without the current pandemic. One of the key components for my continued success was my ability to pivot my business into different styles of commercial and lifestyle photography. I started to pay attention to the fact that the world was going to be okay (with time) and that photography and content creation would become even more important as we progress through 2020. Many brands and smaller companies began to realize that visual assets would be extremely essential to survive these unprecedented times and this gave me subtle confidence that freelance photography projects would continue to develop with or without covid. I couldn’t be where I’m at now without the continued, relentless support from my girlfriend, my loyal friends and my amazing family. With much uncertainty on the horizon, it was incredibly important to feel that support from family/friends which was another huge component that kept me going through the challenging times during 2020.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
“As my passion for capturing the light of the world in the glass of my lens continues to grow my business and pushes me to chase more remote locations, I couldn’t be more excited for future sunrises and sunsets that I have yet to capture.” -Frankie Spontelli I am a freelance adventure and landscape photographer based out of Denver, Colorado and much of my work comes from commercial or branded lifestyle photography. What sets me apart is my unique style, attention to detail, vibrant colors, and this feeling you get when you view my photos… that feeling of actually being there. I try my best to use my captions and images to draw the viewer in, give them an escape from what’s going on in the world and take them next to that alpine lake as the sun rises or sets. I’m just fortunate to live in such a beautiful state and at the end of the day, I just enjoy showcasing the beauty of our planet and hopefully inspiring people to get outside and hit the trails. It has not been easy to get to where I am at today… freelance or creative careers are not an easy pursuit especially as you handle things like judgment from others on your art, all aspects of running a business and dealing with adversity when maybe a photoshoot doesn’t go perfectly planned. Failure has ultimately molded me into the success that I have been able to create today, learning from my past mistakes and improving myself and my business skills. I left a full-time job with a salary and healthcare to pursue a dream and a passion, that was a gut-wrenching decision to make at the time but it’s ultimately lead me to levels of happiness that I never knew exist. You learn what you love to do when it’s hour twelve of your ten hour day and you don’t mind pushing through those late nights or early mornings… you love what you do when it doesn’t feel like work anymore, instead, it feels like a divine passion. What do you want the world to know about you or your story? Ultimately you can do anything you set your mind to, if you have dreams don’t hide from them or run from them… that will eat you alive… instead embrace those dreams and chase your passions. We’re all innately capable of chasing our dreams and many of us won’t because of fear, or comfortability but it is in THAT moment when you step into the unknown when you will grow the most. The biggest thing I want the world to know about my story is to never give up, never stop trying because you will never know what you’re capable of until you step outside your comfort zone. Never quit, never stop chasing your dreams
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?
We would hop in the car early and head up to Mt. Evans Wilderness… watch the sunrise from a secret spot and warm up coffee while snapping photos of the first light of the day. After that, drive back to Denver for brunch at one of the countless brunch spots in Denver… perhaps a spot like the Universal or Denver Biscuit Company. After that maybe hit RiNo for a beer and search for an epic food truck
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My amazing girlfriend, my close friends, my family and my interactive audience/followers. Feeling the support and cheers from friends and family near and far has been instrumental to my continued success throughout 2020… whether it’s a FaceTime call from my niece and my sister or a text from my mom or an encouraging note in my camera bag from my girlfriend, these are all the people who deserve a little more credit and recognition for helping to keep me going this year. I could not be where I am today without the support from my girlfriend and my family… I also really appreciate my interactive audience of followers on Instagram, not just strangers to me, but a group of friends near, far and all over the globe. Thank-you for your continued support
Image credit Frankie Spontelli