We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Seeling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Honestly, I couldn’t see myself doing anything that didn’t have an element of creativity! It’s in my bones. There’s no avoiding it. In any project I’ve been involved in, I’m always on the lookout for ways to dial in the visuals or enhance the mood through design or styling. I can’t stop looking at the sun-drenched pockets of light and shadow around me. Creating art is not always an easy way to make a living, but it’s worth it – especially if, like me, you just can’t turn it off.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a photographer and filmmaker for passionate brands.
Although this is my area of focus now, I’ve shot every possible genre during my fifteen years in this industry. My experience working in each genre has added something to my collective total of knowledge: shooting weddings taught me a lot about strategically planning a long day of shooting, managing a crowd, and working under pressure. Shooting travel work taught me how to pack light, be flexible, and think on my feet. Shooting portraits and fashion taught me how to find people’s best angles and how to direct motion to achieve posing that feels natural and authentic.
Although today I no longer shoot weddings, for example, I’m so grateful for all I’ve learned along the way, and for the continued opportunities to refine my skills and put them to use for others. These days, I love to work with passionate brands, with fellow creatives, and with small businesses that are working towards making the world a better place. I love telling these stories through video and photo, and helping brands find the beauty in their stories, so they can connect with their clients and customers more deeply.
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?
I’m in love with the Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder – the colors, the details, the gardens – everything is a work of art! Of course the teas are also amazing, but even if you’re not a tea drinker, just being there is a lovely experience.
I live in the rural forest near Gold Hill, so I always love taking friends to the Gold Hill Cafe for a more rural, down-to-earth experience (and fantastic pie).
A visit to Sturtz and Copeland or Terra Cotta would be in order – both have a great selection of leafy green plant friends and are fun places to duck out of the winter weather.
I would highly encourage anyone to decorate a bike and join up with Boulder’s Happy Thursday cruiser ride, where I’ve had the most (free!) fun and met some of the kindest, most welcoming, and most creative people in Boulder.
Finally, I always love grabbing a coffee and a book at Trident!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dad, who was a fine art painter for a living, passed away in 2020, four days after my daughter was born. I miss his constant support, enthusiasm, and his artistic influence in my life.