Thursday, February 19, 2015

for fashion

i want to thank my dear friend denise ponce for inspiring me to publish this

hi i am franey and i am done forcing myself to do things i don’t want to do, feeling things i don’t want to feel, and photographing things that do not make me happy.

i wanted to be a fashion photographer so badly- until yesterday. i moved to new york city to BE a fashion photographer. i don’t know why i never considered other options- everyone said new york was the place to go for fashion. and they were right- this is the fashion capital of the united states. but fashion is not what i am interested in- for the time being.

i always wondered why people gave up so much of their lives working for free in the fashion industry. i always wondered why i was treated like shit by so many people. i always wondered why people thought it was OKAY to pay 60k a year for “fashion school” “art school” “photo school”, whatever- if you are a true artist you will succeed without pratt.

i didn’t know why i was working thirteen hour days during fashion week for no pay. what was i doing this for- experience? what was my experience- getting coffee for people who made more money than i did? i always told myself- it will get better. i will get to the top. i will make it.

what is “making it” anyways?

i am tired of the bullshit. i am tired of new york. i am tired of working my ass off for nothing, doing shit jobs for money. i am tired of losing my mind.

photography is my catharsis- without it, i wouldn’t be sitting at my desk writing this. i would be somewhere else, in a very dark place. i found photography when i was very young, and i was happy with it- because i took photos for fun. i made art. i made myself happy.

from now on, i am shooting for myself. if the girls i shoot happen to be wearing designer clothing, then fine. but i am not listening to other people’s opinions about whether my work should or shouldn’t be in such and such magazine, or on such and such’ website, i am not shooting anyone but myself. i am not taking photos i do not want to take. if you work at a magazine or a brand and respect my work enough to trust me to create for you, then shoot me an email. but if you want to direct my work- please refrain from contacting me for the time being.

i am still going to be taking photos. if you want me to photograph you, please write me an email with a few photos of yourself:


Monday, February 16, 2015


today alaina and i went for a snowy walk to take some pics before we brave a frozen waterfall to shoot tomorrow. all clothes by @carleen_us

i love these photos. i love photographing people i know. alaina and i went to the same high school and didn't know until we met in nyc over a year ago.
i'm trying to be alone more. i take a lot of baths these days. i am comfortable being alone in the bath. coping method. snowy day tomorrow.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

elk for kaltblut magazine

shoot at the elk farm back in november with cherin @ wilhelmina.
styling by sam bates
makeup by christopher marcum using kevyn aucoin
hair by bennett grey

thank you to everyone for braving the cold and the 6 hours in the car total to make this happen. i saw a thing on instagram the other day that said something along the lines of "the team is the photographer's backbone" and i couldn't agree more. thanks to everyone who has worked with me for working with me. cheers to tryna pay rent in 2015. i wana start a series called "franimals". i guess this is the first shoot in that series. c ya l8r internet
xoxoox franey

Saturday, February 14, 2015

happy february

i'm not your bay-bee. happy valentines day y'all. life's so different now. i'm happy this blog still exists. i used to get into deleting sprees but i'm happy this is still here. here are some photos i took of my bff lou a few days ago. we discovered an empty lot and an nook to over-look the l train. i love little bits of life. happy birthday (in 3 hours), lou. you're a constant inspiration. i love u so much. proud of everything you do and what u wanna do. ur my fave gal.

cheers to 23, lou baby. brooklyn loves you. (so do i.)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

summer in the city

about 4 weeks ago i arrived in new york city all by myself. i lugged my 49 pound suitcase up 4 flights of stairs in the mckibbin lofts at midnight june 17/18, 2013. taxi rides at midnight are funny "a nice girl like you going to bushwick? has the neighborhood changed since the past couple years?" said the cab driver. this was the start of an INTERESTING MONTH! living out of a huge suitcase and living off black coffee and parfaits is actually really fun. (i actually had a lot of eggs, sandwiches, peaches, veggies, and rice too, so don't worry!) my legs got super muscular because i had to walk up 4 flights of stairs multiple times a day. i didn't complain because i was in new york city!!!

almost all of my shoots went REALLY well. i met so many amazing people this trip who i will definitely have to keep in contact with throughout my life. i took some cool photos, pulled my first ever all nighter (at 17! damn) and fell in love with union square. i also saw two of my best friends from louisville in nyc and that was so surreal!

i did almost everything by myself. a lot of people who i met were surprised by my age and that i had just graduated high school not even a month ago. i'm really proud of myself and my mom for letting me do this trip. and i'd like to thaaaank natalie, lissy, rockie, and lauren for being cool about me living in their space!! <3 <3

i'm going to post some favorite photos from my trip.

i totally redid my book this past month. i met with people from bullett magazine, vice, and rolling stone and i can say that i'm shooting for vice sometime soon :))

i'd like to thank a few people for their amazing friendship throughout my trip. of course my roomies, then sierra, elizabeth, emily, taylor, lindsey, and hank for just showing up at my doorstep and staying the night! and a wonderful thanks to my perfect boyfriend RYAN for loving me and being perfect and our 4 year anniversary is in 5 days i think rock on!!!! and i'd like to thank my tastebuds for accepting black coffee. mmmmmmmm.

but anyways thanks for reading this, i'm not that great with words so i wish i could have articulated it better but ahh! oh well (':

Sunday, June 30, 2013


model: Alaina at Major
makeup/hair: Brittany Lugo
photography/styling: Franey Miller