I grew up in a family that owned community newspapers throughout the Ottawa Valley. 

Starting at the age of 12, and through my teen years, my first job was to spend weekends and summers cleaning press rooms and layout studios, often on my hands and knees. At this time my sisters rescued me and taught me how to develop black & white film and make prints for the newspapers. 

I was hooked. 

From the age of 12 through my teen years I went everywhere with a camera, built a darkroom in my bedroom, experimented with colour photography, was a yearbook photographer, school newspaper photographer/editor and then school newspaper editor. 

Since that time I have continued making photographs of all kinds. Over 500 weddings as the principal photographer, commercial real estate architectural photography, operating Santa Claus photography at shopping centres, headshot and personal branding photography, portraits, personal fine art projects and I do my own editing in the Adobe applications.

All while having a career in shopping centre marketing.


Shopping Centre Marketing

When I saw the ad that Hazeldean Mall was looking for a Marketing Coordinator I jumped at the opportunity. To land the job the managers, James McNeil and Shari Geekie, gave me a week to pitch a creative event and advertising for the malls anniversary.

I got the job. 

Best of all I had the freedom to be creative and to make mistakes - using everything I learned from my retail experience I built relationships and helped to make Hazeldean the best little mall in Ottawa.  

The next challenge was to be the Marketing Director at Carlingwood where we earned 9 ICSC awards for marketing.

Combining Photography and Marketing

Through all of this I rediscovered my passion for photography first with weddings and now with the melding of photography and marketing to create Branding Content that separates clients from their competitors.

Headshot and Personal Branding Portraits
Revealing character, experience and personality through portraiture with HeadshotOttawa.

Architectural Photography
Capturing the engineered art and history of what people create and how people interact with them. LINK

Holiday Studio
Taking Santa Claus visits to a new level, every member of the Santa Studio is a key to creating a lifetime experience from a simple meet and greet with Santa - and portraits to remember them with. We have also expanded our choices at the Billings Bridge Shopping Centre location with Portrait Photography: HolidayStudio.ca

Frank Fenn

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