This baby girl came in for a Red Thread session yesterday. They’re in from Alabama here to get her, so they wanted to get her photographed before they were going home. I think she was one of the tiniest wee peanuts I’ve had in the studio in a good long time. At just 5.5lbs, she was little little. But daddy came with his full firefighter gear, and I think she loved it.
Dear Frankie, I don’t think I can ever tell you what you’ve meant to me, what you’ve taught me, or how different it’ll be without you at Stylized Portraiture. Almost 7 years ago on the ride back from Tampa, you decided that I was good enough to go places with you. It’s been one amazing ride. From our little place on Tracy street all covered in concrete dust, to the bigger than we needed giant on Milledge Ave, then Lumpkin St which was our perfect studio. From little to volume, and all the amazing charity shoot days, I learned so much and that really running a business doesn’t mean just doing what you want all the time. I love that I can take all the little notebook copies and go back to them year after year and find new ideas and new ways of looking at things. I think what I’ll miss the most is your Frankie brand of humor and hipness. I’ll miss being able to bounce ideas off of you, I’ll even miss you shooting down what I think are my best ones. I love being able to go into our clients’ homes and look at the walls and think “Oh, there’s one of Frankie’s shots.” What you and I built in this town was and IS amazing, and I plan to continue the good work and make it just as amazing in the years to come. – Heather Lickliter Larkin
“Parents y’all smile I’ll take care of the kids (with her pocket full of sweet tarts)”
And of course the picture were amazing. The time she coaxed Lydia gay into a window seal at mars hill preschool was nothing short of a miracle. I must say my favorite thing I have taken from my relationship with Frankie is referencing every woman’s most dreaded day of the year at the “scoot down doctor”. Frankie you have added much laughter to our home as Travis and I will simultaneously say did you see what Frankie posted on Facebook and die laughing. Your whit and authenticity are jewels. You are a treasure. Thankfully we can still laugh at your posts on Facebook while you are making many new friends in Texas but we will miss you adding such love and beauty to Athens and our lives. I’m happy to know you Frankie May the joy of The Lord truly be your strength! Much love and blessings as you go! – Jessica Gay
Frankie- you are truly one of a kind! I can always count on you to make me laugh hysterically with your wicked sense of humor. Even better than your sense of humor is your BIG heart. You have done wonderful things in this community – Athens’s loss is definitely Texas’s gain!
We will miss you, The Eager Clan
Frankie, Thanks so much for so beautifully documenting the first 3 years of both Chase & Gavin’s lives! You will forever hold a spot on our walls and in our hearts. Hope you guys love Texas! love, the jones family — chris, amie, chase & gavin
Frankie, You will always hold a special place in our hearts. You captured my children so perfectly and we are so grateful for your talent. You also sent me a CD of pictures when my Dad died–I was floored. One of the kindest acts anyone did for me during an awful time of heartache. Thank you. We are in Winston-Salem and don’t plan on leaving so if you are ever in High Point visiting in-laws, please give me a ring. I would love pictures anytime I can get them from you. Here is how to reach me and don’t hesitate to call!! Best wishes for a new start in Texas! Love, Amy, Jason, Anna Claire, and Catherine Wenker
Frankie was GREAT with the Harper boys. Who knew talking about boogers, toots and anything gross would finally work out so well for us. Best. Pictures. Ever. The smiles were real and for that we thank her! Best wishes and knock ‘em dead in your new adventure! Ashley Harper
Frankie is superb!! Our girls are so excited when they find out that Frankie is going to photograph them. She has the ability to capture the most beautiful expressions, and these expressions have created so many precious memories for our family. Not to mention, that she is so much fun! We will miss you Frankie!!! Good luck in Texas! The Suggs family
Frankie did such an amazing job with our family photos! I have them hanging all over our house and will never forget how wonderful she was with my son, Hunter. She brought out the best in him and captured such special moments that I can now treasure forever! I cannot thank you enough Frankie. You will be sorely missed. Jennifer Peterson
Frankie, So there are loads of reasons I think you’re great. Maybe it’s your irreverent sense of humor. Maybe it’s your kickass style. It could be the fact that you coached high school softball without a loaded gun pointed at your head. Or, selfishly, it might be because you always managed to get pictures of my family that I am proud of that show everyone’s personality. For whatever reason, I’m going to miss you. Hope Texas deserves you and yours. Blessed be the journey! – Polly Holder
I first met Frankie when I signed up for photography classes with her. She helped build my confidence and encouraged me well. The unexpected bonus was meeting a most unique, caring individual who could bring out my best with humor! I am sad Frankie and her wonderful family are leaving Athens, but am excited for them and for the people they will meet in Texas. No doubt they will find new friends quickly! My thoughts and prayers are with the Wylies in their new adventure! I’m looking forward to hearing updates and seeing photos of what is happening with them in the future!!! XOXO
The Laughlins love, love, love Frankie!! She is awesome and ridiculously talented. We will miss her so much! Thanks, Leigh Laughlin
Frankie… Well, she not only believed in my “hood ornament”… She believed in her (Hendley). You just don’t buy a belief in a child/teen… It is given and it is earned! Hendley loves her beyond what a 19year old will admit!! Beyond that… At her insistence, she took some great, real love pictures, of me and my Daddy the first week of October despite her crazy schedule… She must have had insight… To capture “the smiling heart”… Or of the infamous words he would say …”remember who loves you.” Her post and words from taking those were heart warming in that my journey with him was not by myself… She “got it.” AND 3 weeks after those pictures… A priceless gift, he passed away. I am forever indebted for her urging to just be me, him… They are a perfect example of her soul… Open, loving and giving! May she always “remember who loves you”… And have moments that “make my heart smile!” - Leigh Anne Landers
This sweet family drove all the way from Atlanta to come see me for a Red Thread adoption session for their newest baby, a girl! With two big brothers, she’s going to have all the guys in the family around her pinkie! Mama’s super down to earth though, so no worries she’ll be anything but a true lady.