We had the good fortune of connecting with Demi Fraire and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Demi, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to be that I loved and cared for everyone else just as I did for myself. My goal as I interact with others is to make sure that I am serving them and caring for each and every one of them, just as I was called to do by God. The Bible teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31), but unfortunately, sometimes as Christians we misrepresent God by allowing race, color, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnicity, etc. affect how we treat others, instead of expressing the love that God has for ALL of humanity. If after I’m gone, what is remembered about me is that I shared God’s love with others and held truly genuine relationships with people, then my life here on Earth was fruitful.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When I first started Friday Films + Foto, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that I wanted to help couples in love capture their wedding day beautifully, just as my wedding photographer and videographer did for me. I know what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera, and having had that experience is what gave me the passion to serve couples in documenting their special day. Running a business has definitely come with its challenges (especially during a global pandemic, yikes!), but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s the hardships and struggles in life that bring us closer to success, and early on when I had no idea what I was doing, making mistakes was a pert of the process, but that only helped me grow stronger. My biggest takeaway/advice to new business owners out there is to get back up again after falling. Remember why you even started your business in the first place, and that you have a purpose to fulfill – even when nothing seems to be going your way. I want the world to know that I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today… not because of the money or the recognition, but simply because I enjoy what I do, and wish to make an impact in other people’s lives. I feel that my purpose is to spread God’s love with other people, and through my business I get to meet tons of people to do that with.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
DFW is truly a wonderful place to call home. I’ve lived here my whole life, and yet there’s always something new to do each day! When I have family visiting from out of town (my in-laws are from El Paso), my husband and I always make sure to take them to some of our favorite spots. We love the outdoors, so going for a walk down the Ronald Kirk Footbridge is a must! You get a gorgeous view of the Downtown Dallas skyline, and the adjacent Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge serves as a gorgeous backdrop for taking family portraits on my camera. Another perfect place to go for a walk is Klyde Warren Park. There’s usually plenty of food trucks there with yummy food, as well as our favorite dessert stop, Steel City Pops! If they’re not there, it’s just a short drive to their store location! Some great indoor places to visit are the iconic Perot Museum of Nature and Science or The Dallas World Aquarium! Each time I go there I leave having learned something new!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thanks to The Rising Tide Society (specifically the Tuesdays Together Dallas Chapter), I met my mentor, Courtney Hanson of Courtney Hanson Photography. She and I met several years ago when I first began my journey as a small business owner. Then while working at an event with her, I met David Myers of Nice Shot Films, who similarly impacted my life and taught me everything I needed to know about wedding filmmaking. Courtney and David have both helped shape who I am today as a wedding photographer and videographer, and I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from them early on in my career.
Headshot: Lindsay Davenport Photography