Nam Phan - Photographer & Marketing | Home Base in Denver, Colorado and Tampa, Florida

About me

About Nam

Pocket Size Bio: Aries, birthed in the year of the Dog, born and raised in Florida, loves food (not to be confused with being a self proclaimed Hipster Foodie), motorsports, fishing, Starbucks Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher (go light on the ice, please), photography and most importantly, I love my growing family.

The beginning of

This journey is

All about letting go

Growing up as a teenager did you ever wonder where you fit in? What's your calling? When is it your time? Well, that was me. I always had a camera growing up and always thought that I had some type of creative mojo deep inside and I longed for that little spark of encouragement to ignite the tinder. That spark was never lit, well, not until I was an adult. Growing up as a first generation Asian-American, I was one of many Asian children on that stereotypical Asian educational track: Doctor, Lawyer or Engineer. Ironically, my choices were starkly shorter than those on the menu at a corner Chinese take-out shop. I ultimately chose computer engineering as my college Asian track program. After a couple of years, I took a break from school feeling empty and soulless, not knowing what I really wanted to do, what I enjoyed doing in life and found myself seeking purpose.

Fast forward a few years, after working 10 years in the marketing department at Time Inc.,gaining a wealth of knowledge in the marketing and advertisement field and still carrying my camera around, my wife and I welcomed our first child into this world. A sweet baby girl named Liliana. She became my inspiration, a breathe of life who would ultimately encourage me to leave my comfortable corporate position to start anew. I decided to make photography (paired with marketing) my career and start my own studio. Only 3 months old, Liliana nudged me into the world of photography. With her bright eyes and drooling mouth, she answered all of my questions that I had as a teenager. She was my spark!

I started by watching YouTube videos and spending countless hours freeloading at Barnes and Nobles anything and everything about professional photography.  I say professional to emphasize that I was no longer carrying my camera but needing it to carry me-Professional. Initially I was going to business as a wedding photographer...I scrapped that idea and decided to follow the genre I was really passionate about and to share what deeply interest me the most: Cars, People, Life!

In the first few months I took a lot of photos of my daughter so my wife was super happy. I got a lot of smiles, kisses, hugs and baby coos. My friends, family members and colleagues began to also take notice and I received a lot of free food, sometimes a drink or two and a lot of high fives.

Within the first two years, I was recognized by the Tampa Business Journal, in the top five I will add, as one of 'Tampa's Favorite  Photographers'.

I began to work with more people, businesses and cars.  More cars!

Photography for marketing and some advertisement gigs begin to come through.

I then had works featured in several galleries and private shows.

Then works published in various local and national publications.

I expand my home base to Boulder, Colorado.

Liliana has remained my spark along with two more flames Virginia Isabela and Luna. I take a lot of photos of them too.

I can't say it has been easy but it has been an amazing and rewarding journey.

Now, here I am.  I professional commercial, automobile and lifestyle photographer!  This trip is just getting started.


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