visual storytelling

Paola Franqui, also known as Monaris, is a Puerto Rico-born Photographer based in New Jersey, an Adobe Lightroom Partner, and a Sony Ambassador.

Combining her passion for visual storytelling and photography, Monaris has developed a distinct creative style focused on composition and color theory that lives to transform brief instances of reality into movie-like scenes.

Her authenticity behind the camera brings out the humanity in her subject matter. Paola’s ability to transport you directly into a scene is experienced boldly through both her personal and professional work, taking her all around the world. From documenting the energy of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval to showcasing the Americana charm of the United States’ Midwest and leading photography workshops, she has partnered with some of the world’s most prominent brands to create and tell stories from her unique visual lens.

Adventure through my eyes

Where would we be without a little adventure? I’ve partnered up with @colorpro to highlight their newest campaign involving ‘New Adventures’. During the pandemic, most of us had to face new realities. Some used it as a fuel to start something new, others learned new things, and most of us found hobbies to keep our minds busy. When we embrace new adventures, we’re interrupting our everyday flow -- in the best possible way. You’ll expand your mind and spirit with every experience you encounter.

This image was captured during a quiet morning in Bend, Oregon. I still remember this day so vividly. It is about embarking on a voyage of gratitude and a reminder that sometimes going off to the unknown can lead to new adventures. It is about seeing the world from a different perspective, even if you’ve seen it a million times before.

I would love to hear your story and encourage you to participate in the Color Pro Awards by sharing what ’New Adventures’ means to you.

Beyond the moment

Play with perspective: The best way to get a bit more creative with your photography is to experiment with perspective. The exact same scene can often look very different when approached from a different angle, and capturing your subject from above or below may change the whole feel of a photograph.

What does New Adventure mean to other photographers?