Welcome to Circlescapes

We love making virtual tours, and helping businesses bring their campuses to life online.  Since 2008, we’ve created many hundreds of virtual tours for clients in all types of industries.

We can’t wait to help you with yours!

Your Happiness Is What Drives Us

Our mission is to be the best virtual tour provider on the internet.  “Best” incorporates everything from beginning to end:

  • the quality of the photography
  • the customizability and effectiveness of the final virtual tour
  • the number of services we offer
  • the happiness of our customers
  • the fast turnaround time
  • the reasonable pricing

Your Happiness Is What Drives Us

Our mission is to be the best virtual tour provider on the internet.  “Best” incorporates everything from beginning to end:

  • the quality of the photography
  • the customizability and effectiveness of the final virtual tour
  • the number of services we offer
  • the happiness of our customers
  • the fast turnaround time
  • the reasonable pricing

Our Story

Circlescapes Virtual Tours is the brainchild of Lisa Franzino from Portland, OR and Jared Varon from Jacksonville, FL.

In 2008, after working individually in creative, marketing and design environments for over 15 years, we decided to join forces and open a company specializing in really cool virtual tours creations for really special clients.

We started small, but as the popularity of virtual tours grew, so did our team and our product offerings.  Now, all these years later, we still adhere to our core values to be innovative, nimble, and customer-focused … and have fun doing it.

Meet the Circlescapes Team

We are truly a virtual company – with a team of awesome photographers, virtual tour developers, map illustrators, drone videographers, and client success managers scattered around the country.

Co-founder / Chief Visionary Officer / 360° Photographer

Lisa Franzino

Why I love what I do: I am a "people person", and what I love most about my job is meeting new people and cultivating lasting relationships. I also love to travel and my work with Circlescapes has taken me to almost all 50 states, as well as to cities in Europe and South Korea. I also thrive on versatility. Because we are a small but uber productive company, there is never a shortage of things to do and I love being able to wear various hats, learn new things and have multiple creative outlets.

In my spare time, you can usually find me: Sweating in a 105° degree room (I practice and teach Bikram yoga), in a sun patch on my porch reading, or playing soccer on the beach with my Jack Russell Terrier.

Post-pandemic, I am most looking forward to: Visiting friends and family around the country, going to concerts, hugging my mom.

Favorite past and future travel destination: I have to say that the French Riviera is the favorite place I have been to so far-- stunning beaches, the walk able historic towns, amazing farmer's markets--oh, and rosé at lunch! A few at the top of my list of places to go are Sicily - a visit to my ancestral home, Banff in Canada to visit the healing springs, and Bonaire, a dutch Caribbean island for some R&R.

Co-founder / Chief Creativity Officer / 360° Photographer

Jared Varon

Why I love what I do: I like to see ideas come to life. It's why I've spent the last 30 years in the marketing/advertising/design arena, and why I was so excited to help Lisa create Circlescapes in 2008. Each client's virtual tour is different, so it's an exciting challenge to explore their brand, and build a marketing tool that they can use to help them better tell their story. Since we are a virtual company, my "office" is wherever I have my computer, tripod and camera. I like that — and you can typically find me working in my shorts and bare feet.

In my spare time, you can usually find me: In my downtime, I LIKE to spend time with my wife and 3 kids (traveling, hiking, kayaking), reading a novel, watching a movie, playing board games or cards, cooking/eating good food, and rooting for my alma mater, the Florida Gators. Unfortunately, I DO spend too much time washing dishes, doing laundry, running errands, and cleaning the swimming pool — ugh.

Post-pandemic, I am most looking forward to: Sitting in a movie theater, attending live theatrical and musical performances, eating inside a restaurant, and of course, hugging my parents.

Favorite past and future travel destination: I live in Florida, but love being in the mountains of Vermont, Colorado, and North Carolina. I have also walked on the Great Wall of China, which was amazing! One of my favorite Circlescapes projects was spending 2 weeks with my family in the Adirondacks, photographing virtual tours for the NY State Park System. It doesn't get much better than that.

Client Success Manager

Christine Ojala

Why I love what I do: I love building relationships that work. In my job I get to work one-on-one with clients and in small teams and I see these as highly efficient and effective ways to work, therefore I am deeply satisfied. I love that my work requires a wide array of skills and I’m able to wear a different hat every few hours, because I thrive in an intellectually challenging environment where I’m constantly learning something new. Most of all, I love that I get to work with and for compassionate human beings who treat one another with respect.

In my spare time, you can usually find me: I live on the mainland with my son, Eero, and fiancee, Charlie. We frequently hop across the bridge to Anastasia Island to play tennis, visit the Farmer’s Market and walk and swim at the beach. We love to bike, walk and dine in our amazing neighborhood, the historic district in St. Augustine, Florida - the nation’s oldest city. At night you can find us out listening to live music at any number of the local restaurants. We love supporting local artists!

Post-pandemic, I am most looking forward to: Hiking in Scotland and New Zealand with my 14 year old son, Eero!

Favorite past and future travel destination: I love so many places for different reasons but if I had to choose a few, they would be: Norway’s fjords for breathtaking scenery; Helsinki, Finland for best urban design meets pristine nature; and the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France near Montpellier for perfect Mediterranean living.

360° Photographer / Drone Master / VR Video

Sasha Checeinitsky

Why I love what I do: What I love most about my job is the ability to capture moments in life and immortalize them using cutting edge technology and the highest industry quality standards. I also like traveling and seeing the world from a new perspective while capturing its unique beauty.

In my spare time, you can usually find me: Spending time with my family and my two year old son, as well as continuing to research and educate myself about all things in visual arts.

Post-pandemic, I am most looking forward to: Going to concerts and being around people.

Favorite past and future travel destination: Italy, especially the Amalfi Coast. My bucket list destinations are the Galápagos Islands, Greenland and Mongolia.

Watercolor Campus Map Artist

Beverly Colgan

Why I love what I do: When I was a child, the Los Angeles City School System issued all students their supplies. Every year I was thrilled to get my new Prang watercolor set with a good brush. So I have been painting watercolors all my life and I still find new ways to do things. Working with a medium that can be a little out of control until the final stages is challenging, absorbing and fun. Map making needs to be accurate but the depiction of water, landscapes and landmarks can allow for creativity.

In my spare time, you can usually find me: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzles.
Constructing a map is very much like solving puzzles. Every detail needs attention and I am very happy being focused and concentrating.

Post-pandemic, I am most looking forward to: Spending lots of time with my grandchildren, seeing my friends, lingering over conversations at dinner parties, and taking my sheltie, Rafa, to his training club.

Favorite past and future travel destination: My husband, John, and I met at the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts, at the Palace, about 30 miles south of Paris on a summer program. Falling in love in France, in such a beautiful place, was the wonder of my life. John is a retired architect and he helps me with the layout and drawing of the maps. Next summer I am looking forward to walking on the tidal flats of Cape Cod Bay with John and
my family.

Virtual Tour Developer

Ben Maares

Why I love what I do: I am a passionate and dedicated person who loves challenges and enjoys working in an environment that motivates me, promotes the constant learning and improvement of my skills. Using the latest technology trends and devices along with my knowledge to materialize clients ideas to deliver the best online user experience gives me great satisfaction.

In my spare time, you can usually find me: Spending time with my wife and son, going to the beach, taking photos, flying my drone, riding and watching motocross and doing lots of BBQs.

Post-pandemic, I am most looking forward to: Visiting my hometown in Germany, seeing my family and being able to have a drink with them!I have travelled to different places and I have seen amazing landscapes around the world, but the one I remember dearly is the Niagara Falls which was me and my wife's first trip together. We went during winter and the view was gorgeous, we were able to see the falls covered in snow looking like it had miniature glaciers. Even though we were freezing the whole time it was worth it. I would like to visit Africa and to go on a journey to observe and photograph wild animals.

360° Photographer / Drone Master / Still Photographer

Todd Marti

Why I love what I do: I’ve always been a people person. Being able to collaborate on so many different projects has given me the opportunity to work with many great people and to cultivate lasting friendships. I enjoy being challenged, overcoming obstacles and delivering an exceptional product. I love to travel because I get to find new places and people to inspire me. After more than 10 years as a freelance photographer, I continue to be passionate about the art of photography. The challenges I face and the creative nature of my work teach me the meaning of contentment every day.

In my free time, you can usually find me: In the ocean. Living close to the beach has its benefits. I enjoy waking up early in search of a beautiful landscape to admire and photograph, usually around water. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. If the surfs up its pretty simple, grab a board and paddle out and get a few fun rides. If the surfs not doing its thing I normally like to spend a few hours on or around the water with a paddle board, on the beach or going for a walk with my wife and dog. Love a matcha green tea, healthy food, good conversation and listening to all kinds music. I’m always up for an adventure.

Post-pandemic, I am most looking forward to: Getting back to traveling and seeing my friends and family. Looking forward to moving past the social distancing thing and being overly careful with everything. And of course ditching the mask.

Favorite past and future travel destination: I really cherish Hawaii. It’s been a big part of my life, having lived there a few times. The sheer beauty of the islands and aloha spirit that’s present makes it a wonderful place to be. In the future I look forward to spending time in Europe with my wife and being able to experience the different cultures.

Our Affiliations

We are members of associations and partners with companies that are key players and innovators in the industries we serve. Would you like to partner with Circlescapes? If so, get in touch and let’s chat!

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