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Art & Life with Katie Fisher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Fisher.

Katie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Even as a little kid, I loved taking photos. My family was always going on fun trips and documenting those memories on film. I loved hearing the shutter click, and still to this day, I love that sound. In high school, I took a film class and got to develop my own black and white and color photos. I learned a lot about photography (composition, history, functions of the camera, etc.) and and around that time, I started to think more creatively on how to get unique shots (also to make sure I got an A+ in that class) 🙂 When I went off to college, I got my hands on a Canon camera and I took that everywhere. I used to be a lifeguard and swim instructor at that time, and I kept getting more and more into photography to the point I decided I wanted to make a switch into the photography field. I got a job as a sales photographer, and once I saved up my paychecks, I upgraded to a professional grade DSLR. In 2009, I knew it was time for me to turn my hobby and passion into a career and I haven’t regretted that!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a portrait and wedding photographer, although I do other types of photographic work for several other companies. I photograph cars for Turo (peer-to-peer car-sharing company), action sports photos for Endurance Sports Photo, Marathonfoto, and others.

When I decided to take my photography to the next level, I started out photographing musicians and live shows, then expanded my portfolio to include, nightlife, events, and weddings. I began shooting for The Daily Aztec, SDSU’s student newspaper my Sophomore year of college. I contributed to the paper until I graduated with a BA in Journalism with and emphasis in media studies. I shot football, basketball, featured stories, and concerts. I have experience shooting in the studio photographing families, infants, maternity, graduation, school, and engagement portraits.

My goal is not only to provide quality, affordable photography, but to leave a lasting impression on my clients. It’s about the experience not just the photographs; that’s why I set the bar high in professionalism.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
I’d say work with what you have and once you’ve earned some income from your photography, then apply that towards taking photography classes or attending workshops and lastly upgrading to new gear. Never stop learning!

There’s a lot of lenses and cameras to choose from out there, and depending on what you’re shooting, you may not need all of the bells and whistles. What’s really important is the practice, and the experience you gain as opposed to the expensive equipment you have.

Don’t let gear envy get the best of you! There’s always something better out there, or a newer version, more expensive etc. but that should not define you as an artist. Keep learning, sharing, and try not to compare yourself to other photographers. Your eye is unique, and you can create a style that is all your own.

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Photo of Katie Fisher by Melissa Wenger Photography

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