Featured Photog: Stephanie Fisher

Meet this week’s Featured Photog…

Stephanie Fisher

Stephanie Fisher Photography

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Tell us a little about yourself in just two sentences and include a picture of yourself.

Hello!  My name is Stephanie and I have a beautiful little girl, Hannah, who is about to start the 1st grade!  I absolutely love the beach, Starbucks and my full time photography career!

What do you shoot with and what is your favorite lens and why?

I currently shoot with a Nikon D3S.  My favorite indoor lens for newborn and portrait sessions is my 50mm 1.4 and for outdoor portraits I typically use my 85mm 1.4 exclusively.  I’m a prime girl!

When did you start shooting for fun and then move to shooting professionally?

Well, I have been shooting for fun since I was probably 5.  I received a little 110-film camera and it went everywhere with me and always couldn’t wait to get the film developed to see what I had captured!  By the age of 8 I was lining up my neighborhood friends and family for their own little photo shoots.  This love continued through college (and I was always the one known to have a camera at all times!) My love really blossomed once Hannah was born and I purchased my first DSLR in November 2006 (Nikon D50).  I really started to grow and focus more on portraits and then I started officially portfolio building in May 2007.  At the time I was still working full time in the financial industry but got laid off the Monday after Christmas almost 4 years ago, decided to take a leap of faith and go full time with my photography career and never looked back.

Are you formally taught or self taught?

I am self taught though I credit much of my learning from online forums and a couple of workshops and seminars that I have attended over the years. My degree is actually in International Business and Spanish!

What is your specialty and how did you decide to specialize in that area of photography?

I specialize in newborn and child portraiture.  When I first started out I was always extremely nervous when I got a newborn inquiry but once I worked more and more with babies I completely fell in love with it.  I love the unique challenge that comes with each little one that comes to our studio.  It’s amazing how much those little ones change during their first year and I absolutely love being able to document it.

How many sessions are you shooting a month?

I typically shoot an average of 20-25 sessions per month.

On average how long to do you spend editing each session and do you listen to music while editing or just enjoy the quiet?

If I am completely secluded and in the zone I can rock out a session in about 2 hours.  I typically edit on my couch with the TV in the background.

What is your favorite part of the process? Shooting, editing, etc.

I do love shooting- I enjoy meeting and talking with the families so much!  I do have to say I love editing as well.  I typically am editing the session about a week to two weeks or so after the session so it’s like I get to relive that day of the session and I find myself smiling as I think back to the day of the session.

What is the best marketing tool that works for you or was a total waste of time?  Do you advertise in print?  Do you offer referral bonuses?  If yes, please share a little.

A huge free marketing tool is Facebook.  Simply tagging your clients can help to put your work in front of others.  I do advertise in a couple of publications as well and I have always had a great response.  These are publications that are in all of the children’s shops, doctor’s offices, hospitals, etc. so it goes directly to your target market.   I do also offer a referral bonus- our clients receive a $30 credit for each friend that books a session.

What do you do to “stand out” from surrounding photographers that you’re competing with?

I think one of our biggest things that makes us stand out would be the relationships that we build with our clients.  I feel like I have made so many wonderful friends in my 5 years of being in business as well as my fab studio manager Mandy.  I love them all dearly.

What do you do to help a client come out of their “shell” during a session?

Since I mainly photograph little ones, we always let the toddlers hang out for a bit in the studio and have a chance to check everything out and really warm up.  This also helps me get to know them and their personalities so I can capture that perfect “real” smile and look during our session.

What do you struggle with the most?

My studio manager would say that I struggle with overshooting!  I am notorious for overshooting during a session but sometimes our clients are just so darn cute that I can’t help myself and then it makes it very difficult when I have to narrow down my favorites.

How did you find your style? Any advice to new photographers on how to find their own style?

I have always loved the more clean and simple look and as many others- we’ve all been inspired in one way or another by the amazing photographers that are out there.  I have dabbled with other styles/actions/etc. and always find myself going back to what I originally loved.  It’s just me. Get out and shoot what you love and find your own style!  It’s amazing how it will just come to you.

Please share your favorite image and tell us what makes this your favorite?

I spent an amazing day with this couple for the birth of their first child.  About a week later I met them again for the baby boy’s official newborn session.  I completely fell in love with them.  Then sadly just 7 weeks after the little one had arrived, Carrie (the mom) was killed in the tornado that hit here in Alabama 4.27.11.  This photo always reminds me how precious every moment is and how important our job as a photographer is.

Can you show us your shooting space?  If you are shooting inside can you show a simple pull back shot or lots of images if you have a large studio.  If you shoot on location please share an image of you favorite location.

I have a little white cottage house studio located in Alabaster, Alabama right outside of Birmingham.  I have been there for 2 and a half years now and just love having my own space.

Please share an image of your Prop stash!  This doesn’t have to be an organized space just an image showing off your addiction.

I have tons of hats, headbands, wraps, baskets, etc!  It’s an obsession really.;)

Is there anything you would like to promote?  Maybe a mentoring you offer or any side projects.

I do offer newborn mentoring sessions at our studio in Alabaster, Alabama (Birmingham)

What is the best piece of advice you would give to a new photographer?

Take your time.  First and foremost, learn your camera and get out there and practice.  Take the time to really learn the business… perhaps attend workshops and seminars and really know the business side before jumping in.  There is so much more to this business than just taking great photos and many don’t realize that!

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Thank you for sharing your work with us, Stephanie!

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Tara Barnes - August 10, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Such beautiful work!

Trish - August 11, 2012 - 8:55 am

S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kat - August 14, 2012 - 11:35 am

Your photos are absolutely spectacular!

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