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Conversations with the Inspiring Shanna Fisher

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

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I was always around creative people. My mother always had my sister and I in artsy activities from a young age and her love of a photo class she took in high school was an inspiration for me to take a photo class in college. I loved it and from there I haven’t stopped. I started by taking photos of friends which led to actors, musicians, etc. I transferred to college in NYC to pursue photography full time, graduating from the School Of Visual Arts. I stayed in NYC for years until LA called me back and have been a working freelance photographer ever since. I’m so lucky to work doing what I love.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think there is a smooth road during freelance life but if someone has found it please tell me how! Every challenge makes you stronger. Persevere and push thru. When I feel down, I try to shoot or reach out to potential clients to get momentum. There is no set schedule when you’re freelance and you’re always chasing paychecks but you have a freedom that you don’t have with a regular job.

As far as photography goes, it’s still a pretty male-dominated field. It’s definitely changing but change takes time. I think more people are conscious now of inviting women and minorities to the table and hopefully, it keeps up like that. My advice to young photographers is to shoot and shoot more!

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I’m a photographer. I primarily shoot portraits- entertainment, fashion, music and have been branching out into advertising. I think as a freelance artist, I am most proud of my perseverance. I think of myself as a problem solver on shoots. I try to set my subjects at ease and make the shoot fun for them and for me. Trust is one of the most important factors when photographing people. You all must put trust each other! Also, when working with a team, I love to collaborate and give others the freedom to bring their skills to the shoot and make magic together!

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Get an education in your field of interest. It could be in school or out in the field, but knowledge is power. And then, pursue your interests! Network with other like-minded people. Work hard and have fun. Be a good person and stand up for yourself.

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Image Credit:
Ajiona Alexus, Leighton Meester, The Driver Era, Emery Kelly, Ross Butler, DeRon Horton, Serayah

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