Wow, you guys. 2016 was simply put…insane. It was insanely amazing, beautiful, crazy, stressful, and awesome. It started the way all years do, in January. We visited two of our favorite places in the world, Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado. While we were vacationing, we went out looking at land, which wasn’t far from our normal. We’d been looking for land to purchase since we started dating in 2012, however, we weren’t prepared to fall in love with one in particular. When we stepped out of our truck onto our now ranch, we felt it. We were home. There were eagles flying over the property, elk tracks, quietness, and of course, the mountains. There was also a voice saying, “You’re here. You’re home.” I (Tay) resisted that voice. I was scared to leave our home in Conifer––our safe one acre home that we had worked so hard to renovate and love. After five years of living in Colorado, my siblings had finally decided to move out here with me and now we were moving further from them again. I spent the next 3 weeks (yes, 21 days…that’s how long it took to list and sell our house, buy a camper to move into, and move everything to the ranch) crying and terrified. I knew we were supposed to make this move, but everything in me wanted to stay safe and complacent. However, I discovered a quote that said, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” For the next few months, that was my motto. By March 1, we were moved into our camper, Lois, and wondering what in the world had just happened. The rest of the year was filled with renovating the 1800’s cabin on the property (amazing blog post with reno images to follow in March), restoring all of the buildings at the ranch for our chicken coop, hay shed, and storage, purchasing a tractor, and building an arena and barn for our horses.
Just two weeks before we were going to finally move our horses, the inspiring reason behind buying our ranch, to the 43 acres, our sweet horse, Timber, fell ill and passed away suddenly. We had never ever dealt with anything like this as a married couple. The death of a pet, I would never wish on my worst enemy. The death of a horse, something so majestic and perfect, hurt physically. Every bone in our bodies felt this loss. We cried for weeks, but moved Finn and eventually, through grace and the big heart of a friend, we were gifted an amazing horse, Legend.
In June, we had a freak couple of weeks off (which never happens for photographers in the summer), so we took advantage of that time and went to Alaska for a couple weeks. It was unbelievable, and everything we had hoped for. Mike had gone in 2010, riding his motorcycle from Denver to Deadhorse, AK, but was amped and ready to go back for a relaxing vacation in the mountains! Check out our blog here : Fishers Take Alaska 2016
In September, we got to witness my mama marry her college sweetheart, Ted. Our trip back to West Virginia was a much needed refresher: there’s something about going back to your roots and being reminded where you came from and where you’re going. Poor Mike got put to work, but documented their wedding day perfectly (I love you!) I gained a stepdad, stepbrother, stepsister, and became a step-aunt (that’s a thing, right?) to Miss Emery.
^^Photo credit :: Lauren Webster Photography ^^
And then of course, our passion and career, the blood in our veins, photography. We had the honor of being a part of some amazing moments last year: we met incredible families and documented exciting moments between mothers, daughters, sons and fathers. We watched our couples welcome their first born into the world. We made new friends, reconnected with old friends, and passionately documented over 30 weddings across the state of Colorado and up to Oregon.
(We purchased a photo booth, which has been so much fun for our couples, their guests, and our own personal entertainment.)
This year may have been one of the most insane, but it definitely takes the cake for one of the most memorable either of us has had. The goals we set for ourselves in January 2016 far surpassed what we ever thought we’d accomplish both in our personal lives and in our professional lives.
To our families : thank you for your unconditional love and support for our crazy dreams, crazy schedules, and crazy house projects. We couldn’t do what we do without you.
To our friends, old and new : thank you for being there for coffee dates, hysterical phone calls, hilarious selfies, and being such a huge part of who we are.
To our 2016 couples: y’all are incredible. We can never thank you enough for inviting us into your lives and allowing us to serve such an intimate roll in your wedding day. It’s an honor we take very seriously and we cherish each and every one of you.
To the families who invited us into their homes: your trust and excitement for what we do and how we capture your loved ones is astonishing. We are continually humbled by your actions when you open the door to your home, offer us a coffee, and let us work our magic. Thank you for being you and for allowing us to play a small part in your lives.
To our 2017 couples: this is your year and it’s going to rock so hard! We are thrilled and honored you have chosen us to be your wedding photographers.
^^Photo Credit :: Autumn Twilight Photography ^^
We love you all!
Thank you, once again, for allowing us to pursue our dreams and do what we love. Capturing you and your lives brings us more joy than you will ever know.
Mike and Taylor
One of the first books I ever read about starting a photography business was Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders. One of the stats that he presented shook me and stung: “In the 1st year, 60% of photographers give up their business. Of that remaining 40%, another 25% will fail within the 2nd year. The ones that make it are the remaining 15% who endure through the 3rd year.” I knew statistically there was a 15% chance of my succeeding as a full time professional photographer. However, in my heart of hearts, I knew there was no other option for me and I had to dedicate myself to make it past that 3 year mark with 100% certainty that I would be able to live my dream. Today, 1,097 days later, I made it.
August 29, 2015, three years ago, seemed like forever away, but was a day I was going to look forward to or be terrified of. In my fear-stricken mind, there were numerous and unsurmountable obstacles that I was going to face that would cause me to be part of the 85% of new business failures. On Saturday, something popped up in my newsfeed. It’s the middle of year three wedding season, and I don’t have much time to be on Facebook, but occasionally, I will be alerted of something I posted years back. Normally it’s monumental, like when Mike and I got engaged and when we bought our house. However, this status that had only received twenty-some-odd “Like’s” and maybe 2 comments, popped up in my newsfeed:
“Finally.” That day 3 years ago had been one of the scariest days in my life. I had just walked out of my corporate office job and went right to the bookstore to get all the business, marketing, and photography books I could find. I was sick, physically and emotionally a train wreck. Giving up a steady income with health insurance and travel benefits was sickening. Mike and I had only been dating for about 6 months when I called him and said, “I just quit. Can you come get me?” Mike and I had just spent the weekend prior camping and chatting about our future around the campfire. When the topic of pursuing photography full time came up, Mike asked what I was waiting for? I didn’t have a good reason. “I’m scared…? I won’t succeed…? People won’t like me or my work…?” I didn’t have a solid reason for why I was in a job I didn’t like merely lusting over the idea of running my own business.
The day I walked out of my comfort zone, we packed up our car and headed to Ouray and Telluride to business plan, logo design, and begin this awesome journey. The whole weekend was a whirlwind of excitement and terror and I didn’t sleep for more than 3 hours the whole weekend. Fear crept into my heart and I wasn’t sure that I had made the right decision. Was I being foolish? I had no income now. No health insurance. No security. And the worst part, no one knew about me or my business. I was TERRIFIED. Two days after I started the Facebook page, we hit 100 likes and I nearly cried. I just stared at the likes. 100 people thought my works was something noteworthy and believed in me.
Today, 3 years later, I couldn’t be more stunned and amazed by the fact that I get to live my dream of being a Rocky Mountain photographer in Colorado. In 3 years, we’ve shot nearly 75 weddings and have played one of the most intimate roles on couples wedding days. We’ve been there to witness new little additions as families grow, meet new parents who want their most sacred moments with their children cherished, and have watch our couples say their vows and promise themselves to each other. I can’t express how emotional and deeply honored and humbled I have been in the last 1,097 days. Thank you to all the people who have been a part of this journey with me! I love you all!
Throughout the year, Mike and I tend to keep our religious views to ourselves. However, during this annual blog post that recaps the year, we like to give a huge thanks for all of the blessings we’ve been given throughout the year. Primarily, we want to focus on those of you who invited us into your lives in 2014 to share in some of the most intimate moments during the most exciting times. This year was by far the biggest and most exciting we’ve ever experienced together. From planning our own wedding and honeymoon, to running our businesses, doing home renovations, and planning for 2015, we have been eternally blessed by the good Lord and those of you who have come into our lives and touched our hearts in one way or another. We realize how fortunate we are to do what we love on a daily basis. However, we could not do what we love without the love and support from those of you who have hired us to be your photographers.
To our 2014 brides and grooms who are now husbands and wives: from the bottom of our incredibly full hearts, thank you a million times for inviting us to spend some of the most precious, exciting, and intimate moments with you. We are forever grateful for the tears, laughter, and intimacy you have provided us in the last year. From wedding morning jitters, to saying ‘I do’, to what you thought would be an awkward engagement shoot, to being there for your first look, thank you. We can’t express the amount of emotion we’ve been so blessed to experience over the course of the last 365 days. Thank you for being so patient with us during our own wedding planning and being so loving and understanding when we took two weeks for our honeymoon!
To all the amazing families of these couples we’ve had the utmost honor of meeting and working with, thank you for all you have done not only for us, but for your children and their partner as well. You make our day of “work” seem like a party and a half!
To all of the beautiful and lovestruck couples we have the pleasure of seeing again in 2015: thank you for trusting us and having us be a part of your upcoming wedding day. We all too well understand the excitement, nerves, and whirlwind of emotions you’re feeling during the beautiful wedding planning journey. To you we promise that we are joyfully elated for your big day in 2015. We can’t express how important it is to us, not only our business, but to us personally, that you have chosen us to be there with you when you marry your best friend. 2015 has it coming with some of the awesome weddings lined up!
We love you all and are so excited to see where life takes you!
Mike & Taylor Fisher
Red Rocks & Hiwan Homestead | Sometimes, photo shoots don’t go as you plan. The model and the photographer spend a lot of time planning on where to have the shoot and coordinating schedules. For Christian’s senior portraits, this was the exact case.
Christian’s mom, Laura, had told me he was planning on bringing his skiing equipment and a Ferrari to his shoot. I was pumped! Coming up with a place to shoot that was both rustic and outdoors (for the skis) and safe for a Ferrari to drive on was a challenge and I was ready for it. After we all did some scoping, we played around with several locations, all of which either had an immense amount of roadwork or were closed due to the floods back in September. However, we didn’t learn a lot of this until we were already pulling into these locations! Needless to say, we had to scurry and think creatively and fast!
When I suggested Red Rocks to Christian for the Ferrari shoots, Mike suggested that once we left there we could head to the Hiwan Homestead for some great shots of Christian with his ski gear. Now, anyone who’s ever been to a Red Rocks concert knows it’s incredibly insane and traffic is…well, at a dead stop. However, we were so lucky that there wasn’t a concert going on that night because we found an empty parking lot that gave us the freedom to shoot wherever and however we wanted. Afterwards, we headed over to Evergreen to finish up his senior shoot right around sunset.
I am so grateful that Christian (and his mom!) were so patient and willing to roll with the punches. Sometimes it’s rain, sometimes it’s a pimple, and sometimes every location you pick is under construction. As a photographer, your job is to cooly roll with the punches and think creatively at a moments notice. I’m so excited that we got to meet and work with Christian and Laura on such a beautiful fall evening!
Evergreen Lake, Evergreen, Colorado | I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love shooting senior photos! When Jeremy said he wanted to have his pup, Ellie, in his portraits I was thrilled. That’s what senior photos are about, you and your life! Now, I know full well that having your photos taken by someone new is foreign and can sometimes make you nervous, but add in your favorite four-legged family member, and suddenly you’re having a blast and someone’s capturing it!
Jeremy was so much fun to work with because of his incredibly optimistic and fun loving personality.He had no fear when I told him to throw his head back and laugh, dangle from a tree, and hang over the fast flowing river in Evergreen. He has a huge smile and passion for life that I could tell just from chatting with him for a couple hours. He’s planning on going to college in Colorado for education and I wish him all the best during his senior year and pursuit into the teaching world in college!
Lair O’ the Bear, Evergreen, Colorado | I love senior portraits. Seriously, they may be my favorite to shoot! When I met Larissa last week at Lair O’ the Bear for her senior portraits, I asked her what kind of music she liked (to get everyone laid back) and the first song that came on was ‘Call Me Maybe’ (which is a guilty pleasure of mine). Larissa immediately stated that this song made her laugh and I knew we were in for an awesome shoot!
Now, I don’t think senior portraits are necessarily scary, but Larissa was totally fearless! Maybe it was the actress in her but if I had told her to bounce up and down, wave her arms in the air and sing ACDC, I think she would have done it. Alas, I didn’t do that, but she was asked to climb a tree, play in a river, pose infront of a restaurant full of people, and flush a medieval toilet. All of which were completed with a huge smile on her face!
I adored learning that Larissa has an incredible love for animals which is leading her to Washington to study Environmental Sciences. We also share a love for Shakespeare which can always strike a conversation leading to anywhere other than Shakespeare. I’m so excited to have worked with you, Larissa, and I’m so excited for the roads ahead of you! Have an awesome senior year!