CONNOR FISHER

I have always been intrigued by the way a company markets and brands in order to sell their products. My cousin used to market for the PGA and he inspired me to learn the numbers side of business marketing. Two years into my marketing degree, I fell in love with the creative side of marketing. In a design class, I was offered a design and photography internship at a creative agency. That is where I really found my love for photography. I like the way marketing, design and photography all work together. I am able to pull from all three areas when pursuing a project. Where I am today is largely due to saying "Yes" to all the opportunities I have been offered. Being open to trying different jobs, and being willing to "fake it 'til you make it" has pushed me to learn new skills every day. For example, I took a job as a designer but had very little knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. The job forced me to become proficient in a short period of time—something I never would have learned if I hadn't said yes to that opportunity. Photography has been something that has always interested me; however during this last semester, I have really been going full-force with it. I am excited to find a job that allows me to combine my interest in the areas of marketing, design and photography.

 

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Confidence in my own eye and style is something I have to continue to develop. It is hard not to compare myself to other photographers. Comparison can really shoot down confidence. Something that has really stuck with me came from @illgander—a photographer friend in Portland who really has a killer eye and style. He said, "You should only look to other photographers for inspiration, not comparison. The only thing you should compare your work to is your work." Looking at my own photography from just six months ago in comparison to today really gets me pumped about where I am going with it. Every day I go out and shoot, I strive to shoot better and more creatively than the day before. I am still finding my style and confidence; however, one positive comment on a photo or one model's positive reaction keeps me excited about where I'm going and encouraged that I'm heading in the right direction.

 

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I could go on forever about Hailee. She is truly an amazing person. She is a bubbly, happy girl with a kind heart. I enjoy shooting with Hailee because she is willing to to try crazy, creative ideas I have for the shoots. Shooting with her is a breeze because she knows what she looks like through the lens. There is an effortlessness to her posing that is a photographer's dream. Those qualities are what I look for in a model. Where I am in photography today is largely due to the opportunities she has given me. She was the first model to give me a chance to shoot, and she gave me pointers when I was starting out. She has always been very supportive of me. Hailee allowed me to accompany her on a few shoots with Lucas Passmore and Jared Thomas. Both Lucas and Jared were kind enough to share their knowledge and insights. I am grateful to Hailee for the opportunities she has given me and the doors she has opened for me, and to Lucas and Jared for taking the time to help me.

 

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Both Lucas and Jared talked generally about the industry in very honest terms. They also shared about their inspiration and workflow processes which helped me refine my own workflow and the way I approach shoots. Lucas showed me how to shoot raw with a black and white picture style to check the contrast quickly before reverting back to colour in Lightroom. It is a really simple trick that helped me focus on one of the foundations of a good photo. Simply the chance to watch both of them shoot, and especially to see how they interact with models and use their surroundings to their advantages was an amazing opportunity to learn from two photographers killing it in the industry right now.

 

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I tend to shoot a combination of Brandy Melville vibes and streetwear. I am always a sucker for denim. Anytime a model brings a jean jacket or ripped jeans, chances are I'll shoot them in denim at some point. I would really like to start shooting a higher fashion feel but that is definitely more of a challenge because of what it takes to conceive and prep an idea. I am not a huge stickler for the clothing the model brings because I love creating different looks with the options they bring; it's like a fun puzzle.

 

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I would say one of the most challenging aspects of my work so far is that I haven't found a style of photography that I love. I am grateful for this because it has pushed me to shoot a variety of different styles. In shooting different styles of photos, I have really learned the foundations of photography and it has made me a more well-rounded photographer.

 

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I am very optimistic about the future. We live in an age where every brand needs to create a lifestyle, image, and story around their brand. I think there are so many opportunities out there. It is both exciting and nerve-wracking to have so many options. It is like a blank page. I am graduating from Azusa Pacific University this May with a degree in marketing, a minor in graphic design. I now have a love for those subjects and for photography as well. I look forward to finding a job where every day I can be excited about putting my passions and talents together. --If you're reading this and hiring… Hire me! Ha.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Most certainly, everyone's hover board catching fire.

 



















01 // Hailee Keanna // haileebobailee
02 // Holly Horne // holly.horne
03 // Ella Sophia // elinbarseghian
04 // Uncredited
05 // Hailee Keanna // haileebobailee
06 // Carly Preusse // carly_preusse
07 // Hailee Keanna // haileebobailee
08 // Ella Sophia // elinbarseghia
09 // Hailee Keanna // haileebobailee
10 // Carly Preusse // carly_preusse
11 // Ella Sophia // elinbarseghia
12 // Hailee Keanna // haileebobailee
13 // Kim Rose // kimmie_roseart
14 // Hailee Keanna // haileebobailee
15 // Sydney Web
16 // Taylor Hotter // taylornicolehotter
17 // Holly Horne // holly.horne
18 // Kim Rose // kimmie_roseart
19 // Krystal Preiss // krystal_preiss

 

Connor Fisher // connorjamesfisher // connorjamesfisher.com

 

JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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