We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea of Adventure Pup Photography was something I never considered until a short time before “opening” doors. I have always been fascinated with photography and only recently purchased my own camera. I relied on my phone’s camera at first, but bought an actual one to improve the quality of my photos. I started out as a landscape photographer and eventually added my own dogs to the photos when I needed a foreground subject. When photographer friends gave feedback about how great they were, I decided to look into the dog photography market to see if there was anybody that focused on “adventure dog” photography (there was virtually nothing out there). So after doing a lot more research and practicing, I felt that I was in a good place to establish myself in the niche of adventure dog photography!
What should our readers know about your business?
Adventure Pup Photography was created as a way to create impactful art for your home. When I did a photography audit of existing businesses here in Colorado, most everyone was focused solely on the dog – meaning there wasn’t a whole lot of consideration for a background. Because Colorado has such beautiful landscapes, I felt like there was a lot more to capture in a photo. What I provide is more than just a dog photo – it’s a story about your dog and your place in Colorado, and how it’s often hard to tell the narrative of one without the other. As a result – we don’t blur out backgrounds like most everyone does – the images I provide tell a complete story. Getting to this place wasn’t easy, though. I come from a web development background, but I didn’t really know what it was to run a business and do marketing. I can set up a process for everything, but I had to learn what kind of process I had to set up for establishing a new business, learning a new skillset in branding and marketing, and ultimately trying to stand out in the crowd of other photographers. As unfortunate as it is, photography is really only 25% of the work I do when it comes to Adventure Pup Photography. Because of my experience in web development, and the interest in growing my business, I’m considering a career pivot to digital marketing – because it’s a future-proof career and is something that will ultimately help Adventure Pup Photography grow. It can also help generate income in other ways like creating services for other photographers, but ultimately I want to learn as much as I can to really help Adventure Pup thrive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It really depends on which friends! I spent most of my life in Kansas, where there isn’t a whole lot to do. When a friend visits, we usually hit up a spot that isn’t too technically challenging and doesn’t have a whole lot of incline, and perhaps something that isn’t too long either. We hit up spots closer to home like Red Rocks Amphitheater and Chautauqua Park, but also drive along the highways going into the mountains and end up in places like Guanella Pass or Winter Park. We’ll check out what events are happening – anything from concerts, comedy shows, or festivals going on in the area. We’ll see if there are any games being played. Concerts mostly, though! Food-wise, it’s a challenge. Being a vegan, I have my favorite spots, but it might not be too thrilling to my carnivorous friends. City, o’city is a top place, So Radish is an excellent option, and even Native Foods are great places to land. We’ll also hit up Fire on the Mountain for wings, or Denver Deep Dish for a bit of pizza pie.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give my shoutout to a group of photography acquaintances from Instagram. What started out as a “pod” to help with each other’s engagement became a social club of sharing photography tips and tricks, providing constructive criticism, and sharing information about how to provide more impactful photos. Without them, I wouldn’t have grown to where I am today. I also have to give a shoutout to my wife, who got me into using an actual camera for photography. She is a birder and became a photographer as a result. Her initial camera purchase got me hooked on improved photo quality and prompted me to do more with my work.
All photos credited to Adventure Pup Photography