We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Fletcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katie, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One of my favorite quotes that has motivated me throughout my life is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” This used to be my affirmation when I played competitive sports in highschool, but as I started my journey into photography I took that same energy with me. There are so many naturally talented and gifted photographers out there, but without putting in the hours of hard work and dedication to honing your craft or growing your business, you won’t get where you want to go. Talent really only takes you part of the way.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the things that I am really proud of in my photography is capturing authentic moments between two people. So many clients come to me and say that they are really awkward, and they’re nervous about the photos, but I have put so much work into developing a “system” of helping people relax and enjoy their time in front of the camera. Another thing I really love to do in my work is capture someone’s relationship while also capturing the beauty of Colorado. I started as a landscape photographer, so blending these two loves of photography is so rewarding to me. I had someone once describe my work as “National Geographic, but make it weddings” and I was seriously so flattered by that compliment! I have learned a lot of things on this journey. Mostly that you really can’t compare where you are to someone else. Comparison is so hard in the photography industry, and it’s easy to fall victim to that imposter syndrome, but if you stay true to yourself and focus on your own work, you really will start to see your own growth.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The places we would eat: Tony P’s Pizza for drinks and delicious italian food, Toast Fine Foods for my favorite breakfast ever, Dirt Coffee for pastries and caffeine! If we were wanting a night out on the town, we would hit up Broadway and go to Barry’s for drinks and pool. Down the street is the Pie Hole for late night slices! If we wanted something fancy, we could hit up the haunted Melting Pot in Littleton. For things to do, I would definitely take them to Upstairs Circus to make crafts and have a drink. We would of course have to go out to the mountains for a photoshoot, so we would probably end up somewhere like Rocky Mountain National Park or somewhere up in Boulder. One of my favorite areas close to Denver to explore and hike is Roxborough State Park and Waterton Canyon! To get some culture, we might go to the Denver art museum.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I seriously cannot imagine where my photography journey would be without the incredible educational group Cultivate, which is run by McKenzie Bigliazzi and Victoria Saint-Martin. This is the best group I have ever been a part of on Facebook, and I’m in a lot of photography facebook group! These two are mentors that offer this group so much, including coaching and affordable online learning. They really helped me elevate my business. I joined this group before covid hit, and it seriously helped me expand my business so much further.

Website: www.katiefletcherphoto.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katiefletcher_photography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katiefletcherphotography/

Image Credits
Cat Granger Photography (Headshot) Katie Fletcher Photography (all others)

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