Today we’d like to introduce you to Elle Fitzgibbons.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started photographing people while away at college – I’ve always loved capturing the essence of an individual. My first attempt at school didn’t work out, unfortunately, so I moved back to St. Louis around 2015.
I was intrigued by fashion, so I began implementing my love of it in my portrait work. Instagram was how I’d come across different models and other photographers! I built up a side business this way while working full-time at various places.
I’m most recently proud of beginning a blog on nonbinary & transgender portraits/fashion, called Infinite Spectrum (@infinitespectrumblog on Insta). This is my absolute passion, and I am hoping I might travel the Midwest soon collecting more portraits of unique folks.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has honestly not been an easy path. I do struggle with bipolar depression, so I experience ups and downs in mood/self-confidence. There was a year while working at a hotel bar, where I didn’t photograph at all.
I felt defeated at the time. But I did get out of that environment and pick back up my camera when I had a few friends requesting my services.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am known for colorful, usually 70s-inspired fashion portraits.
I am most proud of creating this blog on nonbinary fashion, being out in my community as bisexual/nonbinary, and simply sticking with photography itself. St. Louis has a lot of incredible artists, so there is much competition.
But what sets me apart is my eye for detail and complementing colors.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I’ve learned I absolutely deserve a rest at times, and I shouldn’t be harsh on myself and others during a pandemic. We all are surviving major historical events and changes.
- $200 / hr for a headshot or portrait session.
- Website: Www.ellefitzphoto.com
- Instagram: @Ellefitzphoto
- Twitter: @Ellefitzphoto