We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Rhone Fancher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexis, what do you attribute your success to?

Passion, planning, persistence. That’s what the left side of my brain shouts out. Inspiration, creation, the magic that happens between photographer and client, my right brain insists. Oh, yes. There’s trust. Both sitter and shooter enter into a contract: The sitter will open their soul to my camera, give me a peek to what’s inside. The photographer will honestly record what I see, searching for the client’s inner truth.

I’ve had a camera in my hand since the age of ten; I like to think of it as an extension of my hand, attached to my brain, short-cutting all the usual red tape. I want my client to look at the finished photos and say “This is how I see myself!”

I prefer to shoot in my studio in San Pedro. I control the light. The surroundings. Shooting in the studio gives me a measure of control that allows me to concentrate on nuance, the small things that add up to a great portrait photo or candid or action shot.

Often, though, shooting on location or in nature has its perks. There’s less control; light/shadow/surroundings. Room for a different type of “happy accident” – the moment when everything aligns; subject/light/background, resulting in the alchemy of a perfect portrait.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a creative artist I often mix genres. In each of my published poetry collections my photos play a prominent role. I love the interplay of poem and photo, how they inform each other. I’ve also provided cover art for many literary magazines and journals, including The Pedestal Magazine, Pithead Chapel, Spillway, The Chiron Review, among others. And I had a 5-page photo spread in River Stix. Then, there’s the studio work. Seriously playful. Formal, yet fun. I love exploring the relationship between sitter and photographer, how I never know what will happen. I call it a “happy accident” – that moment when the magic happens. It never ceases to thrill me.

Want to book a photo session with me? Weekdays and weekends are available. Send me a message via my website: www.alexisrhonefancher.com, or email me at: alexis@lapoetrix.com

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Grand Central Market for an early breakfast. Then we’d head to Union Station, that art deco delight. After, a drive from one end of Sunset Blvd. to the other. Destination: The beach! A swim in the balmy ocean, then a nice nap on the sand. Watch the sun set. Then home to shower and dress for dinner. Maybe Italian cuisine. Or a dreamy evening at Perch. Next day, The Broad Museum, then down Wilshire to LACMA. Lunch on the Miracle Mile. Next day, we’ll brave LA traffic and drive to Topanga, that winding, delicious canyon where I grew up. A bit of nostalgia, and back to the city. Maybe drive to Senfuku in San Pedro for the best sushi in town. Do it again tomorrow…

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Photographers Arthur Tress, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, Imogen Cunningham, Mary Ellen Mark, Arthur Stieglitz, Sally Mann, Salgado, Man Ray – each has had a profound influence on my work.

Website: www.alexisrhonefancher.com

Instagram: @hotnovelist

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexis.fancher/

Other: Poetry Editor at Cultural Daily: alexis@culturaldaily.com

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