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Meet Teresa Fazio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teresa Fazio.

Teresa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I would like to be able to say that I have “always wanted to be a photographer,” like so many others, but my journey to photography came later in life.

I started out as an attorney, but between family and a move from the US to Australia, I found myself working part-time and spending a lot of my spare time scrapbooking. The more I scrapbooked the more I realized that I actually enjoyed taking the photos more than anything else. I bought my first “good camera” (I am a Canon user) in Australia. Unfortunately, the salesman at the camera store talked me out of the full frame that I wanted by telling me that the camera I was looking at was “too heavy for a girl!” Consequently, I quickly outgrew my first camera (although I still tend to keep it in the bottom of my purse so that I have a camera on me at all times) and moved up to a full frame that I had wanted in the first place.

I spent a lot of time devouring online photography courses and learning as much as I could about lighting, posing and all of the technical parts of my camera. I attended workshops and classes with some of the big names in photography and worked hard at honing my skills. I still wasn’t planning a career in photography. It was just something that I loved to do.

When I moved back to the US friends started asking me to take photos for them and in 2013 I officially opened my photography business as a senior portrait photographer. I found that I absolutely loved working with this age group; they are so full of life and fun and just starting out on their life’s adventures. Since 2013 my business has grown steadily and I have been fortunate to have been voted “Best portrait photographer,” in Broomfield’s Talk of the Town Awards two years running! Although the majority of our work is senior portraits and that will always be our main focus, we also offer headshot and branding sessions and more recently have started offering weddings (although these haven’t made an appearance on our website yet as our “wedding launch” is planned for later this year.) In the last two years, I have shot over 40 weddings!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have been pretty fortunate in my photography journey. Most of my business has come from word of mouth and repeat clients. There is an amazing community of female photographers in Denver who have been both a source of inspiration and support.

The biggest struggles for me were, and continue to be, keeping on top of all of the paperwork that comes with running a small business. Between making sure that insurance is up to date, sales taxes are paid, location permits are obtained, accounts are done, contracts are in place, marketing and advertising are done, website and social media is updated, meeting with clients for planning sessions, etc. etc., I definitely spend more time dealing with the day to day business of running a studio than I do actually taking photos. At the moment, it’s just me and my assistant but I hope to start being able to hire someone to delegate this too soon so that I can concentrate on the creative side of my work.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
At Teresa Fazio Photography we specialize in senior portraits. We are known for our personal service. For us, our service is all about the client. We start by inviting our seniors to come and visit us so that they can tell us exactly what they are looking for. We take the time to sit down with our seniors to plan their session, get to know them and put them at ease. I feel that it’s really important for seniors (and anyone else having their portraits taken) to meet with us before the session so that, at the very least they know who they will meeting at the location and have spent a little time getting comfortable with them. I believe that nobody should have to turn up to a session having never met the person who is about to take their photos. We plan everything from bringing pets (in which case we need to bring treats and sometimes squeaky toys) and incorporating hobbies to choosing the perfect locations and outfits. We really do go out of our way to accommodate any requests that the seniors have and do our absolute best to make sure that the photos represent each senior as they want to be seen. There is no one size fits all when it comes to portraits, every client is unique and we tailor our sessions to each individual person.

As we expand into weddings, we will continue to take this approach. As a photographer, I am always going to be about getting the shots that are important, but that has to be balanced with the fact that it’s my client’s wedding day and that the most important thing is them and what they want their wedding day to look like. I will always meet with my brides as many times as they want to meet to go over all of the little details so that they are completely comfortable with every aspect of their day.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in London. I was always pretty outgoing and loved the arts. I was in theater, choir, played a violin (badly), danced (my first actual job was as a dance teacher), played all kinds of sports and at the same time loved to read and learn. I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer when I was eleven – I know – pretty nerdy!

My parents were always incredibly supportive of me and still are. I am truly lucky to have absolutely amazing parents.

I was an only child but had a close-knit circle of friends that might as well have been family. We are still incredibly close over 40 years later and living on different continents.

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