I wanted to become an artist when I was 6
Many people ask me how I became a photographer. I would love to share my journey to inspire you to follow your dreams.
I have never forgotten the magical moment I visited my first art gallery when I was 6.
I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the art in this wonderland. It felt as if every beautiful painting was coming to life. I wanted to live in this magical moment forever.
When I got home, I told my mother I wanted to become an artist and create beautiful art for the rest of my life. I remember she said, "Whatever your dreams are, as long as you put your hard work into them, they will come true."
I spent most of my childhood drawing and painting. It gave me so much joy living in my imagination. It gave me the freedom to be true myself.
I also achieved many young artist awards for my art.
Life can be so cruel.
Everything I am today is because of my mother's loving energy, believing in me and encouraging me to explore my talents and imagination. She made me believe nothing in this world is impossible for a willing heart!
When I was only 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed with late-stage cancer, and she passed away within 6 months. I was beyond devastated!
My father cancelled all my art classes. He had a more practical approach to life and wanted me to have a secure financial future. I remember he told me, "Shan, you won’t be able to make a living as an artist. It’s not realistic.
He encouraged me to focus on my study with the hope that I would become either a doctor, lawyer or accountant and live a 'successful life'.
I followed my father's advice and studied at a school of economics to become an accountant. But I never had any interest or talent working with numbers. I loved working with people, so I found a job as a marketing assistant after I graduated.
I purchased my first house when I was 22 years old, enjoying financial freedom that allowed me to travel and support my family. My father was proud of me. I thought that was what a successful life means.
But every single day there was a voice inside my heart saying, ‘Shan, is this what you want to do for the rest of your life?’
Was there a job out there in the big wide world that I would ever be passionate about?
But every single day, there was a voice inside my heart saying, 'Shan, is this really what you want to do for the rest of your life?'
Another voice inside was saying, “Oh Shan, just be grateful for what you’ve got and what you’ve achieved, and accept this is how it’s going to be”. I had a conflict going on inside, and every day I was questioning myself.
I decided I should do something I felt passionate about as a hobby to take my mind off such questions.
In 2003, I joined the local photography society. I bought a simple digital camera and spent most of my days off taking photos. It gave me so much joy! I was surprised that I kept winning the monthly competitions and I won the club's Photographer of the Year award.
One day my manager told me, "Shan, I don't think you have a passion for your job." That hit me hard. I was a hard worker, and I completed all my duties in a professional manner, but I didn't understand what passion meant. Was there a job in the world that I could be passionate about?
The voice inside my heart was saying I want to become an artist and do something I am passionate about every day, but I was so scared to make a wrong decision. What if I fail. What if I disappointed my father.
Not a day goes by without me thinking about her. My mother holds a place in my heart, filled with loving memories and warm, loving energy that permeates every aspect of my blessed life.
I felt she’d been telling me all these years: “You only live once! Follow your dreams with no regrets!”
During that time, I met and fell in love with David. I knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I still wanted to travel and further my education, as well as becoming an artist. I had applied to study at the University of London and I had been accepted.
I asked David if he would be willing to come to live in London with me? He told me I should follow my dreams, but that his life was on the Island. I felt sad and lost, but I knew I had to follow my dream.
So I took the leap of faith... and jumped
There isn't a day that passes when my beautiful mother doesn't cross my mind & soul. There is a place in my heart my mother holds, filled with loving memories and warm, loving energy that comes into every aspect of my blessed life... I treasure each and every photograph of her.
I felt she was telling me all these years: Hey darling girl, you only live once! Follow your dreams with no regrets!
I took a leap of faith. In 2007 I decided to quit my job, sold my house and followed my dreams to become who I was born to be. I knew I had to make this decision for better or worse. Even if I failed, I would know that I had tried and done my best.
I always wanted to experience life at university and have my own company. I set up Shan Fisher Photography and went to study Marketing and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London.
The change in my life was hard at the beginning. At that time I had my camera, my dreams and so many unknowns...
I invested the money I had from selling my house into my photography company. I went from financial freedom to relying on student grants from the government. I served at restaurants during weekends to get extra funding.
But I was so happy that I finally become the perosn I want to be & doing something I love every single day.
So, I took a leap of faith. In 2007 I decided to quit my job, sold my house and followed my dreams to become who I want to be. I knew I had to make this decision for better or worse. Even if I failed, I would know that I had tried and done my best.
The change in my life was hard at the beginning. All I had at that time was my camera, my dreams, and so many unknowns...
I invested the money I had from selling my house into setting up my photography company. I went from financial freedom to being dependent on student grants. On weekends I worked as a waitress to earn extra money. But I was so happy that finally, I was becoming the person I wanted to be and doing something that I loved every single day.
For my first year of university, I worked day and night on mastering my craft and building my photography business. I was so passionate and excited about my new life.
On Christmas Day, David proposed to me.
David proposed to me on Christmas day while I was on one of my visits back to the Isle of Man. He told me he wanted me to follow my heart and whatever decision I made he would be by my side. I returned to the Isle of Man after I graduated. We were married in 2009, and we became parents in 2013. We are now living in this beautiful little island in the Irish sea called the Isle of Man with our two little boys
My main goal was to have a beautiful studio space where I could welcome my clients and make them feel at home
I continue to upgrade my skills, I often attend international workshops to enable me to innovate and deliver the best for my clients. It’s also a great excuse to travel!
When I started, I was lugging all my photography gear to and from clients' homes for baby photos. I started working from the corner of my bedroom in 2013, when I had my first son.
I photographed newborn, baby, maternity, and even cake smash sessions (I can’t even think about how messy that was!). I believe my clients come to me because they trust me to create beautiful photos and memorable experiences for them.
My dream was to have a beautiful studio space filled with natural light, where I would be able to welcome my clients and make them feel at home, ready to relax and enjoy their photoshoots.
But for me, nothing touches my heart more than capturing people's precious moments, creating those timeless & emontional storytelling photographs of their lives!
I was the winner of the AFNS, an international competition for photographers in the field of Newborn and Maternity photography.
My wedding photography has been featured in many international magazines and wedding blogs worldwide.
In 2019 I was selected to be one of the teachers of the international Newborn Photography Community.
Today my clients entrust me to capture their precious moments. My students travel from far and wide to my little island to learn from me.
I am living my dream and be doing something that I am passionate about every single day, running my successful photography business and enjoying time with my family, my two little boys and husband.
A little inspiration
My success is not only due to the dedication and hard work I put into my business every day, but also the education I have gained by investing in myself. I am grateful for all the mentors and educators who have shared their knowledge, skills, and experiences with me, enabling me to learn and grow.
Many people ask me how I achieved my dreams and success in business and in life. I see many new business owners facing the same challenges I had when I set up my business. I knew it was now time to share my knowledge, skills, and entrepreneurial experiences to make a difference in other people's lives, and to inspire them to achieve their dreams.
''Dreams are dreams until you wake up and make them real''
A little about me.
- I belong to the Ocean. The Ocean always gives inner peace.
- My Chinese name Hoi Shan means Ocean Coral. Please call me Shan.
- My favourite food is seafood.
- I live on a beautiful little island surrounded by the beautiful Irish sea.
- All my favourite places to the holiday are by the sea.
- I was a ballet and ballroom dancer.
- I love cooking and love hosting dinner parties with friends at home.