Lissa Hatcher's award winning photographs are highly conceptualized and choreographed productions full of fantastic characters in imaginary places. Working as a photographer, art director, and editor, it is often whispered that her shoots look like tiny movie sets where characters play out scenes like actors.
Lissa Hatcher describes her process:
"Most of the time I start from a dream or a character just shouts at me in the middle of the grocery store. I'm not saying I hear voices, but I hear voices. Once I decide an idea is strong enough to become something, I let myself think about it. I might let myself sketch it, but usually will save this step for later. Then I ask myself, 'What would you need to shoot this and how much of that can be caught in camera? How can I make it real?' This is the step where giant teacups and mermaid tails are born! Then comes casting the characters and collecting props. Getting cozy with a character is next. I try and live a day in their life. Who are they? What makes them tick? This step leads me to writing.
Now I will sketch, find a location, shoot, then edit…."
Lissa Hatcher is an award winning photographer, painter, and writer specializing in Surrealistic Fairytales. She has received awards from Kodak, Fuji and other industry leaders, with features in American Photo Magazine and Kodak.com, and a variety of other publications. Primarily self taught, she received certification as a Master in Photography from the Professional Photographers of America in 2011.
Lissa continues pushing boundaries by combining photography, costume design and paint to create mixed media pieces and writing short stories about her characters which will ultimately be published as a children’s book. After traveling the globe with her military husband, Lissa, a true Florida native, returns home. These days, you can find her making thoughts into things in Tampa, Florida.