Lance Fitzsimmons, Montpelier, Idaho Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Lance began photographing at 18 after graduating from high school when he started a summer job working for his father who specialized in environmental and celebrity portraiture located in Newport Beach, California.
He first started fulfilling orders and making deliveries.One day his father gave him a Rolliflex medium format camera and told him to go out and take some pictures. A week later, Lance came back with several rolls of film he shot and after reviewing the results, his fathers aw such raw talent that he started Lance in an apprenticeship program that lasted 2 years.
Lance also started a brief apprenticeship with Rick Malmin specializing in product photography before Rick's tragic death in 1987.
Since then, Lance has done his own work including celebrities, portraiture, weddings, catalogs, real estate, horse shows, special events and was the official livestock photographer at the LA County Fair in 1991 & 1992. In 2007 Lance was documenting drag racing events for Full Throttle News and has covered the Mile High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado and the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals in Boise, in 2008. Lance has been covering drag races for 1320 THE MAGAZINE. Events include the Winternationals in Pomona, CA, The 50th annual March Meet in Bakersfield, CA and racing events at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, CO.
Lance photographed William Shatner, Patrick Duffy, Martin Cove and other celebrities when he lived in Southern California.