We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Pfaff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
One thing that people outside of the photography industry probably don’t realize is how much work and knowledge goes into creating beautiful portraits. From the outside, it may look like we just have fun and click a button, but we have to know the best settings for our camera, angles, composition, posing, all while keeping the experience fun for our models. Then, we spend hours carefully editing the images to perfection!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art centers around the feelings of vulnerability and discomfort. I am most proud of being chosen as a CADD Fund finalist in 2020 for my series called “Outside, In”. This series tests the viewer’s comfort level because they are images of people inside their homes shot from outside of their windows. I want the viewer to question whether or not these images are posed, and if watching people through their windows without their knowledge is a violation, or a natural instinct. I am so excited to hold a solo exhibition for this series of work (hopefully by the end of 2021). I have big plans for this exhibition, and several pieces will be interactive, so I am hoping that once COVID numbers start to go down, I will be able to host the show. I officially started my photography journey in High School where I took my first photography class. My high school teacher, Christine Coleman, helped inspire my love for photography. I was encouraged to enter competitions, take the AP Studio Art class, and go to many photography conferences where I honed my skills and increased my knowledge of photography. I decided to continue my education at the University of North Texas where I studied photography and earned my BFA in Studio Art in 2019. The journey hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been fun. My wonderful teachers, coworkers, mentors and classmates have helped me along the way and made me the artist I am today. I am eternally grateful for all of the people who have walked in and out of my life, and for my fantastic education (thanks mom and dad!).
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.
If my best friend came to Fort Worth for a week, I would take them to Magnolia Street to eat, drink and shop. There are SO many great patio restaurants and bars in that area, so I definitely feel safe going there during COVID. I would also have them check out the Arts District- The Kimbell, The Amon Carter, The Fort Worth Modern, and more! I love how much art we have to offer here in Fort Worth.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
High school teachers: Christine Coleman John Skees College professors: Thomas Leininger Dornith Doherty Paho Mann Gustavo Plascencia Kristina Smith