photography

In the traditions of fine art and documentary style image making, my focus is on humanity. I am interested in details and emotion, nuance and whisper, where the blur and the focus meet. I ask the questions, observe infinite detail, tease out the underneath. The camera captures evidence for the shared experience, for what you have entrusted me to see—a gesture in time, a milestone in lineage, an exchange, an opening, an unknown or a (re)claiming, the capturing of a message. The images created reflect the spoken and unspoken dialogue, and may include conceptual portraits as well as images that reflect movement, relationship to place, life observed, distinctive features and subtlety of style.

PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION OPTIONS

PROJECT-BASED WORK:

Custom quotes for short or long term projects, from conception to execution. I am best suited for subjects of intimacy, sensitivity, vulnerability, connection and rising. Contact me directly via the contact form below and together we can work to create imagery to share with the world that meets your project’s intention with vision, grace and impact.

PORTRAIT SESSION:

Conceptual, candid or documentary style image making.

Individuals, families, lovers or friends.

Portrait sessions are personal. I have realized over the years that there is no formula that works perfectly well for everyone, so I prefer to work up custom proposals for all of my clients.

Consistent with all sessions, we start with a pre-session questionnaire and conversation (by phone, Skype or in-person) to discuss concept, intention, vision, location and logistics.

Most sessions are between 1-4 hours of shooting, on location in my client’s homes, studios or an outdoor location. During our session, we allow time for shifts, pauses, inspirations, nourishment, pacing and wardrobe changes. We proceed with presence, with conversation, with connection; allowing for whatever needs to arise. We feel things. I get close and I respect your boundaries. Anything can happen, laughter, tears, interaction, fun. Most of my clients will tell you that it feels easy. In the end, we meet our intention to create lasting, potent, beautiful images.

All professionally edited and artistically enhanced digital files, with an agreed upon number of images, are delivered in both web and print format, both in an online digital gallery and on a flash drive, within 30 days of the session date.

Portrait session fees start at $850

MATERNITY. BIRTH. NEW.

Maternity, Birth and Newborn Sessions bring together my rich experience in mothering, pregnancy, labor and postpartum support to the art of documenting this most transformative time in your life. I have attended over fifty births, in home and hospital settings, as a supportive friend, doula, midwifery apprentice and labor and delivery nurse. The profound call to presence that a new life brings is unparalleled and I am honored to be with you to support and capture this profound and precious time.

MATERNITY SESSION:

Maternity sessions are precious, real and raw–much like growing a baby. My goal is to offer my pregnant clients the opportunity to rest into the mystery of what is happening, because it is so very much.

Included in a maternity session is a pre-session questionnaire and conversation (by phone, Skype or in-person) to discuss intention, vision, location and logistics.

Maternity sessions are around 2 hours at a single location, with pacing for pauses, inspiration, nourishment and wardrobe changes. We take our time and begin with sharing a moment of silence and intention setting for what we are hoping for from our time together, and welcoming your growing baby into the process. We proceed with presence, with conversation, with connection; allowing for whatever needs to arise within you and your baby to be witnessed and remembered. It is a gentle and easeful process. We feel things. I get close and I respect your boundaries. We create lasting, potent, beautiful images together.

All professionally edited and artistically enhanced digital files, approximately 30 final images, are delivered in both web and print format, both in an online digital gallery and on custom flash drive within 30 days of the session date.

Maternity Session Fee: $850

BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY:

I love the moment of a new being arriving into this world. For many years, I thought I was meant to be there as a caregiving professional. I later realized that my role was to witness, to hold space and to create a tangible reminder. I now offer raw real documentary style images of your labor and birth. With the experience and capacity to be in and support the atmosphere of the birthing room, I am uniquely suited to capture your birth with reverence, with respect, with knowledge and with intuition. I am familiar with the nuance and nature of the labor and birth process and I strive to document the love, power, divinity and connection for you to remember and preserve.

We meet before the 36th week of your pregnancy to set the intention and vision for your birth images. As we prepare to share a deeply intimate milestone together, I offer all the time necessary for you to feel at ease and trusting in my presence at your birth. My intention will always be first and foremost to contribute to the supportive, reverent atmosphere of the birthing room and to capture images that tell the unique story of your baby’s arrival and your transition into a new iteration of family.

I am on call 24/7 to document your birth from the 38th week of pregnacy. I arrive once you are in active labor and stay 1-2 hours post-delivery. I am comfortable at home, birth center or hospital.

All professionally edited images (approximately 80-100) telling the story of your birth are delivered in both private online gallery and on custom flash drive within 30 days of your birth.

From a recent client:

The moments you captured are so powerful, and viewing them truly does reveal some new nuance to that day that I’d be unaware of before.  They are a gift, and so very precious to me.  Thank you for sharing your skill and experience with us, and for doing so in with what appeared to be fueled by awe and a generosity of presence.  Your presence that day was a gift to our family. Thank you for being willing and able to hold space with us at such a tender time … I’m telling everyone I know to use you for birth photos!”

Birth Photography Fee: $1200

* 10% discount currently offered to Santa Barbara Birth Center and Santa Barbara Midwifery clients.

* I love this work, deeply and truly. If you feel called to have me at your birth, and cost is a concern, please open the conversation. Payment plans and creative proposals are always possible.

NEW SESSION:

New sessions capture the newness of your expanded family. Shot in the first two weeks after the welcoming of your new baby, we create images of your new family member and the connection you share. This is not a “baby in a basket” type of session. We capture the tender, truthful and beautiful reality of the postpartum time. You receive stunning portraits of your new baby and loving documentary style images that remember the unique and precious time that is the “baby bubble.”

Up to 2 hour unhurried session at your home.

All professionally edited and artistically enhanced digital files, approximately 30-40 final images, delivered in both web and print format, both in an online digital gallery and on custom flash drive, are delivered within 30 days of the session date.

New Session Fee: $850

PHOTOGRAPHY INQUIRY

Questions? Ready to book? Use this form to inquire about a photography session.

A deposit of $250 is required to book a session. Deposit will be applied to the session fee.

Session fees apply to sessions scheduled in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. I love to work outside these regions, in the US and abroad, and welcome the opportunity to design a custom travel quote.

Hair and makeup available upon request for additional fee.

Professional prints and printed products offered separately.

Custom quotes available for varying time investment and image yield requirements.

Please note: RAW files are NOT shared with clients, no exceptions. Final selections and editing is the sole discretion of the photographer, and an important step in the artistic process and the completion of our intended vision. This is professional standard practice and critical to the integrity of our work together.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Last Cut

A photo documentary book project about those big life decisions {last cuts} made to bring us closer to living truth and more freedom. Intimate portraiture following artist Samantha Paige through surgical explant and the deep inquiry after, for one year.

CLIENT REFLECTIONS:

The experience of being photographed by and working with Lisa, as we documented a year in my life through Last Cut, is hard to describe in words. She has provided stability and softness to the process of birthing my latest artistic expression. Her dedication to the heart and intention of the project has been profound and steadfast. She consistently evaluated and adjusted to what was called for in order to capture and express every moment in time, feeling, transition, block and breakthrough. She knows how to gently and accurately tease out an unexpressed feeling and share the essence of a tender moment, and then communicate what transpired beautifully through her imagery. She knew when to provide support and stillness and when to ask the questions and guide movement forward to remain in integrity to the greater vision of Last Cut. Lisa has been there in the moments when I needed reassurance and support in breaking through artistic and personal walls, and has also been wholly present to celebrate and embrace the victories. Her integrity and work ethic are stellar, and her heart, vision and love for the creative process and the art are pure and golden. I am infinitely grateful for the support and stewardship over this past year, and unbelievably proud and humbled by what we have birthed together with Last Cut. Lisa bears witness to life’s full spectrum in a most beautiful and powerful way.

~ Samantha Paige, Artist

Have you ever felt so safe with someone that you were willing to travel to places within yourself that you never even knew existed? That is what it’s like to be photographed by Lisa. In our short time together my armor was stripped, my insecurities took a hike and all that was left was pureness of heart. I felt truly seen during our session together and the photos reflect what her heart sees. My soul was elevated that day.

~ Stacy de la Rosa, photographer

I have worked on photo shoots as a hair and make-up artist for the past 19 years. I can tell you that it is always a joy to work with a photographer that you respect professionally as well as enjoy on a personal level. I recently had the pleasure of working with Lisa on a shoot in the lovely Ojai Valley. I was continually impressed by her creativity and keen sense of balance, light and beauty. As a bonus, she is a delightful, gracious woman, bringing humor and a positive, relaxed energy to everyone on the shoot. It was one of the most enjoyable shoots I’ve been on. I can only hope to work with her more!

~ Donna Gast

Lisa captures light. It’s a rare gift. The light within us. That’s my reflection on our time together. She captured the light within me.

~ Michelle Madrid-Branch, Soul Journalist, Author & Advocate

My photo shoot with Lisa was a delight. She works very intuitively but with a foundation of skill and knowledge to fuel her artistic choices. She asked a series of intelligent questions about what I desired in my photos and really heard what I was looking for. On my vision, she delivered 100%. She is a wonderful combination of deeply artistic and perfectly grounded. She knows how to bring out the beauty in people in a very honest way.

~ Safia Ohlson, writer & intuitive

Our session with Lisa was magical! Our session was in direct partnership with nature complete with a beautiful outdoor backdrop, the rising sun and the crisp morning air.  Lisa is a gifted photographer and our time with her resulted in vibrant and soul filled images that are a direct reflection of who we are as a couple!  You can feel the love and connection between us in our photos and Lisa was a direct part of capturing our deep connection during our “Rite into Light” session.  Our final images were spectacular!

~ Melissa and David

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