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WELL, HELLO THERE!
I’m Lisa, the gal behind the photography side of Rare Island.
I get asked a lot about what drives my passion for photography and it always comes back to intricacies…I love bringing out the tiny details…a hint of mischief caught in a grin, a glint in the eye of a loved one, a sudden burst of laughter. I’m inspired by sweet and simple moments; the playful looks and the quirky expressions, inside jokes, those powerful, endearing qualities that only love is able to bring out.
I love capturing the sorts of moments that make you grin from ear to ear, photographs that make you feel the same way you did when they were taken, transporting you back through days, through years, through a lifetime, kept alive by the joy of the faces and the spark of places held inside them.
I’ve always been enraptured by stories, reading them, writing them, living them, capturing them. The imagination and creativity involved is like nothing else. If you’ll allow me, I’d love to tell yours…
I love… Sarcasm. Hot air balloons. Jazz music. Science fiction. Thrift stores. Unusual words. Quirky socks. Marionettes. Palaeontology. Classic films. Writers who use pseudonyms. Travelling. Libraries. Pistachios. Cinematography. Telescopes. Getting caught in the rain. Trains. Hoarfrost. Nineteen-twenties fashion. Quotes. Abandoned Buildings. Breakfast at 3 a.m. and lists. I LOVE making lists, to do lists, lists of short term and long term goals. If it can be made into list form, it will be.
I doodle on everything. A five-year-old once asked me if I wanted to be a professional doodler when I grew-up. I was twenty-three at the time and if that were a real job I would have highly considered it.
I remember the exact moment I knew I wanted to be a photographer. I was eight, teetering on the edge of a canyon, overlooking Lake Louise, in Banff National Park. The sun was reflecting so brightly off the water that it danced in the sky above it in a brilliant haze. It rippled as the wind blew, the spines of the immense trees barely bent by the force. The breeze on my face, the warm rays on my skin and my brother pestering me in the background. The whole trip up he talked non-stop about how he was going to be a photographer for Equinox Magazine one day. Every other month he had a new future plan. Before photographer he wanted to be a cartoonist and before that it was a paleontologist. The entirety of his first day was spent taking photo after photo of various animals and mountainous scenery. He spoke of how amazing it would be to get paid to travel around the world and take pictures, and they were nice photos, however I didn’t feel anything when I looked at them, but as I stood there, staring down into the water, I knew that if someone could capture a moment instead of an image that they would have the power to hold a memory in their grasp for ever and if they could do that, they could create something truly incredible. I've been viewing the world through that lens ever since and all it took was deciding that I could be a they, if only I allowed myself to see the moment instead of the image. Not long after did my mother have to come to me to borrow back her old Pentax. I was addicted to capturing the moments in people’s lives and the feelings of a place rather than merely being present. I wanted to save them and to share them.
“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.” – Agatha Christie. Now there’s a lady that knew what she was talking about.
When I’m not taking or editing photos you can probably find me curled up with a cup of tea and my laptop, writing. If I were asked to choose between photography and writing I don’t think I could do it. So, instead I weave them together as often as I can.
I love animals! They’re weird and delightful and they have the power to improve any mood. I feel like the only thing I use the internet for is adorable animal videos. I have a cat named, Hufflepuff, a chubby ragdoll whom I adore and am more affectionate towards than most people. I honestly don’t know how long I’d survive without a cat.
My inspiration list is vast, though these individuals are at the forefront of it: Nikola Tesla; James Stewart; Audrey Hepburn; Douglas Adams; Oscar Wilde; Dean Martin; and Neil Gaiman. Arbus, Leibovitz, Worthington, and Hoops are people of countless photographic inspiration to me.
I love collaborating and am up for trading services with people in all industries and walks of life. I really just love creating new and exciting things. If you have an idea, pitch it to me. I’m up for anything!
Now that you know a little about me, if you feel like we’d be a good fit, send me an email, shoot me a text, stalk me on Facebook, find me on any social platform you prefer and let me get to know you. Nothing makes me happier than connecting with new friends.