Lisa Richmond’s joy is in capturing life’s milestones in all their natural beauty. Exuberant while she works through a long photo shoot, Richmond maintains a warm relationship with her subjects, all the while composing wonderful backdrops to take advantage of natural light. At the same time, she is adjusting her camera lens to the best settings.
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With her subjects relaxed and enjoying the experience, Richmond is able to record their emotions, whether it is high excitement or quiet reflection.
Shooting in natural light is a specialty all its own but Richmond has mastered it. She loves the outdoors and finds that natural light flatters people’s faces. Richmond does not use a flash. Instead, she works with an assistant who is trained to use a reflector to balance light.
Richmond has been photographing since she was a girl.
“I first became a photographer because of my love of light,” she said. She studied photojournalism at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in New York. She learned how to tell a story while remaining inconspicuous. She also studied photo illustration, learning how to direct a shot by adjusting placement, movement and light.
She brings much more than camera skills to her photography. When she was young, her family moved often. Richmond developed her mother’s ability to make friends easily and form lasting relationships. She learned the business side from her father, who was a financial planner.
Before settling in Pollock Pines, Richmond worked in the Bay Area as a recording artist and band manager. That experience honed her organizational skills and fired her creative energies.
Living in Pollock Pines with her husband, Jeff, and their children, Richmond is able to work in her home studio.
She has several location sites, from Tahoe to Sacramento, that she uses regularly for her photo shoots. Weather is seldom a problem. She has photographed in rain. Some of her most original work has come out of the challenging circumstances of unfavorable conditions.
When Richmond talks about capturing life’s milestones, she means all of them — large and small, celebratory and serious. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays make up a big part of her business. But there are others, and not insignificant either — a family enjoying a day at the beach, a young boy snowboarding, a couple with their first newborn.
And there are the times of facing difficulties, such as discovering how deeply a couple loved one another when one is diagnosed with a critical disease.
On a sunny winter day, Richmond spent the afternoon with Shawna Huckaby and her stepson Ben and son Sam.
Shelley Morford, who also relates easily with children, assisted with a silver-colored reflector. Ben, 6, was diagnosed with cancer in July 2012 and was undergoing treatments. Watching him run and climb hills, using all his energy, she caught his strength of will and determination. In photos by himself, in a tender moment with his stepmother and with 2-year-old Sam, Richmond said, “I was so thrilled to capture Ben’s beautifully spirit and wish him a clean bill of health.”
Richmond said that as a photographer, her success depends on liking what she does, taking really good care of people and having a great camera and lens.
She loves to travel, and always with her camera, taking photographs of people in different cultures and recording different backdrops.
To contact Lisa Richmond Photography visit lisarichmond.com or call 530-644-7980.