I started taking pictures years ago, not just because I loved photography, but because a gift of them was given to me… amazing portraits of my daughter after her stillbirth in 2007. Yes you read that right. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who died in my womb two weeks before her due date. A volunteer professional photographer came to photograph her so I would always be able to remember every detail of her. Daddy's lips, her mommy's nose, the swirls in her beautiful brown hair, her striking resemblance to her older brother… those moments that happened all so quickly that would soon be fleeting from my minds. The moment I had to say hello and goodbye to Jocelyn all at once…forever captured in such a beautiful and magical way. I wanted to be able to give that gift to others and freeze life's precious details for them. Not just in these moments of sorrow but in the moments of joy. That is my job. That is why I love my job. I get to capture the joy of your family through my lens. Other then spending time with my own family, nothing fills my heart with more happiness.
With that said I think it's important to know who is behind the lens of your portraits. To start you should know that I cannot be held responsible for my cheesy childlike behavior around babies. I love them all! My maternal instincts especially go into high gear with the sound of a crying newborn.That distinct cry if not soothed quickly crazes me to the point disfunction. Older babies are a bit easier. I just act like a complete fool to instantly win them over. I have one son, Owen, who is the light of my life and can also attest to this crazy behavior in moments to get him to laugh.
Some other random tidbits about me - I am a firm believer that family and God come before everything else. That raising your children is the most important job you will ever have. And that it is more important to be kind than it is to be right. I hate spiders and bees. I love nature and homemade chocolate chip cookies. So much so I have perfected the recipe for the soft sweet treats. I try not to bake them more than a couple times a month because when I do my indigence of them can be slightly irrational. I believe that life can be hard a lot of the time. But also believe that the most difficult things in life are the things that teach us the most.
So I hope that is who you see behind the lens of your portraits and memories. I am Lisa Quinn: baby fanatic, photographer, mother, chocolate chip cookie monster.