What Is Beauty Photography?

Hello beautiful people!

What is beauty photography? I get this question a lot at my seminars. To me, beauty photography is a glamour-type portrait from the chest up where the model is showcasing makeup, skincare, eyewear, jewelry etc, or showing off a makeup artist/hairstylists creativity. I found this quote on Google and I loved it:

Beauty photography is a more modern version of glamour-style portraiture. The objective of a beauty session is to reveal your inner and outer beauty, your presence, your femininity and your personality while providing you with an experience like no other!”

Beauty photography is also a great genre of photography for us photographers to practice with studio lighting. You can add gels, snoots, gobos, multiple lights, using a macro lens to get really beautiful close-up shots of the eyes, lips, etc.

When I am working with new models or models who haven’t done beauty photography before they always ask me, what do I wear? A bandeau, strapless bra or I have had girls who have shot with me before and were comfortable wear pasties but all you need is a strapless top. And if you don’t feel comfortable with that, that’s okay too! A misconception with beauty photography is that you need to be nude from the waist up, That is NOT true. If you and the photographer discuss beforehand when they send you the concept and moodboard and you also feel comfortable then yes absolutely. You can wear pasties and get beautiful implied nude shots showing off side boob which can be so striking. But again, this should be discussed before you show up to the shoot.

Now, I know concepts can evolve during the shoot. It happens to me all the time. BUT when it comes to nudity or removal of clothing, that should be discussed before the shoot has even begun.

If a photographer, male or female, tells you that you need to be nude from the waist up for beauty photography; that is a lie. You can use a macro lens and crop in. And if you get a shot with some clothing, you can always edit it out. I know us photographers hate the whole ‘Oh you can just photoshop that’ but when it comes to this, yes we can. If you are comfortable being nude or wearing pasties then yes go ahead. If you’re comfortable with your photographer and their vision that’s great! But please remember no photographer should force you to remove clothing if you do not want too. And you CAN say no, you CAN say you’re not comfortable. I had a shoot with a young girl for beauty photography who wasn't comfortable putting her straps down and you know what? That was completely okay! I can crop in and photoshop if I need too.

Since I am on the subject I want to write a few things about photography etiquette. Whether you are male or female, you should always ask the models if you can fix anything on or near their body and/or face before you do it. I always ask.

What can you expect with beauty photography? A lot of fun! I always work with the makeup artist and we typically start off very natural and this allows the model to get into a groove and practice facial expressions and using their hands as I find thats what models say they find hard with beauty photography is where to place their hands. After the natural shots we start having fun with makeup! Sometimes we get crazy, sometimes we keep it clean. There are so many possibilities and thats the fun of it!

Beauty photography is one of my favourite genres, I love experimenting with light and getting to work with so many talented artists.

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo


How I Got Into Photography; Where It ALL Began

Hello Beautiful People!

I have been working with so many new people these last few weeks and everyone has been asking me this question so I thought I would do a blog on how I go into photography for all of the new people joining my journey!

I first began to have an interest in photography during my grade 10 year of high school. I had to choose two classes to gain credits for graduating and I had 3 choices: Computers, Art or Photography. I was already taking a computer course and didn’t want two back to back classes of computers. Art? Well I can’t draw. So all that was left was photography. I remember thinking to myself ‘Photography is so easy, all you do is click a button. This will be simple.’ Boy was I wrong! I had no idea how hard photography was but during that first class I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.

That entire semester I couldn’t wait for my beginner photography class. Every day I would count down the hours until it was time for class! I couldn’t stop thinking of photography and what we were going to learn each lesson. Once that semester was over I remember my lovely photography teacher Ms. Price saying she would do an after school class if any of us were interested. I immediately wanted to be a part of that class. What teenager wants to stay after school? NOT MANY! I finished my intermediate course in photography the second semester in grade 10.

Grade 11 came along and I took the advanced course of photography. When it was time in Grade 12 to pick a credit course, I had completed the three photography courses so I could have a spare. But I wanted to keep learning. So, Ms. Price created an ‘Advanced +1’ course for me. I learned more photoshop and I absolutely fell in love with it. I remember during parent teacher interviews that Ms. Price told my parents that I had a natural talent for photography. She encouraged my parents to get me a camera and thus my first ever Canon, the Canon 40D. I named her Chanel (and she is still on my shelf!)

When it came time for everyone in grade 12 to start thinking of college or university, everyone was going to be a doctor or a teacher some even lawyers. I can’t count how many times I got scoffed at or not taken seriously because I wanted to do photography. But I am so glad I did. When people found out I was going to apply to Grant MacEwan College, because it was a college at that time, I was laughed at and mocked.

I took a year off to work so I could pay for University myself and was finally accepted into Grant MacEwan University (because it became a university that year ha!) I enrolled in the Design Studies program. I remember the photography classes were full and I was so crushed that they put me in Motion Image for my second year. But if enough people dropped out I would be pushed up on the list. I think I was 3rd or 4th on the list. Every night of that first year, I prayed and prayed. And luckily by the end of the first year 4 people had chosen to change their major and I was enrolled into photography.

Now fashion photography wasn't on my agenda, I never thought I would choose this path. But that’s another story ;)

Until next time!

Lisa-Marie xo

How I Got The Shot: Fashion Photography

Hello beautiful people!

I have done 3 blogs this month…what is going on?!

I wanted to do a blog on one of my favourite fashion photography shoots to date.

I have always been inspired by Jingna Zhan’s work. It is so soft, feminine and beautiful; something I try and create with my images (unless I am doing something WILD). I have a HUGE list of inspiration and this shoot has been sitting dormant for a few years…until just last week. Freya had contacted me a while ago and we just were never able to set anything up with schedules etc. She was leaving for Hong Kong the next day and I NEEDED to shoot with her. The day before I went shopping as I wanted to style the shoot myself, anyone need a stylist? ;) Kendra became part of our team for hair and makeup and the whole set, team, clothing just worked so beautifully together.

I used one Elinchrom Litemotiv, camera right (Shock!) and my large living room window created a beautiful fill light on the left. I grabbed some flowers from Save On Foods while I was getting groceries that morning. I didn’t want the typical roses so I found some that were different. We shot some of these with natural light which was beautiful but the light from the Litemotiv just made everything pop and flow together. The editing was something I had so much fun with. I wanted it to look more painterly so I experimented and ended up loving the results! There is still more to come from this shoot so make sure to follow me on Instagram at @lisamariephotog to see the next set!

What’s your favourite image you’ve shot recently?

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo


How I Got The Shot: Beauty Photography

Hello Beautiful People!

First off, thank you all so much who read my last blog. I also want to thank everyone for their messages of love and support. I hope speaking out helps at least one person.

Anyway, back to our regular schedule program of positivity and all things photography!

I have focused on beauty photography for a few years now and have experimented with different things in hopes of getting something different and unique. Little bit of a back story: every Christmas my family and I go to Bulk Barn and buy Quality Street in bulk. If you’re from the UK, you know what Quality Street is. If not, it is little pieces of chocolate heaven. They are wrapped in different coloured cellophane and they have different flavours for each colour. One day my Mum said to me, “Have you ever thought about using these wrappers as gels?”. They were too small for gels but it got me thinking…what if I used it in a different way? What if I used it to create a coloured vignette around the image? What if I cut out shapes and see what happens?

When I first started photography, and if you have been following me for a while you will already know this, I thought you needed the most expensive gear, clothing, accessories, lighting etc. What I have learned over the years is that you can make the simplest of things work and make it beautiful.


The first time I used this technique was with Madeleine and Jabeen. It was definitely hit and miss, and still is to this day, on getting that perfect shot. I cut different shapes in the middle of each little square and put it in front of my lens. WOW. I loved the way it looked. When I held it further away from the lens, it created a bokeh with the light. I’ve tried this with different lighting but my favourite it barn doors! The contrast of the harsher light really looks beautiful for beauty photography. For this particular shot I used one Elinchrom BRX 500 with barn doors. Does it always work out? No. But that’s photography and that’s what I love about being a photographer. You keep trying and trying and then one day you’ll finally get the shot and see your vision come to life.


If you end up trying this out, tag me as I would love to see what you create!

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

Bullying: It's NOT okay!

Hi Everyone,

I've been trying to write this blog post for 3 years after I read some horrific news about a fellow photographer attempting to take his life because of the bullying he was encountering. I keep coming back to it after speaking with fellow photographers and even models and makeup artists. For some reason I haven’t been able to post it until now. Please take a moment and read this. 

This is a little more of a somber post for me. Normally, I don't like to talk about negativity and I like to keep it positive and upbeat. There have been some things that I have seen come up within our industry the last few months that I feel like I need to write about it. First off, we aren't all going to get along. I know that. Personalities clash and you know what? Its okay. Its okay to not like every single person you meet and come across in this world. Its okay to disagree with someone. In regards to this industry, its okay to not like every single persons work. Whats not okay is when you cyber bully someone so much to the point that they feel worthless. Its not okay to break someone so much they feel the only way to escape is to harm themselves. I can't even write the words because it hurts my heart.

I have been bullied since the age of 4. One thing I never expected was to be bullied as an adult. When I was younger and was struggling with overcoming the words and actions of others, I kept thinking to myself "Just wait, wait until your older. You can do this. Grown ups are mature. Grown ups won't hurt you." Boy was I wrong. Turns out, adults are worse than kids/teenagers. There came a point in my late teens/early twenties that I went spiralling into a deep depression. I couldn't see past this, I couldn't convince myself there would be a time were it would stop. Then one day, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. He told me about a group of people who, in their words, wanted to "destroy me". Those are some pretty harsh words. What in the world can one person do to anger someone so much that you want to break them down and destroy them? Those words are so powerful. Something in me snapped that day. As a child, I was always quiet and timid. I never stood up for myself. It all changed after that day. I promised myself I wouldn't let them get to me. I wasn't going anywhere. All of my life I just thought this was normal, that being treated like that was okay. That night I realized, its NOT okay. 

I see so much going on all over the world and in this industry in regards to bullying. When I see a young child/teen/adult end their life because they can't take the bullying anymore, it breaks my heart into a million pieces. I can't breathe every time I see an article about it. I could have been one of those kids. The industry I am in happens to be really bad for it. I don't know why. I don't know if its jealousy or intimidation but the hate is strong. I've seen it first hand but also recently witnessed how far someone will go to make it all stop. This industry is big but in our community, we should all be supporting and encouraging one another. Can you imagine what we would accomplish if we all came together? Sadly, I don't think that will ever happen. 

The intensity that some people have in regards to cyber-bullying scares me. You may not agree with everything someone does. Your personality may not jive with theirs. Thats OKAY. I am sick and tired of the bullying that goes on not just in our industry but in all regards. We need to STOP THIS! How many lives need to be lost for us to realize that how we treat people affects not just the person but everyone close to them? I didn't tell my parents about what I went through until a few years ago. I was scared to tell them. Now they know everything and I'm not afraid to open up. But I understand how people feel. They don't want to burden people. They feel ashamed. They feel like its never going to end and telling people will just make it worse. Please, if you are being bullied or going through something, open up to those around you. Tell someone. Never feel like you are a burden. People will want to help you. Don't push people away.

I'm very lucky that I have an amazing support system. My parents especially. I have also met some amazing people in this industry. People who I consider part of my family now and people who are my dear friends. Thats what it should be all about. Creating magic together in the form of our art. 

Why can't we stop this? Are we really so stubborn? Do we really want to keep filling this world with hate? I know I don't. For me, I don't worry about what these people are doing. I don't worry about what they are saying about me now. Its all irrelevant. I stick to doing what I love, being around positive people who make me laugh, and living my life because I am so blessed. 

Thats my rant done. All I hope for is that we can all stop this. Put the egos away and at least be civil. Be supportive. There is so much talent in this community. I want everyone to succeed. I want all of our dreams to come true. Thank you for listening and remember: spread love, not hate. 

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo 




Happy New Year!

Hello beautiful people!

Happy New Year! I am so excited for 2019! Again, I haven’t blogged in far too long. Why? Well I welcomed this beautiful baby boy in November:

He has completely changed my world. I am beyond in love. I took a few months off from shooting, before he was born and then after so I could settle into motherhood. I have done 2 shoots since being back and although it was wonderful being back behind my camera, it made me realize I am not ready to be back full time. So, for the next few months I will be taking on 2-4 shoots a month until I feel ready to come back and then I will be taking on more.

What is in store for 2019? LOTS! I am travelling back home to Scotland in May and would love to set up a shoot…or two ;) I hope to continue teaching seminars and travelling.

I also plan on expanding my portfolio, stepping out of my comfort zone. What haven’t I tried? What can I do thats different and not the norm? Stay tuned!

Also, I plan on just being present and soaking in every moment of being a mother. I will never get these moments back and I want to enjoy all the little things while my gorgeous wee one is still so little. Every snuggle, every kiss, every milestone.

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

Fighting Your Inner Saboteur

Hey Everyone,

Its been almost a year since I blogged and I apologize wholeheartedly. So much has happened in this last year. I've been in Toronto hosting a seminar for the Contact Festival, which was AMAZING! If you want a blog about that, let me know! My husband and I are expecting our first baby this fall. We are so beyond excited and cannot wait to meet our little bundle of joy! I've been working on some stuff behind the scenes that I can't wait to share plus have some really cool shoots coming up, one for a new Edmonton company I can't wait to brag about! 

But this wasn't my intention of blogging today. I wanted to talk about something I've been struggling with the last few days and I think many other artists will sympathize. I've had some wonderful shoots the last few weeks, some concepts I've been dying to shoot. I'm lucky that I get to work with such talented ladies and we always have a blast together. Its when I download the shots and start editing I feel like I'm stuck. I feel stuck in a rut. I'm trying to step out of the box and do new things, be different and creative and push my creative mind. I have been trying to edit the photos and when I'm "finished" I look back and like the raw image better. I just can't seem to put what I have in my mind into the finished product. I know what I want, I know what I want to achieve but I can't seem to get there. Does anyone else struggle with this? 

I feel like as artists we are our own worse critics. I talk about this in my seminars and I'm going to touch on it a little bit right now. There are times I struggle with comparing myself to others in this industry. Artists I admire and look up to so much. But the voices in my head are constantly saying, "You will never be as good as them.", "Your work is garbage.", "Just quit." I have had so many new and aspiring photographers come to my seminars or email me asking me, "How do you deal with comparing yourself to other photographers?" Truth is, I still have them every now and then just like I am experiencing now. It never truly goes away. As artists, we always strive to be the best we can be. And sometimes that means we become negative about our own work. So how do you fight the voices?

Typically, after a shoot and I have downloaded the images, I walk away. I go do something completely different. I stay off instagram, I stay off Facebook. I walk my dog or watch TV. I get away from what I've just created and do something else. The next day, I sit down with a clear mind and start going through the images. I go through my images really fast, and if one catches my eye I stop and go back to it. Thats how I know I've captured something with a 'WOW' factor. Then I just start editing. I could edit for hours sometimes and then other times, I'm done within thirty minutes. If I don't have a shoot to edit and I'm struggling with doubting myself, I pull up a previous shoot that I absolutely adore and start a new edit. This always helps bring me back to, "You are talented. You are creative. You can do this." I'll also set up new shoots. Get some friends, models and makeup artists you trust and love working with. Try new things. If it works, great! If not, oh well. You tried. It keeps the creativity flowing. Shoot a different genre. I took my dog out a few nights ago and just snapped some pictures of her for fun and it honestly started to make me a feel better. 

The inner voices will always try to tear you down. That's what we artists have to deal with on a daily basis, we can be our own worst enemy. But if we step away for a bit, clear our minds, come back and try new things...we grow to be even stronger.  So, since I'm struggling with this at the moment...I'm going to go walk my puppy, sit and feel my baby kick, dance to some music and then sit down and start editing. I may like the outcome, I may not and end up restarting. But I'm going to keep going until I prove those voices wrong. 

Never give up. Because if you do, you are letting your inner saboteur win. And we can't allow that to happen.

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

Where Have I Been?!

Hello beautiful people!

Its been so long since I posted on social media let alone write a blog! I've been away from social media and photography for a few months. All for good reasons though because I got married in June! After my Calgary seminar I took some time off as wedding planning was getting into the final stages and I needed all hands on deck! We did a lot of DIY and I created a lot of stuff specifically for our wedding. Big shout out to my mum, mom-in-law, maid of honour and my bridesmaids for all of their amazing help! 

We had a lot of family and friends fly from all over the world to celebrate with us. It was so overwhelming and we are completely honoured that so many people travelled to be with us on our big day. After we got married, I was planning on taking a week or so off to spend time with family and just enjoy being a newlywed before my husband (still so weird writing that!) went back to work. And then I got sick...extremely sick. I think it was all of the stress, late nights and all of the hard work we put into the wedding just coming to a head. I am now finally on the mend! I did my first shoot a few days ago and it was such a thrill being back behind my camera. I can't even describe how much I missed it. 

I have some awesome shoots coming up in the next few weeks and my articles are still out in Practical Photography Magazine so be sure to check those out!

Thank you to everyone who messaged me over the last few months. I am so excited to be back. I can't wait to keep creating beautiful art with beautiful people!

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo 

A Little Life Update

Hi Everyone,

I have been slacking on these blog posts lately. I wanted to jump on here quick to give a quick update on whats been happening. Life has been pretty hectic lately. I am getting married this summer to the love of my life and wedding planning is crazier than I ever anticipated! I have also been gearing up for my first Edmonton Seminar on April 6th (sponsored by Canon, Elinchrom and Vistek) followed by Calgary on April 13th. And unfortunately I have been dealing with the loss of my gorgeous boy Mac. I wrote about him in my last blog post. He had been getting better in January but for the last little while things just got worse. My family and I had to make the hardest decision ever. 

Anyone who knows me personally knows that Mac was my everything.  I love my dogs, I am a huge animal lover. My family and I got Mac when I was 16, he was such a blessing. He made our family whole. All of his life he suffered from heart problems. During the last little bit he had spondylosis which eventually spread all over his body. From the moment we got him we said we would never EVER let him suffer. He was our world. A little over a month ago we had to say goodbye. In the blink of an eye, my world completely crumbled. Mac saved my life, he taught me how to love and he listened to me when I needed someone. He was my best friend. Forever would not have been enough time with him by my side but I am so blessed to have spent almost 9 years with him. He took a piece of my heart with him, but he left a piece of his with us. Its taken me all this time to write about it. I have never experienced heartbreak and pain like that ever. My little girl Chloe is helping us all with the grieving process, and vice versa. She misses her best friend. 

Anyway, I am gearing up for my first seminar in a few days and thats helped keep us busy! I am super excited, I am working with amazing teams I cannot wait to tell you my story.

I will be a little quiet on social media for the month of May as I get prepared for our wedding. Keep an eye out for sneak peeks of images from my seminar!

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

Run free my precious boy. My light, my love, my life, my Mac <3

ProFusion Expo 2016 & What's Been Happening Lately

Hey Everyone!

I'm finally caught up since coming back from vacation! I've been meaning to write this blog for weeks but when I came back from Scotland, Mac my eldest dog and my everything was having some issues. I don't want to get into too much detail but he has had heart problems all of his life and for the last 2 months things have gotten worse. For a few weeks there, it was the most scariest and hardest thing we have had to deal with. After taking him to the vet and getting him on some medication an monitoring his heart, he is doing so much better! I'm planning shoots again now that he's on the mend and is getting better day by day. We are just taking it one day at a time but he was my priority for the last few weeks.

Anyway! Onto my blog for today. I wanted to write a little bit about my time in Toronto at the ProFusion Expo. Buuut I go in depth in the February Issue of Practical Photography Magazine (out soon!). So be sure to pick up a copy at your local store to read all about it ;)

Thank you so incredibly much to Vistek and Elinchrom LTD! Thank you so much to Gary for giving me this opportunity and believing in me. It was a pleasure meeting everyone from Vistek Toronto and Bram from Switzerland! A huge thank you to everyone who came out to watch me speak. Thank you for coming up after the show to ask me questions, talk to me and even ask for selfies. The amazing team of ladies I had: beauties Olivia and Julia from Anita Morris Models and the wonderful Ann Oster. You ladies are incredible, I could not have done it without you thank you so much! Last but definitely not least I just want to thank my amazing fiancé. He travelled with me and was my assistant for the 2 days we were there. You were such a huge support and help for me. I can't thank you enough for everything you did for me. Love you! And my amazing parents, in-laws and everyone else who supported me from near and far. You have no idea what your support means to me. Thank you! 

For those who inquired about workshops/mentoring sessions please keep an eye out for an announcement. They will be happening!

I have some amazing editorials coming up after my winter sessions so be sure to keep an eye out! The New Year is looking to be amazing!

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo


New Columnist For Practical Photography Magazine

Hey Everyone!

I'm back from vacation and finally catching up on emails and work! I started writing this blog right before I left for Toronto to speak at Profusion (blog post to come!) but needless to say I forgot to post it. Oops!

In June I was approached by Practical Photography Magazine to be featured as their Pro Showcase for the July Issue, which I still can't believe happened and I cry every time I look at the article. In August they contacted me again and asked if I would be interested in being their new columnist for the next 12 months. They loved my interview and wanted to feature a fashion photographer as their columnist. Of course I said yes! It was a pleasure writing the interview for their July issue and I was incredibly honoured to be asked. 

Each month I'll be writing about something different. My first column came out in October for their November issue and was all about fall. I had to write about my favourite fall shoot with Martina and Sheba. Beautiful fall colours and vibrant red clothing. I still get shivers from that shoot and to this day I am STILL editing images from it! My next two columns are written and ready for publication. The next ones feature our Twisted Fairytale shoot and The Face editorial which has become my most favourite studio shoot. In the columns to follow I will be talking about my time at Profusion, how to come up with concepts, lighting techniques and much more!

Practical Photography Magazine can be purchased in stores all over. I found a few copies at Glasgow Airport when we were flying back from our vacation. So surreal seeing my picture and my work in a magazine in my home country! In Canada the magazine can be purchased at Chapters, Indigo and Vistek! 

Keep an eye out each month for each article! Huge thank you to Practical Photography for this amazing opportunity! So excited to be a part of the team!

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo



DIY Backdrops

Hey Everyone!

This blog is for all of my fellow photographers/artists out there! For years I have been admiring backdrops used by people like Lara Jade, Emily Soto, Felix Knuze etc. I always used seamless, one colour backdrops that I got from Vistek. I still love those backdrops but this year I wanted something different, some different colours and different textures. As a photographer on a budget, I unfortunately couldn't afford the backdrops I long admired once I calculated shipping and the size I needed. 

I watched youtube videos where photographers created their own custom made backdrops. I didn't think I could do it honestly. I thought I would mess up and probably ruin it. One day during summer I decided that I was going to try it. What was the worst that could happen? I went to Home Depot and purchased my blank canvas plus some primer. We had a ton of paint leftover from when we painted our house when we first moved in so I just used that. At the dollar store I grabbed a bunch of rollers, paint brushes, mops etc. Anything I could get my hands on that would help create different textures. 

You need quite a large space to do this so I chose my garage. First I placed a clear protective sheet on the ground so no paint would transfer to the cement (it did oops! Sorry Dad!). Make sure you water down your primer, I used 5 parts water and 1 part primer to seal the canvas. This usually takes a while to dry so I would do this first thing in the morning (it only takes about an hour to completely cover) then I went about my day. Once its completely dry, put your base colour down. I also watered down the paint. Next I chose a lighter shade of the base colour and used my dollar store brushes to sloppily paint it on. I would go up and down and back and forth. Lastly, I would use my lightest shade and just do quick splatters. After it dried, I couldn't believe I had created my first backdrop. It was one-of-a-kind. It made me want to create more and so far I have made three different backdrops. Each with different colours and textures. With winter fast approaching, I think I'll stick with these three for now and next year create some coloured ones. 

Now, you are probably wondering how much this cost. Each backdrop cost me under $100. That may seem expensive but compared to some of the backdrops I had originally wanted my custom made one is substantially cheaper. Plus, there is no other one like it. They are unique. The primer lasted me for three backdrops and I still have paint leftover.  

Here are a few pictures showcasing each of my custom backdrops! I have had so many inquiries about them since I posted these pictures so now you can create your own! If you would like a custom one made by myself, send me a message and let me know what design you would like! 

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

Model: Claire Burry | Makeup Artist/Hairstylist: Jennifer Gjertsen of Jack'd Up Beauty Boutique

Model: Claire Burry | Makeup Artist/Hairstylist: Jennifer Gjertsen of Jack'd Up Beauty Boutique

Model: Elizabeth Varga | Makeup Artist/Hairstylist: Jennifer Gjertsen of Jack'd Up Beauty Boutique

Model: Elizabeth Varga | Makeup Artist/Hairstylist: Jennifer Gjertsen of Jack'd Up Beauty Boutique

Model: Jordan LaRiviere | Makeup Artist/Hairstylist: Hamana Arshad of HamanasArtistry

Model: Jordan LaRiviere | Makeup Artist/Hairstylist: Hamana Arshad of HamanasArtistry

Lisa-Marie Photography Turns 4!

Hello Everyone!

Today is Lisa-Marie Photography's birthday! This time four years ago I was in my 3rd and final year of University, I was experimenting with fashion and beauty photography and knew in my heart I had found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was unsure of starting up a Facebook page, I was weary about showing my work. As artists I think we are our own worst critics and I was scared that no one would like my style of photography. I'm going to get a little personal here, all of my life I have dealt with bullying. My self-confidence was completely shattered at a young age, and it took a long time for me to love myself. This came across in showcasing my work, I was terrified of how well (or not so well) it would be accepted. I contemplated for so long putting my work out there and finally on the afternoon of August 17th, 2012 I opened myself and my work to the world.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for everyone who has supported me from the beginning and to those who have recently found my work. The messages and emails I receive on a daily basis bring me so much joy, to know my work is appreciated all over the world is so overwhelming in the best possible way. I could not have dreamed of this when I first started four years ago. 

I love going back and seeing how much I have grown over the last four years, I love seeing my style evolve. Everyone needs to start somewhere, in 2012 I was so incredibly proud of this image. I was just learning studio lighting and was honestly afraid of it. I never knew how to control my light so when I captured this, I remember feeling so excited and couldn't wait to show it off. It was so well received and this image is what got my name out there in my city. Looking back at the image I cringe a little at the lighting and retouching but when I first shot and edited this I was so happy and that's all that matters. Now, four years later I am doing more studio/beauty work and getting out of my comfort zone. I didn't realize how much I have grown until I put these images side by side. If you're a photographer, I highly recommend you put one of your first photos next to one of your most recent and you will see such a difference. The image from this year is by far a favourite of mine, the team I worked with are such amazing ladies and we all pushed each other out of our comfort zone. I see a major difference not only in my lighting, but my retouching skills also. I'm so proud looking at these and seeing how far I have come. I cannot wait to see where my work will be in another four years!


The last 4 years have been such a journey. I have met so many amazing people and continue to meet such talented artists. I love this community, I learn so much from other artists and they help me grow as a photographer. I could spend forever individually thanking everyone I have met and worked with so I'm just going to write a big THANK YOU to all those individuals I have had the pleasure of working with, you are all amazing!

I am so happy that four years ago I swallowed my nerves and put my work out there, I created a little Facebook page to post my work and show my family and friends. Now four years later I have been internationally published, asked to travel to different cities and countries, internationally recognized and receive messages daily from people who admire my work.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I will be eternally grateful for everyone who has supported me. 

Thank you and until next time,

Lisa-Marie x

Growing as a Retoucher and Photographer

Hey Everyone!

Hope you are all doing good! Over the last 6 months or so I have been experimenting with my retouching. Photographers will probably understand where I am coming from but after some time I get tired of editing the same way. That time came for me a few months ago and I decided I was going to try new things. I watched Youtube videos for days, researched other photographers and read some books and then I started up Photoshop and took some old shots and started experimenting. I also started using my Wacom tablet and oh my word it has changed my life! How did I edit on a trackpad for so long? lol!

I started editing some old photos with my Wacom and honestly I almost gave up. To go from editing on a trackpad to using this tablet was, I'm not going to lie, frustrating. But the more I practiced and persevered the more I loved it and my editing time became quicker. For my natural light portraits I attempted a more 'fine art' approach and honestly I love it and have continued to edit this way. I even created a few of my own actions that I use on almost every shot right now. 

My beauty photography and retouching is something I am focusing on at the moment. I love beauty and studio work right now.  Studio photography used to scare me, I'm a natural light shooter and being in a studio with all of these lights made me uneasy until very recently. Now I prefer studio work and can't wait to keep experimenting with lighting. Don't be afraid to try new things, get some friends together and try different lighting. Try different angles. Experiment. Don't let it make you uneasy, get behind your camera and go for it. I'm glad I did because I can see my work evolving and growing each time I do a shoot in studio. 

Photography and retouching always requires you to grow and learn. There's always something new. I love that about this industry. I always worried that I didn't have a particular style but now looking back at my work, especially my newer work I see a distinct style there. To all you new photographers, don't hold back! I was told in University never break the rules and honestly now I love breaking the rules because your vision is YOUR vision. 

Here is some of my old editing style vs my new editing style. I love going back and seeing how much my work has grown over the years. There's nothing wrong with the old photos, I still love them but the newer work represents my style right now. 

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

Meet Chloe!

Hi Everyone!

I've been somewhat quiet with photoshoots the last 2 months mostly due to family matters but another reason is because my fiancé and I welcomed this beautiful little girl into our family! Meet Chloe! At the beginning of the year we were talking about getting a dog but didn't tell many people until we officially got her. We met this beautiful little girl when she was 3 weeks old and we were smitten. We brought her home a few days after she turned 8 weeks old and she has been the best little thing to come into our lives in a while. 

She joins my boy Mac, who is also a boxer and turns 8 in July, and Jenny who is my fiancé's family Bichon! The dogs are quite taken with her but know when to put her in her place haha!

So next time you're over for a shoot in my studio you will not only be greeted by my gorgeous boy Mac but my little love bug Chloe! Prepare for lots of kisses!

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo 

Practical Photography Magazine PRO Showcase Interview

Hi Everyone!

I am sitting here completely speechless, crying ugly happy tears as I write this. A few months ago I was contacted by Ben of Practical Photography Magazine based in the UK. They were looking to interview me for their July issue. They hadn't interviewed a fashion photographer in a while and were hoping I would be interested. Of course I was! I couldn't believe they wanted me! They have interviewed photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Kirsty Mitchell etc., so to be put in the same category as some of my idols was such a wonderful feeling. 

Ben sent me a few pages of questions to go over and I sat and really thought about how I wanted to answer. I need to take a moment and thank my Mum and my future mother-in-law Barb for all of their help. After many emails back and forth he sent me the first initial draft and I remember sitting next to my fiancé reading it and all of a sudden breaking down in tears. Happy tears of course. I couldn't believe this was my life. A magazine that I have stacks of in my bookcase, that interview some of my favourite photographers were interviewing me. Me! It still feels surreal. 

I couldn't wait to shout this from the rooftops. Now that the day is here I'm struggling to put everything I want to say into words. Today the July issue released in stores and on their app. To see my name, my words, my work in those pages is truly an accomplishment I am so proud of. I have loved photography since I was 15. I have loved fashion photography since I was 21. I am only three years out of University. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be experiencing these amazing opportunities. I do photography because its my passion, its my heart, its my love. To see your name being recognized all over the world is so unbelievably overwhelming in the best possible way. 

I need to take a minute and thank you. All of you. From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank you enough. You give me that push to keep working hard. To keep doing what I love. From the people who have supported me since day one to the people who are new to supporting my work. Thank you. I could repeat it over and over and it wouldn't come close to saying how much it means to me. I will never be able to thank you enough. I will never forget it for the rest of my life. 

To my parents, I couldn't have done this without you. From day one you have told me to go for my dreams and reach for the stars. You have helped push me to achieve them even when I was ready to give up but you never let me. Without both of you I wouldn't be here today writing this. I love you both so much and can't thank you enough for everything you have done for me. To my fiancé, thank you so much. You are the most amazing man in the world and I am incredibly lucky that I get to spend the rest of my life with you. You are one of my biggest supporters. Thank you for everything you do for me and encouraging my crazy dreams. And to my future in-laws, Barb and Jim. You have become two of my biggest supporters. The love and encouragement I get from you two means so much to me. Thank you so much.

Reading the article and seeing my photographs on the 6 page spread gives me butterflies. I'm a small town girl from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. My name, my photograph and my work is now in magazines on shelves all over the UK. My home. I am truly blessed. 

If you just believe in your wildest dreams, they will come true. Mine are. 

Here is the link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PracticalPhotographyMagazine/?fref=ts

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

"The Beauty of Humanity" NYC Exhibit June 8th 2016

Hi everyone!

Two blog posts in one day? I'm on a roll! 

A few weeks ago I got a really exciting email! Squarespace, the company I host my website through, were going to choose one image from my website to showcase in their "The Beauty of Humanity" exhibit in NYC on June 8th (today). They were choosing certain artists from all over the world who have their website through their company (which I highly recommend by the way!) to showcase in this exhibit. I feel so lucky and honoured to be chosen as one of the artists. The image they chose is the one of the lovely Emily Fowler with the beautiful design by Kelsey McIntyre of Kathryn Bass Bridal. 

We shot this in my living room, material back drop right in front of the stairs, grey paper taped to my front door, all natural light. We even did the hair and makeup ourselves! It was such a fun day with these ladies and the whole series was absolutely stunning.

If you're in NYC go check it out! Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the exhibit but I will be getting sent a photo of my image in the gallery and will share is as soon as I get it! 

Thank you SquareSpace again for this amazing opportunity! 

Tomorrow I have more big news, stay tuned because this one is HUUUGE! 

Until next time (tomorrow),

Lisa-Marie xo


Vistek Contest Winner!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all well! Life has been a roller coaster the last few months, I'm taking a small break from photography for the month of June due to a family matter. Although I haven't been shooting I have some really exciting news that I can't wait to share with you! The first piece of good news is that for the first time in my life I have actually won something, and it is to do with photography which makes it even better. I entered a contest that Vistek hosts every year called "Show Us Your Best", I never enter contests like this but I thought why not?

I had a hard time deciding on an image to enter, I have so many favourite images that it was a tough decision. I decided to go with my "Twisted Fairytale" image featuring the talents of Jill Billingsley, Sheba Levoir, Kelsey McIntyre and Cory Christopher. This editorial was so amazing, it brought back a fire in me for creative/fantasy work. It has become one of my most popular images to date so I thought since it was well received I would enter it. I did it for fun not expecting to win. I asked my friends to vote for me and I couldn't believe how many of my friends voted and shared it. By the time the contest was over I had 474 votes, I was hoping to get at least 50 so that was mind-blowing to me.

I made the Top Ten based on the votes and the final images went to the judges for the winner to be chosen. There were so many amazing images I was sure I wouldn't win but I was very happy with even making the top ten. I woke up to an email the other day announcing me as the winner, and I think I screamed for a good 15 minutes (sorry to my fiancé for screaming at you on the phone haha). My image is going to be used in Epson advertisements in both magazines and on television plus a print is being places in the Vistek store! I also won an Epson printer! I cannot wait to print my new portfolio and now offer prints to clients! I have more exciting things happening for Lisa-Marie Photography so stay tuned!

Here is the link: http://prophotoblog.stfi.re/community/contests-promotions/the-vistekepson-show-us-your-best-contest-winner-is/?sf=aaygdbd&utm_campaign=2016%20Scotiabank%20CONTACT%20Photography%20Festival&utm_content=31630458&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook#aa

Thank you so much to everyone who voted and the judges!  

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo 

A Personal Post: My life the last few months

Hi everyone,

First off I just want to say I know I haven't been very active on social media due to unfortunate events that have taken place in my life the last few months. I won't get into too much detail but I just want to thank those who have been patiently waiting on photos and those people who have continued to support my work while I have been on hiatus.

A few months ago, when I was home in Scotland I unfortunately had to say goodbye to someone very dear to me, someone who has been in my life since I was born. I knew this would be the last time I would see him and even though it was somewhat of a blessing I got to tell him how important he was to me it was the most emotional and heartbreaking thing I have ever had to do. 

Once Jenn and I landed back in Canada and I saw my mum at the airport, I remember breaking down and falling into her arms. I had never felt so emotionally drained. A few months passed and there were some difficult days but around the end of September things really started to go downhill. For a few months there, there wasn't a day that went by that something didn't go wrong. I didn't want to fall asleep because every morning I was waking up to bad news. My birthday was one of the worst days of my life. Something I never thought would ever happen completely took me off guard. I won't disclose what happened but it completely shook me to my core. I went into a deep depression. I became someone who was so negative and I couldn't shake it. I would just hope things would get better, that eventually it would all go away. Then after it didn't, I eventually started praying. 

But on November 17th, early in the morning, I lost my best pal. I knew it was coming, but you can never really prepare yourself. Cancer is such a vicious disease. It is cruel. To watch someone you love be taken over by this horrible disease is completely heartbreaking. You feel helpless. 

Its been almost a month now and I feel myself slowly getting back to normal. Although there are still some challenges my family and I are facing, its better than how it was. I started going back to church because I got to a point that I knew I couldn't keep going on the way I was. I feel better since Ive been back, I feel my faith has been restored. I know life isn't perfect, there are going to be some really hard times ahead but as long as I have my family and my faith I know I'll be okay. 

I'm sorry for rambling, I needed to get this off my chest somehow. While I am still on my hiatus from photography, catching up with editing and just trying to get back to normal I will be back in the New Year. I can't wait to shoot again, to be creative and do what fills my heart with so much love and joy.

Thank you for reading and continuing to support me on my photography journey, its something I will never forget and will be eternally grateful for.

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo

Thank You <3

I want to take a moment and thank some amazing people in my life. When I was 15 I took a photography course in high school thinking it would be something I could get easy marks on. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fall in love with the profession and what to pursue it as my career. When people in my graduating class spoke about going to school to become lawyers or doctors, I struggled with accepting the fact I wanted to do photography. I was mocked, I was told I would never amount to anything, that photography was silly and should only be done as a hobby. But I knew deep in my heart this was my passion. Two people who never discouraged me, who always supported me was my amazing parents. 

All of my life my parents have wanted one thing from me, to do what makes me happy and put 100% into it. They encouraged me from day one with photography, they even bought me my first digital camera, a Canon 40D. They got me my first set of studio lights during my first year of University. They have never questioned me, told me to pursue something else or doubted me. I know I wouldn't be here today without their love and continued support. When I was going through a difficult time about a year ago, I wanted to quit. I wanted to sell everything and move on. My mum wouldn't let me. She refused to let me quit. She picked me up and pushed me to be better. She pushed me to keep going. I couldn't thank both of my parents enough for all they have done for me. I am truly blessed. My dad is my hero, he is the reason I work hard and strive to pursue my dream because thats exactly what he did. He worked his way up and has become so respected in his industry for his talent. My mum is my number one fan, she calls herself the creative director of Lisa-Marie Photography and that couldn't be more true, she comes up with concepts, designs jewelry and outfits and is the assistant for most of my shoots! She is my best friend and my inspiration. I wouldn't be as strong of a person as I am today if it wasn't for this woman. I love you Mum and Dad, with all of my heart. I will never be able to thank you both for everything you have done. But know that everything I do, I do because you have given me the strength and encouragement to keep going and make my dream come true. I am eternally grateful. 

I also want to thank my boyfriend. He came into my life just under a year ago and has been the biggest support. He drives me to shoots, helps me set up, he even let me use his house as a studio while mine was under construction! He calls himself my biggest fan, even though he might need to fight my mum on that one! His family are so supportive and encouraging, their excitement throughout my journey has been overwhelming. I can't express how lucky, grateful and genuinely thankful I am to have these people in my life. 

To those friends and supporters who have been there since the beginning and those who I have met along the way, thank you. I know a simple thank you could never be enough but I just want you all to know that I will be forever grateful. It means the world to me that I have so many amazing people in my life who encourage me to keep pursuing my dream.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, I will be forever grateful. 

Until next time,

Lisa-Marie xo