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I'm Lisa, a luxury wedding and portrait photographer based in my hometown of Monticello, IL. My specialty is in capturing authentic, timeless stories and creating legacies built on love and the sweetest sentiments. Gratefully serving central Illinois and other destinations worldwide. I love building a personal connection with my clients and I cannot wait to meet you!

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There’s something magical about the sparkle in a man’s eye as he says “I do” to his bride. There’s something wondrous about the warmth of your husband’s comforting embrace after a long day at work. And there’s something simply delightful about the mischievous grin on your toddler’s face as he bursts in to laughter, telling his momma his best joke ever. (Spoiler alert: it'd probably be a bit inappropriate for the dinner table!)

It’s the little moments that we hope will never be forgotten in the daily midst of diapers and dinners. And it’s the images of these sweet moments that capture our hearts forever. The anticipation you shared as your wedding day approached. The way you felt when you caught your groom sneaking a loving glance at you as you visited with your favorite friends. The warmth of your father's heart the first time he saw you in your wedding dress.

There’s nothing more important to me than capturing the details of your story. The thoughtful, authentic, loving moments that you’ll cherish forever. The moments that you’ll stroll by in the morning and become enveloped by the warmth of reminiscing. It is my joy to fill your home with meaningful, timeless portraiture, preserving your happiest moments with your favorite people for the rest of your eternity. I look forward to serving you. 

There’s something magical about the sparkle in a man’s eye as he says “I do” to his bride. There’s something wondrous about the warmth of your husband’s comforting embrace after a long day at work. And there’s something simply delightful about the mischievous grin on your toddler’s face as he bursts into laughter, telling his momma his best joke ever. (Spoiler alert: it'd probably be a bit inappropriate for the dinner table!)

It’s the little moments that we hope will never be forgotten in the daily midst of diapers and dinners. And it’s the images of these sweet moments that capture our hearts forever. The anticipation you shared as your wedding day approached. The way you felt when you caught your groom sneaking a loving glance at you as you visited with your favorite friends. The warmth of your father's heart the first time he saw you in your wedding dress.

There’s nothing more important to me than capturing the details of your story. The thoughtful, authentic, loving moments that you’ll cherish forever. The moments that you’ll stroll by in the morning and become enveloped by the warmth of reminiscing. It is my joy to fill your home with meaningful, timeless portraiture, preserving your happiest moments with your favorite people for the rest of your eternity. I look forward to serving you. 

I grew up in my midwest hometown of Monticello, IL surrounded by entrepreneurs. Day in and day out, I watched my parents serve their clients with heart and determination. Even though I was young, that initial glimpse of purposeful drive resonated deeply with my soul. I wasn’t sure how, but deep down I knew, somehow, some way, I just had to spend my career serving people in a meaningful way.

The moment I picked up a camera, I knew that that was it.

It wasn't just an entrepreneurial opportunity. And it wasn’t just a camera. It was a chance to spend my entire career preserving the most loving moments of people’s lives… forever.

I’m driven by detail and I thrive on a house that feels like home. It is an honor to fill the walls of your home with authentic, timeless portraiture. To walk through the journey with you of capturing the most meaningful moments of your life, and to then preserve them for a lifetime with breathtaking heirlooms and other soft touches of luxury. 

My story is your story. My adventure is your adventure. And my success is the pure happiness radiating from your portraits. It is my hope and my promise that our time together will be a delight and a joy, leaving you with memories you’ll cherish for eternity.


Couple things you'll learn real quick about me, if you haven't picked up on them already...
A.   I love my hard working, ships-passing-in-the-night, hunk of a welder, AJ. We both work really hard towards our dreams and that includes long hours apart many nights during the week. Weekends, especially Sunday's, are sacred in our home. Sundays = church, food, family. In that order! Okay, and sometimes you'll catch me cheering on SEC football since AJ is a Starkville, Mississippi native and avid MSU Bulldogs fan. 
B.  Those two dogs, Ryker and June, are my world. Shameless dog mom? Yes! Embarrassed by it? Eh, not really because dogs are awesome, duh.
C.  My mama owned a greenhouse and nursery for the first 10 years of my life. We share a common love of gardening and flowers. Neither of us seem to know how to keep a succulent alive in the house for more than a few months. That is why, during my first trip visiting L.A. I was so overcome with joy seeing that succulents grow on bushes, and apparently walls, out there! #sojealous 

Couple things you'll learn real quick about me if you haven't picked up on them already...

A.  Those two dogs, Ryker and June, are my world. Shameless dog mom? Yes! Embarrassed by it? Eh, not really because dogs are awesome, duh. 

B.  I love my hard working, ships-passing-in-the-night, hunk of a welder, AJ. We both work really hard towards our dreams and that includes long hours apart many nights during the week. Weekends, especially Sunday's, are sacred in our home. Sundays = church, food, family. In that order! Okay, and sometimes you might catch me cheering on SEC football since AJ is an MSU Bulldogs fan and Starkville native. 

C.  My mama owned a greenhouse and nursery for the first 10 years of my life. She and I share a love of gardening and flowers, yet neither one of us seems to know how to keep a succulent alive in the house for more than a few months. Because of this love of all things floral, I was so excited the first time I visited a dear friend in Los Angeles because succulents literally grow on bushes, and apparently walls, out here!


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“I've never had a moment's doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.”  Atonement - Ian McEwan

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tiffany + Jesse

While our wedding party was small and our guest list large, Lisa helped manage it with such poise and ease. As with any wedding, there is always a possibility of falling behind schedule. We were no exception, but you would never know by looking at our album. At one point, Lisa was curling my sister’s hair so my mom could get ready! We love you, Lisa!

Christina + Eric

Our experience with Lisa has been amazing. She has always gone the extra mile to make sure we are happy. Her goal is to keep clients comfortable the entire time and she definitely delivers. The artwork we see daily in our homes is a reminder of how lucky-in-love we are. I cannot imagine going anywhere else for our portraits! 

Lisa was wonderful to work with! I had a vision for a winter photo shoot and she helped bring my vision to life. She welcomed the challenge of taking our portraits at Allerton on a cold, December night under the lights. During our session, lisa made my fiance and I feel at ease through guided poses and treated us like we had been friends for ages!

Liz + Nick

Services include a complimentary engagement session, a customized wedding day timeline, personalized client registry site, and a hand-crafted wedding album filled with your favorite images. My average couple invests $3,600 in wedding photography.

In this digital age, more images than ever are left forgotten on discs and drives. My focus is to design custom art for my clients with their portraits that they will see in their homes on the daily and love for years to come. 

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Designed for growing families, anniversaries, and maternity portraits, a booking fee of only $150 secures your date! Luxury albums, wall art, mounted prints, and digital files are available for purchase a la carte at your viewing & ordering appointment. 

Isn’t it incredible how simply a house becomes a home once it is filled with images of those we love most? That is why one of the first steps in the LSP Experience is a complimentary, in-home design consultation. This initial meeting allows me to get a feel for your style, the space you are hoping to fill, and even gives me the opportunity to help plan your outfits. This is great for newly engaged as many times this is your first home together! During our consultation, you will have the opportunity to see, hold, and feel samples of my product line in YOUR space to starting thinking about what you'll love seeing the most.

Once your portrait session, engagement session, or wedding is complete, you are welcomed to my showroom for the big reveal! You'll get to place your order for wall art, albums, gifts, and digital files. Once you've seen your gallery I'll share images from your session online. The reason I wait? That's simple - I only want to share the images you absolutely love! 

If this kind of portrait experience is something that interests you please shoot me a message below, or book a consultation,  to get started. I truly look forward to meeting you!

I love having clients into the showroom for a complimentary design consultation before they book! It gives them a chance to become familiar with me and the process, view my product line and pricing, and to see, touch, and hold samples of what could soon be theirs with their own portraits. I especially love it because it allows me to form a vision for their session. To inquiry about a consultation, or if you have any questions, click the button below to get in touch! 

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