Bay Area Photographer

Who Is Lisa Winner

Hi, I’m Lisa, nice to meet you. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for almost 20 years. I have two children and a husband. I like them most of the time.

I’m a lover of dogs (like I love them almost as much as my children. They already know – the children I mean. Probably the dogs too).

I take music very seriously. An aptitude test once said I should focus my career on something in the music industry because I am skilled in note identification (whatever that means). Perhaps that's why on any given day you'll hear me listening to DeBussy to Tool to Trombone Shorty to Outkast?

I’m Puerto Rican by birth, but speak only the basics of Spanish.

I grew up on the East Coast (in the deep south specifically) and still maintain a bi-coastal lifestyle (my dream is for one day my east coast friends and my west coast friends convene to celebrate all things Lisa. Probably for my funeral, but it would be great if it happened while I was living).

I’m Puerto Rican by birth, but speak only the basics of Spanish.

I love the food, music, and culture though, so I feel (hope) that makes up for my language ignorance… maybe?

I grew up on the East Coast (in the deep south specifically) and still maintain a bi-coastal lifestyle (my dream is for one day my east coast friends and my west coast friends convene to celebrate all things Lisa. Probably for my funeral, but it would be great if it happened while I was living).

My son is on the autism spectrum.  He is high functioning, meaning you probably wouldn’t notice his uniqueness straight away until you spent a bit of time with him.

Parenting in general, beyond having a child with special needs, has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Every year presents new challenges, and I’m just positive I’m screwing them up for life. Then my daughter gives me a birthday sign that says “#1 Mom” and how she loves me more than anything, and I think “Whew, dodged a bullet, for this year at least”.

But your real question should be – why should we work together?

A young person looks up at a fish in the tunnels of the Aquarium of the Bay at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, CA
A mom holds her son in front of the Golden Gate Bridge during a Family photography session in San francisco, CA

1. I’m not interested in creating photos that look like everyone else’s.

This is an important statement for a couple of reasons: with the proliferation of photographers on social media, it is very easy for both me, the photographer, and you, the client, to get caught up with the latest trends and say: I want that too.

The absolute #1 priority for me when at a photo shoot is moment. Special moments between you and your spouse, you and your child, you and your dog – moments that define your relationship and capture your life in its current state.

I aim to make timeless photographs that you will enjoy for years to come. And while yes, I want you to come back to me next year for updated photos, I want it to be because you’re ready for more moment capturing – not because the photo filter that was the hot trend 2 years ago now seems dark and ‘blah’.

2. I go beyond the surface and get to know my clients.

While I am a business, I am also a human being. I do not subscribe to the “churn and burn” model. There’s no way I would be successful at point #1 if we didn’t get to know each other.

Do we need to be best friends? No. Though that would be nice. I like best friends.

But will we talk and chat, and possibly have a laugh or three throughout the day? Absolutely. I might even tell you what I was known for in high school (probably not, but if you reach bestie status, then maybe).

3. I’m sincere and honest (to a fault). And I’m funny (sometimes to a fault).

I “grew up” career wise in a corporate environment. I did retail and account management for 15+ years. I learned a lot about who I was as a person and how I wanted to be viewed within an organization. And that came down to two points: Good at my job, and funny.

I never wanted to take myself too seriously. Sooooo many people think that being professional = being boring, and it doesn’t have to be that way. At least, I never felt it had to be that way.

Customer Service is about meeting the client where they are at, and providing something that A) the client needs and B) delivering it in a way that makes them want to come back to you, again and again.

Do I take my art form seriously? You bet I do. Because when you recommend me to your friends and family, I want that recommendation to be because you’re crazy about your photographs, and you loved our time together (and now we’re besties – see #2).

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