Why the name Lisa Fredi Photography?

I was toying with different names that were evocative of my work. The name that made the most sense was to use my own name. My name says a lot about me. I shared the same first name with 17% (approx.) of my class growing up. When the teacher would say, “Lisa” at least 4-5 of us would say, “Present.” As common as my first name is my middle name, Fredi, is unusual. As a child I wasn’t pleased having a boy’s name that was spelled funny. As an adult I am thrilled with it on many levels. Clearly, because it is unique and also because I was named after my Great Grandparents, Frank and Fanny. As a larger woman, I am thrilled my parents chose Fredi, which is fun and kitchy as opposed to calling me Fanny and calling attention to my larger…, well, you get the picture.

How long have you been doing photography?

I have been taking photos since I was very young. I took pictures for both my Junior High and High School newspapers and I studied photography in college. It has always been a passion not just the act of photography but the outcome of the captured image is like freezing an imperative memory in time. Not to sound all heavy and serious but I have always loved looking at old photographs and, if they are my photos reminiscing or if they are someone else’s hearing the stories about them or making them up in my mind.

Where is your studio?

My studio is wherever you and your pet are or just you are (I don’t think it’s wise to send your pet or child to a photo shoot alone…) I prefer to photograph people and pets in their natural environments either at home or a park or the beach. I think everyone, and I mean both people and animals, are more comfortable in their own habitat or place that makes them happy.

I also love the look of natural light and think it is a very effective medium for the kinds of portraits I shoot. That isn’t to say there isn’t a time and place for studio shots which I also love. I also at times will use a flash to “fill” in the natural light as needed. If you are looking for the stiff senior High School picture here than I am not the photographer for you. If you want unique images I am the one you want and I look forward to working with you.

Do you only photograph cats and dogs?

No. Anything that I can capture with my camera is fodder for photography. Taking pictures of people of all ages is also a passion of mine. As I have said, I think memorializing life in pictures is one of the best investments people can make. I treasure all my photos, old and new.

I am worried my dog won’t sit still for a photo session. Will you still be able to get the shot?

Not to worry. Just like people dogs have unique personalities. I think it is important to take a little time and get to know your pet before we jump right in and start taking pictures too. Whether your dog is a chase his tail kind of dog or a sleepy old soul we will capture images and catch those moments that will best represent your pet.

How long will a photo session last?

It really depends on the pet or person and what we are trying to capture. Different packages will call for different amounts of time. However, if someone purchases a smaller package and I don’t feel I have captured the image I will ask that we continue to shoot without incurring extra costs for the client. Ultimately, I want you to be happy, quite frankly, I want you to be as excited about this as I am. Plus, I promise that whether it is a half hour shoot or an hour and a half, you will have fun. How often in life do you take time and just play? Here is your opportunity.

Can I be in the picture too?

Of course. I love taking family portraits. This is your shoot. I won’t put your picture on my website without your written permission either. And, if you don’t want to be on my site that is absolutely fine!

“I love that picture but I wish he wasn’t wearing his collar” or “She had sleep in her eye and it looks icky.”

Not a problem. I have been using photo editing software for years and consider myself to be quite good at “fixing” and retouching images. I have been known to remove a wrinkle or two from a friend’s photos on occasion. One of the dogs in my gallery was on a big black leash that completely distracted from his beauty. When I was taking his picture he growled at me. At the time I was quite happy this stranger’s dog had him leashed. I was just as happy to remove it in PhotoShop. Honestly, the sweet little dog from my home page had an unsightly eye goober and an embarrassing bow on her head. In moments, she looked freshly groomed and thrilled to be rid of the polka dot unfashion statement that had been on her head.

Can I order more prints in the future?

Absolutely. In fact, if we do a shoot in July and then October comes and you want to order holiday cards with one of the images or you want to order a coffee table book of your pet or child for a loved one, it would be my pleasure to help you choose something that pleases you. Even if you decide months down the road to order wallet size prints so you can have your furry friend with you at all times or a 20x30 Canvas Gallery print, just contact me and we will take care of getting you exactly what you want.

If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Drop me an e-mail at info@lisafrediphotography.com and I will answer within 24 hours or less.