After running her photography business out of her home for 16 years, Alumna Lisa Neild took the plunge and opened her storefront photography studio in Wilmette in February 2014. With the studio space, Lisa can expand the options for her clients to include studio sessions as well as photo shoots on location.
“[Photography has] always been woven into my life,” says Lisa. She started taking pictures in high school and concentrated on photography when she earned her BFA from the Stamps School in 1988. After graduation, while employed as an art therapist, Lisa used photography with the women she worked with at the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
Then, while raising her three children, she increasingly took more photos of her family, and the seeds for Lisa Neild Photography were sown. Eventually, she began to take on jobs to photograph families, infants and local small businesses, and, through word of mouth, her business grew.
Lisa takes time with her clients and looks to connect with them. In addition to snapping composed shots of her subjects, she also looks to capture candid moments, when their authentic selves show through.
While she explores the breadth of options that the studio and its equipment offers, Lisa is looking to expand into photographing high school seniors who are transitioning into a new stage in their lives — -a poignant bookend to those portraits of infants.
Samples of Lisa’s work are available on her website, http://www.lisaneildphotography.com . Additionally, on her site under Personal Projects, there are videos of her remarkable 2011 and 2013 “A Picture A Day” projects.