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106.9 THE X Interview [typed]

for those of you who dont have facebook, or the plugins to listen..i typed it out. it took forever but here it is:

_INTRO:
taking photos has never been easier. You can take photos now a days with your digital camera, your laptop, or even your cell phone. Maybe you’re the one always taking pictures while people are standing in the background. Perhaps your the one who always has the camera attatched to your hip. Or maybe you’re the one on facebook who has more than 100 albums full of pictures you’ve taken. Welcome to College Confidential, found only on 106.9 CISXFM at Fanshawe College in London. I’m Bianca. I find myself taking pictures all of the time and looking at photos thinking how cool that would be to have that as a career. The other day I sat down with an up and coming photographer who is definately making a name for herself. Lisa Preece is a 20 year old who runs her own photography business. Although she has never gone to school for photography, her work speaks for itself. I got a chance to sit down with the busy lady herself and talk a little bit about her photography, her business and experiences, and also the future of the arts in todays society.
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Bianca:

Welcome to College Confidential found only on 106.9 the X at Fanshawe College in London.
I’m Bianca. Today in the X studios we have Lisa Preece who is at the age of 20 who runs her own successful photography business. Has self-taught herself almost everything she knows, and is here today to talk to us about photography, her experience and also her future in photography.

How are you doing Lisa?

Lisabella:
I’m doing good, how are you?

Bianca:
Good. How’s the weather out there?

Lisabella:
Cold!

Bianca:
Ya? Did you have to put on a couple more layers today?

Lisabella:
I don’t wear coats…so it’s not really a difference

both laugh

Bianca:
I heard it was supposed to snow, is it snowing in St. Thomas yet?

Lisabella:
No. It’s just a little chilly.

Bianca:
Now when you were little, I know that I dreamed of like, the famous singer on stage, or the prima ballerina….I think as little kids we always dream big, we always like to have fun…what was your dream when you were little?

Lisabella:
I wanted to be a vet, because I had so many animals..soo…I wanted to just be with animals..and then I wanted to be a banker because my mom is a banker…bianca laughs I wanted to be just like mom. slight laugh

Bianca:
I find that like, ya I wanted to be a teacher sometimes too because my mom was a teacher, so I guess parents really have your influence on that.
When did your dreams start switching into wanting to become a photographer. Like you said that you wanted to be a vet…when did you see that change?

Lisabella:
I went into air cadets when I was 14..or….13? And we’d go to summer camps and I’d bring like tooonnns of disposable cameras with me both laugh slightly and i’d run out of them after the first week and i’d have to call my parents and have them send me more.. so .. I just loved taking pictures of my friends and like, capturing those memories that could be lost.. I just liked capturing moments.

Bianca:
Some people ..like, photography could have stayed as a hobbie doing dances or…just..a hobbie…what made it change into something you wanted to do as a career for the rest of your life?

Lisabella:
It was kind of a couple things.. like, it was the only thing I was comfortable doing. I’d had other jobs and I didnt really…you know…and then people just started telling me to charge because I had a talent, and I shouldn’t waste it so I just kinda looked into it and started going from there.

Bianca:
So before were you just photographing your friends and stuff like that? And then they would ask for the pictures that you took?

Lisabella:
Ya, that …and we would just do kind of like a theatre thing…we would just, doll people up and take pictures and then people just liked it and they kept asking for pictures and told me to charge.

Bianca:
I said before that you taught yourself everything that you know, would you recommend it to other people?

Lisabella:
If you really really like it, and you have the patience to research and do everything that you have to do, than I would recommend it…and not necessarily just with photography but with anything you want to do. I did do film in highschool, so that kind of helped me a little bit, and I took media arts so I did learn a little bit of photoshop. But when I got out of highschool I just started researching. I’m obsessed with the fashion network. like I watch everything about photography and modeling and anything really.

Bianca:
So you must be a fan of America’s Next Top Model then?

Lisabella:
That’s my biggest inspiration!

both laugh

Lisabella:
Tyra Banks!

Bianca:
Nigel Barker! HHEELLOOO

Lisabella:
Yeah he’s…………………..quite the man…….blushes

both laugh

Bianca:
Have you ever thought about going to school for photography? I mean you said that you did have experience in highschool with it. Have you ever thought about maybe going here to Fanshawe College, or…in other places for schooling?

Lisabella:
Uhm..it’s not really a rush to me..so if I go, I go..If I don’t then..it’s not really going to bother me. If anything I would go for entrepeneurship so I’d know how to run my own business. But right now, things are going good, it’s not really that big of a rush. If I find that I personally need to know more, and I can’t find it in my research, than I’ll definately look into classes.

Bianca:
Now where did the name “Lisabella” come from? How did you end up calling that your photography business?

Lisabella:
Well, I had an old boyfriend that I dated last year. Um..he was Italian so, he’d call me “Bella” all the time…which means Beautiful in Italian. And one day he started calling me Lisabella…and it just kind of stuck. And he helped me get started. Like he got me a camera to start with, and he got me Adobe Photoshop to start editing with .. and it’s kind of a shout out to thank him for helping me get there.

Bianca:
Do you think you could have done it without him?

Lisabella:
I probably could have. Like, I know I could have but it was just he helped think of the name and he gave me that kick to get going because I was procrastinating alot, and I was nervous.

Bianca:
Don’t worry I am a procrastinator myself.

both laugh

Lisabella:
He just gave me that reassurance that I can do it.

Bianca:
Now, I know if it were me, I get nervous really easily and I get scared alot.

Lisabella:
Me too.

Bianca:
hahaha alright there we go!
So how was your first photoshoot? Were you shaking? Were you nervous at all? Or were you just completely in your element?

Lisabella:
Well my first paid one, it was with people that I knew, with people that i’d done cheerleading with at highschool so it was pretty fun. It was only $10.00 for them to get pictures by me. But my first photoshoot I ever did I was just hanging out with my friend…she goes here, her name is Danielle Brown

Bianca:
Oh ok.

Lisabella:
I had to shout out to her

both laugh

Lisabella:
um…yeah we were just hanging out and it was fun. I didnt even think about anything. I just liked telling a story with the pictures and it’s still like that. Sometimes it’s a little nervwracking but I get over it pretty quick ..and it’s just fun.

Bianca:
How do you feel with like, new people. Like how do you try and make them comfortable incase they’re camera shy?

Lisabella:
Um….Just tell them to loosen up. Like, we’re both nervous so the more we loosen up we’ll both get more comfortable with it. That’s all I really tell them. I’m just like “it’s cool” ….and I just try to be chill and try to be normal, not uptight and intimidating because I’m not that way.

Bianca:
Now what do you think is your most memorable, or your favourite or your best shoot that you’ve done.

Lisabella:
It might sound a little weird but my first semi-nude shoot that I did. It was on the beach in the summer and I just had fun. It wasn’t a perverted way, it was very tasteful..I found my love for the human figure and I appreciate all shapes and sizes. It just helped me open up and get that versatility out there. And it was just, it was alot of fun. We were both shy about it because…you know

both laugh

Bianca:
Of course

both laugh

Lisabella:
but it was alot of fun, that was probably my favourite shoot

Bianca:
Now how do you make sure you don’t cross the line with those types of things. I mean usually people sometimes when they see nude photos, people think that they cross the border too much or they’re too much on the sexual side. How do you make sure it’s in a safe, friendly, family zone?

Lisabella:
I just make sure it’s not hoochie both laugh like no sticking out the bum or anything like that. I just—- we do alot of covering up. We’ll use sheets, we’ll use props um..not like heavy makeup like that. We just try to keep everything natural. I know what’s tasteful and whats raunchy and I just try not to cross that. I have done alot of research

Bianca:
What do you love to photograph the most?

Lisabella:
People. Definately. I just love fashion photography. It’s what I want to do. I want to be a fashion photographer so bad. And I mean I love doing family portraits and everything. But it’s definately the fashion thing because you get to be different and you get to be unique and you don’t have to worry about traditional things. You can just go crazy and it’s still fun.

Bianca:
Now everyone has their strong and weak points. What would you say is the most challenging thing for you to photograph?

Lisabella:
Nothing really in particular is challegning. Probably the most challenging thing is coming up with new ideas every second. Like after a picture I’m like "ok gotta think of another thing.” but photography is not really challenging to me. Well some of it is obviously, that’s where you get your rush, but nothing really is hard…maybe animals because they never stop moving…or babies…? But yeah, I work with it.

Bianca:
Which is the important thing right? Like you have to adapt to every type of situation that you get.

Lisabella:
right

Bianca:
With having success like……..I’m a fan of your work ..

Lisabella:
Thank you.

Bianca:
Oh you’re welcome!
Like, with success comes alot of jealousy with people too. Have there been any setbacks in your career already?

Lisabella:
I have had that jealousy factor with the harassing..I mean everyone gets the critism..you’ll get it wherever you go. But you pretty much just have to turn it into a positive. It’ll stress you out. Like it stresses me out, I’ve gone through alot of anxiety from it but honestly you just take it, you make it a positive and you use it as motivation to prove them wrong. That’s what you gotta do. It’s the only way you’ll get by.

Bianca:
I know that I have a support system with me, it’s like my mom, my family, my tight friends. Who are those people and have they helped you through this situation?

Lisabella:
The sit—-like with photography? or..

Bianca:
Or with like, I mean with the setbacks..

Lisabella:
Oh…yeah i have like huge…like my family supports everything I do. My mom’s like, obsessed she’s got pictures all over the house both laugh but yeah my sister helps me alot. She’s my big sister so she’s looking out for me. I have a boyfriend who’s AMAZING he just tells me to let it roll off my back. So yeah just family and friends. The people who you trust the most, they’ll be there for you.

Bianca:
Do you have anything to say to the people who might be jealous of what you do and how good you are at it?

Lisabella:
I dare you to keep going both laugh for a bit because it’s not doing anything it’s just making me better at what I do so the more you do it the better i’ll be.

Bianca:
Alot of famous photographers that I know that I could name off the bat, like we talked about, Nigel Barker, are male. How do you feel about being a woman in a field alot of people would say was male dominated?

Lisabella:
I honestly didn’t even realize that until I saw the question. I was like, “oh..it’s male—-ok” um it’s really not affected me. It’s cool…I mean there’s alot of guys so hey, but it’s not really a competition to me. There’s no limit on art, there’s no competition in art. So… I didn’t realize at all that it was a male dominated field…

Bianca:
Now what you said too was, the interesting thing about art is that it’s always changing, there’s always something new happening … do you see different trends happening with photography now?

Lisabella:
Uhm..alot of people are taking pictures of other people…like way more. It’s alot with the editing ..there’s many changes with that because there never used to be that kind of editing right? Like with picnik, or adobe photoshop, ..it’s just everyones trying to do different things and that’s cool. Like I totally respect everything that everyone’s doing. So that’s the only thing that I can find different is that people are getting more into it. Whether it just be a hobbie or something they really want to do.

Bianca:
Now, how do you feel about people who edit pictures? Like, I know there’s some who people think that editing is something that should be done on a photo, while others feel that it should just be left natural. What’s your stance on editing?

Lisabella:
It really depends on what your client wants. It’s not really a huge deal to me. I mean.. I personally don’t like when people throw words all over the pictures when you can’t even see the picture…because the point of the picture is the picture. But, editing…if you want to edit that’s up to you, it’s up to the people who are in the pictures… if you don’t want to edit …if that’s what your used to just do what you’re used to doing.

Bianca:
Now there’s always controversy with modeling being too skinny. Would you photograph someone who you thought might have an eating disorder?

Lisabella:
If they came to me and asked for pictures, I’m not going to say no because they have a disease. But everyone’s different sizes right? And it might help them realize they have gone too far with it, and they need to get help. I take pictures of people of all different shapes and sizes so it helps people realize you don’t have to be a skinny minnie to be photographed or to be a model. You can be average size and still be beautiful.

Bianca:
On the opposite side, is there any limit to how big you would photograph someone?

Lisbella:
Not really no, I’ve just learned to appreciate everything. Because I’ve watched so much stuff. Like on the Fashion Network it’s not just fashion…it’s following photographers…there’s this one show that I watch called “the art of nude photography” and actually half the people in that are heavier set, and it’s beautiful because you get to kind of see a story of where they’ve been in sense. So I just like capturing anything. There’s no limit for me. Everyone’s beautiful.

Bianca:
That’s actually a really good message and it’s good to hear someone say that because I feel like alot girls now feel the pressure to be wearing alot of make-up, to have a certain ideal body type, that there should be so much photoshopping done to a photo because no one is the ideal beauty. And it’s good to hear that someone thinks they’re beautiful no matter what.

Now do you think that photography has changed over the years? Like you said with editing now, they didn’t have that back in like, the 50’s or the 20’s…Do you think that photography has changed because of that?

Lisabella:
Like mainstream photography, yeah. Because alot of people have turned to digital because it’s alot easier to do. People who are on big time schedules, especially in the industry like in L.A and stuff, they do digital because it goes into their computer right away and they can see what’s good and what’s bad… But people who have the money and who have the time…film is awesome. Like, it’s not something you should…you know, not do because film is fun. You get to be in a dark room, you get to play with different things. I love the dark room..and I love the smell of the vinigar in there, I don’t if that’s weird. both laugh I love it! So it has changed, but I think it really depends what you like most.

Bianca:
Do you think photography being more in society and people are taking with their webcams and with their cell phones.. do you think it’s becoming less art and more driven by celebrities and seeing what new baby Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have?

Lisabella:
Well… that’s more news story than photography. But anything can be a photograph. Anyone can take a photograph. It really depends on what you personally consider to be art. I don’t think there’s any competition or limit. Like it can be webcam quality like you said, and that can still be photography. It really depends on how you look at it personally and it’s your picture..nobody should be putting limits on it because it’s what you like.

Bianca:
If you could change anything about photography or the stereotypes that are in the industry like for modeling, or for what can be photographed…what would you want to change?

Lisabella:
Probably the image that models give off because you see the models on the catwalk and they’re like, skin and bones.. there’s alot of pressure in the industry … because we’ve all seen it on Top Model…someone won’t be toned and they’ll get in trouble for it. But, I don’t think that’s right because you go into modeling the way that you are and you shouldn’t have to change. I mean if it were to save your life or to make you healthier, then sure…but you’re beautiful no matter what..I think everybody should be accepted for who they are and what they look like.

Bianca:
There’s tonns of photographers out there like we said before, that are famous..what makes you different? What makes you stand out compared to the rest that are on facebook groups and stuff like that?

Lisabella:
I was honestly looking at that and.. I don’t know…I guess I just do things the Lisabella way? laughs I’m just myself I guess and it reflects in the photos. I love doing the candid things. There’s alot of people who do alot of posing, which is fine, that’s what they want to do. But to me I like capturing those moments..the unexpected photos are probably the best ones. Because they’re natural…they’re not forced or anything. So maybe that? I haven’t really thought about that.

Bianca:
If you could set the highest goal to be reached by your photography business, what would it be?

Lisabella:
Like when i get through everything?

Bianca:
Yeah or in 10 years where do you see your photography business going? What are you looking forward to doing the most?

Lisabella:
Well I like taking things in baby steps because that’s the way you learn the best. Right now i’m focused on getting the most experience that I can. I want to have my own studio.. hopefully an at-home studio. It’s fun to work out of your house because then you work on your own time schedule. But yeah I just want to be having my own studio, maybe being in magazines I would LOVE. But yeah I just want to be well-known..

Bianca:
Can you give any tips to people who want to get into photography or just likes taking pictures as a hobbie? Is there certain mistakes you see people holding a camera or how far to zoom in and out…any tips that you could give to someone?

Lisabella:
Well the best advice/tip that I can give, is when you’re taking a picture take it at an unusual angle that you don’t see everyday. Like say you walk past a flower and you just see it sitting there from your view, everybody see’s that so it looks kind of amateur, but don’t be afraid to lay on the ground and get dirty. Lord knows I have so many stains on my clothes from rolling in the mud, but try and get an angle that you don’t see everyday because it’ll make it more interesting. Same with people too, they don’t always have to be centered, they can be to the side…

Bianca:
We’ve been talking about your work this whole time, and photography and what you like to take pictures of, and what you don’t like to take pictures of…where can people see your working being displayed?

Lisabella:
I am on facebook, I have a group called “LISABELLA PHOTOGRAPHY” and I have a redbubble too which is www.redbubble.com/people/lisabella.

Bianca:
And how can people contact you? Do you want them contacting you through facebook? Or through redbubble? Or can they contact you at home?

Lisabella:
On my facebook group you can contact me through there. Don’t be afraid to send me a message and we can work something out there. I have my schedule up there so people can see when I’m available and when I’m not. And on redbubble my email is on there so if you want to email me go ahead. Tell me what you want to do.. just tell me where and when and I’ll be there!

Bianca:
Is there any things that you’re excited for or are anticipating something that you have scheduled already?

Lisabella:
Yessssss. I’m shooting the staff christmas party for fresh fm, fm96, the hawk and AM980, and I’m so excited because i’ve been listening to those people since I was a kid. Since Backstreet Boys were amazing, which they still are. both laugh

Bianca:
Yes! Yes they are! I get made fun of all the time because I like Backstreet Boys!!

Lisabella:
I love them!!

Bianca:
Me Too!!

both laugh

Lisabella:
My sister kind of got me into that. Spice Girls too.

Bianca:
My theory is that everyone, even a guy, knows at least some lyrics to a Backstreet Boy song.

Lisabella;
Yeah, you can’t not..and they’re hot too so…

both laugh

Bianca:
Yes!

Lisabella:
But yeah I’m pretty excited for that, it’s going to be alot of fun. I get to meet people that i’ve admired for a long time and get my name out there. It’s going to be a blast!

Bianca:
Well good luck with everything that you do. And it looks like our time is up unfortunately. But Lisa I had a great time thank you once again for coming down to The X studios

Lisabella:
Awww you’re welcome! Thanks for having me! I had fun too!

Bianca:
Aw good… I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. Once again you can check out Lisa at her facebook group called LISABELLA PHOTOGRAPHY or you can check her out on redbubble.com.

*_OUTRO:
once again I would like to thank Lisa for coming from St. Thomas down to the X studios here in London. I had a great time interviewing you and you are a super friendly person and made the interview go so smoothly. I really thought that Lisa brought up some great points during the interview. You don’t have to be skinny, or drop dead gorgeous to be a model, or to get your picture taken. The industry emphasizes so much on what people look like nowadays. People who don’t have flawless skin or the perfect body type can still be models, and can still be a part of the art of photography. Like Lisa said before, Photography is art and anything can become art. I’m sure if you walked around the city of London, maybe in your neighbourhood, or even in your own bedroom you can find something to make into art. There’s no limit to art, or what the definition of art is. Lisa, as a photographer, is a perfect example of that. Thanks Lisa for coming in, and that concludes another College Confidential. *_

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  • Megan Vaughan
    Megan Vaughanabout 6 years ago

    Wow girl I can’t believe you typed all that! I’m impressed!

  • hahahah thanks it took forever!!!!!

    – lisabella

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