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As a photographer, these are the words I think best describe my work. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a camera on me; you just never know when you’ll find yourself in the midst of an incredible moment, one that you never want to forget. This is the same approach I take with my clients—it’s not the forced poses that people remember, but the sentiment of the connection they’re experiencing with who, or what, surrounds them. As such, my intention is to remain an observant documentarian, capturing spontaneous, genuine sparks of emotion that visibly translate to the final photos.

True love is expressed out in so many ways. It’s seen in shared gaze, a joyous laugh, a subtle gesture, or a giant smile. This isn’t something you can fake. I’ve found that to best photograph these authentic moments of affection, you need to give the time and space to let them happen. Plus, as someone who’s far more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it, I know how much it helps to collaborate with a photographer who makes the experience feel relaxed and free of pressure.

Originally from MA, I spent a great deal of my childhood taking unexpected day trips around New England thanks to my adventurous parents (although at the time I didn’t appreciate that so much… I was less than thrilled to miss Saturday morning cartoons). To this day, I continue to spend as much of my free time as possible traveling and taking pictures. There’s nothing better than exploring a new city, remote town, vast forest, sweeping mountain range or rugged beach.

Currently based in LA, I’m surrounded by all an incredible variety of different landscapes and environments. I’m always looking for new and interesting people to photograph in any of these varied spaces—or anywhere else around the country…or even the world. If this strikes your fancy, hit me up! I’ll even explain how the name “Mister Pretty” came to be!

-       Lisa Ruschioni