I'm originally a Sydney girl. Grew up in Chatswood. Loved riding horses, Skyhooks, the beach and had no particular ambitions.
Thanks to my parents I happened to have crazy long legs, was thin as a bean pole and had that kind of face that with some spit and polish scrubbed up reasonably well. This combined with an agent who saw a diamond in the rough had me modelling in no time and before I knew it, I found myself on the runways of Paris, New York and Milan and appearing in the pages and on the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle...quite head spinning at the time.
Despite what people think, modelling was often demanding work and not always as glamorous as it seemed. But I'll always remember photographer David Bailey telling me that digging ditches was hard work. Not what we did. Point taken.
The GREAT part however was working with some of the most iconic photographers of the 20th Century. For those of you who know your fashion photography, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindberg, Horst P. Horst, Arthur Elgort and Sarah Moon to name just a few.
I was taking an interest in photography by then and was studying not only technique, lighting and composition, but how a great photographer related to his or her subject and how the photographer made the subject feel. This is how I saw these great photographers create some of their most iconic images.
Quite naturally I ended up on the other side of the camera. I had some wonderful photographer mentors working as an assistant for a time until I became a fully fledged photographer myself living in New York.
I can't believe I've been doing this close to twenty five years now. A move to Los Angeles saw me specialising in weddings and expanding my range to children's and family photography.
I left Sydney as a model and have come full circle to return as a photographer.
Jahan Kalantar/ Executive legal
“Thank you Lisa for bringing us together and making us feel like superstars!
It was a blast and we are so excited to see the photos!"”