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Meet Lisa Rose of Lisarosephoto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Rose.

Lisa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
From the moment my 9th grade art teacher, Mr. Gallagher lent me his medium format camera, I knew photography was going to become a part of my life. I was shooting everything and anything, from family and friends to landscapes and still life. When I graduated high school, my parents gave me a Canon AE1 film camera. It was the first camera I had ever owned. This was a huge deal because my family was struggling financially. But they knew this was something that would bring me joy and something I was dedicated to learning. While in college, I started shooting cover bands and I found that I was quite good at capturing all the great key moments on stage. It was all training for what was to come later on. I moved to Los Angeles from New York during the 80’s after college and started working nights as the house photographer for various clubs where famous musicians would drop in unannounced and jam with the house bands. It was there at one of the venues, The China Club in Hollywood that I photographed many great musicians like, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elton John, Axl Rose, and David Bowie. I had access to these people and it helped get me noticed by publicists and agents. The publicist for the China Club encouraged me to expand my repertoire and seek representation. I was good at photographing people and I liked it.

Over the years, I shot exclusive assignments for many magazines like People, Us, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, etc. I was shooting concerts, award & fashion shows, political events, at home celebrity profiles, and Hollywood event parties, etc. etc.

It was while on an assignment shooting behind the scenes of a television show that I decided I wanted to become a set photographer and shoot unit stills of features and television shows. Shooting unit photography became my niche, I love shooting alongside the camera operators while they were filming. My focus and goal is to capture a moment and have that one image tell a story. If you can look at one of my unit stills and understand what is being communicated, I have done my job. Tell the story in a single image. And I have done just that, time & time again since 2002. I have had so many wonderful opportunities and not only do I get to shoot unit photography, I also shoot behind the scenes, galleries and props. Everyday is a brand new day, and sometimes it challenges me to raise the bar of what I can create.

Among some of the people I have photographed for television and movies, are Former First Lady of The United States, Mrs.Michelle Obama, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Rosario Dawson, Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Tony Danza, Rebecca Romijn, RuPaul, Jack Black, Aaron Johnson, James Franco, Ariana Grande, Jane Lynch, Emma Stone, Gina Rodriguez, Carrie Underwood, Tyra Banks, Kelly Clarkson, , Christina Aguilera, Russell Brand.

I am grateful to everyone I have met along the way. I am always learning new techniques, I have learned to take risks and go for what I want.

I specialize in unit stills photography for feature film and television projects as well as portraiture and in my spare time I photograph interesting people and what I like to categorize as “My favorite things” which is anything I want to personally explore.

What I am most proud of is my ability to persevere under adversity. Never give up attitude. In business, you experience failure from time to time, if you’re lucky. You need this failure to help you not only appreciate your successes but to become learn from your mistakes, your failures.

What sets me apart from others is my ability to be flexible and be a solutions seeker. Even if I do not know how to do something, I will challenge myself by saying, “this is a hill…. or a mountain worth climbing and what necessary tools or techniques do I need to accomplish this with success.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has never been a completely smooth road. I have had many obstacles. I’ve been discriminated against, which honestly I naively believed would never happen to me. I always felt that I was judged for the strength of my work, but sadly I was mistaken. However, I try not to pay too much attention to things outside my control. The world contains a vast area of opportunity and I have enjoyed success and learned from failure. I try to remember what didn’t work and how I can do better the next time. I’ve been up for some jobs that I really wanted that I didn’t get and I know that wasn’t my job to get. I’m convinced that I attract the jobs that are perfect for me. And I have also visualized, focused on and manifested specific opportunities.

What were you like growing up?
I was a precocious, adventurous, happy child. I was an avid reader with a massive library of books. My mother taught me how to read at a very young age, because she was dyslexic and didn’t want me to struggle with learning as she had. Her love of reading was passed down to me. I was also a natural artist, which I inherited from my father who was a gifted painter who never realized talented he was. Sometimes in the basement of our home we would paint together side by side, he on his canvas and I on mine.Originally I wanted to become an artist and that dream was always supported by my parents, who instilled in me that I could be whatever I wanted.

Contact Info:

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Image Credit:
Jane The Virgin Lisa Rose/courtesy of The CW©2019
Marco Franchino

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