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Meet Lisette Gatliff of Lisette Gatliff Photography in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisette Gatliff.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lisette. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
If I had peered into a crystal ball only to find myself with a camera in one hand and fixing a bride’s veil with the other, the court reporter in me would have chuckled in surprise. However, after ten years of loving my left-brained career — typing away at up to 240 words per minute recording legal testimony — the birth of my daughter sparked a desire to capture her every milestone. I invested in a DSLR camera and took a couple of photography classes, which led to photographing friends and family for holiday cards. That was six years ago, and I haven’t looked back. I decided to continue educating myself. improving my skillset, and turning it into a full-fledged portrait and event photography business.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Mission: (almost) impossible – Return from a photo shoot, feed the family, clean the house, put the kids to sleep while my husband works the graveyard shift, edit images into the late hours of the night. I live the timeless tale of all working mothers, sometimes teetering on the edge of the perfect home/work balance. Apart from that universal struggle, at the beginning there was the fun surprise of a steep learning curve. You don’t just pick up a camera and the heavens part to get you that awe-inspiring photo. There are a multitude of camera settings, editing techniques, and other skills I had to learn and refine. I know the challenges will continue to come, some of them sparked by my desire to improve, and I will embrace them all.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Lisette Gatliff Photography – what should we know?
Recently a friend told me, “You’re too friendly and creative to be a court reporter who just sits silently typing away.” That statement struck a chord with me because it was in that moment that I realized that as a photographer I’m not just working with a camera; I’m working with people and I have the ability to tell their stories through my lens. Making my clients feel as if they can be their true selves around me is something I pride myself in. True to my photojournalistic style, my work represents various celebrations of life which are full of genuine smiles and laughter. I like to further convey that joy with light-infused, colorful images.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Success is realizing there is always room for improvement, never becoming complacent, pushing myself to find new and better ways of doing things. Also, the connections and relationships I develop with my clients will continue to be an invaluable part of furthering my business.

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