The Truth and a Promise
I came across this quote last week: “If you don’t tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” Virginia Woolf
And it made me take a long hard look about myself.
So here it is, my confession.
I don’t know when, how or why I have been steered off my path of photographing the true essence of
people. I found myself caught up in the latest trend of photographing with props. Yes, props.
This is something I have never done before in my 19 years as a professional photographer. As I
look back at the photos I have taken with props this past year, I find that it is more about
the props and less about the people.
Don’t get me wrong, the photos were beautiful, but it made me think: who was I photographing – the props or the people?
I had a wonderful photography instructor who told me to follow the KISS principle. Kiss is an
acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid”. He was not the only one that thought this way; Mies Van
Der Rohe’s said, “Less is more” and Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate
sophistication.” I have to agree, they were all so right!
I became a professional photographer because I love to photograph the beauty in everyone. The truly talented photographers don’t tend to look at things as the ‘average’ person. We tend to see the true essence of that person and the little things that make him or her different from the next.
Photographing your uniqueness and beauty is important to me; and immortalizing your moments of time. These are the true memories; and a tangible connection to your past.
As a little girl, I have always had (and still have) a strong connection to Saint Francis of Assisi. If you don’t know about Saint Francis of Assisi you may want to look him up. He was a wonderful, peaceful person and a Saint whom I admire and look up to on a daily basis. He appreciated everything God put on this earth and was truly grateful for it.
My personal logo is not just a logo; it also has meaning to me and it is a part of who I am. It is an olive branch. It’s the same olive branch that I have tattooed inside my right wrist as a dedication to Saint Francis and a reminder for me to be more like him.
My promise to you: I promise to photograph you with meaning, emotion and purpose. I believe in treating people the way that I want to be treated. Your privacy is important to me and I respect it. I also promise to give you the best quality photos of your most cherished memories.
I have now told the truth about myself – and I will be able to tell the truth about you through my photographs and capture your story.
Lisa Crispo is an on location professional photographer specializing in boutique style portraits of newborns, babies, children, maternity, families, and small weddings.
Lisa Crispo services Southern Ontario including Bolton, Caledon, Etobicoke, GTA, King City, Kleinburg, Maple, Nobleton, Oakville, Toronto, Vaughan ,Woodbridge and Cottage Country