Each month, I interview a local photographer to learn about why they love photography.
Lisa Hepfer is the owner of Lisa Monet Photography in her favorite place in the whole wide world, Tacoma. She specializes in lifestyle photos for families as well as sports photography for CrossFit competitions. Lisa and her husband Morgan lived in Thailand as teachers at an international school for three years before returning to their beloved Tacoma to open Tacoma Strength. You can usually find Lisa and her kids playing at Wright Park, the Children’s Museum, or at Owen Beach. To see more of Lisa’s photography, go to LisaMonetPhotography.com.
Roxanne: When did you become interested in photography?
Lisa: I became interested in photography when my daughter Finley was born almost 5 years ago. Taking great pictures of my kids was on my bucket list. I began checking out books from the library on anything about photographing kids.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
Starting a business began gradually. I really enjoyed posting pictures of my daughter on my blog, and then my friends began asking me to take pictures of their babies.
Why is photography important to you?
Photography is important to me because I get to document these amazing and wildly precious kids in my house! I love the creative outlet it provides for me.
What motivates you?
Two things motivate me to take pictures. Number one is everyday life. I try to capture families as they are, doing what they do every day. I much prefer photos of kids being kids over pictures of kids dressed nicely sitting with their hands folded! Number two is the hard work that I see during CrossFit workouts. Pain, sweat, and muscles, oh my! And then if I can somehow find some symmetry or framing during those two things, I am a happy girl!
What’s your favorite lens or other piece of photography gear?
My favorite lens is my 24 mm f/1.4L. I love the wide angle, getting in all the delicious details of a room.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in photography?
Find a mentor! Many photographers love sharing their passion.