We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Mihelich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Everyone loves pictures and pictures can never go out of business. I want to be that person that uses their love for photography to build the business, not solely doing this for income. Photographers are capable of charging an arm and a leg which causes some families to not be able to indulge in them. I wanted to be an affordable photographer that was capable of making memories for families of all income. I love capturing the sweetest memories in my life and love looking back on pictures and I want to make sure everyone gets that same opportunity.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I live the busiest life and I love every second of it. I have three “jobs” but I don’t ever feel like I am working.
Most kiddos want to be a teacher at some point in their life. Every little girl can tell you that they have set up their class of stuffed animals and taught a lesson. If you would have asked me in kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you teacher. By the time I finished school, I knew I wanted to be for students what my teachers were for me. I have now been a teacher for 6 years and I can truly say that my students are the best thing. Do they drive me crazy daily? Absolutely. Do I question my job once a week? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I know my kiddos need me and thats what I am going to do.
After I end the day teaching, now we go to the gym. I played sports all my life until an injury made me hangup the towel. I learned SO many life lessons on the court with my teammates and now I get to instill those same things in this generation. There was nothing better than putting on my kneepads, putting on my jersey, lacing up my shoes and getting ready for a game-day. Showing up the gym, stepping foot on that volleyball court each and every practice/game, takes me back to my playing days and it brings me joy. Again, just like my teachers play a positive role in my life, so did my coaches. I want to be what they were for me to my athletes now.
During covid, I needed to find something to do. Schools were shut down, gyms were closed down. I played around with the idea of investing in a camera for a long time but never took the plunge. When you have nothing else to do, impulse decisions sound even better. I got the camera and was STOKED. I took pictures of a couple of friends but that was about it. I wanted to be official so I thought of names for my business. I took plenty of time with that because I thought to myself “if this is going to be official, I better really love it.” So thats where ThroughLisasLens came in the picture. I was official for about 3 months before I did anything with it. I was scared. Scared of putting myself out there with something new. Scared of letting people down if their pictures weren’t good enough. FINALLY in 2022, I thought to myself why did I get a camera if I am not going to take full advantage of it. At a St. Patricks day party, a friend of mine Patrick and I had a conversation. He looked and me and said “Lisa, make that instagram. What are you waiting for?” For some reason, all I needed was that extra push. And now ThroughLisasLens is thriving and I am loving every bit of snapping people’s sweetest memories.
I like to say I am a professional hype-man. When I have my teacher hat on, I am encouraging students to be the best at anything they dream of. When I have my coach hat on, I am their biggest cheerleader on the sideline. When I have my photographer hat on, I am making you feel like you look like a million bucks.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I tell people all the time, Arlington is the biggest small town. There is so much to do but when you are from here and have done it all your life you don’t look at it like that.
If they have never been to DFW, you spend a day in fort worth. Exploring the stockyards, seeing Billy Bobs, eating BBQ at Coopers.
Spend time in Arlington at a rangers game, six flags, hurricane harbor, but always make sure you end the day at JGills 🙂
Spend a day in Dallas bar hopping, visiting historic places (if thats what you are into) going up to see the Dallas view from the ball.
There is plenty to do here and for all ages.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As a new photographer, you always need those friends that are willing to dress up and get in front of the camera for you to “practice”. One of my bestfriends, Lindsey Carpenter, was my go to girl. She found out I was getting into photography and she said “I’m in!” So what started as pictures of just her in her front yard, back yard, etc… has now turned into pregnancy announcement pictures, maternity pictures, family pictures. Now I am getting to take pictures of not just her and her sweet husband, Collin, but now I get to add two little twin girls to the mix. I can’t thank her and her husband enough because now I truly know I have a passion for photography and they truly got my feet wet and helped me get this thing going.
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