We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Muller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am a firm believer that a life without risk, is a life not worth living. If you continue to stay in your comfort zone or play it safe; you never really understand success or failure. Which are things people need to know how to cope or mange during times of real highs and real lows. I’m a bit impulsive which is to a fault. Sometimes being impulsive helps me go beyond what I even thought I was capable of doing. After graduating college in Austin, TX; I packed my car of what belongings fit and drove to Los Angeles, CA. I don’t know what I was looking for, I just knew that I needed to be there. No job, no place to live and no support system. I made it work and I learned so much more about myself and what I needed in my life. I landed multiple photo freelance gigs and eventually found my way as the Lead Photographer of a giant cosmetic company called Wet N’ Wild. For almost two years of me being there, I found a great support system of friends, was able to find jobs and even found a great place to live. A crazy impulse that my family couldn’t believe I did, turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life. Another risk I took was quitting Wet N’ Wild to pursue a new job in Dallas, TX. If you’re still reading this, risk can be pleasant or it can be a huge bust. But you’ll never know until you try.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I just really like making captivating pretty pictures. I’m not sure how that sets me apart but I really enjoy creating moments where you want to stop to analyze the photo. Persistence and dedication is what got me to where I am today. I would print out copies of my resume and a little mailer of my images to put them into companies doors or mailboxes. Some of the time it worked! I felt like an actual crazy person but it helped me gain some businesses and helped me network! Being a photographer in todays world is definitely not for someone who thinks its a quick paying gig. People shoot with their Iphones and call it a day. I’m not here to knock Iphone photography cause if you haven’t seen Apples billboard campaigns… definitely google it. People are making some pretty cool images with their Iphones. Most of the time you have to hustle and network to get anywhere in the photography business. Due to Covid 19, I do believe there will be more of a need for photographers since a lot of business will be looking into getting better websites, paying for ads and changing their social media. We are no longer a world where we can run to the mall to get an outfit. We’ve changed to everything being online. Some of the challenges I faced was making myself marketable. When I started shooting, I only wanted to do fashion and by fashion I meant locational portraits. Which is fun and still one of my favorite things to create but people need product photography. In college we had a class to teach us commercial photography and I found it to be so boring. Now, it’s the only thing I want to shoot. Taking something thats your least favorite and becoming a master at it, really helps you be a more marketable as an artist and more versatile.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oh man… I have a ton of fun places I really enjoy showing my friends from out of town! Top three things I love doing in the Dallas area is Hiking at Cedar Park Ridge Preserve, Paddle boarding at White Rock Lake and watching a movie at Alamo Draft house in the Cedars. My Top Three places to eat would be Lee Harveys in The Cedars. They have the best burgers… ever… I don’t care what anyone says, they’re the best. My second would be Rex’s Seafood Market at the Farmers Market, I’m originally from New York and grew up eating a lot of seafood. This place is absolutely bomb, from half shell oysters to tastiest salmon you can have by not being a near an ocean haha. They also have a market section where you can buy fresh fish or shellfish and bring it home. And my third favorite would be crushcraft Thai Treats in uptown. The atmosphere and the food is simply amazing. I prefer hanging out in the Lower Greenville area more than Deep Ellum. Both are fun crazy night life but Truck yard has to be one of my favorite fun drinking hangouts.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give a shout out to my Fiancé. Even when I doubt myself or really just want to quit, he’s always there reminding me that this is my passion. He has been such a great supporter of my dreams and has even pushed me to create more. It’s really nice to have someone like that in your corner who continues to hype you up. He’s a video graphics editor, so being able to go to him with some creative ideas has been a lot of fun and inspiring. We even collabed on an image where I took a picture of a beer can and he was able to render 3D bee’s into it.
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