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Sep22

Vendors We Adore: Lisa Austin of Brightside Photography

Lisa Christine Austin, Brightside Photography

By now, you’ve likely figured out that wedding professionals end up as part of this series by virtue of me thinking they’re fantastic, and Lisa Christine Austin of Brightside Photography — formerly of Lisa Christine Photography — is certainly no exception!  I have had the privilege of working on multiple events with Lisa, and I’m so pleased to feature her on the blog, today!

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Lisa is bright, cheerful, and energetic with a sharp eye (and a very steady hand), and time and time, again, I have seen that she is always willing to go the extra mile to capture a “moment” — or to help us MAKE a “moment” — for a client.  Her clear, lively, candid photography reflects her personality and those of the subjects and really speaks for itself — she brings so much passion to what she does — you can see a few samples, below, and she’s definitely the kind of person I love having on my team at an event!  If you’re looking for a photographer, maybe she’s the right person for your team, too — check her out at Brightside Photography!  On with the interview!

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Much like Something New Entertainment, Brightside Photography is the collaboration of a husband-wife team (and — P.S., Lisa: I love your “Part 2” comments about what you enjoy most about being a photographer.  You expressed that special perk perfectly!  AND — thanks for the compliment in your last response — that’s something that we work hard at and very much pride ourselves on!).

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Photo by Brightside Photography


Beautiful Something New Bride Arianne at Avion on the Water in Canfield, Ohio. Photo by Brightside Photography. CLICK to see more photos of this beautiful event!

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Something New Entertainment’s DJ Anna-Jeannine “AJ9” Herman: What first interested you in photography?
Brightside Photography’s Lisa Austin: Before I understood anything about the technical, or even artistic, aspects of photography, I just loved the idea of documenting the people in my life! I know it sounds cliche, but being able to capture a moment in time – whether it’s a wedding day, or my family at the holidays- is so precious to me. Since it’s an industry that is always evolving, there’s always something new to learn and I love that.


AJ9: How long have you been photographing weddings?
LA: This is my 6th year, and our 5th year together. We spent our first few years as associate photographers for another studio, which was a huge blessing. We were able to learn a lot before we went out “on our own.”

AJ9: How would you describe your photographic style?
LA: While we spend a good portion of a wedding day just documenting what’s happening, we are very deliberate with our portraits. We strive to create timeless photographs. This rolls over into our post processing work, too. We want our clients to appreciate their photos years, and generations, from now. There are new trends popping up in our industry all of the time, but we choose deliver consistent, quality images. Our family portraits are slightly more traditional, without being rigid and uncomfortable. And our bridal party portraits are more relaxed and fun- with an occasional dose of “serious face”. 🙂

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Photo by Brightside Photography.


Photo by Brightside Photography

AJ9: What do you enjoy most about being a wedding photographer?
LA: 
I have two and answers for this one- 1. We work hard to capture their day so that when they look back on the photos, they can relive that moment. When I get an email from a bride saying how she felt like she was right back in her wedding day as she’s going through the photos, that makes my day. 2. Being able to attend a wedding every week with my husband- hearing vows, seeing those commitments made- makes me so thankful for Chad and our marriage all over again!

AJ9: What is the most important consideration couples should make when hiring a photographer for their wedding?
LA: In my opinion, a couple should be able to trust their photographer. This comes through seeing a variety of weddings/locations/people in the photographers portfolio, and when possible, meeting them in person prior to the wedding day. If they are confident in their photographer’s artistic/technical abilities, they can relax on their wedding day! Instead of thinking “Did they get the shots we wanted?…”


Photo by Brightside Photography.

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Photo by Brightside Photography.

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AJ9: What are some ways that couples can prepare for their wedding day to help ensure better photos?
LA: We always communicate with our couples about the wedding day timeline, usually from the very first meeting. When we know exactly how much time we have and what locations we’ll be using, we can plan ahead to get the most out of their wedding day.


AJ9: What’s your favorite “must capture” moment during the day?
LA: I definitely have more than one! But if I have to choose… it would actually be some of Chad’s work. He always stays back with the bride and her father during the processional, while I’m at the other end near the groom. In those moments just before they walk down, he’s able to capture the most genuine excitement/anticipation/joy/tears from the bride & her father.

AJ9: What’s the question I’m not asking you but you wish I would, or What’s the question that clients usually don’t ask you but you wish they would?
LA: We just met with one of our couples recently, and at the end of the meeting the bride mentioned the other vendors involved in their day. It’s not essential for us to know these things, but it does give us a better idea for the flow of the day, if say a videographer will also be there.
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Photo by Brightside Photography.

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AJ9: What do you look for in a great DJ and what are your DJ pet peeves?  How can your DJ “co-workers” help you, hurt you, or irritate you throughout the day?
LA: For me, a great DJ just keeps us in the loop! There’s nothing worse than walking out of the room, and then hearing “Ladies and gentlemen… the bride and groom will now be….” We always introduce ourselves to the DJ/Band and politely ask to be given a cue before anything happens, so usually we can avoid this. You two (and everyone in your company) have always been a dream to work with!
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Lisa Christine Austin, Brightside Photography

Chad Austin, Brightside Photography.

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About Lisa (and Brightside Photography):
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In the simplest terms I am a wife, daughter, sister, and photographer.
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I am married to an amazing man; He completes me. We photograph people all over Northeast Ohio… We also travel the globe for shoots at every chance we get.
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Outside of photography, we’re both passionate about music. Chad is a musician and I pretend to be one. We also enjoy traveling, all things MLB, and decorating our cozy abode.
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Chad and Lisa Austin, Brightside Photography.

1 Comment

  1. Karin VanCure-Something White

    Lisa and Chad photographed my wedding a few months ago (via Andrew JordanPhotography) and did an outstanding job!! They are so creative and have such an eye for capturing beautiful moments. Best of luck to Brightside Photography (love the name by the way).

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