Pretty/Bold Photography

Pretty/Bold Photography

Based In: CA
Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: Pretty/Bold Photography

Pretty/Bold Photography

Based In: CA
Business Attributes: Woman Owned

Hi, I’m Lisa – a traveling photographer for the adventurous, bold, and fun! Defying traditions and crushing expectations, one couple at a time!

MY STYLE + APPROACH

Are you super awkward in photos? No worries here, so are 99% of my clients! Also, I, too, literally freeze and make weird T-Rex arms as soon as I see a camera pointed my way, so I know how uncomfortable hours of taking pictures can sound. Because of this, it’s my top priority (in addition to capturing epic shots), to ensure you’re both fully relaxed and having fun during your elopement. This day is about you, and if you’re not having a good time, then the photos will immediately reflect that (a definite lose-lose for both of us).

Beyond fostering a laidback environment, I’m a big fan of direct and open communication, planning for worst-case serious in advance (to eliminate any unexpected stress on your wedding day), and dramatic photos that are bright, colorful, and fully reflect the love and joy of your wedding day.

Some of my favorite places for elopements around Southern California include the beaches (obviously – although it can be tough to avoid crowds), the Angeles National Forest, the San Bernardino Mountains (Big Bear + Lake Arrowhead for a snowy adventure), the hills and small towns around Santa Barbara (Solvang + Los Olivos are two of my fav spots for a weekend trip), and the deserts of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley.

ABOUT ME

Having grown up in MA, I came out to Los Angeles for my final semester in film school. While I may have left behind the dreadfully cold New England winters, I held onto my Boston accent and love of the word “wicked.” In 2016, my husband and I eloped privately in Big Sur, CA, so I’m familiar with the struggles of planning an elopement not only as a vendor, but also a bride.

I currently reside in Northeast LA and when I’m not traveling, I’m probably planning my next trip, watering one of my 100+ houseplants, cuddling with my 4 rescue pets (3 cats + 1 jerky dog), or poolside with my husband and friends.

Making the world a better place is extremely important to me, so I frequently volunteer around LA. Also, a portion of every booking is donated to a vetted nonprofit that supports social/environment/animal causes. Further, my elopements follow the practices of Leave No Trace and get all required permits.

PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES

My Southern California packages start at $2700 and include:

  • A comprehensive, 100+ page elopement planning guide full of helpful tips and checklists!
  • Personalized location research + permit application assistance, as needed
  • Local vendor referrals
  • Elopement day timeline creation
  • Travel fees
  • Sneak Peeks of your images within a week of your elopement
  • An online gallery of your high res, edited images where you can download, share, and print directly from a professional photo lab
  • Tips on where to find the best local tacos, avocado toast or wine bars

If it sounds like we’d be a good match, please reach out via my website or the form below!

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Lisa is incredible!! Not only is her photography both pretty and bold, it is also timeless!! The pure and crisp colors are going to be a joy to look at for years to come!!! Lisa even took the time to help me a few extra request and questions about a photo album I was putting together. She was so easy to shoot with and provided very thorough location recommendations. We are looking forward to working with her for years to come! Thank you, Lisa!!

Shelby Zamzow

Lisa took the most beautiful photos of my elopement/intimate wedding. She was absolutely the best vendor choice I made for my entire wedding. She helped us choose an elopement location, shoot locations, and made an entire timeline of the day for us based on when the sun would set in the mountains (and added in buffer times because she knew we would run late- we did). Her experience and talent is truly unmatched. Usually as a bride you are told that you are so beautiful and your dress is gorgeous... but the compliment I receive the most is how gorgeous my photos are. I totally agree. Numerous people have told me that they are the most amazing wedding photos they have ever seen and that they can't stop looking through them. I found Lisa through a chain of photographer referrals because I was getting married in a very short time frame. We got so extremely lucky that she had a cancellation (COVID) for the same day. I cannot say enough good things about her. She was extremely professional, relaxed, knowledgeable, friendly, communicative, and she even was prepared with a piece of gum when I asked her for one right before I walked down the aisle because I was worried about dry mouth during the ceremony. She was able to navigate two moms who love photos and are particular about them, sticky situations with divorced parents, she worked around chaos in the house where we got ready, guided the two of us through the couples shoot with poses (we are awkward in front of the camera and have never had professional photos taken before), and she kept the schedule moving with a calm, kind, and effortless demeanor. Look no further for an elopement photographer. Lisa is your girl.

Chelsea Ritter

Where do I even begin?! Our large wedding was cancelled due to covid and there were many rescheduling attempts before we finally landed our mini wedding date. Lisa was there for us from start to finish and every day in between! She is super friendly, insanely organized, and of course crazy talented! We did not have a wedding coordinator so when Lisa offered to help with some general scheduling and timeline advice, I was super appreciative and stoked!! With her help we had an itinerary that got us through the day at every turn. We made Lisa and the second shooter (yes with a small wedding we had a second shooter, and I don’t regret it one bit!!) show up to a venue they had never been to before. Without skipping a beat they both handled it like true masters of their craft and worked together so well! My husband and I were instantly put at ease with the very helpful coaching we got throughout the day. There was no stressing about what to do with our hands, where to look, or how to stand! Lisa’s eye for color, light, and backdrop scenery is superb and a true gift. The results, hundreds of stunningly beautiful photos that brought us to tears! Seriously, my husband and I, and everyone who views them, are utterly blown away! Lisa is the real deal and the whole package - pro and fun, all rolled into one! So glad we found you Lisa, THANK YOU!!! :)

Erica Mehallo

What you want in a wedding photographer: 1) Amazing photos to commemorate the day. 2) Someone who will just tell you things to do so you don't have to think about it. 3) Cool person you actually enjoy being around. Lisa nails all three! Our wedding got pushed back due to COVID but we still wanted to do something to celebrate our original wedding day, and Lisa came through in the clutch for our "faux elopement" on Catalina Island. She was super helpful when we asked her for guidance coordinating, since she knows Catalina better than we did; she was on time; she was responsive to last minute changes; she was fun to have around! You can't go wrong hiring Lisa.

Scott Swedberg

Lisa was an amazing photographer! We had a last minute change of plans and she gave us so much flexibility. She also helped us with planning our elopement and made us feel very comfortable posing for our photos. They were stunning pictures. I HIGHLY recommend using her.

Katherine Henrick
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