From the Photographer~*
Hi, thanks for viewing my work. My name is Lindsey Wissmiller. I’ve been shooting pictures since I can remember. My very first camera was a gift at the age of 9 and I’ve been bothering friends and family with it ever since. It’s evident that photography is a love, hobby and now a profession of mine but in reference to where I gained the know-how, I thought I’d start from the beginning. I grew up with a darkroom in my attic and spent many hours watching my dad shoot and then develop his own prints. Along with having a hobbyist for a father, my mother studied mass communications and often used my brother and I as subjects in her photographs for ads she would design. So needless to say, my parents are both rather talented (and whether they’d admit it) artistic individuals.
From there I went to college majoring in Art and minoring in Creative Writing. I have a Bachelors degree and would say I focused mainly in painting and sculpture. After college I worked for a national portrait studio in several northern and central illinois locations. Their strict protocol for portrait sessions was suffocating, with the five pose minimum and fifteen minute time allotment. However, I learned a great deal from shooting in that type of industry, such as customer service under immense pressure and how to ease nerves for the client that did not choose to be there. Eventually I moved onto other endeavors from teaching to management. Along the way I continued to photograph and paint as a hobby until a close friend “made” me shoot her wedding. I was petrified that she would take the risk. But to my surprise, I did a fantastic job and really enjoyed it! Word-of-mouth carried me from there at which time I quit my management job and have been shooting on my own ever since. I worked from 2004-2009 doing mainly weddings. In 2009 I incorporated portrait and studio work and soon added some commercial work to my portfolio in 2010, working with food and real estate industries.
I’ve gone from studio spaces within my home to rental studios, to currently shooting on-location only. I do a broad range of subjects, from family portraits, children, seniors, large groups to real estate properties and event/wedding photography, including small events such as birthdays, graduations, baby showers etc…
First of all, photography markets in every area; urban, rural and suburban have all become flooded with creative people that all do a great job taking pictures, so it may be tough deciding who to choose. Most everyone has a friend or family member that can “get the job done”. It isn’t brain science these days to operate a digital camera. But the difference I would say in someone that is artistic and professional versus someone that merely enjoys a good photo and knows how to take the shot – would be experience and visual sense. Finding a photographer that meets your needs artistically as well as professionally would be the best approach in a market like today. A client should be comfortable and confident in the photographers work as well as their personality. I think there are two aspects of a photographers style, there’s the way they see things (light, color, backgrounds etc.) and the way they approach their subjects. My personal style is a mixture of grounded seemingly un-posed shots, with loose active moments. I do my best to pay attention to all angles and background information that would enhance a photo as well as allowing the subject to act natural so that I might capture something valuably unexpected.
Canon EOS-1 D Mark II N
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon Rebel XTI
Various high speed and fixed lenses and flashes
Studio lighting is portable to accomodate in-door spaces
Thanks again for viewing my work, needless to say I enjoy what I do and feel privileged to have the opportunity. I apologize in advance for anything that’s not current on my website. Online pricing and photos aren’t always up to date due to time constraints. Albums and portfolios can be viewed upon request and might give a better idea of my work flow from start to finish so please don’t hesitate to call with any questions, or feel free to email, blog or message me on Facebook.