This month’s Spotlight is the fabulous Lisa Fleet of Lisa Fleet Photography. She is one of the best photographers in the DC area and it was such a pleasure doing this interview with her. Enjoy!
Tell me about your business. How long have you been in business?
I’m a professional photographer based out of Maryland. I specialize in Weddings, Boudoir and Professional Portraits. I have been in business for over 7 years and full time for 5 years. It allows women to see the beauty that is within on the outside.
How does your business help women live better lives?
People come in who have never done this before. We look at ourselves [ages 35+] and forget what it was like to be carefree in our twenties. The boudoir sessions allow women to be pampered for a day. You wear sexy clothes and get your hair and makeup done. I always tell women that the images are an added bonus from the day of pampering. To see the finished product in a book or calendar, it’s a good memory. It’s a bucket list item!
What is a typical work day like for you?
Every day is slightly different. Most days I spend editing, responding to emails and making phone calls. On other days I shoot for a few hours and also network with other business owners.
What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day’s work?
Watching television with my husband.
What does self-care mean to you?
When I think of self-care I think of growth, expanding yourself. Not necessarily taking a bath, but enhancing yourself to bring you happiness. This can be working out or taking a class.
Why is self-care so difficult to practice?
We all live busy lives. Moms, wives, business owners, employees etc. We often times put ourselves last in the mix of life.
You have the ability to bring out someone’s inner beauty in a photo. How can we “develop” our eyes to notice the beauty in this world?
It’s internal. You have to have it within you in order to see it in the world. What helps me is my belief in God and my ability to love myself and also having people around that show me love. It allows me to look at life in a different perspective which allows me to capture it on film.
Lisa Fleet capturing a lovely newlywed couple. Photo credit: Sidjacks Photography
If you could give one piece of advice to a hard-working woman, who is chasing her dreams and could use a little “me time”, what would you say?
The word “No” is not a bad word. Sometimes when we are chasing our dreams we believe that the “yes” is always the answer. Never really sitting back and thinking about ourselves. Dedicate an activity and time that is just for you and don’t allow anything to take you away from that. Remember that without a healthy and well-balanced life your family suffers, your dreams suffer and most importantly YOU suffer.
What projects are your currently working on?
I am on a committee with a group of about 50 women working on projects geared towards younger girls about self-empowerment.