Local photographer Lisa Alexander was born in Blackall and had a country upbringing at ‘Coolagh’ Blackall. She has always loved the land and all it entails and one of her passions is to document the way of life, through Australian Photography, of people in the bush and the small towns that service our country areas.
Photography has always been a hobby. However three years ago Lisa decided that she wanted to take her passion for outdoor photography to the next level and gain a greater understanding of the craft.
Being asked to photograph a wedding really made Lisa step out of her comfort zone and teach herself as much as she could. Since then she has attended numerous workshops and continues to learn from wonderful tutors, experts and books on the subject.
Lisa believes that there is an art to capturing an unforgettable image.
“There is beauty all around us but it is how you see it, and consequently how you capture it on camera, that determines the originality and quality of the image,” she said.
With this in mind she is dedicated to developing her skills to the highest level with the aim of telling a story through her images. Getting to know her subjects is a priority, whether it is of people or landscape photography, as this helps to create dynamic photographs.
In 2015 she sent a remarkable photo to a competition for professional and amateur photographers in the Sydney Morning Herald and was over the moon when she was announced the winner. This boosted her confidence and set her on the path to furthering her skills.
Over the last couple of months she has extended her equipment to the purchase of a drone. This gives fantastic aerial shots of events as well as being very effective in documenting the drought in our area. However, there have been a few anxious moments when it disappears from sight.
Lisa leads a very busy life outside of her work as a professional photographer. She helps her husband Bruce and their two children with the everyday management of ‘Warringah’ and she is the Project Officer for the Blackall Cultural Association where she markets and organizes cultural tourism retreats.
These retreats bring tourists to our town, enhancing the local economy. It also gives people from metropolitan areas an insight into how we live in outback Queensland. Lisa also does photo shoots for local families and covers events like school formals and has photographed the local Blackall Heartland Festival.