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Rising Stars: Meet Lisa Duren

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Duren.

Hi Lisa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I started to really share my photography and taking photos with people about 9 years, but I was bitten by the photo bug when I was about 15 years old and bought my first “real” camera, a Canon Rebel 35mm. I have loved taking photos of anything and everything that I could ever since.

For several years, I would share my photos (mostly of nature and the zoo) on social media, and with friends. After much convincing from many of them, I decided to create social media pages specifically for my photography and it has grown from there. I started to share my zoo photos with them on their social media pages, and have had several images used by them for birth announcements and the zoo magazine.

From there, friends would ask if I would take photos for them, and I would reluctantly agree, as it was only more practice for me and a chance to grow in the craft. I have taken every opportunity to learn at every turn.

As friends would tell their friends, it has grown from there. I have photographed weddings, senior portraits, concerts, parties, events, and more. I enjoy going on photo walks around town and having the chance to highlight all aspects of it. Memphis is a great city with much to offer in the way of photo ops.

One of my favorite memories (and one reason I really enjoy concert photography) was being credentialed to take photos at the HIM concert at the House of Blues in New Orleans. There is nothing like being able to photograph a band or anyone really that is just doing what they love, and having a good time.

I would say that animal photography and landscapes are some of my favorites to photograph.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I wouldn’t say that it has been smooth, of course, there are bumps in every road. But I will say that I have been lucky enough to have found a community of local photographers that really is about helping each other grow. If any question or issue arises I know I can reach out to that community for help.

As someone who is a self-taught, learn as I go photographer, I am always researching and trying to learn all I can. There is a lot to learn, the correct lighting, what lens to use and when things like that have been a struggle but it’s well worth it for the end results.

Being a not so well known in certain circles can make it hard to grow in areas that you may enjoy, like concert photography, you have to have to right contacts to make things happen and get photo passes or credentials for events,

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Photography is my passion, I take photos of anything and everything really. I would say that most of the photos that people know are my zoo photos, they have been used by the zoo for birth announcements, and in the zoo’s magazine, among other things.

I would say one thing I am most proud of is the cover of the Exzooberance magazine that the zoo put out a few years ago that had baby orangutan Rowan and his mother on it. Another that I am very proud of is one that is a black and white image of an elephant from the zoo.

As for what sets me apart from others? I am just bound and determined to make it and to prove myself, to share my passion with anyone that is willing.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I just won’t quit! If there is a photo idea someone shares with me that they want to try to make happen, I am determined to make it happen.

Even if making it happen means I am laying down on the sidewalk in front of the Orpheum Theater to get a shot of them with the sign right above their head, the way they had a vision of it.

I just have a go-getter attitude and the willingness to learn, even to take constructive criticism from others, if it helps me to create a better photograph, to help freeze a perfect moment in time, I will listen and take it to heart.


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  1. Jenny Sides- Briggs

    May 10, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Lisa is one of a kind as a friend,a mom, and kick ass photographer! That speaks for itself. Don’t be surprised to see her waiting patiently (I’m always late) but she’s prepared to click that perfect shot even then -with two DSLR cameras hanging around her neck, with the mega ZOOM lenses just clicking away she’s just a simple woman who has soaked knowledge up over the years (self taught) in photography but also I saw that lady BUILD shelves outa scrap wood to go on our little store! She didn’t own a drill but she -,OWNED that drill by the end of the day!;) She has the most encouraging spirit and has the energy that can be outright contagious and can bring all her friends together to get the job done (no matter the project,event,or just life in general).
    Yes she really will and DID lay right down on the side walk to get that perfect shot of that Orpheumm sign!! Getting the job done 👍 I’m so blessed to call her my most talented friend! She is truly just getting started! Watch out Memphis:)
    Love you Lisa!

  2. Helen

    May 12, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Great story, very natural, love the photography and heard LISA does great events for people .
    How do we get copy of your magazine.? Would like to share the story on our website also. Thank you

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