Lisa Chambers has either had a paint brush or a camera in her hands since a very young age. She enjoyed playing with color combinations, angles, and focal points and applying it to her art and photography. In college Lisa became known as a professional photographer because she was the head photographer for a business that covered the campus fraternity and sorority parties and yearbook. She enjoyed energizing an event with taking imaginative photographs of the crowd. After graduating in Business Administration she worked for a high end family portrait studio. In 1990, she and her husband followed his career path that took the family to ten different cities and states. Lisa’s main focus was raising their two sons Sam and Connor but always took portraits part time in each city. Many of her photographic art was taken in NYC where they lived for 3 years. At this time Lisa had a thriving portrait business in NY/Connecticut area and moved it to Richmond VA for 2 years. In November 2006 they located back to the midwest to St. Louis to be close to family and settle down for long term.
In August of 2008 Lisa followed her dream of moving her business to a store front studio in Kirkwood. She has always specialized in families and children but with the studio could jump into the more dynamic world of high school senior photography. She feels the HS seniors challenge her creativity to the max. She makes sure each persons photo shoot is unique to them and range from soft traditional to edgy high fashion. In November 2010 she decided to relocate a block away to a larger studio directly across from the Kirkwood Train Station. The new studio, DownUnder, is over 3,000 square feet on the lower level decorated with a fun Aussie style, Mate.
Although Lisa majored in business she took many college photography classes. Every year continues to attend seminars and think tanks, keeping in touch with the best photographers in the nation to learn and share the latest in the quickly changing world of technology and fashion. Lisa’s photos have been featured on the cover of two nationally distributed magazines and displayed in NY Times and several local magazines.
Digital photography rocked her world. For so many years, working with film negatives and the restrictions with the manipulating the photos was frustrating. When the digital quality matched the well used medium format camera Lisa was on board. Finally her love for art and photography could be combined. Some of the artistic senior photographs are several photos layered and blended to create the mood. Lisa also photographs families on location, babies and the best professional head shots.
Say HI if you may see Lisa running around town with camera bag, model and assistant exploring every wonderful treasure in Downtown Kirkwood.