Lisa Patchem Photography - Longmont Photographer: Blog en-us @ Lisa Patchem Photography, Longmont Photographer (Lisa Patchem Photography - Longmont Photographer) Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:43:00 GMT Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:43:00 GMT Lisa Patchem Photography - Longmont Photographer: Blog 90 120 6 Tips for Better Headshot Portraits You are a professional.

Which means, you’re busy. Deadlines, ROI, clients. All things you stress over on a daily basis. Trust me, I’m with ya. Let me, as the local premier portrait photographer, take something off your plate. Get your Longmont professional headshot portrait taken at my studio for a stress-free, easy-peasy process. (Beware: you might actually have fun!)

Here are some things to help you along the process of getting the perfect professional headshot portrait.

1. Exfoliate. Dry skin and lips are a no-no.

2. Iron your shirt. Better yet, bring in your shirts ironed and on hangers. Nothing like wrinkles to pull the viewers eye away from your gorgeous smile!

3. Clothing—wear colors that flatter you. Avoid busy patterns. DO NOT WEAR WHITE (unless it is an undershirt). Black is always in style. Stay away from trending attire, unless you want to update your headshot portrait every two to three years.

4. Leave the baggage at the door. You don’t go on your first date and spill all your inhibitions the first chance you get. It’s the same at the Longmont portrait studio. If you feel like uttering phrases of “I don’t photograph well” or “I never like my photo taken” then you are putting up a barrier from the beginning and sabotaging yourself.  If there is anything you take from this blog, it is this: The power of positive thoughts. I promise you’ll love your portrait. Guaranteed. So stop worrying.

5. Identify who your target audience is. Create a persona centered around them. Give him or her a name. This will be that perfect client you had last year. Or, imagine the best client you could ever dream of. Make this person real. Give him or her a name. Betty? Sam? Matilda? The name is up to you. Just bring them with you for your shoot.

Why? When you are thinking of your perfect client, you are content. You are not trying to be someone you aren’t. You are not desperate or needy. You are a perfect fit for them, as they are for you. THAT’s the facial expression that I as a portrait photographer am looking for. Don’t pretend to be someone else. Give me that smile that only you can make. (Lawyers, disregard that last bit. You are allowed to not smile.)

6. Understand how Image Licensing works. Here is my synopsis: As an artist, I am protected by the Copyright Act. I create an image (of an owl, a tree or your face) and I own the copyright. As my client, you then purchase the right to use it for your business needs.

When you get to the studio I will ask you about how many digital files you were looking to license. Did you want just one? Some business people want two or three; one photo with the jacket, the other more casual. Think of the different applications you will use these for—Facebook, LinkedIn, business cards, website. There is no right answer—just one that fits your needs! You pay just $99 for the license of each image.

We would love to work with you!

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Longmont Photography Classes Did you get a shiny new camera for Christmas? Or maybe you got it some time ago…and it never left the box. If you are wanting to learn more about your camera and/or about photography in general, then listen up: Longmont’s premier portrait photographer is now offering Longmont Photography Classes!

Classes range from beginner to advanced, and all are welcomed! We will focus on answering all your questions. From technical information to artsy-fartsy stuff, these will be hands-on, not-your-typical classes. Material discussed will be based on who is in attendance, so it will be great for students, amateurs, semi-professionals, mothers, grandmothers, and business owners—just to name a few! So don’t miss out!

Longmont Photography Class 101 (beginners) $25
You can’t get more basic than this! Have a fancy camera that you got for Christmas but don’t know what all the buttons are for? Want to take better pics of the kids? Or better selfies? Need to get those photos off the camera and onto the computer? Wait no longer; this class is for you! Bring your cameras to class.


Longmont Photography Class 201 (intermediate) $35
This is for amateurs, hobbyists, and enthusiasts looking to take the next step in Photography. Have you been photographing on automatic and want more control? Do you tell yourself you need to learn more about lighting but don’t know where to start? Topics covered: exposure, color balance, camera & lenses choices, image processing, software overview, editing, output & printing, lighting & set up, equipment overview, and more! Each session will be different as we will tailor the class to the individuals who attend. This is the class to ask questions! Come back again and again to learn more!


Longmont Photography Class 301 (advanced) $35
Do you dream of quitting your day job? Are you ready to take your hobby to the next step? There is a lot more to running a photography business other than just good photography. Whether it is portraiture, wedding photography, selling stock images, or commercial photography—this class is ideal for finding out more about what your photography future holds.


Workflow (Overview of Bridge CC, Photoshop CC, & Lightroom CC) $35
Spend more time with your kids by becoming more efficient with your software. Spending too much time editing? Learn Lightroom. Need to fix some exposures? Learn to shoot in RAW. Want to play in Photoshop? You’ve come to the right class. Each session will be different as we will tailor the class to the individuals who attend. This is the class to ask questions! Come back again and again to learn more!


External Lighting $35

Out in the field? Speed lights are your friend!
Don’t leave your shoot to chance—get planned results every time! Shooting in the middle of the day? On a rare cloudy sky? Control the situation for perfect and consistent results.


Critique class ($10 for your work to be critiqued; limited slots per evening)

Keep the emotion away from your pursuit of better photography portfolio. This open discussion critique class is to help photographers learn to see their work from an outsider’s eye. Critique is not positive nor negative—it’s simply stating what is seen. This is the most important investment a photographer can make! You can’t afford to miss this!
Limited slots per evening, so preregister to guarantee your placement. Printed images are recommended; digital files are acceptable but must be submitted to us prior to class. We recommend showing us at least 5 images of cohesive work.

About Lisa Patchem:

Growing up as a fine artist gave Lisa something very different from other photographers—an understanding of light and form from an early age. She was painting portraits before photography came into her life. In fact, it was through Adobe Photoshop that she entered into the photographic world. She worked at several photography studios before deciding to complete her photography education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she studied under some of the best instructors in the world. She later worked for a retouching house before starting her own retouching services business. Lisa operated two other photography businesses after leaving NYC, one of which was Anchors Aweigh Photography, LLC, where she catered to the military. She moved to Colorado in 2013 to open up Lisa Patchem Photography, LLC and then Silver Star Boudoir in 2014. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America and continues to educate herself and other fellow photography enthusiasts.

While classically trained, Lisa’s passion is the business side of her photography business:

“It is important to me that we as artists don’t undercut ourselves—that making a living doing what you love is not only a possibility but can be a darn successful adventure!”

  • Bachelor’s degree in Photography, SVA, NYC
  • Alumni scholarship, 2008
  • Speaker at SVA’s student workshop
  • 3 photography shows in NYC, 2007-2008
  • Accepted into the MFA digital arts program
  • Permanent gallery collection in NJ, 2009
  • Article in Boulder Magazine, 2014
  • 2 photography shows in Colorado, 2015
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Professional Photography - Experience the Difference Part I Yes, there are a lot of photographers out there to choose from. Too many, you say? No way! I say the more, the merrier. However, of all of those photographers out there, how many are truly professional?

What makes me a professional—and what I have built my business around—is my out-of-the-box thinking. It occurred to me some years ago that I shouldn’t be following other photographers’ styles, many of whom I worked for at one time or another. I should be catering to my own style, my particular strengths. But what was my style?

Have you ever had an “ah-ha!” moment when you see or think of an innovation for something that was right in front of you? Such as using a pinch clip to hold your cords. Or Chewbeads—best idea ever, second only to the candy necklace. Anyway… that rush of “OMG how did we all not figure this out before?” and then the flood of ideas like, how you are going to start a business around that concept?

My idea for what my style should be came to me as all good ideas come to people. My idea? Using Photoshop as a tool to help fulfill my vision of being a great photographer! You see, I’m one of those rare photographers who actually likes to spend my time in front of the computer editing. Seriously! I do not use Photoshop to fix as many photographers do; I use it to create. That’s the core of my business—to create.

Example: One of my clients wanted a “diptic” (like a collage) of her children on the wall—a close-up of the son, and a pulled-away pic of the daughter.

See here:

Well, that wasn't going to fly. I need to zoom in on the daughter and pull back on the son. Except that the exposure they choose for the son didn’t allow for any more room to pull back! (I know, I know—don’t crop in-camera; lesson learned, photogs.) So, not to let my clients down, I knew I could manage it in ’shop. I grabbed another exposure of the son (which I hadn’t cropped in-camera) and then placed the desired exposure onto this new one. Results? Happy clients none the wiser (except when they see this post, of course). What do you think?

So there I am, figuring out that most other photographers don’t like Photoshop and don’t do things like this. Hmmm... Well I can do it and I love to do it.. AH-HA! That's the moment when I realized what my style was going to involve.

Fact is, this isn’t Sears. This isn’t a simple smile-and-click experience. I expect my clients to commit to their photography session—financially, emotionally, and mentally. But it really comes down to trust and expectation. And that expectation doesn’t come from every photographer in town. It applies to the people who respect small business, artists, quality, and talent. In return, they receive what they paid for. Top-quality, one-of-kind products and personalization.

Here are some more examples showing exactly what makes Lisa Patchem Photography, Longmont Photographer, different from the rest. (I’m lucky I work in a profession that is so visual, so I can show you what I mean.)


This high school senior loves to doodle. I think she’s pretty good at it, too! I asked her to scan a few of her sketchbooks, and this is what I did with her photos:

Before + After



Three kiddos are hard enough to manage as it is, throw a 6 month old in with a 4 and 7 year old and you get a photoshop dream.  As you can see from the first portrait, everyone looks great except for the little guy. This is by far the most requested post production skill that is asked of me.  Usually it is really easy and yields great results!


As you can see, I’m up to every creative challenge. Sun rays? No problem. Stray hairs and pimples? Don't stand a chance with me. Your right eye is better than your left!? Don’t even mention it, I got it. That is the care and professionalism that you receive at Longmont’s premier portrait studio, Lisa Patchem Photography. “Nothing leaves my studio unpolished,” I say. People ask, “Doesn't that take a lot of time?” I answer, “Yes, but isn’t that what people expect—perfection? I would!”

Contact the studio today to schedule your next Longmont Family Photography session today. Weather you live in Boulder, Erie or Frederick - Lisa's Studio is not too far away!

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Light On, Creatives in Longmont, Colorado Photographers. Graphic designers. Copywriters. Web designers. These creative freelancers gather around a table every other week for a many-hour meeting. Business meeting? Social meeting? Longmont Meetup art group? Yes—all of these, all in one.

A collaboration among creatives.

Collaboration isn't new to Longmont, Colorado. Places like TinkerMill and Launch Longmont both boast collaboration projects with like-minded members. Light On, however, is especially for creatives.

Light On, Creatives for Community, is a Longmont, Colorado–based group of creative individuals who gather to better their Boulder and Longmont communities, their industries, and themselves (and maybe have some fun while they're at it). Their first major project is a Business Face-Lift open to Longmont business owners and non-profits. The carefully chosen winner will receive an arsenal of skillsets that can be applied toward his or her business. Think updated headshots, a website overhaul, a redesigned logo, and maybe even a new kick-ass marketing plan. Individuals in the group will be matched up according to the needs of the winning business. Contact here for more information.

So… guess who's involved? That's right, your very own Longmont Portrait Photographer, Lisa Patchem Photography. The reason I joined Light On is because I wanted to assist in the development of our business arts community here in Longmont. I believe that with healthy collaboration comes a steady growth in our industries, such as portrait photography. There is plenty of work out there for all Longmont portrait photographers, so no need to underbid one another, hurting the industry. I want to help other photographers and creatives be better at what they do for the good of our community.


Meet the rest of the current Light On members:

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Does this group interest you? Sign up on our Light On Meet Up group or check us out on Light On Facebook page. As always, contact Longmont portrait photographer Lisa Patchem for more information. Do you have a group that could use headshots like these? Visit our contact page to fill out your inquiry.  Lisa would love to work with you!

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A Longmont Photographer’s ArtWalk It’s a Saturday afternoon, a beautiful day in Downtown Longmont. Families start piling in from all directions, having arrived on foot, on bikes, or by car. Main Street is temporarily closed down and side streets are blocked off to keep everyone safe. Children, tugging at Mom’s hand in an effort to break loose, eagerly start seeking out all the art experiences, like caricatures, face-painting, and sidewalk chalk ready and waiting outside of storefronts, the streets a blank canvas for young imaginations. Pretty soon, professional artists start painting right there in the streets, and the beautiful sounds of a grand piano echo off the brick breezeway. There are smiling faces all around as neighbors meet up to support their artist friends, and children run around, happily messy with chalk on their faces or fingerpaint on their hands.

Longmont’s ArtWalk is a community coming together—laughter, merriment, hustle and bustle. Brightly colored banners show the way to the many local businesses that support this privately funded art event. Musicians and fine artists alike are represented at Ziggi’s Coffee, Crackpots Pottery Studio, and Adorn Gift Shop, just to name a few. They’re sponsors who have believed in this event for many years. These businesses are not art galleries, but they truly support art in the community, and that’s where the fun begins.

Artists, musicians, and other talents of all types are lured to Downtown Longmont for entertainment, experience, and exposure. And somewhere in this multi-block event is a 16 year-old jewelry maker who dares to venture out into the real world, her first attempt at professionalism. She borrows a tent from a neighbor, a pink tablecloth from her mother. With encouragement from her Longmont High School art teacher, she shows off her talent to anyone who will pause to watch her. She wraps stone, bends copper wire, and riffles through her colorful bead collection. She’s nervous and thrilled at the same time to have this opportunity. She has a smile on her face; she is an artist in action.

Local Longmont downtown businesses support ArtWalk by hosting veteran and emerging artists in their stores to help draw the crowds inside. For when the generous businesses open their doors and the artists gather show off their talents, people come from miles around to enjoy it all. Events like these help out the local arts community and inspire other artists to push their work even more, to become more. Because of this, Longmont has fought for and earned the title of Creative District in Colorado. Plus, the money raised by these businesses helps keep ArtWalk a free event, so stop in and say thank you!

Have you heard about ArtWalk’s newest addition? It’s a mobile app that binds 21st-century technology with old-school community love and brotherhood. Get it here: blah blah blah.

Lisa Patchem, Longmont Photographer, is a proud supporter of Longmont’s ArtWalk. She joined the board in 2014 and hopes

to be a part of its promising future for a long time to come. Call her today to learn how you can get involved in the local Longmont arts scene.



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FAQ Longmont Portrait Photography Q: Do you photograph on location or in your studio?

A: Both! Colorado is gorgeous. With the Rocky Mountains as our backdrop, how could you go wrong?! I'm also partial to Downtown Longmont along Main Street. So many textures and urban areas! However, when the sun goes down or the cold comes in, my downtown studio is also a great location for a portrait session. Classic, simple, easy portraits can be made in the dead of winter in the studio’s warm, comfortable surroundings.


Q: How much do you charge?

A: Well, the easy answer is $125-$499 per session. Big range, huh? Well that’s because of the longer answer—every session is different and requires a different amount of time that I spend setting up, and whether I need to purchase specific props, or if I have to make arrangements with the chosen location. Headshots start at $125. Family portraits start at $275. Call me for a better estimate regarding your situation.

A side note about photographer fees: Typically, photographers charge per their time, then for the usage of their artwork. This means that there might be a standard sitting fee, plus the price of products on top of that (and that’s why the price range is so large; some people order a lot and some order a little). Or, if you are hiring me on behalf of your business, you might need digital files of the artwork; then there’s an additional charge for licensing and copyright fees.


Q: Why do some photographers only charge $99?

A: It is simple business. Professional photographers have insurance, top-notch equipment (and a whole set of backup equipment, too!), licensing requirements, professional fees, education, etc. Photographers who do not charge enough to cover these additional expenses fail at their business. If you see a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is charging only $99 and they give away all the goodies on top of that, please watch out—they are probably not a professional, and you could be wasting your time and money. (Think about emails not being returned, waiting weeks for your photographs or spending hours when you should have spent minutes... the common problems of a non-professional).


Q: Why/how did you get into photography?

A: After studying painting and textile design in college, I found photography. It was a medium and business that I could do that incorporates almost all of the art mediums I enjoy. With photography, I could still do my crafts, like sewing props or embroidering my logo on things. And I love to paint my own backdrops—so much fun! And I enjoy cutting, pasting, drawing, sketching, and painting in Photoshop. Plus, I get to engage with people on a daily basis. It has been the most versatile business I could have imagined, great for moving from one duty station to the other, and also the most rewarding.


Q: How can I start my own photography business?

A: Congrats on the decision to get started in photography! It’s a rewarding and fun business to get into. Starting a photography business is easy-peasy; however, staying in business is the hard part. Too many photographers go into the photography business for the wrong reason: They want to take pictures. Well, you don't need to go through starting a business just to take pictures. A photography business is just that—a business. If you enjoy working late hours, networking on weekends, having your work harshly critiqued, and watching as your craft is constantly being pushed aside by iPhones and other technology, then by golly, you are ready to turn on your open sign! I’m just trying to be honest; it's a hard business to crack. But if you have the determination, financial freedom, education, and equipment to get started, then go for it! Join my mailing list to receive information about photography business classes that I teach, to help further you along in your photography quest.


Have more questions? Call Lisa today to find out more. It's okay—she won't bite! Do you live in Firestone? Lyons or Mead? Get your portraits done with Lisa Patchem Photography in Longmont Colorado—we’re right next door!


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Professional Photography in Longmont, Colorado, That Won’t Break the Bank! Modeling. Headshots. Family portraiture. You've booked your Longmont portrait session and you would like to keep costs down. I totally get it, so here are some simple tips to follow that will help you save a little:

Practice your smile.

It sounds simple enough, but it’s actually one of the most challenging things I have to deal with sometimes. You see, most people have a “perm-a-grin”—a “smile” or other facial expression that you’ve been using for years and don’t really know how to change because you’re not sure how to get your face to relax. (You know who you are!) I see this mostly when taking wedding photos, because let’s face it, everyone is tired of standing around for what seems like hours, taking a zillion pictures. But some people just always seem to have this type of fake smile; I see it all the time. I’ll be talking to someone, laughing, socializing, and they look great, but then as soon as I bring my camera up to my face—BAM! They immediately plaster on their perm-a-grin.

So, how will practicing your REAL smile help you save money? Well, time equals money! (Or in this case, less time equals less money.) Because the sooner you get away from your perm-a-grin, the quicker and easier your photo session will be.

The cure to perm-a-grin is threefold: First, relax. Then, trust in your photographer (believe me, I will let you know if your smile looks unnatural). And of course, practice your real smile. Just tell yourself a joke. Or remember a happy time and let your face do its thing. And stop thinking so much! When you have a natural smile, you also have a happy, I-don't-have-to-do-so-much photographer, which leads to a happy client and genuine results (without wasting valuable time).

Follow directions.

My best models are not the ones who look the prettiest, the ones who are the thinnest, nor the ones who practiced. (Although as we just learned, it does help to practice your smile.) No, my best subjects are the ones who listen to my directions during the session. Unless you've been in front of a professional photographer's camera at least 10 times, you still have to follow simple directions like “chin down,” “right shoulder back,” or “eyes to me.” It's funny, but everyone—EVERYONE—who comes into my studio starts out apprehensive but leaves a confident model. In fact, I usually throw out the first half of the session because the second half is when they are most relaxed and engaged, so therefore I get better portraits!

And how will following directions help you save money? Same as above—the session goes faster and is then less expensive.

Get your a$$ to the gym!

Or, better yet, take a jog or bike ride around one of the beautiful paths we have here in Longmont. Don’t get me wrong—feeling overweight isn’t a reason to NOT book a photography session. Most of us are carrying around a few extra pounds! But if you don’t like the way you look in the photos, you’re going to be paying extra Photoshop fees for me to make you look 10 pounds lighter.

Bring examples.

From business headshots to a Longmont Modeling Photography session, everyone has preconceived ideas of what their portraits will look like. I’m a great photographer, but I’m not a mind reader, so let’s get on board to eliminate any confusion or “I assumed you knew what I meant!” If I’m not exactly sure what you’re hoping for, it could end up prolonging the shoot or worse, rescheduling! Pinterest is a great place to find ideas, and my Pinterest board is filled with examples of great photos. Find it here:

Email Lisa today for your next Longmont Family portrait session! Headshot taken at the Callahan House in Longmont ColoradoProfessional Lifestyle Headshot in Longmont ColoradoLongmont Photography, Senior Portraits & Modeling and Longmont Family Photographer

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Modeling for Longmont Artwalk - Sept 2014 This is a gallery post of our lovely model Ashley. Photography taken at Downtown Longmont's Artwalk in Sept of 2014. September Longmont Artwalk Photo Session September Longmont Artwalk Photo Session September Longmont Artwalk Photo Session September Longmont Artwalk Photo Session

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Longmont Artwalk

Longmont Artwalk - May 31, 2014

The wind was fierce and the rain threatening yet nothing could stop Longmont Colorado from enjoying May's Artwalk. With over 20 Art venues, musicians on every corner and the streets filled with enthusiastic art admirers - Longmontians showed Colorado how it's done.

Lisa Patchem Photography, LLC demonstrated a live model photography set during the season's first Longmont Artwalk. Two models were chosen to partake in the Art In Action setup in downtown Longmont.  Other Artists in Action included Firehouse Art Center's teen arts program, a ceramic artist, a jeweler, a watercolor artist plus many more. If you are interested in becoming involved in Artwalk's July event, contact Lisa today.

Lisa photographs Families, High School Seniors, Pets, Models, Couples and Boudoir. Her studio office is located off of 3rd Avenue in Downtown Longmont. She accepts a limited amount of sessions per month - call today to schedule your next session with Lisa and together, you can think outside the frame!



Longmont ArtwalkLongmont Photographer Lisa Patchem takes you behind the scenes from May's Longmont Artwalk

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Tips for Safe Photo Storage Longmont Photography Gift PrintsLongmont Photography Gift PrintsGift Prints are gifts of memories given to your loved ones.

When choosing a place to store your old photos safely, which of these factors do you think matters the most: light, moisture, or temperature? Here are my favorite tips for keeping your precious photos safe for decades (and see number 2 for the answer to my question).


1. “Archival-safe” isn’t just a fad. It’s not important whether your Longmont photography photos are in albums or boxes—it’s important that those albums and boxes are archival-safe and acid-free. You can also find photo-safe envelopes for storing large quantities of prints. Archival, acid-free materials won’t emit the harmful gases that can lead to photo deterioration over time. Non-PVC plastics are safer than PVC, too. (You know how the album pages from your childhood turned yellow? That’s because safe photo-storage items weren’t invented yet.)


2. What’s worse, light, moisture, or temperature? I guess I was tricking you, because they can all be just as damaging to your photos. It’s important to keep your photos protected, in a place that is dark and dry, with low temperatures. The basement is dark and cool, but most basements aren’t dry, and if you have any flooding, that’s the most likely place for it to be. Attics are dark, but they’re not cool, and one leak in the roof means no more photos. Find a place on the main floor of your home that meets all the criteria.


3. If you’re combining photo display and storage by using frames, remember that custom frames are safer than “off the shelf” frames. When you buy a frame off the shelf, even in a photography or framing store, you could be unwittingly buying one that isn’t protected with acid-free processing, so watch for labels that say “acid-free.” With a custom frame, you’ll know you’re getting safe photo materials, including UV-filtered glass to protect your treasured images from harmful light.


4. Speaking of photo-safe frames, try canvas! Many of my Longmont photography clients chose my stretched-canvas print options. Canvas prints won’t curl, stick, or warp like photos printed on regular photography paper. Canvas prints are a simple, elegant option, and they look just like fine-art paintings!


5. Take time to sort your photos before storing them. Save any photo that means something to you or that tells a story, but don’t waste money on archival-safe albums and boxes for photos that are blurry, or for multiple angles/views of the same subject. Don’t feel compelled to keep photos that are unflattering, either. Keep your very favorites, and give duplicates of good photos to family members, but toss everything else.


6. And here’s what NOT to do if your photos do happen to get damaged, so you won’t harm them further:

  • If your photos have dirt on them, don’t try to wipe the dirt off the surface; it will scratch. Instead, try gently blowing the dirt off.
  • If your photos get wet, all you can do is wait for them to dry. Do not stack wet photos and do not touch the surface of wet photos.
  • If your photos are already stuck together into a dried pile, do not try to pull them apart.
  • If your photos are ripped, do not try to repair them with glue or tape. Glue will stain and tape will ruin the photo’s surface.


Longmont Photographer Lisa Patchem offers photo restoration if your photos get too damaged.  Call Lisa today for a free consultation on how to preserve your photographs & memories.

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Longmont Tour Longmont TourFollow Lisa from Lisa Patchem Photography, premier Longmont Photographer, for a quick tour of Longmont Colorado!

Follow Lisa from Lisa Patchem Photography, LLC around as she gives a quick tour of Longmont, Colorado.

Longmont Colorado is located 30 miles north of Denver and offers a lot of outdoor and downtown activities. It has a great sense of community, both residential and business alike. My favorite part of Longmont - everyone wants to be here! Listed are the featured personal and city businesses:

Chamberlain Coins

Longmont Library

Cheese Importers

Farmers Market

La Momo Maes Bakery

Yarn Shoppe

Longmont Parks

Longmont Florist

Lefthand Brewery

Oskar Blues Brewery

Visit Longmont

Longmont Historical Society

Crackpots Pottery Studio

The Great Frame Up

Firehouse Art Center


Historic Westside Neighborhood

Coffee and Connections

Lisa Patchem Photography


If you are located in Denver, Longmont, Fort Collins or Boulder, call Lisa Patchem today for your next portrait session. She now offers Denver Boudoir photography! 720-998-2962

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Trusted Photography Vendors  

As a Longmont Photographer, I get asked many questions as to what vendors I use in my photography business. Here are my favorite, trusted companies that I use daily.

My fun products are only as good as the lab they come from.

Miller's Professional Imaging - I get all of my prints, folios and heirloom books from Miller's. They simply are the best in the industry. However, that is not my favorite part about them. Their turn-around time is second to none. I once placed a print order on Dec 23 and received it Dec 24 - just in time for Christmas. Luck to my clients!  Miller's is how I stay ahead of the game in the photography industry. If I expect my clients to pay top dollar for my work, then they expect me not to drop the ball especially when it comes to receiving their quality products in a timely manner. I mean, who wants to wait for their 20"x24" wall portrait?

My inspirational software

Adobe Systems - I thought Photoshop was the coolest thing ever. It lets me be a painter, a sculptor, an inventor and innovator. Then Creative Cloud was released last year and as many professionals, I was almost forced to purchase a subscription into their new system. I did. Not only do I have the latest version of Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom and Indesign (my favs)  I have access to 6 or 8 other applications that I haven't had the pleasure to use since collage. Now, I am able to offer my clients video,  increase my technical expertise and make my business stand out from the rest.  Check out some cool examples here.

Reliable, high quality tools can make or break a photo.

Canon - I've been a Canon girl since my first Rebel Ti.  I was familiar with Nikon based on the photography studio I worked at, but since I discovered photography through event work, I stuck with Canon, the camera best at low lighting situations (like weddings). Since then, I've relied on Canon to create smooth & reliable products with high quality results.

A creative mind is a blessing and a curse

Evernote - I just recently discovered this app and it has already changed my world.  This is how it was: My desk covered in sticky notes, my phone had notepads on every screen, my tablet had exported emails in PDF, my lap top had text files on the desktop... and my mind had a million ideas still swimming around in it.  Sounds familiar, right? Skip forward only two weeks: I have a (relatively) clean desk. I can actually see my background photo on my phone. My laptop is clutter free. And I feel this weight off my shoulders. Why? Because Evernote lets me type my ideas into their app, which is then synced to my other devices. I can access all my notes from any device.  While I am at my work computer I can start an idea. While I'm out for a walk I can add a fresh thought, then when I'm watching an inspirational show at night, I can update the same note from my laptop or tablet.  It's kinda like having a personal assistant - it keeps me sane. Thank you Evernote!

Taking money with ease

Square - I'm an artist. I like simple design and function. Square is the easiest credit card processing that I've ever seen. It's small, easy, cute and it works!  Whether a client wants to pay for the sitting fee as they book the appointment over the phone, or out of town family would like to purchase a few prints before they fly back home, Square lets me be a business woman, makes me look good and makes it easier for my clients.  Win!


Email Lisa today for other photography questions or to book a family portrait session.  Denver Boudoir sessions are still available! Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Call or email today!

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Longmont Photographer Warps to Ward

Ella is a very intelligent, fun loving young women with a bright future ahead of her. She was raised in Ward, Colorado - an interesting town with a lot of history.   It's a very remote area with steep dirt roads, some washed away because of the flood. Ward means a lot to Ella, and her mother Holly who commissioned me to photograph her daughter's senior portraits.   I traveled up to Ward, Colorado because of the nostalgic location and it turned out to be a really unique picturesque photography set. Old barns, abandoned mines, rusty pickup trucks and lots and lots of snow.  I followed Ella around as she gave me a mini tour of her favorite spots, an artist herself - she had an eye for choosing prime locations.

Zippers and Buttons. That describes her style, according to Ella. To me, that means grungy, fresh, detailed, layered.  I kept those words in mind when I set up my shots - what angle to shoot at, what lens to choose, how to help Ella pose. The natural reflection of the sunlight hitting the snow gave the portraits a very soft look. Sometimes I used a diffused off camera flash to help pop Ella from the background.  Ella and Holly were looking for a more fashionable approach to Ella's Senior Portraits - something of a celebration for Ella's approach to adulthood.

I met Holly at the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce. Her business is Permanent Hair Removal located in Downtown Longmont.

"Thanks again for photographing Ella. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my money. I am very pleased on top of thrilled! Feels good. You are more than talented. It will be fun to watch you sky rocket."  Holly Running Rabbit

More fashionable portraits can be found at Longmont Photographer.

Call me today to schedule your modeling session. For yourself, your daughter or son - you have to start somewhere! Sessions in Longmont, or in studio are available. 720-998-2962

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Longmont Photographer Children in the Park "Brother, let's make 'leaf angels'!" says his big older sister. Even though she isn't necessarily taller then her brother, he still looks up to her.  We only had 30 min to capture these kids at Thompson Park in Longmont, Colorado so off we went to make impressions in the leaves.

I usually make the kids give me goofy faces, something to make them smile. But with these guys, they made their own laughter.

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Longmont Photographer 2013 Artwalk Longmont Photographer Artwalk -2013-01Longmont Photographer Artwalk -2013-01Longmont Artwalk - Longmont photographer. Sept Artwalk live photography demonstration Longmont's Artwalk inspired me when I first attended in May of this year. I decided to participate in Sept with a live photography session demonstration. Showing the art enthusiasts of Longmont what Lisa Patchem Photography was all about. Besides having a killer fun time (weather was beautiful and it was a time to celebrate after the flood) I got to create these photographic art pieces in front of Longmont's faces. Longmont Photographer Artwalk -2013-02Longmont Photographer Artwalk -2013-02Demonstration of Artwalk live performance I drew a raffle of a complimentary photography session + 11"x14" canvas print the night of Sept's Artwalk. I would like to show the winner's final portrait:

Congratulations to Susan + Bob of Longmont! Longmont Photographer - Older CouplesLongmont Photographer - Older CouplesLisa Patchem Photography held a raffle at the Longmont Artwalk in Sept during a live photo demonstration. Here are the winners of the Longmont Raffle!

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Longmont Photographer - Downtown Modeling

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Roosevelt Park Conceptual Shoot: Ashley Roosevelt park modeling. longmont coloradoConceptual Shoot in Roosevelt Park, Longmont Colorado

Conceptual Shoot: Ashley

The idea behind this shoot was to do an edgy historic-inspired thing. We started with the “edge”- my beloved and rather attractive makeup artist gave Ashley a look with glowing skin and fierce eyes. She started off in a coral sundress that had a modern-flapper vibe.

We photographed her against the roses in Roosevelt Park until it got too hot. Ashley also did an impressive job of maintaining her poker face in the face of marauding bees.

She changed in a Downton Abbey-style dress, hat, and gloves for the second portion of the shoot. We took pictures of her on a bench, as though waiting for a train. Then we darkened her makeup and transformed her hair from a gentle updo to a pompadour to make the Downton more downtown.

Last, Ashley posed in a field for some more editorial type pictures. It was a great day in a perfect location.

Period piece, roosevelt park, longmont coloradowaiting for the train at Roosevelt park

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Mini Session Fun!

What a successful Memorial Day Mini Session! Thank you to everyone who jumped at this opportunity.  I had a lot of fun getting to know some of Longmont's kids.  Love these shots!

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Memorial Day Mini Portrait Session In the blink of an eye, one normal day of giggling children, poopy diapers and the sound of your child calling you 'mommy'.... will turn into tomorrow. It happens so fast - 'mommy' turns into 'mom', diapers turn into designer jeans and giggling turns into 'can I borrow the car?'  Let us capture the precious innocence of today. These moments are to be cherished.

With the exceptional talents of Lisa Patchem on hand, your family or children's portrait will be one to remember and reminisce about, for the rest of your lives. 

Here is your chance to bring the kids to a professional photographer while saving some cash on the side.

When?   Monday May 27 (Memorial Day) + Tuesday  May 28

Where?  Photography Sessions will be conducted at the Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Ave, Longmont (right next door!) in the Art Department room. (Enter on the Coffman Road side)

Ordering Sessions will be taking place at Lisa's Home Studio in downtown Longmont.

Why?   What a great chance to get professional photographs of your little ones! Save time and money with a mini session. It's half the cost, half the time but worth 100% of the investment.

Who?  Any little cutie pie above the age of 6 months (or able to sit up without assistance) to 8 years old. Most of our clients bring in children 6+months to 2 years of age.

How?    Sign up over the phone or via email. Slots fill up super fast! No joke! 

What?  We will have 1-2 photography sets per age group. The Mini Session fee is only $85.


Tips + Tricks

- Please bring only the children that are going to be photographed.  We love Grandmas, but please bring only one parent/guardian per child. (It will distract our little super stars!)

-ONLY ONE CHILD PER TIME SLOT. If you have two or more children signed up, each child has his or her own 20 min session.  (It is very difficult to photograph more than one child at a time, if you are interested in getting all your children together for one photograph please book LPP for a full session as our mini sessions cannot accommodate for multiple subjects.)

-Schedule a time slot for the child, not for what is convenient.  If 12:00 is Susie’s nap time, do not bring Susie in at 12:00!

-Simple clothing is the best.  Avoid too many patterned materials. Bring accessories! Head bands, necklaces, blankets, toys, etc.  Newer clothes photograph better than ratter older clothes.

-NO STILL PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED DURING SESSION. The minimum order will be raised to $300 if we notice photography stills being taken. If you would like to document your child’s experience, please video record his or her time in front of the camera. This is a great way to show friends and family on Facebook little Susie’s first photography experience!



Studio Information


-All portrait sessions require a $150 minimum order. (Regular minimum ordering purchase is $300).  This insures LPP that you are committed to fine art portraiture and preserving your family’s memories. Your minimum order is due the day of your session. No images will be posted online until your minimum purchase is received. Your minimum purchase is non-refundable and all sales are final. You will need to be aware of the sales tax of 8.075% that we are required to charge in addition to your print collection.

-Most clients, for a baby/child session, invest between $800-$2,500 in products. Our basic package starts at $525. A la Carte options also available.

-Your session fee is due the day you book your appointment and is non-refundable. It will serve as a credit to your account if you reschedule.

-The ordering/viewing session occurs approximately one - two weeks after the shoot.  
Products* are available for pick up about 2-6 weeks from ordering date.  Shipping, if desired, is extra. *Heirloom Art Pieces range from 4-8 weeks.

-All orders will be handled in the studio or via Email.  We require at least half payment before we can process your order.  And please remember ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

-All purchased photographs will be accompanied with a digital version for you to use on social media. (This file cannot be printed.)

-Please send a photo of all the possible rooms in your home you’d consider hanging a portrait. (Take the photo straight on, not at an angle and have something, like a lamp, in the photo for size reference. This way, Lisa can assist you with sizing, framing and layout of your *new* home decor!)

-Ordering sessions are allotted two hours. Most clients only need an hour and a half.

-Do not bring friends, family members and especially children to the ordering session.
Typically it is Mom + Dad, or equivalent - this way, we can focus on your needs and desires to successfully decorate your home without distraction.


We look forward to seeing you in the studio!

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Think Outside the Frame I focus on the creation of commissioned artwork. Like in the olden days, commissioned painters would be in charge of creating a likeness of their subject. This approach is no different than today, we just use different tools.  But why do we still hang on to the old expectations?

We are educated about the standards of photography via chain photography studios. Some well established photographers get stuck in ruts. New photographers can be too afraid to use 'fake' lighting and only use natural light and print 8x10s. Not me, I LOVE the direction this industry has gone. I do not feel bound to the 8x10, the natural light or any of the preconceived photography standards.  I have been educated and respect the classic portraiture paintings & photographs - I strive for the next thing.

Today, we are evolving into a Borg-like existence. We are fused with our iPhones,  mp3 players, and the next inventions of tomorrow.  To me, the Borg kinda rock. I love all the technology - I never leave home without my tablet. I love the future and all that it will offer. My studio has heavily embraced the digital technologies of our industry. We use a combination of natural & studio lighting, green screens, digital manipulation, graphic design, music, woodcrafting, fashion and outside-of-the-box thinking.

If I were to hire a photographer, I want my photos to look better then what my tablet can capture (which is amazing, btw).  I want a photographer that can create something that I can't. That is why I offer my clients that opportunity.  I charge the prices I do based on the time commitment I provide for each of my subjects. I do not operate a shoot and burn studio.  If you want something amazing and different - give me a ring, you're at the right place.

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