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The Inimitable Lissie by JaimeIbarra The Inimitable Lissie by JaimeIbarra
Meet Lissie: owner of one of the most amazing voices on the planet.

I received an email from her road manager, telling me that they were in Austin to perform, and if I wanted to photograph Lissie, he could arrange a 30 minute window of availability after sound-check.

Of course, I pop into a cab, and go to the venue around 5pm.

Within 15 minutes, sound check was over, and she climbed off of the stage and walked over to me. We introduced ourselves to each other, and then she asked "so, what kind of stuff do you want to shoot?", she asked.

"Just you...being you", I said.

"I think I can do that :)", she replied :)

To make a long story short, I spent the majority of my allotted 30 minutes just talking with her, before I actually did any shooting.

I learned a looooooong time ago, a photograph is SO much better if you spend some time getting to know the person you are going to be photographing. Connect, at all costs. I won't even pick up the camera until that connection is established. It is a deal-breaker for me.

Fortunately, she is very easy to connect with :)

If you have never heard this woman sing, do your soul (and your ears) a favour and listen to this:…

Visit her official website here:

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xXyouholdthekeyXx Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Amazing photographs!
fatgeekuk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
What an incredible picture. Your comment about connecting first really shows through. you can tell she is looking at YOU not a camera. Really warms up the pictures. Great tip.
greychampion Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! You are a very lucky guy. I am also a massive fan and have had the pleasure of meeting her twice when she toured in England in 2010 (see here:Lissie and Me).

These shots were taken when she performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2010.
She has a phenomenal voice and talent, is breathtakingly beautiful and so sweet and lovely too. Glad you had such a good experience.
Everywhere I Go
greychampion Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Also, these shots are fantastic
kavmore Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
never seen u to reply any one before or....... even my own post before regarding wht camera u ask something like that i guess ...... but aneways love ur work .... big fan of urs my desktop is always with ur pics
StudioChiaroscuro Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Great stuff. You portray her spirit beautifully.

The Stairway To Heaven live is awesome :)
chedare Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thumbs up yep something else a riding star and how flattering these photos~ really captures a nice easy going muso
JMicas Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Bufff una historia de las que le gustaria a cualquiera que ocurriera.... Llegar a ver a un ídolo, musical o cualquier otra profesión, tiene que ser maravilloso; y si además tienes la posibilidad de fotografiarla y encima poder charlar con ella a nivel personal....eso ya es el sumum de la satisfacción... Que sepas que te envidio por ello....:nod:
Yo de los nervios no podría ni encender la camara...jajajajaja
Por cierto, cómo se llama la cantante? Lissie....? Habrá que escuchar algo de ella...
LibyanStudio Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
SOOOO Nice ~
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