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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:

Tutorial videos of my post-production and Photoshop techniques are available now at:


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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 ~
Figit090 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love your stories just as much as your art Jaime, great stuff. I aspire to have experiences and a following like yours, it sounds so fun!
Jalaska24 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
wow, i saw this pic forever ago and i'd read the description and was like, ok i'll listen to the link (i'd never heard of lissie before). so i did, and i liked it a lot!!! now i'm a fan (not an uber fan... i don't know that many of her songs, but i know she's awesome ^_^ ). i can't believe i stumbled upon this photo again by chance. i will make sure to add it to my favorites this time!
YyanaOni Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Awww good for you Jaime! I think you really did her justice. ^.^
FearlOss Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I'm a Lissie-fan too! It was a great surprise to see her face here! Wonderful photos of her and an amazing gallery of yours!
LaGrandeDea Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are excellent pictures - she is truly amazing!
andi-glitz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Ugh I just listened to her, I love her voice!
51stnereid Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, she seems like an incredible person :D
And I've just listened to her music... instant love. Thanks for sharing!
blockhart Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
great day, great work.
91Michelle Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
thandav Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
She has some of the best vibes ever!
I bet she is an incredibly awesome human! :bow: <3
Vampyeress Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I've featured this piece in my latest journal :) Thank you for sharing your work!
johanneswalter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You lead one hell of an interesting and inspiring life, Jaime :]
thevoiceofheart Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
ahhh i can't beleive im seeing this on here, i fuhing LOVE lissie! 'in sleep' is my fav song, and her album is awesome, soooo jealous that u met her! love the result :heart:
LensCreations Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Great shots indeed =D
C--h--A Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
I do know this singer, she's more than great and you're very lucky ! This shooting must have been amazing !
OnlyTheGoodNotes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Great story and nice shots! "When I'm Alone" is one of my favorite songs from 2010. If you're in Austin around SXSW, be sure to attend the deviantART events if you can ([link])!
angelboiXx Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Amazing photos amazing Lissie ;)
weird-kitty Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
she is beautiful c:
chgangem Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Wow, I cant believe you got to meet her! I'm a big fan too. DO you sing or are you a musician because I am too!
dimebagjeremy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
content blocked due to copyright blah blah blah.... too bad i can´t listen to her :(
theEinME Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student Photographer
lovely! Life haha, it's amazing how things fall into place when we least expect it, I'm glad you had the chance, the pictures are great (I really like the first one). Great work :)
JaimeIbarra Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you :)
sezmeralda Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Opportinities are everywhere, if we have an eye for them right?
Unfortunately I Vevo has blocked the link in my country but I won't be thwarted.

As cool as your story is, and as great as your photos are - it's the music I am most desperate to experience, so thanks for broadening my horizons a little bit further today.

JaimeIbarra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
Try her website:
sezmeralda Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
AngeliqueRaindrops Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
1. That story is epic.
2. This photo is amazing.
3. She has one hell of a voice!! :faint: My soul very much appreciates the suggestion, as I had that song on repeat for a bit. :nod:
CrashBash10 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011's two peoples work I am now a massive fan of... :)
Ross-Makoske Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice.
xSarahjx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
gosh she's so pretty, and talented too! :heart:
elboertjie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Congratulations on this Jaimei. I am happy for you. :-)
JaimeIbarra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)

(And's "Jaime", not "Jaimei")

elboertjie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
This is so weird; I saw you making a similar reply to someone else before I made my posting, and I focused on writing your name correctly. Now, I see I wrote it exactly the same way the other person wrote. This is so strange. I have to contemplate this.
JaimeIbarra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
For some reason, people think my last name is "Barra", so they include the "I" that is meant to be the first letter in my lastname, which, when spelled correctly, is "Ibarra".
Bekey Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I can recognize your style just by the thumbnail alone. I've been admiring you for quite some time, now finally decided to +watchyou, I see I missed quite a lot of your interesting stories :lol:
Prettyscary Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Lissie is an amazing singer! She's been on tour with a client of mine, Dylan LeBlanc. [link] That's great you got to connect with her as well as take some great shots!
scorpgem21 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
I always find a woman who plays a musical instrument to be intriguing... a depth of culture or soul or something... great take(s)...
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Great story and image!
JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful photograph you show.
David681 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Yes I was introduced to her music a month ago when I volunteered at a venue she played at(she sold out the show as well) and was completly blown away.
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