Interview with Lisanne Jager

Could you please introduce yourself?
I’m Lisanne Jager, 25 years old and I live with my boyfriend and cat in beautiful Kampen, The Netherlands. I have a part-time job as a social worker and work part-time as a photographer. I mainly photograph people who wants to feel beautiful. My goal is to capture someone’s strength or vulnerability.

How did your interest in photography begin?
From an early age I have had a love for photography and I picked up this passion again about 3 years ago when I bought my first camera. I asked family and friends to go out with my camera with me, posted it on Instagram and started expanding my network.

When did you decide to become a professional photographer?
It just happened! I am not a full-time photographer and I always find it exciting to call myself a professional photographer, because when are you? When do you call yourself a hobby photographer and when a professional? I see myself as a photographer who has an enormous passion for portrait photography. I love empowering people with my work!

Do you prefer natural or studio light (and why)?
Natural light, because to be honest I have never photographed in a studio. I know that it can also be incredibly beautiful in a studio, but as a human being I prefer to photograph in nature and enjoy playing with the unpredictable natural light.

What do you prefer, shooting in a studio or outdoor?
Outdoor!

Can you tell us about the camera(system) and lenses you use?
I use a Canon 6d Mark II and mainly my 50mm 1.4 lens from Canon. I also have an 85mm lens, but I don’t use it very often. On my list is another 35mm.

What software do you use to process your images?
Adobe Lightroom

What makes a good day for you?
Meeting new people, lots of sun, fresh air, a nice walk and coffee.

When it comes to working with people, can you share any tips to our readers?
I recommend that you always take a walk with the people you will be photographing before the shoot. Get to know each other and when your subject is relaxed, you grab your camera and start photographing them. In this way, a casual vibe is created and everyone feels at ease.

When it comes to your career, what was your highest high and your lowest low?
My low point was actually when corona started. I had a great wedding in Norway planned. Unfortunately this did not happen for me, because I would have to be in quarantine for a very long time and I could not afford that with my other work. I was so fed up with this! It was truly a dream that fell into a thousand pieces. My highlight was that I went to Denmark for a weekend with a group of creative professionals to work at two styled shoots. I loved it! In addition, because of the pandemic I started making self-portraits! It is very therapeutic for me, I can express my feelings and people relate to my stories. I love the fact that I won an award with a self-portrait.

Thank you so much Lisanne, what’s your experience with the Unlike Portrait Awards?
I really enjoyed participating in this competition. It is a unique competition in which the threshold is low. This competition is about honor and about connecting people and I really like that. Winning an award really boosts your self-confidence and honor for your work. I would really recommend others to join in, even if it’s just for the experience.