If you follow senior photography, you know Texas photographer, Lisa McNiel.
Lisa was nice enough to drop by SeniorInspire headquarters and answer a few questions for us.
SeniorInspire: I know you were born in Kansas but now live in Texas. What's the matter with Kansas?
Lisa McNiel: Kansas is just awful! Fresh air, friendly people, incredible sunsets, my extended family… I had to get out. 🤣 Actually, I shed many a tear having to leave my home when my husband’s job took us to Cincinnati, and while there I learned that I’m solar-powered, and there wasn’t enough sunshine to keep me going. I was thrilled when we were transferred to Dallas 24 years ago as it was closer to family, warmer, and so full of wonderful people!
SI: Have you ever ridden the mechanical bull at Gilley's?
LM: Although we have gone dancing at Gilley's and six friends all piled on the bull for a picture, I never attempted a ride. However, growing up in Kansas, we did have about 15 head of cattle and I was locked in the barn with the bull once. It was uneventful. He ate, and I waited for someone to notice I was missing.
SI: Describe your granddaughter in three words.
LM: Describe my grandbaby in only three words??? 25 lbs of charm. That's as close to three words as I can get but whenever I laugh my granddaughter says, "I funny ting." That's three words!
SI: What's something photography related that you'd like to buy, but don't want to spend the money?
LM: Hmmm, it’s not the money as much as the trouble. I used to have a 200mm 2.0 and it was amazing, but I didn’t use it on shoots as much because I work really fast and it wasn’t very flexible. I think about the trouble of getting to know my Sony mirrorless that’s been sitting there for over a year, or turning my bonus room into a dark studio!
SI: Who are your photography heroes?
LM: I have SO many photography heroes! Thomas Nguyen, Craig Stidham, Susan Gietka, Selessa Holmberg, and then I feel like all of my many photography buddies will regularly astound me with their artistry.
SI: What does your perfect vacation look like?
LM: A perfect vacation is the moment I’m laughing with all of my family over a wonderful meal with great weather. Usually, that happens on a beach, but I remember having pizza with our kids by the River Thames in view of the London Bridge and that mental picture floats up regularly and creates a smile.