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SUNDAY STORIES by Lisa Haukom 4.30.23 Weekly lifestyle Roundup

Updated: May 22, 2023

It's been a week of client gallery reveals, warming up my podcasting skills, Self Portrait Studio grad celebrations, and as always working to disrupt the business of self-image. Over the next few weeks Sunday Stories, Instagram, and our new You Tube channel will be sharing new reveals and behind the scenes scoop!

Speaking of scoop, we've made some additions to the Self Portrait Studio, including a new self-paced community option for those of you who can't make it to our live calls every Thursday. If you are down for the live calls and coaching - we start May 18th! We already have members planning to do another round of the challenge so if you join now, you'll be in excellent company.

And for those of you who've been asking for a solution to shoot your own brand photography, like we do…stay tuned!




It's a gallery palooza over on the blog with the reveal of several scrumptious new client projects. Up first, the effervescent Abby Henry! When Abby approached me for new website and brand photos I knew her gorgeous Ojai, California home had to be part of her brand story. When Abby mentioned the house was designed for easy living and entertaining - it was a short leap from there to the concept of her shoot - House Party! Join Abby as she turns her local farmer's market finds into tasty treats for an afternoon of fun, Abby Lane style.

Robin Davisson Female Abstract Artist Photography



Weekly visual inspiration and mood boards.

Minimal study of curves and angles.

Photographers Choice.

Extra flair for your week. Click below to visit. xoxo L.

Sending love to all of our tripod movers and smile-checkers!

In LOVE with this photographer-forward interior mag. Comes in print too!

Witty and irreverent, stay Golden Whalebone Mag.

Making this Brown-Buttered Asparagus with Hazelnuts and Quick Pickled Kumquats

Crushing on this one-room make-overs over on Clever.

We love a good quality podcast and this one is giving us swanky vibes.

Want to learn to take professional photos with your iPhone? We've got you.

Just polished off this memoir. If you buy one book this spring, let it be this one.

Every morning begins with coffee in my left hand and Chani in my right.

Our first guests are booked and will be revealed this summer.


Have a question? Sunday Stories subscribers may submit them here.

Q. Lisa, I've invested in three tripods without finding one that works consistently well. Help!

A. I'm somewhat of a tripod accumulator myself and happily tested about 10 different styles until I landed on my favorite gooseneck tripod. If this one doesn't tickle your fancy here are a few considerations when broadening your search.

1. Consider height. I'm 6ft tall so I need a 'pod that extends high enough to allow me to capture a standing shot without setting the camera 10 feet away.

2. Usage. Are you doing straight headshots or creative angles? Choose a 'pod version that will allow you to get into some interesting poses, capturing the shots you need from any angle.

3. Ease of use. Do you want a 'pod light enough to take on a trail to capture that sunset over the water or will you be using it around the home only?

I hope this is helpful! Remember the tripod, like your camera is only a tool. It won't necessarily make your photos better if you aren't doing the work to invest in better photography skills. We can help you with that. xoxo Lisa



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