lisa kathan
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hi there, I'm Lisa

I married my college sweetheart, Erich, who is an all-around nice guy, one of the people everyone likes. If you meet him, you’ll like him. I’m mostly with my head in the clouds, and he helps me come back down from wherever I am, to planet earth.

Some of my obsessions? Other than photography (like I am not kidding, I have been nuts over it since I took my first film darkroom class in 2013), my heart gets all fluttery with jazz, the Cubs, Elementary, anything made in a Dutch oven, When Harry Met Sally, ice cream sandwiches, eating anywhere al fresco, walking in the woods, and surprises. Oh, and I am obsessed with alleys, so don’t be shocked if we sneak into one for some killer shots.


They say your passion often comes through combined experiences. Well, before I was a photographer, I told different kinds of stories…with my pen (a career in writing/marketing before photography found me). And for a while I also did some event and wedding planning, which is where I fell in love with intimate weddings.

One of my favorite things about being a photographer is being able to help you feel comfortable in front of my camera, so it feels less like torture, and more like we’re collaborating on making images that are fun, unique and memorable.

...and here's Erich!

You almost always find Erich assisting me at your wedding! He's a full-time cath lab RN, but does his best to be at every wedding, and sometimes even serves as a second photographer. Next time you see us, ask about the time he jumped in to help save a groomsman’s life!


I still write! Find me as a regular contributor at the local Chicago area wedding blog, CHI thee WED!


“lisa is professional and laid back, creating a comfortable and organic environment, quietly capturing authentic moments. You’ll leave feeling like you just hung out with a friend, and you’ll be shocked to see the art that comes from you just being yourself.”

— Rachel P.



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