Behind the Lens: Meet Daniela Lisi
Meet Daniela Lisi, a metro-Detroit photographer, amazing human being, and newest addition to the j’adore Detroit team! I had the pleasure of shooting with Daniela and getting the opportunity to sit down with her to talk about her work and her life. Please read on to learn more about Daniela and her work; the world deserves to know who she is!
One of the first questions I asked Daniela, or Dani, was how she knew that photography was her calling— how she knew it was something she wanted to pursue. Dani explained to me that at a young age, it was clear that she had some sort of unique ability when it came to photography and art. She recounted a memory of her at Disney World when she was little, using a disposable camera to take photos of her parents from unique angles— her little five or six-year-old self actually laid on the ground in the crowded amusement park in order to get the perfect shot! Daniela tuned her creative and photography skills by studying at Grand Valley State University and through her experience interning at a local photography studio. She attributes the majority of her learning to practice and real life experience.
Daniela has a photography studio based in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Her and her best friend/business partner Nicole also run a wedding and portrait photography company called Nicole & Daniela Photography. Their photos beautifully illustrate the love of the couples in each photo, and Nicole & Daniela do an incredible job showcasing love stories of all types. Visibility of couples of different shapes, sizes, ethnicities/races, genders, and sexual orientations is extremely important.
When she’s not photographing couples, Dani is spending her days all over metro-Detroit. Her days are fully booked, photographing different events and people and making endless connections. Her confidence, friendliness, and energetic spirit make it easy for her to leave an impression.
Daniela’s name is one you’ll want to remember, due to both her pure talent and her recent work with some of the biggest and up-and-coming brands and influencers in Detroit. One thing I find extremely unique about her is her desire to be a resource to the creative minds of the city.
Daniela also offers her photography services to those in need. Her desire to help others is truly inspiring— she says it one of her strongest driving forces in life. Organizations that Dani has worked with include Mend on the Move Detroit—an organization that employs, empowers, and raises money for survivors of abuse by selling jewelry handcrafted by Detroit women who are trying to start again after escaping abusive and toxic relationships. She has also photographed for Humble Design, which transforms homes for veterans, families, and individuals bouncing back after homelessness.
One of Dani’s main goals is to not only make people feel like pieces of art they are, but to be a part of the amazing, creative community of Detroit and make a difference along the way. Her art is incredible- no ifs, ands, or buts. Her style is unique and very much her own, yet versatile, experimenting with both bright . She also makes all of her “subjects”—the people in her photos— feel extremely comfortable. When I first met Dani to get my photos taken, it was the first time I had really ever been part of a real shoot. I thought it would be very nerve-wracking, but I immediately had felt like I had known Dani for years, and the nerves quickly melted away.
I truly believe that everyone should have a conversation with Daniela. The first day I met her, we spent over two hours in her car talking about her perspectives on life, people, and art. Honestly, it was a conversation I never knew I needed, and I left feeling inspired to be a more creative, confident, and involved person. I believe that Dani will become one of the city’s biggest difference makers through her compassion, talent, and dedication.
Please take the time to view and engage with Dani’s social media and website. Whether it’s scrolling through her work or saying hello, I promise you won’t regret it. Follow the links below:
Keep up the amazing work, Dani! And thank you for all the work you do— not just for j’adore, but for all of Detroit!