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Cha-cha Changes | 2020 Changes to Lisa Otto Photography

November 14th, 2018

I’m hoping that when you read that title, you sang it because I did as I was typing it 🙂 If you aren’t on my personal Facebook page or know me personally, a lot happened in 2018.  They say things happen for a reason and people walk into your life when you’re least expecting it, […]


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I’m hoping that when you read that title, you sang it because I did as I was typing it 🙂

If you aren’t on my personal Facebook page or know me personally, a lot happened in 2018.  They say things happen for a reason and people walk into your life when you’re least expecting it, well that happened to me.  To make a long story short, back in March I met Matt.  He loves dogs and well that’s where it all kicked off for us since we met at the Dog Bar in St. Pete (one of my favorite places) and after a little bit, we became friends.  The weekend that I was in Tennessee shooting Elizabeth & Oliver’s wedding, he text me to see if I was watching the Tampa Bay Lightning game.  I couldn’t stream it so all night he text me updates and let me know what the score was.  The next morning I was sitting at the airport and he text me asking me if I wanted to go to the Tampa Bay Rays game with him that night and I told him sure.  We met at the Dog Bar and never made it to the game.  The rest is sort of history.

When Matt & I first started dating, I knew he was leaving for Korea (he’s in the Air Force).  When we started dating, it was “when I leave for Korea” and then quickly it became “when I get back from Korea” and then in August, we shocked everyone, headed to the clerk of court and got married.  This is something we had talked about so it wasn’t a total shock to all but a shock for some.  The beginning of November, he left for Korea.  He’ll be gone a year and before he left, we found out that after Korea, he won’t be coming back to MacDill.

In December of 2019, we will be headed to Germany!!

Yes, we, as in all 3 of us (me, Matt & Jacob).  Since we found out in August, so many thoughts have run through my head; what will I do, will I close the business, etc.  After talking it over with Matt, it was decided that I will keep the brand open while we are gone (2-3 years).  After talking with Micah, my second shooter, and Brandon (who shot our photos below), it was decided that  they will take over as primary/secondary shooters while I am gone.  This is a HUGE decision for me, even as I type this, my stomach is dropping at the thought.  LOP has been my baby, my name for over 8 years.

While I am gone, I will still be the primary contact throughout the whole process of your wedding day; planning your time line, communication throughout, the editing and afterwards.  The only thing that will change is who will be there on your day.  I trust Micah and Brandon to shoot with me so I know deep down that they will treat my clients with the upmost respect, just as they do when shooting any other time.  If you’d like me to shoot your wedding, there will be an additional charge for the travel home but it’s always an option 🙂

After 2020, I will no longer be taking any portrait clients.  I will refer those out to local photographers who specialize in those areas.  Micah & Brandon will be shooting engagement sessions if you choose a collection that includes that.

I will be back and I’ll be shooting in Germany but I will take some time off to get acclimated to living over there, getting Jacob adjusted to being over there and getting settled in.

To all my clients that have trusted me with the biggest day of your life….THANK YOU!  Without every single one of you, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  This path really wouldn’t of led me to Matt.

This is us <3

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But this really sums us up lol  🙂

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Melissa & Khalessi | Through My Lens

November 23rd, 2015

It all started with one little instagram post.       Gold & Diamond Source is owned by Julie Weintraub who has an amazing charity, Hands Across the Bay.  They work directly with domestic violence survivors.  I hate to use the word victim because they aren’t victims, they are survivors. Did you know that those that […]

 

It all started with one little instagram post.

 

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Gold & Diamond Source is owned by Julie Weintraub who has an amazing charity, Hands Across the Bay.  They work directly with domestic violence survivors.  I hate to use the word victim because they aren’t victims, they are survivors.

Did you know that those that abuse animals will more than likely “grow up” to abuse humans?

Researchers have found that between 71% and 83% of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partners also abused or killed the family pet. And another study found that in families under supervision for physical abuse of their children, pet abuse was concurrent in 88% of the families
Source:  Humane Society of the United States

Melissa is a domestic violence survivor.  She went through a horrific attack by her ex-boyfriend that left her scarred but not broken.  She is a survivor.

Khalessi survived horrific abuse at the hands of humans.  She is scarred but not broken.

I wanted to bring these two together to show that even as much abuse these two went through, both of them have the amazing ability to survive.  These two had an instant connection beyond the scars that are visible, might have been the treats lol

This was the first time I had met Melissa.  She’s the sweetest ever, wants people to know her story and wants people to know she’s a survivor.  That is a hero.  That is someone that has overcome so much and wants to move forward.

I’ve known Khalessi since the day Stephanie & Mike pulled her from Orange Co. Animal Services.  She has an amazing ability to love and trust humans even after everything she’s been through.

Both of them have a story to tell.  Both of them are survivors.  Both of them have a past but only want to focus on the future.

But for now, I wanted to share their story through my lens.  The bond these two have, regardless of how either one of them got to this point.

The day before our shoot, Melissa emailed me to let me know that ABC Action News wanted to be there.  Of course I was fine with that and the story that Ashley Glass put together couldn’t of been more perfect!  You can either read the article here or watch the video below from the ABC Action News Channel YouTube.

 

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Together…these two are rebuilding their smiles 🙂

 

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I think Khalessi is a natural in Melissa’s arms 🙂

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Khalessi decided to get a little diva-ish during the shoot!  That just brings out her amazing personality though

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While Melissa was getting interviewed, Khalessi was hamming it up!

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Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa wedding photographer

 

This is Melissa’s favorite shirt and I couldn’t agree with it more <3

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Khalessi was getting tired and figured this was the perfect spot to cuddle up and snuggle.

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