Lisa Tanner was only seven when she took her first set of pictures on the PBS set with her father, the noted Jazz photographer and LUCIE award winner Lee Tanner.
At that time, Lee was photographing the jazz and blues greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton and B.B. King for the PBS series he produced. Lisa would shoot alongside him using his old Mamiya twin-lens reflex camera. When the films were later developed, Lee took great interest in comparing Lisa’s images with his own work noting, “Children's purity of vision.”
After studying at Parson’s School of Art and Design, Lisa followed in her father’s footsteps, and was hired as a staff photographer for Atlantic Records in New York. There, she photographed everyone from The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, YES, Stevie Nicks, and Led Zeppelin. Lisa’s evocative work was used as cover art for more than 20 albums. She also contributed to numerous magazines including Rolling Stone, photographing Peter Gabriel and Genesis for various articles. After many years as a music photographer, Lisa decided to expand her repertoire to include a new focus: children, in particular the under-fives. In this, as with her music photography, Lisa excelled, and she soon became the go-to person for her unique ability to capture their innocence and purity with a startling clarity.
Lisa says, “Photographing this magical age is not unlike photographing rock stars. There are stunning moments to capture--and both are incapable of sitting still. I have an enduring passion for people of all ages, and my aim has always been to uncover what makes them tick, and see how those inner workings can be expressed in portraiture.”
Lisa is based in La Jolla, California, and is currently working on unique lifestyle and professional portraiture.