Lisa Russman is a professional interior and architectural photographer based in northern New Jersey, shooting residential and commercial spaces in the greater New York area since 2010.
While getting a B.A. in Art History at Tufts University, Lisa studied black & white and color photography with renowned photographer Jim Dow at both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Tufts. His panoramic study of hundreds of America’s baseball stadiums and parks had a profound impact on how she views the built environment today.
Lisa went on to work with talented exhibition designers, curators, architects and photographers as a communications professional in the museum world. She was a senior publicist at the American Museum of Natural History, and an executive at leading arts and cultural communications firms. Over the course of her twelve-year career, she developed and managed integrated publicity and marketing campaigns that brought high-profile new museum projects and blockbuster exhibitions to audiences around the world. Drawn to design and the decorative arts, Lisa first took classes in interior design, and then coursework toward an M.A. in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center, but ultimately the pull to communicate visually was too strong. At the International Center of Photography in New York, and workshops across the country, she focused on shooting interiors and architecture, advanced lighting techniques, and developing a cutting-edge digital workflow. Today, all these skills fuse together in her photographic work.
Together with her clients, Lisa reviews projects closely, creating shot lists and identifying key design elements and needed styling beforehand. On set, Lisa is collaborative and hand’s on, making sure each shot is perfect “through the lens,” and that the body of work reflects her client’s vision. Her goal is to create crisp, clean compositions that transmit energy and beauty and celebrate natural light. These images are meant to tell a story, and pull the viewer into an environment they'd like to linger in a while.