When Lisa Enman DesRoches returned home from Alberta a few years ago to pursue a career in photography by capturing PEI residents and businesses, she never dreamt she would have to try to make a living during a pandemic. But she quickly began to think outside of the box.
Photographers are used to being up close and personal with clients, and spring is a busy time for outdoor photo shoots. However, this year, Lisa had to become even more creative.
“When the first news of a pandemic came in March, I knew that it was going to affect everyone, and that much of what we knew to be normal would cease,” says Lisa. “I recognized the effect it would have on my own business. I had a lot of work lined up for the spring, including work for the tourism industry, and I was receiving cancellations.”
Now with some restrictions lifted, Lisa encourages clients to contact her, get ahead of the game and work on images for next year, and promote staycations to attract locals.
One client, Renée Durant, Owner of Jaxon Naturals, hoped to have her rebranded products photographed. So, thinking outside the box, Lisa made it work as she followed safety guidelines and procedures.
For the photo shoot, she arranged for contactless pick up and delivery of the skincare products, and photographed them on the scenic red cliffs and sandy beaches of PEI. “This was a win-win situation for both the client and myself,” says Lisa.
Lisa studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, where she had a wide variety of photography experience, freelancing for various businesses and magazines.
Services available while practicing social distancing and following public health guidelines
- Marketing product photography
- Headshots & portraits
- 360 degree virtual business tours & business exteriors
- Assistance with Google business listings
- Family, couples etc. photos
- Weddings when available
Lisa offers online sales of her Island custom prints, as well as shipping and contactless delivery or pickup. She also offers e-gift cards for future sessions.
“The West Prince Chamber of Commerce is a great asset to my business,” says Lisa. “I have been an active member for the past two years. The Chamber offers excellent networking opportunities and professional development.
“Tammy Rix, Executive Director of the WP Chamber, has been an amazing support during this pandemic. She updates us on business issues and funding, and keeps us connected with weekly “coffee chat” zoom calls. These chats are a positive part of my week, and sharing stories and experiences with other entrepreneurs and local business owners has been a good support.
“I have adapted how I do business to keep up with the changing times, and I will continue to serve others where I can do so safely,” says Lisa.
For more information about Lisa Enman Photography, call 902-960-0695 or email [email protected].