Recently there was an article that went viral about a wedding photographer in Texas. This photographer was on Facebook and sent out a “wedding blow-out” sale. The sale was for 2 photographers, all day photography and a videographer all for $800+ tax. Too good to be true??? Yep it was. She took the money from the brides and then left them high and dry without a photographer for the day of the wedding. This left many brides in tears during one of the most special moments of their lives. And it breaks my heart to think that someone out there is giving photographers a bad rap.

So how do you avoid scams? Easy!!! Meet with the photographer before any money has exchanged hands. Ask for referrals. Not just their portfolio – but actual real contacts who will vouch for their work. You want to know how reliable the photographer is. Do they show up on time? Do they leave early? Was the client happy enough with their work that they will go back for sessions for years to come?

I’ve had bad experiences with photographers in my past. It’s strengthen my customer service in my current business. I’d love to meet with you and have a cup of coffee. I want to know about you, your family, your plans. And I’ll provide referrals whenever asked for them! I’d never leave you high and dry!

2016 Wedding season is just around the corner

Are you looking for your 2016 wedding photographer?

Weddings can be overwhelming when you first get started. You need someone who understands the flow of a wedding. Whether your wedding is a small intimate celebration or an elaborate formal wedding , let my experience help you! I work side by side with the Bride (and Mother of the bride!) and/or wedding planner.

Please don’t wait too long – dates book up fast.

While I live in Yakima – I do travel to other locations for wedding. Contact me for further details.

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What does it mean to receive a digital file?

That is a great question and one that you need to make sure to ask your photographer. Not only do you need to ask whether you will be getting digital files, but which ones and what resolution.

Some photographers will not release digital files at all. That means that you are obligated to purchase any and all prints from them.  This is a great option if you would like someone to control the entire process with professional results.

Other photographers provide  you “low resolution” files that may or may not have their watermarks on them. It’s possible to print these but usually only to a 5×7 or 8×10 size. Any bigger than that and it will be grainy. This option also makes a client dependent upon the photographer for larger prints like canvas’s. Huge benefit if you’ve never ordered one and want to make sure that it comes out right.

And yet another option is what I do. I provide you with the photos in 2 formats. You get a low resolution with my watermark to share on social media. You also receive the high resolution files as well. These, along with a printing consent, allow you to be in control of your prints. I’m always happy to help you order prints from a professional lab and highly recommend it  when you are purchasing a canvas – let me assist you. I want you to be happy with your photos and memories – Not up sell you.


One last thing to also be aware of – ASK the photographer how long they hold on to the digital files. 6 months, year or forever… I hold on to all photos forever. I keep a back up on an external hard drive as well as a “Cloud” location. If you lose your files – don’t worry… I’ve got you covered!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog – but don’t let that fact fool you. I’ve been hard at work with nearly a booked schedule this year. I know that I need to get better at blogging – but if you ever want to know what I’m up too or to see some fresh work don’t hesitate to hop over to my facebook page.

I just realized that the FB page has reached over 500 likes! That is so exciting that I’m trying to think of a way to celebrate. Maybe a giveaway is in my future. I’ll have to think about the best way to do that. If you have any ideas – reach out to me and let me know.

I’m also currently working on a fresh look to the website. An easier to view portfolio is the first thing on the list of to do’s.

I’m looking forward to 2016! With 4 weddings already booked it’s looking so bright – I’m going to need shades! LOL Anyone get the reference?

There are a lot of Photographers in Yakima to choose from and a multitude of factors for you to consider before making your final decision. The factor at the top of most everyone’s list is cost/price…. But it should really be value.

You may be tempted to choose a photographer with rock bottom pricing but, there is a reason a photographer may charge little to no money.  The photographer may have some experience but is currently focused on building a portfolio.  They may be someone who has little to no experience and therefore is trying to break into the market without considering the value of their time or developing entry level skills and simply want to use you to market their business.  When making a decision about a photographer the main thing you want to consider is value rather than price. A photographer who is building a portfolio might not be as interested in working with you and your vision and a person with no skill may not be able to provide the end result you are looking for. Remember, it isn’t the number of dollars you spend but the amount of value you get for the dollar.

How do you know if you are hiring the right type of photographer?

Be careful and ask a lot of questions. Ask to see multiple examples of their work and really review their work carefully… Is the photo in focus?… Does the coloring look normal or does the image look artificially altered and really far from natural… Discuss dates, schedules, paperwork and contracts…. Discuss their editing timeline and how their post production will affect your timeline of receiving the final product. Ultimately you want to feel like you are getting a great value and make a connection with your photographer so you can minimize the challenges ahead of you.

Here is a sample before and after photo. Without editing the photo would likely be deleted.  However, with a little work and professional editing, the photo was easily recoverable and ultimately of remarkable quality. How would you feel if an inexperienced photographer chose to delete the photo instead of saving it?

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There are 15 edits performed on the photo. Can you see all of them???

Exposure corrected…

White Balance corrected (Color)…

Brightened the whites of her eyes…

Created highlights on her eyes…

Spot removal of acne on her face…

Smoothed the skin on her face…

Smoothed out her lips….

Whitened her teeth…

Removed the stick/branch above her head that was a distraction…

Removed the sticks on the right…

Removed the twig across her body…

Increased the overall clarity of the photo…

Increased the Vibrancy of the colors…

Sharpened the edges overall…

Created a darkening in the left side of the photo…

“This is a quick example of the type of editing I do. I would love to work with you and help create your vision! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!”

– Lisa Cadwell

A huge thank you to 2014 customers!

2014 was a wonderful year. I met several new friends this past year. Whether it was a Senior Portraits, Wedding, Engagement or Family session I enjoyed every moment of it! Thank you for allowing me to capture your moments forever!

Here is a sample video of just a few of my favorite moments. Bless you all! Here’s to an exciting new year 2015!!!!


Picking a wedding photographer

The single most important thing when choosing a Professional Photographer is to meet with and interview them ahead of time and choose someone that shares your passion and goals and whose skills and attention to detail will reflect your vision… In this way, the dream you have in mind will be brought to life in the photographs you receive.

Some important points to consider…

  • Ask about and view their Website, Facebook/Social Media Page and Portfolio.
  • Ask about and request a demonstration of their Professional Photography Equipment.
  • Ask about, discuss and include in the Contract all ‘details’ for before, during and after the event.
  • NEVER hesitate to ask a question, clarify an answer or request references.

I fully support and require meeting for an interview prior to signing a contract and booking your date. I have check-lists specifically designed for any occasion so nothing is missed or misunderstood and I honor and welcome each and every special request. Also, I suggest meeting again about one week prior to your event to review the contract and address any last-minute requests/changes. This event is your vision/dream and my photographs will capture each moment for you so you can have cherished keepsakes for the future. Your satisfaction, from beginning to end, is my goal and I work hard to bring everything together for you.



Welcome To LLCadwell Photography!

Madson (370)Are you looking for a photographer?

Picking a photographer for your needs can be a daunting endeavor; but, it doesn’t have to be.  The most important thing about picking a photographer is that you are comfortable with them.

You can start by looking through their portfolios to see what style they approach a session. Are they more traditional with set poses?

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….or are they able to shoot in a more glamour effect?

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Ask for references. You need to meet face to face and talk to the photographer. Do you feel a connection sitting there talking over coffee to this person. Remember, this is the person that will be with you at a special moment you want captured for ever.

Whether it is senior/family portraits, engagement/save the date, wedding, maternity or any other special occasion….

Let me capture that special moment for you.