Lisa Portinari, a talented photographer based between Manchester and London, found her vision growing up in the Italian countryside of Veneto, Italy. Surrounded by small family businesses that emphasised sustainability and wholesome ingredients, her elegant style focuses on the finer details of food and wine as well as the people that create it. In this Q&A session, we get to know Lisa a little better and find out what inspires her to create beautiful and refined images.
What initially drew you to photography, and how did you get started?
I have always wanted to get into it but my degree was quite demanding and never found time for it. Then during lockdown I found my dad’s old film camera and never stopped since.
How do you incorporate analogue film photography into your work?
It’s no secret my work is heavily inspired by film photography. My commercial work is mainly on digital at the moment but I’m starting a few exciting projects on medium format this year.
What inspires you when it comes to choosing subjects to photograph?
I’m naturally drawn to wholesome food and natural wine. I grew up in the Italian countryside and carry my upbringing into my work. I like to think I portray ordinary things in a beautiful way.
How do you stay motivated and continue to find inspiration in your work?
By living deliciously! Which for me means watching great movies, travel, eat delicious, don’t overwork myself.
What tips would you give to someone just starting out in photography?
Just shoot with whatever you have available to you! Don’t worry about the technicalities too much.
What are some of your future photography goals and projects that you can tell us about?
I’d like to be published more, shoot film commercially and tell more stories about women doing great things in the food and wine industry through my lens.
We hope that this Q&A session has given you a glimpse into the mind of this talented photographer, and that you are as inspired as we are by her work. We cannot wait to see what Lisa has in store for the future and we wish her all the best in her upcoming projects. If you're looking to discover more of Lisa's work, or interested in hiring her for your next project, be sure to visit Lisa's website or follow her on Instagram.