lisa kathan photography

hi there, I'm Lisa

I married my college sweetheart, Erich, who is an all-around nice guy, just one of the people that everyone likes. He's a nurse and cares a ton for people, and he grounds me. I am mostly with my head in the clouds, and what he calls "passionate" (or just level 10 emotional!), and he helps me come back down from wherever I am to planet earth.

Erich and I were never able to have children. For several years, I felt like we were forced to miss out on all the great memories couples made with their children, as if the story of our relationship wasn’t an important enough story to tell.


So when I left my career of writing behind to become a photographer, I decided to be intentional about telling the stories of couples in every phase of their lives. I deeply believe every couple deserves to have beautiful photographs that capture the special uniqueness that makes your relationship perfect just the way it is.

...and here's Erich!

Erich is my best friend, my sweetheart, and the 100% biggest supporter in every area of my life. He pushes me, he cheers me on, and picks me up when I've had a bad day.

The best part is that you can almost always find Erich assisting me at weddings! He's a full-time cath lab RN, but when he can, he loves to help me out, and sometimes even serves as a second photographer.


BTW, I still write! I'm a regular contributor at the local Chicago area wedding blog, CHI thee WED. Check it out!



“lisa is professional and laid back, creating a comfortable and organic environment, quietly capturing authentic moments. You’ll leave feeling like you just hung out with a friend, and you’ll be shocked to see the art that comes from you just being yourself.”

— Rachel P.