Upcoming Events at Francescon Portraiture

Francescon Portraiture is kicking off 2017 with an art show, photography classes and a portrait event to help out the Quad City Animal Welfare Center.


Join Lisa at The ARTery in Rock Island on Friday, January 13th. She will have her  animal images on display. Food and beverages will be available for you to enjoy.   For more details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1796669843936202/

Photography classes at the studio kick off on January 21st.  We offer a wide range of courses from learning what the buttons do on your camera to Photoshop.  For a complete list of classes click on the link.  www.momentsbylisa.comwww.momentsbylisa.com

Finally, the first studio event of the year is Saturday, February 4th.  This is a fundraiser for the Quad City Animal Welfare Center.  Bring in an item from their wish list and receive a complimentary session and $20 in portrait credit.  You will view your images and place your order following the session.  Packages start at $250.  Event details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/404228613257568/

For more information, please give Lisa at call at 309.269.5013.  Happy January!

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November Gift Certificate Sale and a pumpkin gem recipe

Happy November everyone. As I sit here writing and watching the falling leaves, and the aroma of pumpkin gems in the oven wafts through the kitchen into my office, I am reminded again of how truly blessed I am.  So, in honor of Thanksgiving, I’m offering two things today.

The first is the pumpkin gem recipe that is so simple and easy to make, the second is the gift certificates we are offering through the studio this month.

Pumpin Gems:  You will need 1 yellow cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of oil, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  That’s it!

Mix everything together and then pull out your mini muffin tin and spray lightly with canola oil.  Fill the cups up and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  If you wish, frost them with cream cheese frosting when they cool.

My family loves them plain and they do not last very long.  Perfect for a small snack or something to send to school with your kids.

thanksgiving-certificate-specialThis month, the studio is running a gift certificate sale. Purchase a certificate starting at $300 and receive an additional 50% in portrait credit.   Perfect to use for yourself or give as a gift.

To place your order, give Lisa a call at 309.269.5013.

Check out Lisa’s pet photography at http://www.momentsbylisa.com


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Freddy’s Fritters Halloween Event

dsc_4323All dressed up for Halloween!  Some of the cutest critters in the Quad Cities paid a visit to Freddy’s Fritters a couple of weeks ago to have their portraits made.

A vampire, a bumblebee. and  a lion were among those who came to the first annual Halloween Event.

Ever been to Freddy’s Fritters?  No?  Then you need to head to the Village of East Davenport.  When you first enter the building, you immediately inhale the delicious aroma of all the dog treats and goodies that have come out of the oven.


dsc_4396Decorated and on display, you will find a variety of treats for your beloved pet.   Have an upcoming birthday?  Freddy’s Fritters will bake and decorate a cake for your special family member.

Everyone deserves a day of pampering and Freddy’s Fritters will give your pup a “spaw” experience that will delight both you and your dog.

Once again, I thank Tami and Barb for hosting the Halloween event.  Freddy’s Fritters has been an enjoyable business to partner with on events and classes and I look forward to working with them in the future.










Our holiday event is Saturday, December 10th from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Write it on your calendar and join in on the fun.

Please visit and like Freddy’s Fritters Facebook page: Freddy’s Fritters

To view more pet photography, please visit our website at:Francescon Portraiture



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Four Dogs on the Blog, Moline Pet Photographer

A couple of weeks ago, I had the most wonderful session.  Four sweet pups came to play and get their images made at a pet personality session.  Each pup was so much fun to photograph and putting all four of them in the trunk was crazy fun.   Check out some of our favorites from the session.

Want to see more pet images?  Visit our website at http://www.momentsbylisa.com

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Moline Pet Photographer Chats About Light, Part 1

One of the things that I teach my students in my Quad City photography classes is to embrace their main light source and use it to:

  • Provide impact so people take notice of your image.
  • Tell the story of your subject.
  • Create an emotion.  This can range from happiness to rage.
  • Push yourself creatively by creating light patterns.

By using a variety of  light sources, light patterns, and light manipulation, you can create images of your favorite subject that you will cherish forever.

In part one, I will be focusing on catchlights and how they create life in your subject and a very simple light source that you can find everywhere and it doesn’t cost you a cent.


Catchlights are specular highlights from a light source that can be found in the eyes of humans or animals.  They give life and depth to your image and assist you in creating a spark as you tell your story.   They are especially important when you are backlighting your subject.  If you do not fill your subject with a reflector or flash, eyes will look dark and sunken.

In humans, try to place your catchlights either at the 10 o’clock or 2 o’clock position.  This gives them a more natural look.  Since animals eye reflect and absorb light differently than humans, their catchlights will not always be in those positions.

As a personal preference, I prefer to have only one catchlight in my images. dsc_3547  I look at the eyes to determine which ones are most flattering to my subject; and the remove the rest in photoshop. Once again, I feel it gives the eyes a more natural look.

Round or rectangle?  The catchlights will reflect the shape of the light source.  For example, in my studio, you will see that the catchlights are rectangle because of the shape of my softboxes.  However, when I am outside, they will be round.  They will also be round if I pop my on camera flash.

So when you are out and about, start looking at catchlights and where they fall into the eyes of animals and people.  This is the very first step to really start noticing the direction of light that is falling on what you are photographing.


Window light is one of the easiest light sources to work with when you are capturing images of your favorite subject.  Depending on where you place your subject, the light can create a beautiful story as it gives you image a three dimensional look.

Window light can give your image a harsh or soft look.  It just depends on what emotion or story you are wanting to tell.


Take a look at Santa.  This image was taken in the early afternoon.  Since it was a cloudy day, we call this lighting directional-diffused.  This type of lighting gives you a definite direction of light.  The clouds are diffusing the light so that it scatters and creates a soft look.

Had the sun been shining through, the shadows would have been much harsher and the light more direct.  Thus taking away the story that I wanted to tell.

But the good news is that you can replicate this lighting when you are out and about.  You just have to look around.


0047This is a portrait that I made during a senior session in downtown Dubuque Iowa. The image is taken in an alleyway.  By moving her back a bit, I was able to replicate the light that you see in the Santa image.

In the image below, we used diffused light coming into the barn as my main lighting source.  Once again, the shadows are soft.

In Part two, I will writing about how to manipulate light by bouncing or reflecting it when you are using available light.   We will also look at how you can use artificial light such as lamps and flashlights in your photography.

0051Then in Part three,  I will introduce you to lighting patterns and how you can apply them in both natural and artificial light settings.

Don’t want to wait for parts two and three?  Join us in the Elements of Photography Class this Saturday, September 24th.  We will spend a little time covering composition techniques and then jump right into lighting.  You will want to bring your cameras as you will have lots of time to practice the lighting skills that are covered in class.

Call Lisa at 309.269.5013 for more information or register here: http://www.momentsbylisa.com/store/registration


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Do we photograph cats? Of course we do!

14125716_10210596697504358_8832031437312985929_oI love photographing cats in the studio.  Although they require a lot of patience from both myself and their owner, it is truly rewarding to see a cat’s personality emerge as I spend time getting to know the feline.

13767144_10210319866383753_1546827627407164469_oHowever, sometimes there are concerns from cat parents about how well their kitties will do in the studio.  Very understandable.   Cats are known for their dislike of cars and new environments.  Even my cat knows what it means when the cat carrier comes out.

So let me share with you what it is like to visit the studio, make your cat comfortable and create heirlooms that are picture “purrfect”.A few days before your session, we are going to chat about your cat and what kind of images you would like me to create.  I will ask questions about your cat’s personality, their likes and dislikes.

We will also talk about the products you would like to purchase and set a time for you to 14195337_10210655274528747_2514363400783027743_ocome back to the studio to view your images.  This way, on portrait day, your cat and family are my focus.

When you first arrive to the studio, your precious kitty will have time to wander and explore his or her surroundings.  I pop my studio lights a few times so kitty can get used to the lights.

From there, I bring out my bag of tricks.  I have numerous cat toys, including catnip that we use to draw your pet onto the backdrop.

0031If needed, I also have cat treats and slivers of hot dogs that I use to show your cat that he is safe.

Blankets and bags are always around too. Just in case your little guy feels more comfortable in “hiding”.

Finally, if kitty truly needs some comforting, I will put his or her owner on the backdrop to cuddle and provide reassurance.  I continue to photograph both the cat and the owner.  Then if needed, I do remove owner from the images so we have and individual  portrait.

What am I trying to capture?  I love to bring out their personality and playfulness throughout the session.  I also strive to show the special relationship the cat has with his owner.

I allow plenty of time for these sessions so you and your cat never feel pressured or rushed to finish up.

Want to schedule your cat for a session?  Give me a call at 309.269.5013 to reserve a date.

Check out more of our pet images at www.momentsbylisa.com

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An afternoon on the farm

0028A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of heading out to a farm to photograph my dear friend and her beloved horse.  We had been sharing ideas and Pinterest posts for a while and it was awesome to see that we both liked the same ideas for her session.

The purpose of this session was to capture the beautiful relationship that Roberta has with her horse.  From feeding him treats to brushing him, her kind words and motions truly showed how much she cares for her horse.


As we planned our session, we chose to do a combination of images that would be caught in the moment and images in which I posed both Roberta and the horse.Thanks again for a beautiful afternoon. To see more pet images, please visit our website at http://www.momentsbylisa.com

















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