Today we’d like to introduce you to LeeAnn Chisolm Morrissette.
LeeAnn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It all started with the production of a little web series back in 2011 called, Lena Street Ladies. Although, I always considered myself to be a storyteller – I started dancing professionally at the age of 9, writing poetry and stories avidly soon after, and I even went on to win a few awards in high school for my writing and video production – it wasn’t until my co-creator, Mercedes McIntosh, and I were in the throes of writing and producing what would become an award-winning web series based off of our college experience that I truly knew storytelling to be my purpose. Seven incredible years later of chiseling and redefining myself as well as my art (a.k.a. flailing through adulthood), I am so grateful to be recognized today as an award-winning filmmaker and nationally published photographer still at what feels to be so early on in my career.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s no such thing as a smooth road, but my struggles weren’t outside of me. I’m deeply spiritual, an aspect of me that permeates my art, so I understand that nothing can keep me from my goals or dreams except for myself. And THAT can be a challenge. Although I don’t get in my own way as much as I used to, feelings of being a fraud or simply not good enough pop up every now and then especially when I’m challenging myself to expand creatively. My advice is to have a tribe (even if it’s a tribe of one) that can hold you accountable to your vision and your truth and to honestly face your fears surrounding failure and success frequently.
What should we know about LCM Photos + Film? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a storyteller, I split my time between writing, producing content as a filmmaker and co-owner of Lena Street Productions and visual storytelling for clients as LCM Photos + Film.
At Lena Street Productions, I am proud to write, direct, and produce thought-provoking narrative and documentary films and shorts. Themes I am passionate about and am currently exploring include: freedom – liberation from our own ideas and others’ – and healing – healing our planet as well as ancestral, internal, and systemic wounds. Our latest project is Food Diaries, a digital series exploring our broken relationship with food. Profiling food activists, to doctors, healers, and educators, this series brings up the questions we aren’t asking. From food waste to healing ourselves to farming for self reliance, each subject takes us through their own personal journey in food, sustainability, and choosing to live and consume more mindfully.
At LCM Photos + Film, I work with clients to not only create authentic and beautiful visuals, but to enhance their brand by creating a powerful, high-quality visual experience. I work with intentional creatives and lifestyle brands, nonprofits, wellness practitioners and healers, not exclusively, but especially. I tell stories because I want to inspire and shape the world for the better, so it is an honor to work with individuals, brands, and nonprofits who have an aligned vision and are doing just that. I also take commissions for portraiture (individual/couple/family), weddings as well as event photography and film stories. I have been published twice (locally and nationally) as a photographer and will be creating prints for purchase and exhibits starting this Summer 2018.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
My parents have always been entrepreneurs and artists in their own right, so I definitely believe watching them run their own businesses gave me the confidence to step out on my own. I fondly remember how my brothers and I would sprawl across the floor of my mom’s gray, carpeted office hole-punching mounds of paper or folding flyers. It was our lifestyle, and this type-A personality right here adored it all. Not only did I see my parents’ businesses thrive, but I also got to witness their struggles and losses. These growing experiences taught me to not give up when things get hard or seem out of reach. My tenacity is mighty and I honestly must attribute that to my upbringing and the community of elders and artists who surrounded me.
- Website: www.lcmorrissette.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capturedbylight_/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LCMphotofilm/
- Other: www.lcmorrissette.com/portfolio
Riko Morrissette, LeeAnn Chisolm Morrissette of LCM Photos + Film