Lisa is a fantastic videographer who has helped a small community storytelling project find exposure on the national stage. When we were asked to provide footage of our radio project for a major documentary, we were baffled – but we knew we could turn to Lisa for guidance, vision, and of course, technical skill. She was extremely helpful from day one, talking us through our vision and providing templates to help us plan the shots. During the shoot itself, Lisa was a great director – gentle, knowledgeable, and adaptive to the environment. The footage looks fantastic! On top of all that, Lisa has gone above and beyond in helping us craft an additional documentary from the video she shot.

What was best about working with Lisa, however, was her easygoing manner and excellent communication. You can find qualified videographers, but rarely one that's such a pleasure to work with. Thanks, Lisa!

-Erica Mu, Producer of Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project from KALW 91.7FM

Video Production

Working with Lisa was and continues to be such a pleasure! Lisa helped us define what we were hoping to accomplish with a video, when we didn't exactly know what we wanted. Of course, defining the purpose entails creating a plan that's more than just commissioning a video--but without Lisa's push to define our purpose, we would have had just a YouTube link floating out there in the internet.
Lisa has been patient throughout the process, and people enjoyed having her around during our big weekend that she filmed. The final product is beautiful and accurately tells our story, much better than I could in words alone. I'm already getting excited about the next video project I want to work on with Lisa, to tell our non-profit's big impact story.

-Eli Winkleman, Founder of Challah for Hunger
Video Production for Non-Profits

Portrait Photography

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Lisa is so pleasant. She can diffuse the scrutiny of the lense with professional ease. Our photo session was comfortable and the photos offered telling and personable images. Great results.

-Anne Keller
Real Estate Agent at Lawton Associates

Couples Portraits

"We had the opportunity to work with Lisa Ratner on a Couples photography project focusing on hands only. My partner and I both really enjoyed the innovative ways in which she got the process going. Talking about our perception of intimacy and articulating it on paper brought out the different levels of feeling that we've experienced as a couple. We were excited to discuss it together with Lisa facilitating the direction.
The whole photo shoot was far more emotional and romantic than we had anticipated! As a result, she captured our relationship in an artistic and genuine way. I recommend Lisa's interpersonal skills and technical abilities highly."

-Emily & Ben
Couples Portraits

Family Portraits

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"My family and I had Lisa take some photos of all of us for the holidays. I liked how Lisa started off the session with having us reflect about our family and what makes us close and unique. She was very flexible with what we wanted in our photos and how we wanted to pose, but also had her own creative ideas for shots and gave us ideas on experimenting with different environments.
She made us all feel very comfortable and free to experiment. This, along with her skills with the camera, made the photos come out beautifully. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants great posed/professional and creative photographs."

-Polly Bowser
Family Portaits

Fashion Photography

"I really enjoyed working with Lisa! She did a series of shots for an update to my modeling portfolio. She is a great photographer with an good eye for framing strong shots. She is a really easy person to get along with...she is fun and personable. She is extremely good at capturing the person you are inside, and above all, makes the experience a positive one!"

Fashion Photography

Web Design

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"I was delighted when I first spoke with Lisa about having her design my website. She accepted the job with such enthusiasm that I knew I had made the right choice. She knew how to use my photographs in the best way possible to lure viewers into the website and explore further. She's also taught me a lot about marketing; how to best inform our customers about what we offer in a very clear and concise manner.
Lisa's work on my website has been incredible, and the fact that she's open to working with a start-up company says a lot about her character! We're still working on our kinks and she's always there to make the additions to the website. It's been a real adventure working with her."

-Kate Cummings
Blue Ocean Whale Watch, Owner

"I really like your website. Fresh and attractive, simple but also informative - and just enough. My son is in IT in Silicon Valley and he knows how important it is to have a company website with a real visual impact, which yours has."

-Blue Ocean Whale Watch Customer
Web Design

Integrated Media: Video, Web, Photo & Print

Great working with you to get this all done! Photos and flyers are nice and service reliable...much appreciated.

-Perry Riani, Real Estate Agent
Home Video Editing

"I just got my act together and had a bunch of videos of my daughter edited by a recent graduate. She's starting up a new business, so she's very affordable and does a great job. I told her I'd post since I was so happy with the final product!"

-Melanie Abrams (Rockridge, Oakland Parent)
Home Video Editing