Some people collect Wedgewood. Others collect stamps, or rocks. Liesa Cole collects “people”. Whenever she spots an interesting character, she documents them with her camera and places the resulting image in one of the many vintage glass jars she discovered left behind In her 102 year old studio building. Then, the new “specimen” joins the others on the display shelf. This fascination with humanity is undoubtedly what drove Liesa to her profession. Whether photographing people or the objects they desire or the places they inhabit or roam, her passion remains the same. She seeks to discover and reveal the depth of beauty and intricacy of design in each.
“People truly fascinate me.….the lives they lead, what makes them tick. I have been dubbed a “Freak magnet”. I prefer, “connoisseur of eccentricity”. Admittedly, I am drawn to the quirkiest of free spirits, shucking societal norms in favor of their own path. I love to celebrate originality and exceptionalism.”
As a student of Fine Art Photography at L.S.U., it never occurred to Liesa that she could earn a living with her camera. She was just “wandering toward [her] passion.” These days Liesa drifts happily between the commercial and Fine Art worlds. On the most satisfying of days she claims it is hard to tell the difference. To those who know Liesa, it is no surprise that her favorite quote are these words attributed to Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Liesa has a minor in Fine Art Photography as well as her Commercial Photography Certification from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Liesa brings dedication to excellence and a creative collaborative spirit to all of her projects. Her passion for her work is perhaps only outmatched by her passion for her family, which include her daughter Gabrielle and son, Cole.
International Photographer of the Year, “Photography Masters Cup”
National Gold Addy Award Winner
1st Place, editorial Photography, “National CRMA”
Grand Prize PDN “Faces” Competition
PDN “Faces” Animal Portrait winner
PDN “Faces” 1st place Children Portrait
1st Prize at Photography Masters Conference, Grado, Italy
“Photographer of the Year” (5 time winner), ADDY Awards, Birmingham Chapter