Montana native Lisa Kunkel is a professionally trained, award-winning and experienced photojournalist living in the Big Horn Basin of northwestern Wyoming. She focuses her time on documenting family lifestyle portraits, editorial assignments, sports, and weddings. Her journalism style of documentary photography carries over into her portraiture and her desire to document life the way she sees it. Lisa has worked as a staff photographer and contributor for local and national publications. Her work has been published in publications like Sports Illustrated, TIME Magazine and USA Today. She enjoys the outdoors and thanks God every day for her wonderful husband JD and their children Adeline, Wyatt and Amelia.
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Lisa earned a B.A. in photojournalism from the University of Montana's School of Journalism where she graduated in 2004. While in college, Lisa was a staff photographer and photo editor for the school newspaper, The Kaimin, and freelanced for the city's daily paper, The Missoulian.
After graduation, she was a summer fellow at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida before being selected through the Alexia Foundation to study photography for a semester at Syracuse University’s study abroad program in London, England.
After returning to Montana in January 2005, she freelanced for the Associated Press and The Missoulian. In the summer of 2005, she was hired as a staff photographer for The Montana Standard daily newspaper in Butte, Montana. After three years, Lisa moved to be the sports photographer for The Independent Record newspaper in Helena where she worked for two years. In 2010, Lisa left the newspaper business to be a full-time mother and run her own photography business.
In early 2014, following a job for her husband JD, they moved to his hometown in Wyoming. Enjoying the small town life they opened a downtown studio and gallery in November of 2016. Lisa currently works as a freelance photographer for the local weekly paper, the Grebyull Standard, while working in the studio and gallery with husband and business partner JD. They are also a husband and wife wedding photography team and specialize in large-format printing. An avid outdoors family, they live in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains with their children Adeline Grace, Wyatt James and Amelia Mae.
Lisa’s photography has been recognized by the Alexia Foundation, College Photographer of the Year Awards, Photo District News, The Hearst Foundation, The Wyoming Press Association, The Montana Newspaper Association and the National Press Photographers Association. Her photos have appeared in numerous publications including Sports Illustrated, Country Woman Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Montana Magazine, Signature Montana Magazine and TIME Magazine.