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Behind the Lens: Daissy Torres Photography

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
I was born and raised a Puerto Rican who loves laughter, different cultures and can fluently speak English, Spanish and the universal language of memes.

Did you study photography or are you self-taught? What made you want to focus and do photography as a full-time business?
About 10 years ago, I suffered the loss of my dad who loved photography. Due to this experience, I started looking within myself for things that bring me happiness. Some people garden, others exercise, while I concentrated on photographs. Without any formal training, I exclusively photographed my inner circle. That is, until a couple asked me to photograph their wedding at the Lesner Inn. I don’t think anyone thought seven years later, I’d be celebrating more than 100 awesome couples!

Photo: Daissy Torres Photography

Who were your early influences or is there anyone you have or continue to draw inspiration from?
The wedding photographer world is so vast and there is so much talent out there!  However, my favorite inspirational wedding photographers are Two Mann Studios. They are authentic, raw and creative which is all I aspired to be in my business.

How would you describe your style of photography?
I’d say it is moment-driven & joyful. The result is bold images that tell my couple’s love story, journey, and the deep connections they have.

What made you want to do weddings over other types of photography?

Photo: Daissy Torres Photography

I wanted to be a birth and newborn photographer. Being in the pediatric field for some years made it seem like the obvious choice. However, as soon as I had my first wedding reality struck. I really, really do love weddings! The fast-paced, emotional roller coaster and culmination into a party is therapy for me.

What is your favorite part of being a wedding photographer?

All those emotions! I can see all of them in 8-12 hours and such emotional display reminds me to be present in my own emotions and within my own personal circle. The fact is that it ends up in a big celebration of love with my couples realizing how amazing their day went. It is enough to keep bringing me back.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

These last 7 years! I’ve photographed more than 300 events and each one of them has taught me something about people and myself. That and my 22 years of marriage and the two crazy kids that came along with it!

Looking back after 7 years with your first wedding being at Lesner Inn as a wedding photographer and your 100 the wedding also being at Lesner Inn – how would you say things have changed?
I’d like to think both my editing style and creativity are bolder. However, how I love my couple’s day hasn’t changed. Each wedding feels like family, therefore I give my 100% to them.

Photo: Daissy Torres Photography

Are there some types of photos or shoots that you love doing when working with a couple? What are some creative elements you enjoy adding if any?
I enjoy reflections, sunset shots, and unconventional angles. My couples love seeing their love displayed in new ways.

If you could tell your clients and future clients any piece of advice when it comes to their photographer what would you say to them?
Wedding days are madness! As you research your photographer, make sure you choose someone whose personality connects well with yours. After all, you’ll be seeing their face all day! Someone who makes you feel at ease and prepared for what is to be the fastest day of your life will be  well worth the investment.

 

It is always a pleasure to have Daissy come to the Lesner Inn! We always look forward to seeing the photos after of our amazing Lesner Inn couples, which is why we partnered with Daissy Torres Photography for the Daissy Torres x Lesner Inn contest.  Check out our instagram bio to enter for the chance to win a 2 hour engagement session, 100 custom Save the Dates or Guest Book, $1,400 off your wedding collection, and $500 credit towards your Lesner Inn wedding! All you have to do is share your love story!

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What People are Saying

  • Mr. & Mrs. Horne

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
    ENTIRE VENUE

    We had such an amazing wedding at the Lesner this past weekend. With all of the hurdles we had to go through with COVID protocols, Alexis, Kim, and Lindsey went above and beyond to make our day feel normal- and it was PERFECT! They were so attentive to detail and helpful with things I had not thought of during the planning process. They took care of every detail and we had nothing to worry about on the day of Our wedding except showing up. I even had some last minute changes to decor that they were able to help with. The food was amazing and the view is seriously one you can’t beat. The sunset deck is Covered, so some rain is not a total game changer- but it also gives the guests a nice break from the reception hall (which is inside), which made our guests comfortable with spacing out during these times. Luckily our weather was perfect and the photos are literally amazing- there is no better view in Virginia Beach. I would highly recommend the Lesner for a wedding !!

  • Mr. & Mrs. Jurko

    JUNE 22, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    I could NOT be happier with the service from Lesner Inn. Our coordinator Liz was SO helpful each time we met with her and had questions. The ceremony and receptions spaces were absolutely beautiful. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing and I would recommend this venue to anyone!

  • The Bells

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Alexis, We just wanted to say thank you for all that you did Saturday & all the planning leading up to our wedding day. We had such an amazing day! And we really appreciated you making sure we were taken care of throughout the night. You’re amazing at what you do & helped our wedding day turn out to be perfect! Thank you again!

  • Jon & Brit­tany Wil­son

    JULY 15, 2017
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Girls at the Lesner Inn, Wow! I can’t believe it’s been just about a year since Jon and I came through the doors and knew that this would be the place we say “I do”. You guys are awesome and made planning a breeze even for this bride who didn’t have it all together. Thank you guys so much for everything, our day was perfect!

  • Kyle & Elise Miller

    APRIL 8, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Lindsey!
    I am speechless! Friday was truly amazing. You went above and beyond to make our day so special! We loved every second of the night. Thank you also for the champagne glasses and kitchen towel. You are so sweet! Everyone raved about the night. You and Lesner Inn are AMAZING!
    Love you
    Kyle & Elise Miller

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