"Lisa Densmore Ballard wears many hats as well as helmets, hiking boots, backpacks and jackets"... And it is true! She is blessed with immense talents. Lisa is an Emmy- winning television producer and host, award-winning writer and photographer, champion skier. Now she lives in Red Lodge and if you come there to learn how to ski you can be one of lucky ones to be trained by her. And above all she has a great personality. Visit http://lisadensmore.com/ to find out more about Lisa and her arts, books, photos JBN: You are Emmy-winning television producer and host, award-winning writer and photographer, champion skier... What is the key to your success? Lisa Ballard: The key to my successes are the willingness to work hard and to thoroughly learn each of these skills, and just as importantly to love what I do. I push myself to do better all the time, too. JBN: What from that list bring to you real joy? Lisa Ballard: Going really fast on skis; and taking a stunning photograph. JBN: How long on average does it take you to write a book? Lisa Ballard: 9 months, and the end is painful, kind of like having a baby ;-). JBN: Does writing energize or exhaust you? Lisa Ballard: I t exhausts me. It is completely absorbing mentally. JBN: Some writers describe themselves as planners, while others plunge right in to the writing. Would you consider yourself a planner or a plunger? Lisa Ballard: Both. To write a good magazine article or book takes a lot of research and/or interviews. Once I start writing, I plunge in. JBN: Do you work from any kind of plan? Lisa Ballard: I develop the Contents first for a book. For a magazine article, I have an idea from the editor what is expected. I work out a strong lead then try to weave a good story. JBN: You train skiers. Is it true that almost everybody can learn how to ski? Lisa Ballard: Yes. With modern ski gear and competent coach, anyone can learn to ski in a half-day. JBN: You did so many gorgeous photo... How did you get interested in photography? Lisa Ballard: I've always been drawn to visual arts. That said, I never planned to become a professional photographer. I got a book contract in 2002 for a hiking guide book that required I provide the photos, too. I told the editor that I wasn't a professional photographer. She replied, "I'm not going to hire a photographer to go on 60 hikes with you!" So I learned to shoot. It was my favorite part of putting that book together. Still is, for all 10 of my books. JBN: Do you have your favorite photo's trip? Lisa Ballard: Wildlife safari in Tanzania in 2010! JBN: What was your first camera? Lisa Ballard: As a professional photographer, a Nikon D100. JBN: What is your favorite recommend for others? Lisa Ballard: Today I shoot mainly a Nikon D500, which I recommend for professional shooters. For everyone else who wants to shoot a DSLR, any camera from Nikon's 7000 series. You can put any lens on them. The image quality is excellent. JBN: About what topic you can talk for hours and hours? Lisa Ballard: Skiing, photography, the outdoors. JBN: What you adore about skiing? Lisa Ballard: Gliding downhill, especially on a powder day, is heavenly, sheer freedom. JBN: What are you working on now? Lisa Ballard: Mostly magazine articles and organizing my 2018-19 ski camps and clinics.
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Lisa Ballard: I've always been drawn to visual arts
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EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT AWARDS In June 2017, the Outdoor Writers Association of America honored Lisa with two Excellence in Craft Awards for photography. Lisa's photo, "Sunrise Hunter with Horse", which appear on the cover of Lowa's hunting footwear catalog, took 2nd place in the "People" category. Her photo, "Kayaker on Bowman Lake", which was published in Woodstock Magazine, took 3rd place in the "Outdoor Fun & Adventure" category.
"Lisa Densmore Ballard wears many hats as well as helmets, hiking boots, backpacks and jackets"... And it is true! She is blessed with immense talents. Lisa is an Emmy-winning television producer and host, award-winning writer and p h o t o g r a p h e r , champion skier. Now she lives in Red Lodge and if you come there to learn how to ski you can be one of lucky ones to be trained by her. And above all she has a great personality. Visit http://lisadensmore.com/ to find out more about Lisa and her arts, books, photos JBN: You are Emmy-winning television producer and host, award-winning writer and photographer, champion skier... What is the key to your success? Lisa Ballard: The key to my successes are the willingness to work hard and to thoroughly learn each of these skills, and just as importantly to love what I do. I push myself to do better all the time, too. JBN: What from that list bring to you real joy? Lisa Ballard: Going really fast on skis; and taking a stunning photograph. JBN: How long on average does it take you to write a book? Lisa Ballard: 9 months, and the end is painful, kind of like having a baby ;-). JBN: Does writing energize or exhaust you? Lisa Ballard: I t exhausts me. It is completely absorbing mentally. JBN: Some writers describe themselves as planners, while others plunge right in to the writing. Would you consider yourself a planner or a plunger? Lisa Ballard: Both. To write a good magazine article or book takes a lot of research and/or interviews. Once I start writing, I plunge in. JBN: Do you work from any kind of plan? Lisa Ballard: I develop the Contents first for a book. For a magazine article, I have an idea from the editor what is expected. I work out a strong lead then try to weave a good story. JBN: You train skiers. Is it true that almost everybody can learn how to ski? Lisa Ballard: Yes. With modern ski gear and competent coach, anyone can learn to ski in a half-day. JBN: You did so many gorgeous photo... How did you get interested in photography? Lisa Ballard: I've always been drawn to visual arts. That said, I never planned to become a professional photographer. I got a book contract in 2002 for a hiking guide book that required I provide the photos, too. I told the editor that I wasn't a professional photographer. She replied, "I'm not going to hire a photographer to go on 60 hikes with you!" So I learned to shoot. It was my favorite part of putting that book together. Still is, for all 10 of my books. JBN: Do you have your favorite photo's trip? Lisa Ballard: Wildlife safari in Tanzania in 2010! JBN: What was your first camera? Lisa Ballard: As a professional photographer, a Nikon D100. JBN: What is your favorite recommend for others? Lisa Ballard: Today I shoot mainly a Nikon D500, which I recommend for professional shooters. For everyone else who wants to shoot a DSLR, any camera from Nikon's 7000 series. You can put any lens on them. The image quality is excellent. JBN: About what topic you can talk for hours and hours? Lisa Ballard: Skiing, photography, the outdoors. JBN: What you adore about skiing? Lisa Ballard: Gliding downhill, especially on a powder day, is heavenly, sheer freedom. JBN: What are you working on now? Lisa Ballard: Mostly magazine articles and organizing my 2018- 19 ski camps and clinics.
Johnson’s Billings News
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Hosted by Johnson Computing
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Lisa Ballard: I've always been drawn to visual arts
EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT AWARDS In June 2017, the Outdoor Writers Association of America honored Lisa with two Excellence in Craft Awards for photography. Lisa's photo, "Sunrise Hunter with Horse", which appear on the cover of Lowa's hunting footwear catalog, took 2nd place in the "People" category. Her photo, "Kayaker on Bowman Lake", which was published in Woodstock Magazine, took 3rd place in the "Outdoor Fun & Adventure" category.