Lisa Waddell Buser is an award winning Memphis-based photojournalist with more than 20 years experience in commercial, advertising, and newspaper photography.
She worked at The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis where she served as staff photographer, picture editor and photographer assignments editor for 11 years. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in photography.
She has won multiple photography awards, including “Newspaper Photographer of the Year” (National Press Photographers Association, Region 6), and honorable mention in the “Scripps Howard Photographer of the Year” contest. Buser was a member of the Commercial Appeal’s photograph editing team that received the “Best Use of Photography” award and the “Angus McDougall Award for Excellence in Editing” in the National Pictures of the Year competition. Lisa has also received 24 awards in the Tennessee Managing Editors annual awards.
She was the photographer for Reel Masters: Chefs Casting About With Timing & Grace, A Million Wings: A Spirited Story of the Hunting Life Along the Mississippi Flyway and Wild Abundance: Ritual, Reveler and Recipes of the South’s Finest Hunting Clubs. Lisa was the only photographer to cover the story of conjoined twins at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Her work has appeared in books such as Tennessee: A Homecoming, published by Third National Corporation; America 24/7; Tennessee 24/7, and Missouri 24/7. Lisa also worked as photography consultant for MEMPHIS: Delivering the Future.
Lisa’s commercial clients include USA Today, Food Network, CNN, Random House Publishing Group, Nike, ArtsMemphis, St. Mary’s Episcopal School and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In addition, The National Association of Children’s Hospitals included photographs from her work at Le Bonheur in a traveling exhibit.
Lisa lives in Midtown Memphis with her husband Larry and children, Hannah and Will.