You are the heart of Lismore

Mulletfest began as a way to bring joy to a small town having a hard time. Kurri Kurri had lost a generational employer. The economic downturn that came with that closure was felt by every resident. The loss of employment and the depression that follows, the drop in spending in every local business.

The festival was born over drinks with friends when desperately trying to come up with a way to save the family pub and bring a smile to the faces of their friends who needed something to look forward to and a distraction even if just for a moment. Along with the rest of the country, our hearts broke watching the news footage from Lismore but we also know how strong and resilient people can be when it’s their only choice.

Working in the event and hospitality space, we have all come off the back of a horrible two years and just as the industry started to come back, Lismore was hit by a natural disaster. We couldn’t even imagine how that felt for someone that works in our industry. Given the enormity of the job ahead and no clue how to help we decided that sometimes you just need to start one person at a time. We got in touch with a local photographer and wanted to pay her to get back to the work that she loves. We wanted lots of photos of you, the people of Lismore. We figured if the cameras can be there on your worst day, then they should be there as you get back up on your feet, even if it’s just to dance.

Meet our photographers

Lisa G Photography

Photography is a form of magic. Capturing ordinary and extraordinary standalone moments, or moments woven together to tell a story. Years of working in the dark, capturing images of my favourite bands, has given me a special talent for shooting in low light. I live and breathe for music. Festivals and live music events are my passion and speciality. Some of my recent gigs include Bluesfest, Splendour In The Grass, Greazefest and Falls Festival. I also enjoyed photographing Murwillumbah’s Wet Mess, the Koori Mail Block Party and looking forward to capturing stories at One from the Heart. Telling stories and capturing moments through the lens began for me when studying photography in high school. With my passion for photography only growing stronger. My approach is simple. I enjoy getting to know my subjects and working with them. It might be in a natural setting or something more stylised. By staying open to the possibilities and keeping it relaxed, the truly unique, memorable images emerge. Whether it’s a great night out, or a celebration. A night with your favourite band, an incredible festival. The end of your schooling. The beginning of parenthood. The story of a relationship. The big and the small moments in life, I enjoy it all. My other obsession outside of photography is vintage 1950s clothing and collectables. I can provide access to these items to create fun photoshoots.

Contact me to talk about booking a photo session or capturing your special event. Also working with Lisa on the day will be Kurt . A very experienced festival photographer.

Kurt Petersen

Kurt is based in the hills between Lismore and Byron Bay, and is a photographer for many local festivals such as Bluesfest, Mullum Music Festival, Falls Festival, Lismore Lantern Parade, Byron Music Festival and Byron Writers Festival. You may have met him at Powermax Computers the Lismore Apple shop, or at one of the many live music events around the region. Kurt has a love for live music, great food, our natural landscape and having a chinwag over a coldy.

Check out his website or say G’Day on Facebook or Instagram