About Lesa

Photo Credit: Carey Jacquay

Hi!  I’m Lesa Van Meter – Owner & Photographer of Shadowlands Photography.  Since 1998 I have been available locally in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as internationally for destination projects.

My passion is to create beautiful, dramatic, artistic and timeless portraits for high school seniors, models (both aspiring and working), corporations (editorial and environmental images), or anyone with a passion to capture the essence of who they are with photography.

The magic comes to life with a creative fusion of created sets and natural surroundings, carefree moments, modern high-fashion attitude, and classic-minded poses.

What joy to find something I was created to do — AND to have the opportunity to do it.  Yet even greater has been the discovery of who I am to become.  I am eternally indebted to my husband and our five children, mentors, and companions — each of whom have helped me grow closer to the one great Light.

I was born in Tucson, Arizona but was raised from coast to coast in a smattering of 8 states and 11 houses.  Certainly my best mate was Change.  I grew to thrive with Her —

Photo credit: Carole Moreno
Photo credit: Carole Moreno

she forced me out of my natural perspective constantly and threw me into situations where I was not in control but was instead needed to be a quiet observer.  Some of my greatest lessons were wrought from those struggles: to look for the Irreplaceable, to be Patient in loving, and to not get scared by the moving Wind but instead to soar in its Mighty Power.

I photographed nearly every day of my life while I was growing up.  As a child I didn’t even think about the fact that it might be unusual.  It was just a natural extension of myself and it is how I processed the world around me.  I would obsessively (and catharticly) piece together scrapbook journals of my experiences, my friends (their comings and goings), my routine sightings in this city or that.  The shelves that are filled with my mind’s eye are numerous.  And I keep filling more…

When I am shooting, I am swept away into a carefree timelessness that allows me to delve into the nooks and crannies of not only my heart, but of those I photograph.  The eyes are most certainly the light of the soul.  It is my great honor and desire to capture that essence – the joys, the sorrows, and the Truth that unravel in their eyes and that have shaped them into who they are.  And if my lens can be a catalyst to draw that out of my clients, then I have even more for which to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I fear and reverence God – and do so by celebrating with photography the fact that we are created in the image of God (that is something amazing to celebrate)!  Somehow we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that we “exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than (ourselves)” (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory).  How will we respond to that greatness looming over our heads?  In all its fullness, I want to acknowledge and appreciate the fact that the REAL thing is the best thing.

I love embracing and harnessing the power of all forms of light in order to create unforgettable images (my creativity is not limited by daylight hours).  Come dream with me! The possibilities are BEAUTIFUL!

Shadowlands Photography, Capturing the Essence: Life. Looks. Love.

All images © Shadowlands Photography


2 thoughts on “About Lesa

  1. Are you the Lessa Van Meter who avoided a c-section with your first baby boy by asking 2 questions ? I think you might have named him Ronan or Roman? You husband played guitar music for you? If so, I was your nurse who told you to ask those 2 questions, “is my baby okay? Am I ok?”…… I am looking for a photographer to take photos of my family during the last week of September and always wanted you to be the photographer.

    1. Oh my gosh Gretchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You don’t know how many times I have told people that story and bragged about you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You were such a saving grace for Chad and I. Yay yay yay I’m so excited to reconnect with you! xoxoxo

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