ILP Featured Photographer – Lisa Holloway
Here is an interview with Lisa about her journey:
How did you get started in photography?
I’ve always loved photography, even as a little girl, and like so many others, I really dove in when I decided that I wanted to take better pictures of my own kids. For me, this happened when my 5th child came along in 2006. I saw some ‘professional’ images posted by some ladies on a birth board I was a member of and decided that I wanted to learn how to do that myself. I took off from there and never looked back!
What type of photography do you specialize in?
I’m a jack of all trades photographer and shoot a little bit of everything – maternity and newborns, babies and children, families, and high school seniors. I won’t, however, touch a wedding with a ten foot pole.
What is your favorite image that you have taken and why?
Oh boy, that is next to impossible to choose. I’ve taken so many that I love for different reasons, and every session I shoot, I get a new ‘favorite.’ I am drawn to dramatically lit, moody images. And rich, colorful ones. Haha I’ll share a few favorites because there’s no way I can select just 1.
Can you share an old photo of yourself?
Old?? How old? Ok, here you go. This was taken in 2005 – Calista was 6 and Theron was 2. He’s eating a taco. Haha Not pictured – Clint and Damien. 5 more children were in my not so distant future as well.
Studio or Natural Light?
Natural light, though I have begun experimenting with OCF and really love the results and extra ‘edge’ it gives me over the competition.
How much time do you spend taking portraits for clients?
I try to limit myself to no more than 4 or 5 sessions a month. I have a big family (9 children) so they are my #1 priority. Things start to suffer around here if I take on much more work than that. The ‘to-do’ list seems never ending! Breaking it down a little bit more, I’d say that I probably spend around 15-20 hours on each individual session, including time spent on emails, shooting, editing, ordering, and packaging.
What editing software do you use?
I currently use Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 3. I do, however, have Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4 sitting in an unopened box on my desk. I should get to installing them.
Nikon vs Canon….have you been loyal for your whole career?
I’ve been a Canon girl since day 1 with no plans to switch!
Describe your style in 5 words:
Soul-seeking, warm, rich, moody, dramatic
What’s in your camera bag right now?
Bodies: Canon 5D Mark II & Canon 40D Lenses: 70-200mm 2.8L II IS, 85mm 1.2L, 16-35mm 2.8L II, 90mm 2.8 TS-E, 100mm 2.8 macro, 50mm 1.4, Lensbaby Composer Pro + Double Glass Optic & Edge 80 Other Goodies: 580EX II, 2 PWII’s, a white umbrella, and a big 52” round white reflector (No, it doesn’t all fit in one bag…haha)
Do you still love photography?
Yes! I think it will always be a part of my life. I’m an artistic person and this is a wonderful outlet for me as well as a means of helping support my family (9 kids eat a LOT). I am feeling a little bit burned out right now though and am looking forward to a fun/for me shoot with a friend next month. That should help reenergize the battery a bit.
One tip for anyone just starting out:
Get out there and shoot something every single day! Practice in unfamiliar locations and lighting situations – don’t be scared of trying something new. Keep at it, post your images for CC, offer CC to others, and you WILL grow and learn. I don’t think you ever stop growing and learning in this field! If you *do* decide to go the business route with this, please, PLEASE make sure your work is up to par before opening your door for customers. Also, make sure you have all the (not so fun) business stuff figured out and in order beforehand as well.
How about where you want to be in 5 years?
Probably doing the same thing I’m doing now – shooting a few sessions here and there, raising my kids, maybe another baby or 2 (haha), and I hope to continue with my teaching. I’ve really loved doing that! Maybe I’ll convince someone to put my work in a magazine – it would be fun to be published.
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