Lisa Holloway is a professional photographer who has developed a passion for capturing images of her own kids -- all 10 of them. Holloway is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kingman, Arizona, and specializes in working with families.
HLN asked Holloway's kids to share with us their favorite photo that their mother has taken of them, featured in our photo gallery.
HLN: How did you get into photography and what do you love most about it?
Lisa Holloway : I've always been an artistic person. When I was younger, I would spend countless hours drawing and painting. Photography is an extension of that love of art for me -- it was something I was naturally drawn to. When I became a mother, the desire to better capture images of my own children became the driving force behind my photography. I love being able to freeze a moment in time and catch a glimpse of a person's soul.
HLN: How do you best describe your business? What makes it so unique?
Holloway: My business is a high end, boutique style portraiture business. It is unique because of the extra time I spend with each client and the high attention to detail I give to every step of the process in creating my portraits -- from choosing locations, styling, finding the perfect lighting, and finally, to the detailed post processing work that I do. I feel that I am able to genuinely connect with my subjects and that connection comes through in my images. Unlike a monotonous studio setting, nearly all of my images are taken outdoors using natural lighting and utilizing the beautiful and varied colors and textures provided by mother nature.
HLN: Who are your typical clients?
Holloway: My typical clients are people who place a high priority on having beautiful, heirloom quality images of their children and family.
HLN: How and when did you decide to turn the camera from clients to capturing images of your own children?
Holloway: My kids have always been the motivation behind my love for photography. I recently made the very difficult decision to drastically cut back on client work in an effort to be more present for my family. This decision has also afforded me more time to photograph my own children.
HLN: Are there challenges to photographing children? Are there extra challenges as a photographer when those children are your own, or does it make the job easier?
Holloway: I personally think that photographing children is much easier than photographing adults -- they have not yet learned to be self conscious, and therefore, are more genuine in their expressions and interactions with you. Photographing your own children is always more difficult than photographing someone else's child. Photographers have a thing we like to call PCS (photographer's child syndrome). Photographer's children are generally used to having a camera in their face, and can grow tired of it. That said, some of my best work has come from working with my own 10 kids -- I have full creative control over the shoot and am free to experiment with new ideas and concepts.
HLN: What do you love most about photographing your 10 children?
Holloway: I love capturing who they are at each stage of their lives. I will have so many beautiful images of them to show to their children someday. They grow up so fast, and these memories are so important. Photographs are the only way we can truly freeze a moment in time and keep it safe.
Photos: Lisa Holloway, LJHolloway Photography