Lisa Holloway – Featured Photographer

We are SO excited to feature Lisa Holloway, a super talented photographer with NINE children! Talk about a rock star mom…

About Lisa…

I’m the mother of 9 (soon to be 10!) great kids and on-location, mostly natural light photographer.  I am based in Kingman, Arizona, which is about an hour and a half south of Las Vegas.  I shoot everything from newborns, babies, and children on up to families and high school seniors.  I would describe my work as being emotive, soul seeking, dramatic, warm, and rich.  I’m an ex-Navy nuclear specialist so making the switch to photography was a bit odd, but I’ve always been a creative person and this has worked out well for me and provided a much needed outlet from mommy-life.  In addition to my portrait business, I mentor photographers in natural light shooting and post-processing techniques.  I absolutely LOVE what I do and really strive to give my clients a one of a kind experience and priceless keepsakes for their family for generations to come.  Other loves of mine, in no particular order: cooking exotic meals, baking, reading, hiking, archaeology, camping, astronomy, taking that dirt road on a whim just to see where it goes, exploring new places, and loving on my family.  I love the mountains, wide open spaces, fresh air, thunder storms, the smell of the desert after a good rain, sunsets, dark skies at night so you can see the stars, and getting away from it all.





One of the things we LOVE about Lisa’s work are her amazing close up images of children. Lisa gives us five tips on how to capture fabulous cloesup shots…

1. Be patient!  Like adults, all children have different personalities. Some need a warmup period before they are fully at ease with you and your camera.  Talk to them…ask them about their friends, their favorite hobbies, their teacher, their favorite food, who they think is cute at school. 🙂 Make sure you are asking age appropriate questions, obviously.  This period of time spent getting to know your subject will pay off big time with portraits that are comfortable, relaxed, and REAL.  If possible, have mom and dad wait in the car.  I get the best results when I spend one on one time with the child without their parents hovering over my shoulder.

2. Do you want a genuine smile or laugh?  There is nothing worse than a fake, cheesy smile.  My advice is to leave your dignity at the door.  For younger children, I find that having my assistant put ‘spiders’ in my hair, do the chicken dance behind me, or even a bit of potty humor (ask mom and dad first!) are sure to get the giggles going!  Try playing a game of peek-a-boo with the toddler crowd!

3. For those amazing thoughtful or serious looks, ask your subject to NOT smile, but to think about something happy…we don’t want angry serious, but rather thoughtful/happy serious..  Make sure you get all of the giggles out first!  Most children can be coaxed into settling into a wonderful ‘serious’ look.  These are oftentimes my favorite portraits.  Again, be patient.  It will come.  Rushing a session will stress out everyone involved…make sure that you take your time and relax.  Your attitude and demeanor will rub off on your subjects.

4. Get creative with your light!  If you are a natural light photographer working in the great outdoors, look for areas with beautiful directional light.  Incorporating interesting lighting and shadowing into your photography can help sculpt your subject’s features and make for a much more interesting and dramatic portrait.  Some of my favorite locations are covered porches or walkways, urban areas with an interestingly textured or colored wall (this wall can also help create directional lighting), or even an area in nature with a heavy line of trees or bushes to help add dimension to your lighting.  Don’t be afraid to move your subject around…watch how the light and shadow plays on their features and adds drama and depth to your portraits.

5. For a good close-up shot, be sure to CLOSE DOWN your aperture!  So many people get stuck in the ‘shooting wide open’ frame of mind, and honestly, there is nothing worse than having a close-up shot with one eye or a nose all blurry and out of focus.  You want both eyes sharp and sparkling and you want to see that little nose in all it’s glory.  Close down to give yourself  more depth of field to work with in your close-up shots.





The artist: Lisa Holloway
The biz: LJ Holloway Photography
The location: Kingman, AZ
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