Lisa Holloway — a photographer and mother-of-ten — has taken a series of stunningly beautiful portraits of her children. Entirely self-taught, she uses natural light to capture each of her children’s individual characters. In a recent interview with Mymodernmet, Lisa said that she focuses on her large family and her teaching and added:
Being a mom of ten is amazing! My family has so many different strengths, interests, talents, and personalities. No one is ever lonely, and my home is never dull or boring. The house is filled with laughter, love, and good energy. Caring for ten children is a big job, and everyone is expected to pitch in to make things run smoothly. Because of our unique family situation, I truly believe that my children will grow up to be compassionate, capable, and responsible human beings. It takes a lot of planning and organization. There are days where I feel like I need a quiet vacation, but honestly, I wouldn’t change anything for the world.
Her outdoor photo shoots take her to “rural northwestern Arizona — from Kingman, to Valentine, to Oak Creek, Sedona to the Flagstaff area and everywhere in between”. Ms. Holloway, who has three girls and seven boys ranging in age from one to 17, explained what she was trying to accomplish with her photographs:
I want to be able to look into the eyes of my children and see their souls. I think this is why I tend to gravitate more toward quiet, thoughtful expressions than huge smiles in my portraits.
And the results are truly spectacular. (Scroll down for an awesome slideshow of baby portraits by Lisa Holloway.)
1. Lisa Holloway, who is based with her husband in rural Arizona, is entirely self-taught and uses only natural light to photograph her children. Pictured, Camille, six.
2. Ms. Holloway takes most of her photos outside, and manages to expertly portray each of her children’s unique characters. Pictured, Octavia, five.
3. ‘I want to be able to look into the eyes of my children and see their souls,’ Ms Holloway says. Pictured, Calista, 15.
4. The portraits were shot around the family home in northwestern Arizona, ‘from Kingman, to Valentine, to Oak Creek, and Sedona to the Flagstaff area,’ she says. Pictured, Gabriel, 16 months old.
5. ‘My sweet boy… one of my camera shy kiddos,’ Ms Holloway captioned this image on her blog. Pictured, Adrian, eight.
6. This, one of Ms Holloway’s favorite portraits of her eldest daughter Calista, was captured in a hurry, and was never expected to be such a success.
7. Asked how she manages to juggle such a large family with her Las Vegas-based family photography business, Ms Holloway says her main focus is on her children. Pictured, Gabriel.
8. ‘Being a mom of ten is amazing!’ she says. ‘My family has so many different strengths, interests, talents, and personalities.’ Pictured, Gabriel.
9. ‘There are days where I feel like I need a quiet vacation, but honestly, I wouldn’t change anything for the world,’ Ms Holloway says. Pictured, Camille.
10. She explains, ‘I tend to gravitate more toward quiet, thoughtful expressions than huge smiles in my portraits.’ Pictured, Elliott, three.
11. Ms. Holloway cites ‘patience’ as the greatest lesson she’s learned from photographing her family. Pictured, Gabriel.
12. She also says that the best portraits are often the un-posed, un-planned ones. Pictured, Elliott and Gabriel.
13. Pictured (clockwise from left), Elliott, Damien, 13, Clint, 17, Theron, 11, Adrian, Gabriel and Quentin, seven.
14. Pictured (from left), Camille, Calista and Octavia.
15. Pictured, Ms. Holloway with her youngest child Gabriel when he was a newborn.
16. Pictured, Calista in monotone.
17. Calista gazes out of a rain spattered window dressed in a glimmering gown.
18. Camille picks handfuls of wild flowers amid a mountainous backdrop.
19. Elliott contemplates life beneath the scattered leaves of fall.
20. Camille relishes the stunning natural light crashing through the trees.
21. Ms. Holloway pictured with her husband and all ten children.
And here is an awesome slideshow of baby portraits by Lisa Holloway:
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