‘I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls’. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

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.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

2. Ms. Holloway takes most of her photos outside, and manages to expertly portray each of her children’s unique characters. Pictured, Octavia, five.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

3. ‘I want to be able to look into the eyes of my children and see their souls,’ Ms Holloway says. Pictured, Calista, 15.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

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.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

5. ‘My sweet boy… one of my camera shy kiddos,’ Ms Holloway captioned this image on her blog. Pictured, Adrian, eight.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

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.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

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.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

8. ‘Being a mom of ten is amazing!’ she says. ‘My family has so many different strengths, interests, talents, and personalities.’ Pictured, Gabriel.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

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.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

10. She explains, ‘I tend to gravitate more toward quiet, thoughtful expressions than huge smiles in my portraits.’ Pictured, Elliott, three.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

11. Ms. Holloway cites ‘patience’ as the greatest lesson she’s learned from photographing her family. Pictured, Gabriel.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

12. She also says that the best portraits are often the un-posed, un-planned ones. Pictured, Elliott and Gabriel.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

13. Pictured (clockwise from left), Elliott, Damien, 13, Clint, 17, Theron, 11, Adrian, Gabriel and Quentin, seven.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

14. Pictured (from left), Camille, Calista and Octavia.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

15. Pictured, Ms. Holloway with her youngest child Gabriel when he was a newborn.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

16. Pictured, Calista in monotone.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

17. Calista gazes out of a rain spattered window dressed in a glimmering gown.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

18. Camille picks handfuls of wild flowers amid a mountainous backdrop.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

19. Elliott contemplates life beneath the scattered leaves of fall.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

20. Camille relishes the stunning natural light crashing through the trees.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

21. Ms. Holloway pictured with her husband and all ten children.

'I Want To Be Able To Look Into The Eyes Of My Children And See Their Souls'. A Mother-Of-Ten Takes Captivating Photos Of Her Kids.

And here is an awesome slideshow of baby portraits by Lisa Holloway:

Sources: Mymodernmet, Lisa Holloway’s website, Facebook and Instagram.

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