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Meet Nelson Holliman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nelson Holliman.

Hi Nelson, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
It all started back in 2012-2013 when I got an iPod Touch. I would go out in the woods behind my house and just take photos of everything. Flowers, trees, insects, the sunset, you name it. I knew, I enjoyed taking pictures then- but it wasn’t until around 2015 when I got my first camera that I really knew I loved taking photos.

It was a very simple point and shoot that didn’t do very much. I kept taking photos of nature- but I was curious what it would be like to take photos of people too. So I asked my cousin if I could practice taking photos of her at our grandmother’s house. We did a small photoshoot and I ended up falling in love with it. I just kept on practicing and soon after that, I did my first paid shoot. I made $40 and thought I was making some big bucks! Haha!

After that, I just continued to fall more in love with portraiture and I’ve never looked back. Now, six years later, I am a self-employed full-time photographer. It’s crazy to think about how little time has passed but how greatly I’ve improved and built a name for myself. I wouldn’t trade this job for the world.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. It’s hard to keep improving your craft. You feel like you have failed when you make one mistake. You have self-doubt and think you are not good enough or not as talented as the next photographer.

You stress yourself out over small inconveniences just because you’ve never experienced them before. But patience and practice is key. If you mess up, get back up and do better next time. It’s all about improving and doing the best you possibly can. It hasn’t been easy- but it has been worth it.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My one true love is High Fashion/Editorial photography. I love being able to get creative. I love shooting the weird angles and poses. It’s different- and it challenges me to get better with every shoot. There is so much range in editorial photography- the possibilities are literally endless.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory was probably when I was asked by my now brother-in-law to hide out in my grandfather’s field and take photos of my oldest sister’s proposal. I remember feeling anxious and so excited to capture these special moments for them.

It was even more special because she didn’t know I was taking photos until after it was over. The emotions were raw and beautiful. I was probably 14 at the time- but I still remember it like it was yesterday.

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1 Comment

  1. Deborah Reynolds

    October 11, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Nelson is the best at everything he does. I love every photo he takes. I can’t describe how good he is.

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