Meet Holland Williams! She is one of our amazing contributing photographers. If you see an image you love on one of our new birth announcements or on our Easter cards, it's likely Holland's. She has mastered the art of photographing babies, children and families and we are HUGE fans of her work. And even more exciting for our local Dixie friends, Holland and her family are moving to Birmingham this summer! So, follow her on Instagram/Facebook and make sure you book her right away when you have photography needs (her spots fill up quickly!). Read on to learn about this fun and talented lady and what inspires and interests her:
I'm Holland - mom to Chappell (8), Collier (5) and Margaret Reed (2). Wife to my best friend (on most days), Reed. I'm addicted to coffee and never wear anything but work out clothes (ignore the photo, it's fake). I love running with my friends and haven't watched a TV show in probably ten years. I don't like sand, but the beach is my happy place!
I've been a photographer for over eight years now and I specialize in unique portraits of newborns, babies, children, families and limited (boutique) wedding coverage. In 2008, I quit my job to stay home with my first child, however, I soon found myself in a new city with a colicky baby and needing something else to focus on. I became all but obsessed. I didn't want to owe my husband or parents anything if this venture tanked, so I sold some jewelry to a pawn shop to buy my first version of Photoshop. And I was truly petrified the whole time I was in there!
Hands down, what I love most about my job is spending time with my clients. I have an absolutely wonderful clientele and their enthusiasm and gratitude for my work makes my job extremely satisfying. They are the reason I enjoy my work so much. Numerous clients have become dear friends and I treasure the relationships I have with them. I'm side by side with my clients for some of life's most sacred moments (weddings, births, engagements & all those special milestones) and I do not take that lightly. I truly feel blessed beyond measure to be able to do what I love for a living.
Dream destination: Australia
Most magical destination: The Alps are pretty magical
Ideal dinner date: Oprah! Life-long fan, here. I’m slightly embarrassed to say this, but I waited outside a restaurant for her when she visited Montgomery! She was SO sweet and spoke to us when she left.
Listening to: I listen to a pretty strange variety of music. Anything from Christian rock to rap. Depends on the day.
Recommended read: All I do is edit photos!
Recommended film: Unfortunately, see above!
Favorite foods: Sushi (of any kind), seared tuna and… raw oysters. I’m a Florida girl, and love seafood!
Power color: Green
Inspiration: As far as photography is concerned, I am inspired by my subject. A photographer friend once told me that she prayed before each session - to be able to capture each subject as beautifully as God sees them.
Prized possession: Photos and paintings of my children… their artwork…newborn hospital bracelets…snippets from first haircuts…
One should never: I still have a hard time wearing white before Easter, even though I know that rule has been thrown out the window.
Go-to hostess gift: You can’t go wrong with a good bottle of wine!
Hidden talent: You’ve never seen someone type so fast.
Perfect cup of joe: Two Splendas and cream. Recently, my 8 year old learned how to use our Keurig - she now brings me coffee in bed! I thought this day would never come.
Childhood dream: A dermatologist
Tool of the trade: I’m a Canon girl. Couldn’t live without my 50 mm 1.2 lens.