You know that photographer you watch at a distance, admiring their work? This is who Amanda is to me. With so much talent, I wondered what it would be like to actually talk to this wonderful woman. And guess what, she is more amazing and kind than I could have ever imagined. She is someone who I have been able to find is true to herself and because of that she is able to inspire and teach others. Meet AMANDA HOLLOWAY, She is Beauty Revived.
The Photographer: Amanda Holloway
Senior Photographer serving The Woodlands, TX and Greater Houston Areas
Amanda Holloway is an industry leading high school senior photographer renowned for her fashion forward photography style with a modern twist showcasing each senior’s unique personality and trend. She is known for her fresh and modern senior portraits that allow her clients to focus on their true beauty while offering a couture senior portrait experience unlike any other. Amanda has earned the respect of her peers around the world and accolades from industry print and web media outlets as well as selling out one of the top senior photography workshops every year.
INSTAGRAM: @Amanda Holloway, #AmandaHollowayPhotography
What makes someone truly beautiful?
I will never forget when someone once told me, “You are who you are in the dark.” At first I remember thinking, “Huh?” But then after really diving deep into that simple sentence, it opened my eyes to what true beauty really is. When you are in the dark, nobody can see you… you’re alone with your actions and with no audience. I believe that truly beautiful people make the right decisions on their own without any expectations of gratitude, attention or fame. No strings attached. And that even further extends into selfless giving and being a voice for others when they themselves, have none. You do it for the right reasons… even though backlash or consequences may follow, you act because you know it’s right. It may not be popular, but you don’t need it to be because of the truth behind the action. Beautiful people stand against the wind for others who may not be able to. They give of themselves without expectations. That is what true beauty is to me.
Who, in your life, has been the greatest example of beauty? Why?
Definitely my Mom. My mother has been through quite a lot in her life and she has always selflessly given of herself. She served both my grandmother and great grandmother when their lives were coming to an end and continues to serve others. She is usually the first to arrive at work and the last to leave without any expectations. She has always been there for my family and me at any time that she can. I remember one time that my husband and I both got the flu at the same time. She dropped everything to come down and help us by hanging out with our son so that we could recover as needed. She does it all without any strings attached and is just so giving of her time and help. She means the world to me.
How do you teach your children to be truly beautiful?
I always try to remind my son, Web, that if he makes fun of someone, hurts their feelings, or makes them sad, that not only are they sad or hurt on the outside, but also that their heart is hurt on the inside. I also explain that most of the time, when you have a hurt heart, it sometimes lasts a really long time and is very hard to heal. That resonates with him and I try to talk about it as often as the opportunity presents itself. He’s only 5, so we’re slowly teaching him what his little mind can understand. The best thing that we can do is set an example – be the beauty that we want our son to resonate and show him every day what true inner beauty is all about.
How do you make your senior girls feel beautiful?
Other than outright telling them they’re stunning, I try to create an experience for them that gives 100% of my attention to them. The whole process and day is all about them. I usually don’t shoot multiple seniors per day – only one so they know that they have my undivided attention. I love going through their outfits with them and matching it to our locations to make sure that they get a cohesive look and they love that I take the time to make sure that it’s perfect for them. They all get a ton of pampering with airbrush makeup and hair styling to make sure that they look and feel amazing. During the shoot, it isn’t rushed or hurried. We (my makeup artist and I) take our time with our senior and talk to her about anything and everything and much of the time is spent bonding and creating inside jokes between us. We also take our time fixing each and every shot to make sure that there are no errant hairs or flyaways, makeup isn’t smudged, hems are fixed on outfits, etc. That builds a ton of trust between my senior and me because she knows I’m not going to take the shot without making sure it’s perfect. One of my most favorite parts of a shoot is when I show them the back of the camera and they FREAK OUT about how beautiful they look. When they say, “No way!!! That’s me?!?!” I look them right in the eye and say “Are you kidding me?! THAT is you. THAT is what you look like! You’re just now seeing it for the first time.” Sometimes they jump up and down, sometimes they get teary eyed, and sometimes their eyes grow in disbelief. It always breaks my heart to see it, but I know that this session changes the way they feel about themselves. I’ve even had parents call me after the session and thank me with tears streaming down their face because their little girl has changed for the better since the session… she’s walking more upright, she’s not staring at the ground, and she’s smiling more. THAT is why I do this job. THAT is the beautiful part of it all.
If you had one sentence to tell high school seniors about beauty, what would you tell them?
I would tell them the same that someone once told me… “You are who you are in the dark.” It’s a life changing sentence.