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Lani Holmes | A Day With Amy Alumni

I’ve been teaching A Day With Amy Photography Workshops for three years and I just love it! During that time I’ve taught over 300 people how to use their cameras to capture moments that they love and cherish. One of my favorite things about this workshop is that we have a Facebook group for the alumni where they can share images, ask questions, support and be supported. I adore watching their progress and I’m so proud of all of them! They have put in the hard work and practice that it takes and are now creating breathtaking images! Some use their skills to photograph their children, some photograph friends and family, and others have started businesses!

This new series is designed to share their talent with you! They deserve to be spotlighted! You can check out more alumni here. And make sure you check out my workshop!

I’d like to introduce Lani Holmes from Fryeburg, Maine.


Hi Lani! Thanks for chatting with us today! Tell us about yourself.

My name is Lani and Im a 33 year old SAHM to my beautiful son Grayson. I consider myself to be a bit of a computer junkie. Ever since Prodigy was launched in 1984 (anyone else remember that?), I’ve been hooked to technology. And I believe I passed that trait onto my son, who by 3 years old, knew how to fully navigate the internet.

How did you get started in photography?

When I was young my dad had an Olympus 35mm slr that I became obsessed with. Ofcourse back then it was considered a high end camera and we were not to touch it but I use to sneak into my parents closet, take it out and study how it worked, snapping away even though there was never any film in it. From then on, I was hooked. I remember in high school going to the darkroom and using all their supplies even though I wasn’t in the class.I loved it so much that I turned my bedroom closet into a darkroom. I wish I still had those images I processed in the closet, Im sure they were horrible, but at the time I thought it was the coolest thing.

How has taking A Day With Amy: Inclusive helped you on journey?

How has A Day with Amy Workshop helped my photography? I think the Before & Afters speak for themselves. Haha. I had been shooting for a long time but really wanted to learn about the exposure triangle and how to take complete control over my images. I enrolled in an online photography program that, for lack of a better term, was useless and completely outdated. Im more of a visual learner and wanted someone to explain everything in laymen terms so I could understand it. Someone I could actually talk to and ask questions.

So the online search began and Amy’s class was the first to come up in the search engine. After reading all the info and reviews regarding the workshop I decided to give it a shot. And let me tell you, I wish I had found her years ago!!!! I would had saved alot of time ( and money) and could have had amazing images from the get go. Amy is an amazing teacher. She explains everything in a way that just makes it all ” Click “. I noticed a difference in my images right away and if I had any questions along the way, she was always there ready to share every ounce of knowledge she could.

It has been an amazing journey and I will be forever grateful to Amy for giving me the knowledge and push I needed in the right direction. I consider myself now to be a “ProHobbyist”. I havent taken the full on plunge into business just yet. Right now Im enjoying shooting for myself, honing the craft and finding my style.:)Because I mainly shoot for myself, everything I shoot is JPEG ( Eeeek ). People seem surprised when I say that after seeing some of my images but I dont obsess about skintones and only use RAW if I know there will be color casts present. I dont know if that makes me less of a pro but there you have it!

*Here are some before and after shots of Lani’s work. I’m amazed by her talent!

What gear do you shoot with?

After my son was born, my photography took a back seat to motherhood for awhile. But when he was 1 1/2 I purchased my first official DSLR, the Canon Rebel T2i and the 50mm 1.8. And lets just say I worked that cameras a** off!! Its the camera I had when taking Amy’s course and after the workshop, I was itching for a Full Frame. The opportunity came and after a long research process I decided to try Nikon and got the D600 with the 50 1.4. As much as I loved my Canon, the full frame kicked its little tush! Its been over a year since the switch and I still only shoot with the 50mm. Although I did rent the 35mm over the holidays and fell inlove with the wider angle.

You live up in Maine where the winters are long and cold. How do you stay inspired during the winter months?

I LOVE to shoot in winter. Something about the snow and the cooler tones seem magical to me. But if its way too frigid to be outside, I love to practice my low light shooting!

What would your ideal shooting situation be?

Ideal shooting situation? Hmm…well I love shooting children. They are my favorite subjects and I would love to do some stylized shoots sometime.

It’s the start of a new year! Where do you see your photography taking you in 2014?

Im in the middle of taking a WordPress/Prophoto Workshop hoping to learn as much as I can about creating web and blog designs. As much as I love photography, I also love to create. I hope to someday start a business, creating products for fellow photographers whether that be Web/Blog designs, Photoshop Actions, Templates etc. Sky’s the limit!!!

Thank you Lani for sharing with us today!
Check out these images Lani has captured! She is incredible! Then go follow her on Facebook!

January 20, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Kimberly - I love this series! It is so fun to meet the people that have taken your class.

January 20, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Camille Packer Duckworth - I’ve loved following you lani

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