The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Sabrina Holder

Photographer: Sabrina Holder

Instagram: @sabrinafvholder

Location: I am based out of DC. Home is where I recharge, rest, and feel comfortable to work/create.

Style: I specialize in concert photography, portrait photography, and lifestyle/brand photography. I developed these styles while covering concerts for blogs, and taking portraits for local music artists. I enjoy shooting concerts the most - not being able to predict how the subject will be captured, and getting candid shots of all the fans/performers.

Equipment: I use Canon EOS 60D, Canon 7D, and my favorite lens is a 50mm f/1.8 - f/1.2. I love editing in Lightroom, Analog Efex Pro 2, Silver Efex Pro 2, and Photoshop.

How did you get into photography? Tell us about your first experience.
I got into photography (and video) when I was in 3rd grade, living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The exact moment that started a career in photography/video was in 2011, when I was covering a Kendrick Lamar performance for Homecoming at Howard University, with my husband (boyfriend at the time).

Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
Always be prepared, go with the flow and be persistent.

Tell us the story behind one of the most memorable photos you’ve shot.
I was asked/hired to take photos for Jadakiss, after his tour manager saw the photos I took of a previous show Jadakiss performed at for his Top 5 Dead or Alive tour. It was the greatest experience of my life, and some of my best work.

What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
Being one of the greatest photographers in the music industry, and the great feeling of telling a story through my lens.

“Taking a lot of photos is always better than taking less photos. You never know when the shot you thought was perfect, ends up being blurry or messed up. Take 5 shots or more of the same exact pose/subject.”

Who has been a great influence or mentor to you and what did you learn from them that you still carry with you today?
My mother, who is a successful entrepreneur in the fitness/health industry and a housewife at the same time. She taught me how to multi-task, take care of my family and myself (health-wise), and how to always strive to be the best in everything I do. Other women that I look up to are Aviva Klein and Vashtie - they are so bad ass in everything they do.

Tell us three photography tips. 
1. In portrait photography, always make sure you make your subject as comfortable as possible - play their favorite music, make them laugh, get them refreshments, guide them with their poses.

2. Always have extra batteries and memory cards - you never know what could happen. Be prepared...always!

3. Taking a lot of photos is always better than taking less photos. You never know when the shot you thought was perfect, ends up being blurry or messed up. Take 5 shots or more of the same exact pose/subject.

Finish the sentence...
If I weren’t afraid I would... skydive.

I wouldn't be where I am today if... I didn't have a strong relationship with the creator, lived overseas in many countries and never met my husband.

I've been listening to... slow jams from the 2000's, hip hop and indie rock.

Kids these days... are so bad! Lack of discipline and structure.

I look and feel my best when... I workout.

When no one is looking... I take selfies and rarely post any of them haha, don't get me started on the Snapchat filters.

Traveling... is my life.

I respect... hard working people.

Tag a friend to feature and ask them a question.
Aviva Klein, @avivaklein. What photograph led you to where you are now?

Aviva answered: I wouldn't necessarily say that one photograph got me here. I think being resilient, having a willingness and desire to learn and consistently making good work is what leads to a career in photography.


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