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Conversations with Chris Hollis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Hollis. 

Hi Chris, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I was born and raised in Detroit and always had a love for photography growing up. I was gifted my first dedicated camera when I moved to California for work. I wanted to explore and capture the beautiful landscapes there. From that, I actually began as a landscape and cityscape photographer. After I moved back to the city, I started to get into portrait photography and started VIII/VIII Photography (pronounced eight eight). From taking portraits I started to gravitate toward wedding photography. I love capturing love and weddings offer amazing visuals that you don’t get on a normal basis. In 2021 I opened VIII/VIII Photography Studios my photography studio and it’s been amazing. 

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. Photography takes a major investment in time, skills, and equipment. After two years of preparation, I decided to shift my focus toward wedding photography in 2020. And we all know that everything changed. From there, things have moved and plans have been somewhat delayed but it’s nothing compared to the larger scope. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a photographer specializing in portrait and wedding photography. I think I’m known for capturing genuine moments of love, the moments between the moments, and because of my history as a landscape photographer great portraits that include a larger scene. 

What I am most proud of and what I think sets me apart from others is my customer service. I pride myself on my clients feeling comfortable and having a good time while we are shooting. Tense or uncomfortable people don’t take good pictures so I do my best to provide good vibes and a great time. People walking away and saying they had a good experience with me is just as important as taking a good photo in my opinion. 

What matters most to you? Why?
In life? God, my wife, and family. In photography? Good lighting and an open mind! 

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