crafted by photobiz


©Holly Tomlin Photography. All rights reserved.

Professional Photographer-Writer from Los Angeles to New York

Portfolios - Head shots - Editorial - Documentary - Music - Sports - Special Events

Photography is the primary medium by which Holly Tomlin chooses to chronicle her personal experiences and document current events. It is also the way she engages people and helps promote community-based organizations and grassroots efforts that strive to provide alternative resources for educational pursuits, break stereotypes by spotlighting men and women who have taken small ideas and turned them into institutions and business models, and expose people to different parts of the country (US) and world. Photography helps Holly to connect people from different cultural backgrounds, careers, philanthropic and altruistic pursuits. More importantly, photography helps her to connect with ideas, places, and stories she may not have otherwise considered. In the current climate of confusion, photography along with the use of technology, has the potential to change the way in which culture, particularly whole communities, are depicted, understood, and documented. One could say that Holly is most passionate about representation in the same way that is described by Frederick Douglass, probably the most photographed American of his time, who understood the power and necessity of the image to change the perceptions about black Americans if to no other than for him/herself.

Holly was recently featured in an article for the Adorama Learning Center. 


  • Contributor and Staff Photographer: Poetic Lenz - A Storyteller's Bi-Annual for Photographers and Writers (Anthology / Book Series)
  • Documentary Photographer in collaboration with Step Afrika! of Washington DC - the first international dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping: a mix of traditional African- and percussive dance movements. 
  • Official Photographer for the Short and Feature Film, "Butterflies," by Carlotta Summers, Wild Cat Film, LLC ©2016
  • Contributor and Staff Photographer: Poetic Lenz - A Storyteller’s Magazine for Photographers and Writers, Volume 1 ©2015 
  • Photo Essay: “Ode to Gordon Parks” 2015 
  • Regular Photographer at New York Fashion Week and Red Carpet / Film Festivals from New York to Los Angeles Since 2013
  • International Experience Since 1998: London, England * Havana, Cuba * Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo * Buenos Aires, Argentina * Uruguay * Rio de Janeiro, Brasil * Brussels, Belgium * Paris, France * Amsterdam, The Netherlands * Belize

Educational and Training Workshops with World-Renowned Photographers

  • Documentary Photography instructed by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic Photographer
  • Creativity with Light with Dan Westergren & Nevada Weir, hosted by National Geographic Traveler
  • Portfolio Critique with Lisa Ramsey, NYC Digital Photography Workshop
  • Mastering Lightroom at Brooklyn Central, Brooklyn, NY
  • Phototoshop for Photographers at Brooklyn Central, Brooklyn, NY 

Software Proficiencies

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
  • Apple Pages, Numbers, Mail
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook 

Photography/Books That Have Inspired Me

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X - As Told to Alex Haley, Alex Haley, 
  • Basquiat, Edited by Marc Mayer, 2005
  • The Black Photographers Annual, Vol 1973 - 3
  • Chasing the Light - Improving Your Photography with Available Light, Ibarionex Perello, 2011
  • A Choice of Weapons, Gordon Parks, 1965, 1966, 2010
  • Father Figure - Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, Zun Lee, 2011-2014
  • Korda - A Revolutionary Lens
  • The Motorcycle Diaries - Notes on a Latin American Journey, Ernesto Che Guevara
  • My One Good Nerve, Ruby Dee, 1998 
  • The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, 1955
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  • Women Are Heroes - A Global Project by JR, JR
  • ...and a host of others


© 2019 Holly Tomlin Photography - Website Under Construction