Max Holtzhouser Photography

Hi, I'm Max.  I really care about people and you should know photography is a part of who I am. 

How did you get into photography?  I grew up admiring my mother's passion for photography and film developing, then got into photography myself around 2007 through a Black and White film class with my friends.  I'll never forget when my professor looked me in the eyes and commanded that I never stop shooting and loving photography.

What is your favorite type of shoot?  Every shoot is different so that's tough.   Weddings are amazing because of how nice of attire people wear and also the joy of celebration.  Ultimately, I really enjoy portraits that show interaction between 2 or more people or just insanely good light.

How would you describe your photography style?  Classic, momentous, light-focused.  I freak out when I see good lighting and my photos mostly revolve around that.

What kind of cameras do you shoot with?  Canon full-frame and prime lenses.

I take pictures of people.  Weddings, Engagements, Maternity and Family shoots.  Some of my favorite things are golden hour, calm windy days, photography, golf, coffee, beer and spending time with people close to me.  Recently, I've really gotten into long distance running and started doing half-marathons and did my first full marathon in 2016.  It. was. crazy.

As for my photography vision:

It's quite simple for me, and with the same thought - very personal.  Above all, I believe that we all want something in life.  We want to be understood, we want to be loved, we want to be wanted.  My work focuses on what's important to me - what it means to be "human" and be in relationship.  I'm also not afraid to show a deeper side.  Life isn't all smiles, sometimes it's really really difficult and I don't want to dismiss that.

I document a moment so that person, couple or family, can leave behind an image that contains a deeper image that your Great Grandchild will hold in his hands and ask his father, "what was she like, Grandpa?".

Call it photos, photographs, shots - call it what you must but please know that the feelings it contains goes beyond the emotions of today, it carries through generations. 

I see light.  I follow it.  I put people in the best possible light and create the most interesting image in that situation.  It's a vision.

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