Self-portrait, 2019

Self-portrait, 2019

Tif Holmes is a fine art portrait and nature photographer based in Lubbock, Texas. Formally trained as a musician (DMA, Texas Tech University, 2009), with over twenty-five years of experience as a performer and educator, Tif began her photography career in the performing arts and continues to devote much of her time to working with artists via live performance photography, studio portraits, creative headshots, and advertising campaigns that support arts education. She has a portrait studio in her home in Lubbock and often travels, booking mobile studio portrait sessions in a 10’x10’ tent.

Tif’s nature work is a natural expression of her deep connection to wild places. Raised by a conservationist in the Loess Hills of rural Northwest Missouri, she spent most of her childhood outside. Her love for the mountains began with a family trip to Colorado in 1993. Since then she has spent countless hours in the mountain wilderness, most recently backpacking the 500-mile Colorado Trail. Tif’s nature images are often made during extended trips into the wilderness on foot, ascending and descending thousands of feet of elevation and sometimes enduring extreme weather. There is a story behind every image she makes.

The unifying spirit of Tif’s work, both portrait and nature, is connection. Her images do not simply document, rather they explore and express a more intimate relationship with the people and places she encounters.

Tif is a U.S. Army veteran (E-6/Staff Sergeant), having served in the Army Reserves from 2005-2013. In 2014 she founded Engage the Light, a series of expressive photography workshops and photo walks for military veterans and underserved communities. She served as Director of Art for Military Experience and the Arts for two years, and is an Online Course Facilitator for VTS200 "Intro to Veterans Studies" offered through Eastern Kentucky University. 

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