About us


Sean Holder - Founder and Director -

Since creating his own pinhole camera and developing film in the darkroom in 1987, Sean Holder has continually progressed in the field of photography.

With a journalistic approach to photography, he has photographed in over 19 countries, with his latest trip to the Philippines in 2007 to photograph the pre-election rallies and the annual crucifixion re-enactment ritual and also had the opportunity to photograph during a medical mission trip with Project Bangladesh in 2009 capturing incredible moments of the wonderful people of those countries. 

Sean Holder has published photos ranging from yacht races in a local paper to shooting and editing an Award Winning Surgical Video for a worldwide surgical device company. 

He was the Official Photographer for the world premiere movie “Atlantis Down” starring Michael Rooker (JFK, Mississippi Burning, Cliffhanger and the current AMC series The Walking Dead) & Dean Haglund (X-Files) and is currently the Official Photographer for local movie production company. 

Sean Holder was the Official Photographer for India Fest 2010 and 2011 at the Norfolk Scope; he is currently the Co-Chair for Facilities/Equipement and Audio/Visial for Asian Indian of Hampton Roads Organization; also one the the Official Photographers for Taste of India 2011 at the Ted Constance Center in Norfolk.

For 2012 his current work was featured in the December Edition of "Cowboys & Indians: The Premiere Magazine of the West" and "Hail Varsity Magazine" for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Sean is currently a full time professional Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer.

If you are looking for a Professional Photographer be sure to check out Sean Holder Photography for Weddings, Events and Family Portraits visit the award winning photographer Sean Holder at www.seanholderphotography.com or blog.seanholderphotography.com

Sean Holder is an active member of Professional Photographers of America

Member, Professional Photographers of America 


Barry Rowland - Executive Director -

Barry Rowland has been a professional photographer since 1978. His work has been commissioned for magazines, weddings, and portraits. His work encompasses digital photography: people, places and things; yet, his work is more than a frozen image, it tells a story such as a photojournalist would.

After many years as a photographer working for other people, he decided to move away from most forms of commercial photography and begin the journey of developing his own style of photography and printing.

Once given the freedom to create his own visions in print, he never looked back. Now an accomplished long exposure and landscape photographer, he prefers the look and emotion of black and white photography to showcase his vision.

Using long term exposure, he is able to pull the world taut so that his landscapes feel essential and revealed. It is Barry's pure sensibility that arranges this view, which collects these frozen moments, and gives them weight and timelessness.

He is particularly adept at capturing the smooth skin of light, making images that are both transfixing and transformative.

Barry is also an accomplished Fine Art Printer with works available for sale in galleries. He controls the processing and printing from start to finish including matting and framing. Using custom modified black and white printers, archive quality rag matte papers, mattes and backing boards, his finished, framed prints have to be seen to be believed.

Barry continues to work in his native Virginia, across the US, and abroad on purposeful excursions, in a never ending quest for his next black and white vision.

Virginia Photo Safari was recently featured in HamptonRoads.com for their local photography courses. Click here for the link.

Who should attend:

From beginner to advanced amateur, any photographer will have a great learning experience on our photo Safaris. Professional photographers visiting from other cities will also appreciate the time-saving site scouting we have done at each location. Having lived in the area for many years, we know where all the best pictures are!

Who should not attend:

Spouses, friends, children, colleagues, relatives who are NOT interested in photography might be bored in our Safaris, which are not tours but teaching workshops in photography with a lot of talk about F stops, shutter speeds, composition, and lighting. Our Safaris are not substitutes for the professionally guided tours.