Independence grad a wiz with the camera

Callien Holleran is a professional photographer
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Callien Holleran, or Callie as she’s called, spent spring break taking photographs.

But it wasn’t just for fun. The budding entrepreneur is a professional photographer, specializing in portraiture.

Holleran, who picked up the camera when she was “itty-bitty,” graduated from Independence High School Tuesday and she already has plans for summer: Take more photos and earn more money.

What clubs/sports/activities were you involved in?

It’s kind of a long list. I’ve done cheerleading for many years and now I coach cheer (at Eich Intermediate School). I help with my little sister’s softball team. I help with a Girl Scouts troop. I nanny for multiple families.

What are your post-high school plans?

I plan to either double major or major in business and minor in photography. I’m going to Sierra College for two years and then transferring to a four-year college because I get to go to Sierra College for free. I got a tuition waiver. When I transfer to a four-year, I’ve got military benefits to cover it. I plan to stay local. Since I’ve set up my business here, I don’t want to move too far.

(This summer), I’m going to do a lot more sessions and expand my business. I’m trying to work more with models. I’ve done a couple high-fashion shoots. I’ve got a fashion show in December one of my friends is putting on.

What is your favorite memory of high school?

Just hanging out with friends and cheerleading and photography. Those are some big ones I’m always going to remember. And the kind of relationships I formed with people that I’m going to have the rest of my life. All I have done has built up to who I am now, and who I wish to be in the future.

What challenges did you face in high school?

The biggest challenge was learning time management skills. I quickly realized that I had to prioritize schooling over any extra fun stuff. I learned that I needed to make these choices to get my schoolwork done before my other activities so I could continue to be successful in high school and ultimately later on in life.

What is your proudest achievement in high school?

My proudest achievement would probably be owning my own photography business. It has helped me learn how to be successful in the real world at a young age.


Callien Holleran
School: Independence High School
GPA: 3.36