ABOUT

35mm Portra Film Portrait

HI, I’M HOLLY

I’ve been a photographer for over a decade. Coming from a family of craftspeople, musicians, and photographers, picking up a camera and taking it everywhere was a natural inclination.

Photo by my right hand bud and Denver’s best filmmaker Zachary Gutierrez.

HI, I’M HOLLY

I’ve been a photographer for over a decade. Coming from a family of craftspeople, musicians, and photographers, picking up a camera and taking it everywhere was a natural inclination.

MY STORY

Why

I was first inspired by my uncle, Tim Hursley, and my favorite image maker, Nan Goldin. Both photographers are drawn to people and places that are often ignored. By capturing a forgotten something, they allow us to see the unseen. I hark back to their inspiration in my work with makers, musicians, storytellers, and artists. By collaborating with entrepreneurs and creative folks, I strive to show something that can’t be put into words.

Where

While my studio is in Denver, I’m often in between California, Oregon, and Colorado. And I’m always eager to shoot in diverse settings, from colorful, lush jungle to calm, kitchy desert towns, to modern, moody urban spaces (and anywhere else you may have in mind). There’s really no “off season” for me. I’m constantly shooting and trying new things whether on assignment or on my own.

How

I truly fell in love with photography over 10 years back while living in San Francisco. I started out shooting 35mm film and was captivated by the softness, rich tones, and natural grain. While digital images can be stunning, something about film is timeless and tangible. I now shoot both film and digital for all major projects and weddings.

I chased my love of photography to spend a few years assisting architectural photographers who taught me about technique and patience. But ultimately, it’s people who my camera gravitates towards. I love making portraits and photographing events. I love the unpredictability and energy of photographing people – moments that can only be captured and not recreated. My natural wedding photography style is inspired by seeing people as they actually are.

What

Just about everyone who knows me has been photographed by me. I strive to capture intimate, often in-between moments that communicate real personalities and authentic stories. I believe that all people deserve to be seen, and I use photography to show people that wherever you’re at in your life, photography is a way to find beauty in yourself and your surroundings.

And Sometimes…

When I’m not shooting photos, I’m probably indulging in a constant rotation of coffee and craft beer, getting my feet wet in a river, or dancing at live music shows. Or of course editing photos while my ginger kitty Henri (named after Cartier-Bresson) vies for my attention. I attempt to find a balance between my need for adventure and my desire to feel at home. Familiar landscapes, faces and smells can be just as intriguing as faraway ones.

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“Lively & Bright Summer Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens”

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“Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding”

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