I’m a creative storyteller whose life is defined by passion. Storytelling - Photography - Design, and The Outdoors, it's what I live for. Always looking ahead and for the next best thing, it's hard to confine my creative interests to the ordinary. I'm not afraid to take the lead on your next endeavor, let's create something together.
Hi, I’m Holly
Storyteller, PHOTOGRAPHEr and Designer
Are we Right for each other?
It’s important to know if we’d work well with one another
Are you a Tourism Agency or Brand looking to have your story told through the authenticity of adventure?
I can most definitely help you here, let’s plan an adventure to make some unique content that your audience will connect with!
Are you and your friends/ family headed out on the trip of a lifetime and need somebody to document it for you?
Well your gal is here - where we headed?
Are you looking to have your story enhanced through design work?
Whether you need a new brand, a website that speaks to what you’re all about or a print piece that tells your story, I can help put this together for you!
Where it all began
Okay - where it all began - how do I start. I grew up near the shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City. I always have loved the sights and sounds of the outdoors, but it wasn’t until my 20th birthday when I received a camera from my grandmother that I started documenting my adventures seriously. Each free moment of time I had - when I wasn’t waiting tables or being a hood rat (like most are at 20 years old) I was in my car driving out to the shorelines of Leelanau County, exploring every inch I could, visiting old spots and constantly trying to discover new spots, secret swimming holes and views not yet seen by my own eyes. I’d bring whomever I could with me, we’d throw up hammocks, watch the sunset and talk about life. After awhile my adventure companions started to dwindle and i’d find myself venturing alone. I never minded though, something about taking a break from reality and observing the sights and soaking up the essence of the outdoors was healing for me, and documenting each endeavor was my way of sharing.
After a year, I felt it was time to head back to that college thing. I packed my bags and headed west for Flagstaff, Arizona. Where I spent the next three years getting my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications. Majoring in Interactive Design and minoring in Photography. I participated in the universities newspaper all three years, while attaining Photo Editor privileges my senior year. This is where my storytelling interest began to grow, I met all sorts of strange humans, musicians, traveling cyclists, etc.. I learned what it meant to tell a story.
After college I swooped up a job at design firm in Vail, Colorado. For 4 years, I reinforced my need to story tell, but rather through branding, custom web design and marketing materials.
There is nothing more authentic than relating with your audience. The human connection is what binds us, and storytelling is the oldest form of this connection.
I was able to work with adventure brands, large and small nonprofits along with other types of clientele.
Being inside wasn’t enough for me though, and I had to make the jump to start my business to fulfill the needs I craved from this life (and to be outside as much as possible). That’s why I’ve started what you see here. Neature and Company is my business name, while I also go by my given name, I brand myself as a storyteller, whether it’s through photo, writing or design. I live to tell your story through new experiences, so that your audience can relate to what you are all about. My clientele are oriented in the same mindset as me, with a passion for the outdoors and need for authenticity.
What I crave more than anything is to tell stories that relate to somebody’s soul,
that when they take in the content they feel the aliveness that I also felt in that moment, hoping that inspires them to go outside and experience whatever makes them feel alive, and to connect with my clients stories. With my storytelling, I also am a big believer in being as authentic as possible about the truth in the moments that make us feel alive, not every person is an extremist or adrenaline chaser, most of us are just looking for the genuine connection that we make with others in time spent outside. We’re not here for long, so we may as well enjoy every second we can!