Picture by PicturePublished 2:17pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013
There’s beautiful people and then there’s the people who know how to find the beauty in others. Holly Diestler just happens to be both. Full time photographer, business owner, philanthropist, and mom, Holly’s passion is to document the dearest moments of people’s lives with her self-made portrait and wedding photography business, “Holly D Photography and Designs”. With a keen eye for style and outgoing personality, Holly is a wonderful choice for those seeking to remember their most precious life events. Her work speaks for itself and her life of making pictures, has become a picture for everyone to admire.
Though she is the first professional photographer from her family, the love for capturing beautiful moments is something that Holly’s Grandfather and Great Aunt have also enjoyed. Born and raised in Fergus Falls, MN, Holly has always been attracted to the history and culture of the area, and loves all the different ways she gets to use it as the backdrop for many of her photos. She is now based out of Fargo-Moorhead, MN and travels locally and nationally for both private and commercial projects that have featured her work in publications throughout the world.
Admiring the skill and technique of artists such as Cliff Mautner, Holly has grown under the mentorship of local photographers such as Yvonne Denault. She attributes her success to friends and family who have provided support and encouragement since she took the risk to leave her job to pursue her dream. Holly has worked hard to now be in a position that others can admire, and she says “I love using my time to provide the same type of encouragement and support for other young artists who share my passion”.
Holly especially loves to devote her time towards community and charitable events. With a strong appreciation for history, Holly was especially proud of her efforts involved in helping to save The Kirkbride Building in Fergus Falls, MN. The Kirkbride Building was once one of many mental health facilities created by Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride who constructed several standardized asylums that were intended as premier treatment centers for the mentally ill. Holly joined 40 other photographers and a large gathering of cinematographers and urban explorers in The Kirkbride Project to save the building from demolition. Members of the project collectively used their talents to create a 3D website (official website not available yet) that features the asylum’s grounds.
Holly also gives time towards Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a non-profit organization that uses photography as a means to comfort parents who suffer from the loss of a child. Additionally, she volunteers work towards Ampersand Families through the Minnesota Heart Gallery, participates with other local business for fundraising in events for National Autism Awareness Day, and is an active member of Minnesota Jaycees to stay involved in community outreach efforts.
With blurred lines dividing where her personal life starts and her professional life begins, Holly’s happy to spend her time doing what she’s passionate about. So she generously shares many of her memories with those who invite her to join in on their personal momentous occasions. Creating a comfort level between her clients is a priority for Holly, and her open and warm disposition provides room for them to see her as a friend. She feels this is what separates her from many other photographer’s out there. Within the hours she pours in the editing process she finds herself enjoying a laugh to herself or choking back tears as she relives each experience. She states her personal connections with people gives her an ability to capture the emotions hidden in each photo and bring them to the surface. She feels this allows her to put her own signature on each image she produces.
Describing herself as a “big believer in timing and taking chances that lead you down unexpected roads”, Holly is glad she was brave enough to start her business and is excited about where her journey will lead her next. An inspiration to anyone with a dream in their heart, Holly has stayed true to herself and build her life on the following quote, “Everyday is a chance to turn it all around” (Vanilla Sky, film 2001). Holly reveals this beautiful truth as she shares her story and shares the story of others, picture by picture.