I’ve been to a lot of weddings.
For most of them, I’ve been behind the camera. In the space of a single day, weddings can be chaotic, sublime, and deeply moving. With the way that wedding photography combines art, storytelling, and celebrating people, it was an easy choice for me to pursue.
I’ve been behind the camera and shooting analog film since I was sixteen years old. I began photographing my teenage years on film that I purchased and developed at the drugstore. I love all of life’s little nuances and the way they manifest themselves during the sweetest days of our lives. If there's one thing I've learned over years of bearing witness through a tiny viewfinder, it's this: greatness exists in the inconspicuous and overlooked details. To me, there is so much beauty in simplicity and the way that it allows our humanity to come through. I believe in paring things down to the essence without removing the poetry. In other words, I believe in every day magic.
When I’m not photographing couples who are wild about each other, I call Seattle home. You can find me shopping the farmer’s market, spoiling my Miniature Schnauzer with Canadian bacon treats, and falling asleep on the couch to episodes of Lost.
I was born and raised in the coastal city of Seattle, Washington. After marrying my husband, Spencer and raising our first baby (Watson, the Miniature Schnauzer), we firmly committed to never leave the Pacific Northwest as long as we could help it. Since then, I've traveled up and down the West Coast as a visual storyteller while my work has landed among the pages of Vogue Italia, Offbeat Bride, Once Wed, Magnolia Rouge, Belle Lumiere Magazine, and more.
This work has brought me everywhere from the beaches of Maui to the mountains of Montana. These days, I'm shooting the wildly in love in Washington, Oregon, and California. Regardless of where I travel, the winding streets full of puddles and swaying evergreens of Seattle will always be home to me.
"If we could think of one word to describe Olivia as a photographer, it would be intentional. She has such a calm and sweet presence about her."
COLLEEN & BRANDON
SNOHOMISH, WA WEDDING
IF I HAD TO DESCRIBE MY WORK IN THREE WORDS, IT WOULD BE RADIANT, DREAMY, AND ETHEREAL.
No matter the season, give me iced coffee (all day, every day). Throw in a warm sweater, an easy stroll to the corner coffee shop, a pour over for my husband, and you have the ingredients for a perfect Sunday morning.
There's nothing sweeter than the freedom that comes with travel. When you're thousands of miles from home, it's easy to let go of obligations and fill my senses completely as I see the world. There's something especially delicious about having to be neither here nor there. Buh-bye busy.
My 180 year old sourdough starter, Gertrude (Gertie for short), joined the family after I bought her from an anonymous seller on eBay in San Francisco. And you'd better believe every loaf old Gertie has delivered has been stellar. What's better than bubbly, crusty artisan bread made by your own hands?
Spring in Seattle means the streets are flooded to the point where I worry about splashing puddle water all over an unfortunate pedestrian while driving by (just like the movies). But sunny spring afternoons in Seattle are worth the twinge of anxiety.
I'm a fast-talking TV enthusiast with a penchant for great bakes (there are literally dozens of us). Picture Mike Teavee from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, minus the bad attitude, plus browned butter. Let's talk Game of Thrones, The Office, Lost, Westworld, The Handmaid's Tale, and more. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention The Great British Baking Show.
Few things beat packing a picnic of charcuterie and heading out for a day of watching the waves at the ocean. Toss the Schnauzer in the backseat, turn on an atmospheric acoustic radio station, and pack a cold kombucha for the perfect beachy afternoon. Bonus points if there's a breeze.
A life well-lived in the slow lane
I was first inspired by the concept of slow living when I travelled to Italy. I admired the long stretches of leisure that the Italians made time for in their schedules over espresso (or wine) and lively conversation. My experience of complete freedom allowed me to savor and fill my senses completely. Each moment felt so much fuller. Even the streets and alleyways of Venice were an experience of their own as they encouraged you to get lost in them without a worry as to where you were supposed to head next. It was liberating to breathe deeply and take in Tuscany's rolling hills warmed by the setting sun. I was convinced that this place was set apart from the rest of the world. It felt nearly indulgent to soak in the quiet for as long as I did, but I knew I couldn't forget a single detail. It was in Italy that I realized when you allow yourself to let go, you arrive at your destination precisely when you were meant to. My approach to photographing people changed in a radical way when I realized this is the way I wanted to make people feel: calm, at ease, relaxed, and authentic, all while bearing witness to something magical.