I’m very happy to be sharing with you, dear reader, the photography of a sweet friend. Olivia Rae James is a photographer working out of Charleston, SC, in a variety of specialties: weddings, lifestyle, and food. She’s collaborated with a bevy of business doing interesting things in the Southeast, from salt-works to indie jewelers and everything in between. What I think makes Olivia’s photography special is her ability to evoke narrative even in commercial projects, and her ability to relax and connect with her subjects.

Poppins Posies field photo by Olivia Rae James

Poppins Posies field photo by Olivia Rae James

Poppins Posies field photo by Olivia Rae James

I always say that Olivia could make changing a flat tire look like something you’d rather be doing right now. She’s skilled at finding sublime beauty and using that to create a story for her clients. Whether it’s a visit to Poppins Posies field, a meandering around a saltworks, or a vibrant family brunch, I know what it feels like to be there. And dangit, it feels pretty nice.

 

Barn at J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks, by Olivia Rae James

Field at J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks, by Olivia Rae James

J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks, by Olivia Rae James

Salt at J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks, by Olivia Rae James

 

Mother and child wearing Flowershop flower crowns, photo by Olivia Rae James

The personality of a portraiture photographer is equally important as their technical skill; it’s no use shooting beautiful photos if your subjects look stiff and uncomfortable. Olivia’s warm friendliness surely helps draw out her subject’s best selves.

Children wearing Flowershop flower crowns, photo by Olivia Rae James

I’ll bet this shot was pretty fun for these kids.

 

Mother and children wearing Flowershop flower crowns, photo by Olivia Rae James

I think this shot from an engagement series is just so clever: you’re gazing from the outside in on an intimate moment. The couple, as they are in real life.

Couple walking on a pier; engagement photo by Olivia Rae James

Engagement photos by Olivia Rae James

I may have mentioned it before, but I can’t stand overly-dramatic engagement photos where people look nice but not in love. Olivia does a great job of capturing some more natural moments.

Alpaca looking at the camera, photo by Olivia Rae James

Even this alpaca has personality!

There’s tons more photography to peek through on Olivia’s website and Instagram. Olivia keeps her blog continually up to date, so I like to check in there to see what’s new!