Category Archives: Charleston Lifestyle Photographer

new beginnings

So… I am nose to the grindstone working on all kinds of new projects and cool things.  I am in the midst of a rebranding experience which leaves me little time for maintaining the blog here…

To see snippets of the latest photos/ events/ clients visit me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/olsen.imagery

So many awesome-amazing-cool-nifty things that are coming down the pike!  I can’t wait to share the new beginnings…

xoxo

L.

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Produce Work

I have been in a staring contest with my email all day. Waiting for an answer to just about every question that I have asked all week. To keep myself from boring holes with my eyes into my large LCD screen I have a podcast going in the background. I don’t often listen to music while working. I’d rather listen to the thoughts and teachings of other artists. In this technological world we live in there is an abundance of amazing thought and education swirling about, available for the taking.  And the refrain that that I keep hearing is “Artists produce work!”  To be a creative in a creative field you have to create… but if you never show it, never take risks, never push yourself are you really a creative?

When I heard it today, it really struck a chord. I have been so busy this season creating creating creating but for various reasons nothing has seen the light of day. Much of it is coming after the holiday… clients holding on to images as gifts, projects that are in process to be revealed in the new year etc. But I have felt a bit of a schlump with the lack of posting.

So today I picked up my camera pointed it at my Calliope and I produced work.

Are you producing work? Are you pushing forward? Growing in your art or your business? I encourage you to produce something today. It doesn’t have to be the next Rembrandt or iPod. Just take something from start to finish in one day. And show it to the world. You’ll be glad you did.

Feel free to share links of what you produce in the comments! I would love to see what is being produced!


Breathe | Charleston Freelance Photographer

My mind is brimming with ideas and my calendar is full of projects.  I have missed posting regularly all of the wonderful things I get to be a part of as a photographer. I am so blessed to have the best clients in the world… and to have so many of them makes me well up a little in gratitude.  My heart is full!  I have wanted to share so many things with you all, but sadly at this time of year, there are so many people who are in present buying mode that I am sworn to secrecy!  It is killing me! Look out for the deluge in the new year of all the pent up photos!

So I thought today I would share this little delight with you.  I found it on my way back to my car after a recent event that I was shooting.  I was hot and tired and my feet hurt.  But then I stopped. The light was delicious.  I was just lost in the perfection of the scene in front of me.  I caught my breath, cleared my mind, and my feet stopped throbbing so badly.  I thought that if this scene could do that for me, I would share it with you too.

Take 60 seconds to gaze and breathe.  The madness of the season is just beginning.  So my gift to you all is one minute.  One minute to for joy. Sixty seconds for a smile. One sixtieth of an hour of stillness.  It may be tiny, but if you let it, it might just brighten your entire day.

Enjoy  🙂


Coffee | Charelston Photography

hope & union doesn't serve decaf. they respect the brew.

I just heard about this new site called Klout.  It gives you a score based on your social media interactions.  Being highly competitive by nature I had to sign up and crush the competition!  What’s funny is that it told me that I am an expert on Photography and Charleston (I knew that, but thank you Klout.com for noticing!)  But what I thought was funny is that it said I was an expert on … Coffee!

I was photographing an event recently and was introduced to someone who said, ” Yeah, I know you… you’re the photographer who knows good coffee!”  Seriously!  My caffeine sniffer is known far and wide! Albeit I had just redone my website ‘About Me’ page and had included a few interesting things about myself (my undying love for Ethiopian coffee was among the salacious revelations about me included) in addition to the standard “I take pictures of stuff” info that a bio usually contains.

So to keep up my reputation I thought I should share more coffee-type stuff on my blog.  Enjoy!


MISIU Beauty| Charleston Commercial Photographer

MISIU (mee-shoo) / n. / fr. POLISH: a teddy bear; a term of endearment; something held close to the heart.

One of my first memories of him is moving for her lips with purpose with saying, “Darling, you look naked”.  A quick swipe of lipgloss and all was well with the world.  Classic Andrew.  Lips shall not be naked near him!   So when he shared with me that he was going to pursue his dream of creating a gloss line of his own all I could say was, “Naturally!”.  He had a glimmer in his eye when he showed me a tattoo on his wrist with the letters M I S I U.  It means: a dear teddy bear, a loved one that you hold close.  The Polish term of endearment was about to open a wonderful new world for him.

As with any dream, it feels equally like it began yesterday and like it’s been dragging on f o r e v e r !  And I am proud to say that the end is in sight!  The launch is in late September, stay tuned for details. I have had the privilege of working with him on the photography and I can’t wait to share the campaign!  I snagged the image above from the cutting room floor, more to come!

Enjoy!

Follow along with @MisiuBeauty on Twitter and Mishiu Beauty on Facebook  for the latest on the launch!


Ayoka <3 Jett | Charleston Pet Photographer

Often when I come ‘back to the ranch’ after a photo shoot and I am having a first look at my images from the session, there will be one in the bunch that makes me stop and stare for a minute. It may have been a quick snap on the way to another pose or it could be the one that I worked so hard to achieve. Either way, I just stop. I take a minute to let the moment sink in. It’s seeing the CONNECTION of two beings that makes me catch my breath. That is what I am always trying to do, but connection is so elusive, so fleeting. We connect and disconnect a million times a day from the ones that we love. Including our animals.

That’s why I love pet sessions. It makes us stop all the running around that we do on a daily basis, and just focus on the connection that we have with these wonderful creatures that are always here, just waiting for us… to connect.


Duke the Dane | Charleston Pet Photography

Had a small intimate wedding to photograph on the gorgeous Isle of Palms Saturday. With it being a holiday weekend I prepared for the worst. traffic. ever. And as is typically the case when preparing for the worst, it doesn’t happen. So I managed to fit in an entire photoshoot before the wedding!  So, allow me to introduce you to Duke.

Duke played a prominent part in the wedding, so keep your eyes peeled in the wedding pictures to come (as if you need to look hard to find this 175 pound hunk of love).