Category Archives: lifestyle photography

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…

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




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  🙂

R.I.P. Buddy

In the past year I have decided to focus more on the Pet Photography portion of my business.   I love working with pets and their owners, it’s so fun to play for a living!  Now, don’t get me wrong… it’s hard work, but even the boring office parts are a little easier when I am ultimately doing what I love.

But each time I complete a session I feel ‘the tinge’.  I think it’s because I have had dogs, dear, precious dogs to me pass away.  I feel the tinge that I just captured something fleeting, forever.  I know the pain of loss, so each time I click the shutter I feel that I am helping a dog owner hold on to the moment, the personality, the quirk, the memory of love, for always.

I saw a post on Facebook this morning of a friend’s dog, that I had never met or photographed, had passed away. I commented my condolences with a heavy heart.  But that prompted a comment from a past client that I was not expecting.  Buddy, dear Buddy, is no longer with us.  He passed August 11, 2011.  He was a rescue with special needs and Patsy took him in because her house was already outfitted with ramps from a previous dog with disabilities.  It was difficult for him to move around when I met him, but his spirit… was lively and as loving as a puppy.  Anytime I hear of a rescue dog with physical limitations, I think of Buddy.  His physical limitations did nothing to hinder his loving spirit. 

I am not sure why the tears surprised me.  Then I realized that other than our own dog Jasmine, I have not been notified of the passing of any dog that I have photographed.  I knew that it would happen.  And it will again.  I feel it a tiny bit each session that I have, but my fears have never come true… until today.

Hold your furry ones a bit closer today.  I am off to snuggle with Peanut and Calliope in the middle of the day.  Because they are here.


After this posted I received a call from a blog in AUSTRALIA (!) that wanted to feature dear Buddy.   Check it out at

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!


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

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

So… we moved. I don’t think I even took a minute to mention here on the blog.  Still living out of boxes a bit as I scheduled myself a normal schedule, drastically underestimating the toll a move would take.  (They are just movers, Laura, not magicians.)  So I have a million things to post and tell you all about!  Tomorrow I’ll catch you up on all the goings on at Laura Olsen Imagery.  But today, I breathe. This non stop roller coaster is going uphill slowly today.  Peanut, Calliope & I are taking a minute to enjoy the new digs.

Is it just the full wall of windows or are they more beautiful here?

This is Peanut giving Calliope the equivalent of bunny ears in this photo. Such a camera hog! 🙂

B says I favor Calliope over Peanut. Exhibit A: Peanut's idea of personal space.


Pet Helpers Annual Oyster Roast

Camera… check!  Background… check!  Sign up sheet… check!  Sign…. uhem… SIGN?!  Nope.  Are you telling me that we forgot the sign?!  Yep.  We forgot the sign.  *forehead smack.  So for all of you eyeing me throughout the evening with my camera and white sheet quizically, I KNOW!  NO SIGN! 🙂

That was just the beginning of the evening.   Then came the rain… oh, the rain.  But it all turned out alright in the end.  We brought the party to the people.  And judging by the adorable doggie smiles seen below I think inspite of the weather and lack of signage our little photobooth was a hit!  And for a good cause too…  The Pet Helpers Annual Oyster Roast is a huge fund raiser for them each year.  Super fun and yummy.  Mark your calendars for it next spring…

Thank you to all who stopped by my little photobooth.  You were all so much fun!  You all need to come to Pet Fest and have your pictures taken for the Lowcountry Dog Model Contest because you are all gorgeous.