Alluring Black & White

What are your thoughts on black and white photographs?

I did a little colour vs. black & white post a while ago and it seems the vast majority of people prefer colour. I mean, colour is vibrant, lively, and generally awesome so I can understand why!
Though, there’s something about the simplicity of a black and white image that is so beautiful. The lack of colour gives way to alluring depth and contrast, and without colour the subjects can’t help but be the focus of the image. There’s also a ‘moodiness’ and a feeling to them that is quite something.

I started photography on black and white film, developing my own film and seeing the super interesting ways this kind of image can appear.

Felt a bit nostalgic today and had a bit of fun re-editing some photos in black and white.
Though I’ll of course continue shooting in colour, I do enjoy throwing in the occasional B&W frame.

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Getting Creative + Breaking the Rules

Sometimes it’s ok to break the rules – especially when it comes to art.

A photo doesn’t necessarily have to be in focus to be lovely and affecting. Here’s a shot of Laura + Zach’s wedding cake showing what I mean.
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Speaking of which, I love hearing about the different ways people get creative!

** Do any of you have any creative hobbies? Have you ever tried just letting go and seeing what you come up with? **

Think about it. Maybe it’s painting, or pottery, or sewing, knitting, sketching, dancing… there are so many ways to get creative! You don’t have to answer, but think about if you have a creative outlet that allows you explore a different, perhaps more authentic part of yourself than you allow during regular life. Or a little corner of your soul that rarely gets to play… Getting creative and not worrying so much can feel so great! And in the end you can end up with something really beautiful. 

Try it! And if you want to share, I’d love to hear about the ways you get creative, perhaps break the ‘rules’ a little bit, and how it makes you feel 🙂  


Discount on a photo session? Woot!

Want a discount on a photo session? Know anyone who needs a photographer?

It’s always special when folks refer friends and family to me, so to show my appreciation I’d like to extend a discount to you if you spread the photo love!

Here’s how the referral program works:
* Receive $50 off your next session when you refer anyone who books a session
* Receive $100 off your next session when you refer anyone who books a wedding
* Receive a FREE session when you refer 3 couples who book weddings, or 5 people who book other sessions. Woohoo!

** For multiple referrals, discounts can be combined and applied to your session **

To benefit, be sure to let me know when you’ve referred someone so I can trace the booking to you 🙂


Rates – In case you were wondering!

I’ve been getting more inquiries for baby sessions recently, so I’ve created a dedicated section for family, baby & maternity on the Olive ‘Rates’ page.

All other rates for working with me are there as well, so if you’re interested in booking a session feel free to check it out &/or share the link with loved ones who need a photographer:

And as always, feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions at all: – I’d be super happy to help you out 🙂

Connie & Mike – Married!

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Connie & Mike had a beautiful, opulent wedding in the Fall, and while the photos have been edited for a long while, I’m finally putting some up on the blog!

It was a day to remember. Not just because they had super cool acrobatic entertainment at the reception, but most of all because of the gorgeous, love-drunk smiles they had for each other all day long.
I’ve never seen a groom tear up so much, and it was so endearing and beautiful to see. And Connie was just so radiant!

They held their ceremony at St. Clare Parish Church in Toronto and their reception was at the Liberty Grand.

Here are some of my favourites from the day.

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2013 Wrap-Up… and a Photo Session Giveaway!!

Thank You Olive Photography Bokeh Bestest

2013 has been a really special year for Olive Photography.

Along with the many absolutely wonderful wedding, engagement and family clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with, it’s also been exciting to be featured by such prominent names:

Style Me Pretty: (Chantelle & Joel’s Engagement)
Style Me Pretty is a style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride… With nods in nearly every major bridal magazine… along with features in such publications as Blog Watch in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times… SMP is quickly becoming one of the most read wedding resources on the web.”

Flare Magazine 1:
Flare Magazine 2:
“For over 30 years, FLARE has been Canada’s fashion authority. Every month, more than 1.3 million style-minded readers turn to FLARE for world class fashion and beauty inspiration.”

Intimate Weddings: (Christa & Jorden’s Wedding)
Intimate Weddings is the go-to site for planning a small wedding… the only major blog that is devoted to small weddings (weddings with less than 75 guests). Our Quantcast rank is 9,438 making us one of the top 10,000 most visited sites on the web.”


** As a thank you to my clients, family, friends (& the universe) for all the support and positivity this year, I’m giving away a free photo session! ** 

One 1-hour couple, family, child/maternity or portrait photo session – winner gets to choose – with at least 10 edited high-res images!


  1. ‘LIKE’ the Facebook page:
  2. SHARE the Facebook post about this giveaway on your own timeline.
  3. COMMENT on the original page post saying ‘Shared!’ & whether you’d like a couple, family, child/maternity or portrait session.

Winner will be randomly drawn & notified via Facebook message.

The ‘Fine Print’: The session will take place at a lovely location that is convenient for both the winners and the photographer; Winners must credit the photographer if they share any images from the session online; Candidates who enter the contest grant full rights to the photographer to use and share any of the images from the session; The session will take place on a mutually convenient date/time that must be on or before November 30th, 2014. Winners will be required to sign a media release form prior to the photo session. Winners will also be announced on the blog, Facebook page and Twitter (first name only).
All three steps from the “How to Enter” instructions above must be followed in order to win!


Shelley & Dave’s Cozy Winter Engagement Session

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Shelley and Dave are the kind of couple you’d expect to find in a cool magazine or billboard ad – the kind of folks who look so hip and fun you just wanna spend time with them.
Well lucky me, I get to! This stylish duo is so sweet and such a pleasure to hang out with. Our winter engagement session at Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewery and Harbourfront Centre’s skating rink was so cozy and relaxed, and was such a lovely time despite the chill in the air.

We met up for some coffee to get some warmth in our veins before braving the cold, and we talked about their wedding and the classically beautiful watch Shelley gave to Dave as an engagement present after he proposed. Now they both have lasting mementos they get to see daily to remind them of this special time in their lives – I love that idea.

They chose to go skating for their engagement session for a special reason – keep scrolling to the end to learn why, and to read their love story!

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Here’s their story:
“Dave and I met on one of the first days of university in September 2003. Despite growing up in Ottawa and going to Carleton University, we had both decided to move into residence rather than living at home. We were on the same floor in Stormont Residence and once we met, we quickly became inseparable… as friends. We were both dating other people when we started university so our relationship was strictly platonic. Months went by and shortly after the Christmas break, we both found ourselves single and pretty much attached at the hip. Dave used the excuse of having cold hands several times just to have an excuse for us to hold hands. Since we were 18, we were “Boyfriend and Girlfriend” before ever really going on a date – unless you count the cafeteria in res, which we do not. Our first “real date” landed on Valentine’s Day and since we had just started dating and were on student budgets, we decided to do something low key (and inexpensive), but still fun and romantic. One of Ottawa’s best features in the winter is the Rideau Canal – it becomes the world’s longest skating rink at nearly 8km long. It starts at the Parliament buildings downtown and ends at Carleton. For our first date, we skated the length of the canal and then went to the ByTowne Cinema (an independent theatre) where they were showing a special screening of Love Actually. We moved to Toronto in 2008 and quickly fell in love with the city.  Five and a half years later, we still go skating whenever we can.”

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Congratulations again, you guys.
Can’t wait to shoot your wedding on June 21st!