What a lovely sole Nicole is over at Nicole Mickle Photography! This is the first set of photos I think I actually tried to smile in - which was so awkward at first but now it feels pretty normal :)
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This is my second time shooting Susan & I can't get enough of this girl. She's so much fun & truly a pleasure to photograph. This time we went to the Americano, a trendy little diner located in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Every corner turned into the perfect space with the prettiest colors. The green trees, colorful flowers & bright hanging lights made the best background for Susan.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Sam Rueter, a Charleston based artist, in her studio located in the Redux Contemporary Art building. It was so cool to experience first hand how Sam creates these stunning abstract paintings. Her careful choice of color, unique brushstrokes, and strong focus indicated just how passionate about she is about her work. I highly recommend checking out Sam's incredible pieces either at Redux or through her online shop!
The inspiration for this shoot was my black hat from Free People, and this brick wall. That is it. But man did we get a ton of great pics! Check out the gorgeous Susan who strolled some little Charleston alleys with me last week!
One thing I've been doing more of lately is shooting women and every time I do, I realize how in love with it I am! I'm opening up shoots for women of all ages, lets go find some light and make you feel beautiful in your own skin, no matter where you are at in life! Contact me to book a session! Hello@LindseyO.com
I've also been getting questions about doing 1 on 1 photo mentoring to teach people how to use their DSLR and shoot in manual. I'm bringing my session back, if you're interested, check it out here!
Video - DJI Mavic Pro + Canon 5d Mark iii
Photos - Canon 5d mark iii
Model - Audrey Smoak
Song - Twenty Something (Remix) - Lucian
Styled, Photographed, Video by Lindsey O.
Colonia was the CUTEST little town which is accessible via ferry from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The city was full of old cars, historical architecture, and vibrant colors + pastels.
Bodegas Carrau Winery
Here we got to learn all about how they run their family business, the history, the challenges, the domestic sales, and the importation. We also go to tour the winery and get an amazing tasting!
I loved Montevideo! It was much less crowded and a lot cleaner, safer, and more active feeling than Buenos Aires was. They have a beach lining the whole city and it is always full of people on the move!
I spent about 4 days in Buenos Aires, working with businesses in many industries and learning about the economy, challenges, and opportunities the people and businesses deal with on a daily basis.
Check out the photos from a few spots around town!
From Cusco, it is a 3 hour drive to get to the Vinicunca mountains. This was by far my favorite experience in Peru.
The hike is hard, its about 3 hours each way and goes from 12,000 to 17,000 feet in elevation. This was my first experience with this elevation and the low oxygen levels really take a toll on your ability. At the top of the mountain, I could only take bout 10 steps at a time before having to stop from being dizzy. The views at the top were so incredible and so worth it. What made this day so memorable for me was not only the views but the journey. The hike through the mountains felt so untouched and genuine. We were walking through these people's villages and seeing their daily life the entire way which to me made this day amazing. I've included many photos of the things I saw along the journey, as well as the photos of the rainbow mountain - each outstandingly incredible!
How to get there?
I paid about $35 for a company in Cusco to shuttle us there and back. They also took us to a small village on the way to eat a locally made breakfast (before) and lunch (after). I would definitely recommend booking once you are in Cusco, as some of the companies online are charging $180 for the same exact service. Once you are a bit into the hike, you can pay about $20 to have a horse and guide take you towards Rainbow Mountain and back, where the horse is able to.
OK, can this place be any more magical?!? Maccu Picchu is one of those bucket list travel destinations for me, so when I found out I was going to Argentina, I signed myself up for an extra week in Peru.
To get to Maccu Picchu, you have to fly into Lima, Peru (I suggest staying a while!) and then fly into Cusco, Peru. From Cusco you take a car to Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley, and the board a train to Aguas Calientes. Here are some of the photos from the trip up.
The Journey from Cusco to Maccu Picchu
And then we arrived at this magical place in the clouds...
Hope you enjoyed these photos! Make sure to check out my print store over at www.LindseyO.com where these will be added soon!
On a last note, visiting Maccu Picchu during rainy season was indescribably lucky. I was there with a handful of people as compared to the 10,000/day that visit during most of the year (the dry months) who are only allowed to stay for 2 hours and must go with a guide. It took a few hours for the clouds to break and rain to stop but I can't image having seen this place any other way.
We stayed in the historic district of Lima for 2 days before heading out to Cusco. Definitely not the "tourist" part of Lima as we later found out! So glad that we saw the city, the beautiful architecture, and the way the people of Lima go about their days.
Miraflores is the "tourist" area in Lima where all the hotels are, lots of restaurants, beaches, surfing, etc. It definitely does not compare or represent the rest of Peru but it was a beautiful way to spend our last day in Peru (long layover).
Olivia is one of my good friends here in Charleston, SC. She married Ryan just over a year ago on the weekend of flooding in Charleston. Her wedding was moved indoors and she did not have any portraits from the day, or bridal portraits before/after.
I had a vision of bridal portraits with a brilliant pink smoke against a blue backdrop. I immediately thought of the 3 locations I used around Charleston and about Olivia, who had the perfect look and dress for my vision. I feel like so many of the photos taken in Charleston are really similar & traditional, and I wanted to do something really out there!
We shot this not as a "trash the dress" session but more of what I'm calling "bless the dress." This was all about having fun and celebrating with focus on color, laughter, sunlight, blue skies, and floral. I designed the flowers with supplies from Hobby Lobby and I used pink smoke bombs to create the effect.
Olivia is a person who radiates beauty inside out and I am so happy to provide her with some images in her wedding gown. <3
Photos taken by Lo Photo, LLC
Note, from a technical standpoint, I typically avoid taking photos when the sun is out in full force AT ALL COSTS. The weather on this day dramatically changed and I ended up shooting when the sun was the brightest. In the end, I'm super glad this happened because it taught me how to work with even the harshest light. The photos came out in a style that is totally different from what I normally shoot, but I'm happy to have this in my toolbelt now since many weddings I shoot end up having photos taken at this time of day.
Visiting Home for Christmas in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I did a 9 mile hike in the snow with some friends to natural Hot Springs in Snoqualmie, WA. I also headed up to Snoqualmie pass (Gold Creek) with one of my best friends and her fiance to take their engagement photos! Check out some highlights below of Washington covered in Snow!
Photos by: Lo Photo, LLC - photographer of Lifestyle and Love!
Two of my good friends from Seattle (and one of my favorite couples ever!) had a destination wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Here's a little video I put together of the few days we spent exploring the areas up and down the coast around Tulum while in town for Mike & Kami's wedding, followed by a few photos :)
I think my favorite parts were: swimming with sea turtles in Akumal (not in the public beach area.. avoid!)
and sailing and getting caught in a massive rain storm
We got away from the crowded tourist areas of Cancun and headed down towards Punta Allen in a rental car. The beaches here were empty and felt untouched except for a few (amazing) homes along the beach.
One thing you see when you get away from the resorts (who clean their beaches multiple times a day) is the amount of plastic that washes ashore. I'm a firm advocate in reducing our use of plastic, particularly when it comes to things that we use one time.
Plastic is something that can never be broken down, it never goes away, yet we are constantly using it for things that are instant garbage (water bottles, hotel shampoo bottles, etc). Take a look at the below photo to see what is washing ashore in this beautiful ocean, and getting in the environment and bodies of animals.
I stopped by Manchester on the way to Africa this June and took some photos downtown. What a cute little town! Not a ton do do downtown but i managed to get in a ton of shopping and stop for tea and breakfast at a local tea cafe.
On our last day we visited an entrepreneurial work place for women in Zambia where I was so inspired at what they are doing and what I want to do in life. The center helped women with small businesses (i.e. selling tomatoes streetside) think bigger and grow their business to support their family and grow an economy.
To end the trip, we spent an afternoon at Chaminuka Lounge where we took a safari, walked cheetahs, and stumbled upon some baby lions and white rhinos.
The Cheetahs had to be walked on leashes because they are the fastest animals in the world. They had a huge area to run but knew the workers who took care of them.
We stumbled upon the baby lions on accident and could not seem to leave their sides! Here are some photos of the babies and the Cheetahs! Enjoy!
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Photos by Taylor Rae Photography.
Dress: Modern Trusseau, Charleston
HMUA: Stephanie Simpson
Florals: Wildflowers, Inc
Rentals: Ooh Events
Model: Lindsey O
What to say about South Africa... I spent a couple days in Capetown with some other girls before meeting our classmates in Zambia and we did all the site seeing and bar hopping! On my way home I also went to Johannesburg for a day and a half alone. Overall, South Africa feels more like Europe than Africa and definitely feels a lot more dangerous than what I'm used to in America. Uber is a thing here and we were told to always use it, even if we were only going a few blocks for our safety. Capetown itself is gorgeous. We checked out winerys and amazing restaurants for so cheap! The coastline is also gorgeous. I think i'm calling this the "San Diego of Africa"
Me and the other 3 girls each did a deluxe tasting (mine had 6 wines and chocolates), shared a giant charcuterie board, and each bought 2 bottles. The bill was $14 USD!
Boat Ride to see the seals who have taken over a tiny rock island
The most south western point of the African Continent
Cape of Good Hope
Penguins on the beach
Thanks to the amazing Alyssa Wilcox for capturing these beautiful photos while I was in the PNW this summer. All items are from Free People.
I am so blessed to have gotten to spend a week at Victoria Falls. This was the total "Vacation" part of my trip to Africa. Victoria Falls is on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and is the largest waterfall in the world by volume. There is a bridge that separates the two countries and I bungee jumped off of it! There are several resorts on the waterfall area and on each of them are giraffe, zebra, monkeys, and baboons greeting you. A quick hike to the falls everyday made this the ultimate vacation spot.
Spent a day in the Chobe National Park which is in neighboring country Botswana, from my stay in Zambia. The day consisted of a water and a land safari.
Tourism is one of the ways African countries can use their resources to benefit their economy while also protecting them. Check out these animals!
I visited Chief Mukuni Village in Livingtone, Zambia (Africa) with some of my USC classmates. We got to see how they live in the village, buy locally made crafts, and hang out with the cutest kids!
They raise goats and chickens for food, have gardens, hang dry clothes, have separate huts for sleeping and for cooking, and even sprout seeds to make yeast for beer.
Took a roadtrip from the Sacramento area to Lake Tahoe. We checked out both South Lake Tahoe (California) as well as the entire Nevada shoreline.
Photos taken on a Canon 5D Mark iii with a Sigma 24-70 f.2.8
My cousin Amy and I made the 4 hour drive from Auburn, CA to Yosemite and back for a day trip. Wish we could have stayed ALOT longer.. but I will be back!
I took a roadtrip with one of my best friends through the southwest region and I absolutely fell in love with the desert! We started in Salt Lake City to celebrate St. Patrick's day and left the following morning on a 6 hour drive to Page, AZ home of Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend. We then headed to Bryce Canyon for a day, and Zion National Park for 2 days, then back to Salt Lake City.
Horseshoe Bend and other stops in Page, AZ
Bryce Canyon (and surrounding areas)
Zion National Park
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