Olivia Rae James is a photographer residing in Charleston, SC.

Contact: hello@oliviaraejames.com

Recent Features & Interviews:
FrankieCreative Q & AONA, SF Girl By BayMiss Moss, FvF


Photo by Lean + Meadow

Select Clients and Features


Garden & Gun

Charleston Magazine

Freunde von Freunden


Legends Magazine


Glitter Guide


Charlie Magazine

Matchbook Magazine

Proud Mary

Another Feather

Yeah! Burger

Email Olivia

What camera do you use?

I use a Canon 5D Mark iii and a 35mm f/1.4 lens.

May I use your photographs on my site?

Feel free to use my photos on your personal blog as long as you properly credit and link back. For commercial usage, contact me for details.

Will you photograph my wedding?

I'd love to shoot your wedding, here in Charleston or elsewhere. Email me for detailed packaging and prices.

Will you photograph my baby/family?

I love photographing little babies! Newborns, toddlers, kids, families, everyone. Email me for rates.

Are you available to travel?


Where should I go in Charleston?

My favorite places in Charleston are ever-evolving, but here’s a running list: Chez Nous for a charming and intimate French restaurant with a daily-changing menu, Two Boroughs Larder for amazing, inventive dishes, Xiao Bao Biscuit for Asian comfort food, The Ordinary for fancy seafood, Trattoria Lucca for melt-in-your-mouth pasta, FIG for New American fine dining and all-around exquisite food, Bin 152 for wine and cheese, Belmont for cocktails and homemade nutella “pop-tarts,” Butcher and Bee for sandwiches (and updated Southern sides), Sugar Bakeshop for cupcakes and tarts, Wildflour for Sticky Bun Sunday, Brown's Court for the Captain Crunch cookie (though everything at all of these bakeries is great), and Black Tap and Kudu for coffee.

Beyond food and drink, the best way to explore Charleston is to wander aimlessly (walk or rent a bike at Affordabike for $20 a day). Explore the secret gardens, narrow alleyways, get a little lost and end up at the edge of the peninsula. Watch sailboats. Talk to older people. Smell the jasmine.