new year12/31/12

I don’t know how to aptly express my gratitude, but thank you dear readers for following along this year. The best part about this blog, about photography and travel, is the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet. Seeing a small glimpse into another existence is both inspiring and humbling — it will always be what keeps me going. Lots of love to you and yours, and Happy New Year.

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Hope and Union mornings.

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Breakfast beach picnic, rained out.

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Valentine’s Day, 6:30am.

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Post-sunset-bikeride wine, Bin 152.

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My first article in Kinfolk Magazine, Lunch in France.

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First ocean dip of the year, still chilly.

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Weekend trip to the Outer Banks.

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Paddleboarding in the pouring rain.

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Loquat season.

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Post-work weekday, the Belmont.

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Springtime porch dinners.

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Geechie/Gullah family-style supper.

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Babysitting Little Brother.

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Early morning bike ride, South of Broad.

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Dawn, the Battery.

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Home, Isabel’s high school graduation.

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Impromptu brunch.

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Olivia Rae James Photography, business cards by Blake.

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Harper Poe, Freunde von Freunden.

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Siblings, Gainesville.

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Xiao Bao Biscuit, porch pop-up dinner.

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Del, roadside stand.

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Soup & Negronis.

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Hope and Union, final days.

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Pink Pond Island, mid-summer.

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Parents, 27th Wedding Anniversary.

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Little Celia, first baby shoot.

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Simple dinner, beach house.

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Manhattan from Red Hook.

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A Sunday morning.

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New neighborhood, new view.

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Cohabitation, succulents.

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Hirona Matsuda, Freunde von Freunden.

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Blueberry lemon pancakes, home.

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Beginnings in wedding photography.

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Leaving my baby sister at college, Savannah.

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Absinthe and oysters, Williamsburg.

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Isabel, Sullivan’s Island.

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Little red house, downtown Franklin.

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Just outside of Portland, Nate and Katie’s house.

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Picking wild blackberries on a path to the ocean, Seattle.

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Campsite, Anacortes.

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Sunrise in Anacortes, freezing on a cliff.

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The Charleston Kinfolk Dinner, Deux Puces Farm.

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Synchronicity in Kinfolk Magazine, Volume 6.

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A feature in Charleston Magazine, Leighton and Tara Derr Webb.

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Christmas Eve champagne with my oldest friends.

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Christmas Dinner, Nan Nan’s dining room.

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December 29th wedding, my team, Florence.

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36 Comments

  1. A joy, as always. What a pleasure it’s been Following AlOng with you this year.

  2. A beautiful review, Olivia. I’ve been following you since the beginning of it all (2009!) and it has been inspiring and uplifting to see you dive headfirst into making your professional dreams come true this year. Wishing you continued Joy & light in 2013.

  3. Beautiful recap, Olivia! Sending you big hugs on this new year’s eve…a bright and beautiful new year to you! xo

  4. what gorgeous photos — i loved this. can’t wait to see more of your photos & life in the new year!
    x

  5. Loved this roundup, Olivia — it’s been so great to follow along on all your adventures over the past few years, and I’m so happy for you! XO Happy (almost) 2013!

  6. olivia- what a beautiful and nostalgic post… so happy we got to meet this year and get to know one another a bit… looking forward to more.

  7. Olivia —
    I’ve really loved following along on your blog this year. Your photography has inspired me in so many ways. Happy 2013! xoxo.

  8. You are always such an inspiration! I look at your photos and they always make me slow down my day and appreciate the little things life has to offer. Thank you! Have a wonderful new year! xx

  9. I don’t KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING, OLIVIA! THERE IS SUCH LOVE AND LIGHT IN YOUR PHOTOS, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT WITH US! I LOOK FORWARD TO MANY POSTS TO COME… HAPPY NEW YEAR, GORGEOUS!

  10. I also want to apologize for the all caps… i don’t know what’s happening over here. lol!

  11. Briel K.

    Great roundup of some beautiful pictures! I always love reading your blog and miss it when you are on a break or don’t post. Wishing you, Blake, and your family a wonderful 2013!

  12. What a gorgeous post! I’ve been following you for about a year now, and I have been so inspired by your photography, your drive, and your ability to see the beauty in the everyday. Happy New Year!

  13. Your photographs are soft, light and elegant. They stir within me urges to do all sorts of productive and beautiful things. Here’s to a wonderful year, Olivia! Thank you for sharing with us.

  14. Beautiful photos. Looks like you had a great year. Here’s to 2013.

  15. all amazing photographs. gREAT FAN HERE :) CHEERS FROM ARGENTINA!

  16. A year of beautiful captures, beautiful life. wishing you a prosperous + inspirational new year!

  17. Kristen GEhrman

    Makes Me Reflective too. Love!

  18. beautiful beautiful photos. happy new year!

  19. gosh you have such a beautiful eye. all of these pictures are breathtaking. happy new year!

  20. I’m really not quite sure how long I’ve been following your blog, but you won’t see me leaving any time soon.
    Though I’ve spent little time in the area, my mind is always lost there. I searched out a native blogger to help connect me more. I love the way you capture it all in your photography. its exactly the dream i have in my head about it.
    i hope to some day call it our home, too.
    Happy new year and keep up with amazing work. wishing you all the best in health, happiness, love and work in the new year.

  21. This makes me want your life!

  22. What a wonderful round-up. Happiest of new years to you!

  23. Thank you for all of your inspiring photos this year Olivia – you inspire me to be a better photographer! Leigh

  24. I’m thankful for your blog. I cannot express your much joy your pictures bring. love them. love your simple words. i love your you manage to find beauty in the ordinary. Just love.

  25. Happy New Year! Your photos are magic, like enchanted scenes from dreams. Thank you for sharing them always! I look forward to the beautiful year ahead!

  26. happy new year! such a beautiful look back.

  27. Beautiful photos, beautiful blog and a very inspiring year! Thank you for sharing with us!

  28. fantastic.a beautiful year.Hope 2013 is a great one for you x

  29. Such a gorgeously documented year. Congratulations on your success and I hope the next year is even better!

  30. Beautiful. I love your blog and your photography. always inspiring. cheers to another year!

  31. Beautiful, Olivia. 2012 seemed to have been very good to you! I love a year review… I’m thinking about compiling one for myself, as well.

    Lovely work this year! Here’s to 2013, may it be even better than the last. :)

  32. Each of your images inspires me, so, so pretty! Isn’t Red Hook lovely, too! Hope your 2013 is magical! :)

  33. Happy 2013! I’m getting back into blogging this year and am delighted to see all the wonderful things you’ve been up to this year! I imagine you have lots of great things in store for the upcoming year too!

  34. Your photos stir my soul. They make me long for the warm color infused days of Summer. So much beauty. So inspired to live fuller.

    Thank you.

  35. thank you for the inspiring work! it’s given me a lot of encouragement in my own, and for that I am thankful!!

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