This week, we invited our friend and photographer Olivia Rae James from Charleston, SC to visit Styer’s and capture the terrain experience through her lens. We love seeing our nursery in a new light, and her visit has us feeling ready for the transition into fall. Enjoy some of the beautiful images Olivia took above, and read on to learn more about her artistic process and first trip to terrain!
terrain: Can you tell us a bit about your background and what sparked your interest in photography?
Olivia: I was as interested in photography as any other kid, playing with Polaroids and disposables, but it wasn't until high school or college that I became obsessed with documentation. I didn't want anything to ever be forgotten (still don't), though I've definitely reached a point where I embrace putting my camera away and focusing on the present. I do think having a camera in my hand at all times for so many years, attempting to capture everything, was a great trial-and-error education. I never formally studied photography aside from a few workshops (I have a degree in English from the College of Charleston), but I realized within a year of graduating that photography was what I wanted to set my sights on.
terrain: What inspires you the most? What are your favorite kinds of photographs to take?
Olivia: Traveling is my preferred way to recharge and get inspired. Even if it means leaving my camera in the hotel for a day or two. I love to capture real, quiet moments. My favorite photographs often include morning light, evening light, flowers, the sea, people, new places, and pretty food.
terrain: What did you enjoy most about shooting at terrain?
Olivia: Oh, so many things! terrain is a hub for the things I love most. The plants and flowers, the home goods, the sweetest garden shed, the light streaming through greenhouse windows, the amazing cafe in the greenhouse -- it's just perfect!Comment