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Meet Olivia Huie of OH!Photo in Irvine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Huie.

Olivia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was in high school, I took a black and white photography class. My teacher once told me I had an “eye” for photography and ever since then, I was off and running. I continued to take black and white photography courses in college then in Florence, Italy. My boyfriend (now husband) got me my first digital camera. I knew he was a keeper! Friends started asking me to take their family photos and I would get paid in dinners or gift cards. I even bartered services for a while like haircuts and macaron orders for family photography. I started to receive lots of great feedback about my work, so I decided to start my website and try my hand at the business. Since then, I have booked newborn, maternity, family, and wedding sessions. I still work full time as the Director of College Counseling at JSerra Catholic High School and am a mom to two boys so I am pretty busy to say the least. However, I use photography as an outlet for my artistic passion and love the product I am able to give to my clients, one that showcases their love and treasured moments.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been many times I doubted my artistic abilities. I would come home after a shoot terrified that I wouldn’t have images worthy of my clients. I would think my talent wasn’t worth paying for. I struggled quite a bit with confidence, however, I had great mentors who encouraged me to keep going. Being a mom to two small boys while working full time has also been a struggle. I try not to book too many sessions since weekends and evenings are precious time with my family. Thus, my business hasn’t taken off like I’ve wanted to, but it is still great to book sessions for friends and family.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with OH! Photo – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am so proud of OH!Photo. I specialize in capturing love and treasured moments, mainly family, maternity, children, newborn and wedding photography with more of a lifestyle angle. I love engaging with little ones since I have two of my own. I am great at capturing toddlers who just don’t want to stay still and cheese for the camera. Those are some of my best images.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Once my children are a bit older, I am hoping to book more sessions, which would eventually allow me to have the business full time. This would hopefully give me more time with my kids and allow me to pick them up from school, bring them to their activities and be more present in their daily lives.

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