About Olivia Leigh Photographie
Olivia Leigh Photographie is a boutique wedding photography studio serving clients around the world. From the time she began shooting weddings seven years ago, Olivia quickly made a name for herself for her blend of impeccably captured moments mixed with authentic and artistic portraits. Known for her easy demeanor, warm personality and extensive professional knowledge (she’s been called the the “sixth bridesmaid who had been to a million weddings and knew exactly what the bride needs” by past clients), clients often remark on her innate ability to read a celebration and capture the real personalities and emotion of you and your guests. With a background in art photography, Olivia brings her artistic eye and strong interpersonal skills to each wedding to ensure you receive beautiful, intimate and meaningful images from your celebration. Dividing her time between Chicago and the West, Olivia has photographed everything from 500 person Indian weddings in downtown Chicago to a wedding at a private home in the British countryside for 20 family members. In 2014, Martha Stewart Weddings named her one of the top photographers in the country — the only one based in Illinois and one of only five in the Midwest — and her work has graced the pages of BRIDES, The Knot, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Grace Ormonde and many other major wedding publications.
About Olivia - In Her Words
In college I studied Political Science and Spanish with dreams of working for an NGO. After four study abroad trips, internships on the Hill and in a think tank, and a stint in nonprofits, I quickly realized it wasn’t for me, and I returned to my first love, art.
After photographing a friend’s wedding in 2007, I instantly fell in love with the opportunity to tell the stories of a family’s celebration and create unique artwork for the couple along the way. My approach is built on a foundation of artistry + authenticity. There is no point of one without the other in my book. My goal with each client is to deliver a multifaceted collection that, above all else, captures the nuances of your relationship in an authentic and beautiful way, and also truthfully documents the joy and emotion of your celebration. I strive to push more artistry into the documentary—capturing you tearing up as your friend gives a toast, but always looking for a unique and thoughtful composition. Simultaneously, I try to infuse more authenticity into artistic portraits by laying the groundwork with hand-picked, vibrant locations, and then allowing you to have real interactions, real laughter and real joy that allows for photographs that will resonate with you 20 years from now.
When I’m not shooting, I love dancing (and will probably be dancing it up with your guests while I photograph them at the reception!), traveling the world (Grenada, Laos and Paris are tops), attempting to craft the perfect cocktail, spending time outdoors, exploring great restaurants (everything from Blackbird and Canlis to Papalote and Glazed & Infused!), and hanging out with my boyfriend and pup.
If my work resonates with you and if you think we’d be a nice fit, I’d love to learn more the story that I help can capture for your. Please get in touch to get a conversation started.