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Meet Olivia Kohler

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

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I learned how to see the world through the eyes of my father, who is an architect. He was always looking at something about a building or a home while we would be in the car or out and about. That instinct transferred to me once I got a camera in my hands. I would spend hours as a kid with my camera just looking for new ways to view my surroundings. In high school and college, I studied photography and committed myself to being part of this crazy world that is commercial photography. I have worked as an assistant on just about every type of photo shoot during my short career and have photographed anything from food, to trash cans, to baby strollers and found that I have an eye and a feminine touch that makes me right for the beauty and fashion world. After a few years at a full time position in Michigan, I moved to Chicago to pursue the freelance world and couldn’t be happier.

Please tell us about your art.
I love to photograph people. I always will define myself that way before I mention anything about fashion or beauty. When you view my work, you will see that I photograph a lot of pretty faces, but that’s not all that it’s about to me. I love to have an experience with my subject through my lens. It’s not the normal way that we interact, so I find it super interesting that I have a tool in my hands that will change the way I see what’s in front of me. Recently I find myself drawn to photographing the face, and that has lead me in to the beauty photography world. I could shoot beauty imagery all day if I had the time and team.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I define success as growth. If I look back at where I was a year ago, and if today I see myself in a different and better place, then I will feel like I have grown. Life as a process, and my work is on that track too. I hope to never feel settled or too stagnant. I make sure I always have goals for next week, six months, and long term to continue to make sure that work and life satisfies me.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I just photographed a fall fashion editorial for Naperville Magazine. You can pick up a copy and see the spread in the September issue. Other than that, I am constantly updating my website and Instagram with new work. Follow my Instagram stories for a look behind the scenes.

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Image Credit:
Personal photo by Bekah Wriedt. All others by Olivia Kohler.

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