Happy Monday everyone!! This week’s featured photographer is Boston-based Click Click Love - also know as Olivia. I was drawn to her work because like me, she is very much a storyteller. Her images are sweeping, encompassing the whole scene and encapsulating every emotion. You’ve no doubt scene her images featured on blogs and pages galore so I thought it was time we learned more about her. Let’s meet Click Click Love Photography!
How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve been shooting professionally since 1999, which sounds so long ago! I came to Boston to get my Masters in Photojournalism at Boston University and immediately started working for local papers. I spent nearly eight years in news in the New England area and it was awesome and exciting and fast paced all the time! I got to cover all the major stories from 9/11 to the Boston mob to the church abuse scandal, plus all the professional sports teams here, during some of their most winningest seasons. I left papers to become the photo editor at The Improper Bostonian Magazine, which is a celebrity and nightlife magazine here, and it was a huge departure from news. I got to rub elbows with some big stars and some very important movers and shakers in Boston. Very fun, but very different from news photography.
After leaving print, I always took freelance work with businesses, nonprofits, universities, wherever I could, to keep shooting. I also became a children’s librarian and a roller derby player in the interim. Oh, and started a family. All of it with my camera at my side.
When did you start your business?
I started Click Click Love over three years ago with another news shooter I was good friends with, Tara Bricking Carvalho, of The Boston Herald. She and I were both out of the newspaper world by then, raising our kids, but felt a strong need to start shooting again and together. We tag teamed weddings and family sessions for about two years, but then my family moved North of Boston and the commuting to and from jobs didn’t make that much sense (she’s located south of Boston), so I took over Click Click Love solo and have been running it on my own for about a year. This past year CCL really took off in a big way, as I have dedicated all my work-time to making it into a successful business to help support my family and to nurture me creatively.
I shoot with two 5D Mark3s, 16-35mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 24-70mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8, 70-200mm f2.6, 135mm f2, 100mm f2.8 macro. Plus two 430EXII flashes, some Gary Fong diffusers. I also have a dedicated 5DMark2 for freelensing and a Pentax 50mm f2.8 as my play lens on that body. For really big events, you’ll see me shooting with all three bodies. My chiropractor and I have a strong relationship.
What is your favorite lens and why?
It is no surprise that when looking at my work you notice I often shoot very wide. I love my 16-35mm for that very reason. Other lenses often don’t feel wide enough for me. I want to include as much of the scene as possible in so many of my shoots for storytelling purposes or for the design aesthetic it can bring to my images.
How would you describe your style?
I’m a trained photojournalist, so much of my work is rooted in documentary style photography. But I have also grown so much since my newspaper days, and with that I think I have learned to start directing some of my photos more, to have a stronger personal voice within these photo’s stories. Everything I shoot is real. It is what I see and it is what is there at the moment. I am just now better able to infuse these real moments with more creative uses of light and movement and love. It took me awhile to learn to let go of the rigid news shooter who was the silent witness and become the loving earth momma who gets dads to crawl around with their toddlers, and moms to let their big kids jump on the bed. People trust me to make their love translate in real, honest ways. It is an awesome responsibility, and it is what I honor the most about my vision.
1000% getting to meet people. I am continuously inspired and moved by the families I meet and the children I get to photograph. I get to experience the unique and yet somehow universal nature of love that lives in all of us. It is so darn cool to capture it. And I am humbled that families trust me with this job, as it is so personal.
First off, I should just say that there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t come across great photography. I don’t ever want to take that for granted. The work people are making daily and then sharing with the world is amazing, prolific, and unlike it was ten years ago. So much talent out there.
My first influences come from Magnum and VII, Alex Webb, Josef Koudelka, James Nachtwey, Sabastio Salgado. Seriously the most important documentarians of our time.
In the world of family photography, I am continually impressed with the realness and light found in Tara Whitney’s work, as well as Catherine Grioux (who will be photographing my family this year!!!), and Nirimi Firebrace’s personal work.
And on the daily I love the images made by my friends Heather Robinson and Amanda O’Donahue. Soul sisters right there.
Describe your ideal session.
I’d love to create a big body of work surrounding circus families. I love the artistry, color, and totally unconventional life these families lead. Plus the opportunity to run away with the circus has always sounded so, so fun. Someday, perhaps.