Olivia Rae James


Since we're in the middle of planning our trip to the South, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight an inspiring creative from the city I'm most excited to see--Charleston! Olivia Rae James is a super talented photographer who does work for Kinfolk, Matchbook Magazine, and The Glitter Guide, to name a few. Her images take me to a dream land where I live in a white farmhouse with black shutters and enjoy an endless summer full of outdoor dinner parties, delicious homemade food, and perfect weather. Too much to ask?

Photographer Olivia Rae James

Front porch

Blueberry pancakes

Charleston based photographer Olivia Rae James | At Home in Love

Amazing property

Black and white kitchen

I love this kitchen! The white cabinets with the square black knobs are fantastic.


Love this outfit...and the house!

Kinfolk dinner party


I think the best meals are often the simplest: grilled steak and potatoes, with berry cobbler for dessert. So perfectly summery and delicious!

Outdoor dinner party

One day, I definitely want to have a big piece of property where I can string up globe lights and host family style dinner parties on long tables. I mean really, how dreamy is this?

The perfect night

Aren't these images charming? I think Olivia captures things with a simplicity and honesty that is really appealing and ultimately, even more beautiful than something staged. I'm sure many of these photos were styled, but they don't look forced. They feel like they could be someone's real life (albeit quite a charmed one): warm, casual, relaxed, and full of love.

Do you have a favorite out of these photos?

See more of Olivia's swoon-worthy work here.

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

    oh my goodness, beautiful photos!
    so jealous of your trip
    kw ladies in navy
  2. Posted by Debbie on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

    Lovely photo's. Enjoy your trip!
  3. Posted by Lena on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

    Such gorgeous images!
  4. Posted by Lindsay Hooten on Monday, August 26th, 2013

    did u use the 50 1.8 for these pics? any fun filters/actions for editing? lovely!! thanks!
  5. Posted by olivia on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

    Aileen -- thank you so so much for the beyond sweet feature! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. Have a wonderful trip down South and email me if you need any pointers! xoxo
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

      Thank you Olivia! I would LOVE some suggestions from a local!