People’s stories are at the centre of my work, that’s what interests me & it’s what I try to portray through my images. People move me, they inspire me, and they make me humble; that’s why I love to photograph people.
I always have a few projects on the go. I try to balance independent projects, commissions from charities and NGOs, and commercial projects. I love focusing on sustainable, progressive, and creative ideas that inspire me and that make the world around us a more welcoming place. I choose stories that reveal injustices and encourage a different perspective or outcome. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be following my passion and allowing my camera to take me to meet such diverse people & places around the world.
I became a photographer in 2003 after graduating from the University of Leeds in Psychology and gaining experience in documentary research and photographic publishing. I studied photography with Paul Ellis at Photofusion, London U.K and continued my training by assisting a number of photographers including first assistant to Laurence Dutton for three years.
I run Studio De Grand-Pré Collective from Montreal with my husband and filmmaker, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and our baby boy, Janou.
“Olivia is more than an excellent photographer; she is a collaborator, an activist and a teller of stories more compelling than a one hour documentary and more visually stunning than a Turner prize. Her enthusiasm, humility and dedication to her subject matter has given us a resource which speaks volumes about our work in a way which captures the imagination and the heart of the viewer”
Jane Carter, Coaching for Hope.