We had the good fortune of connecting with Olive Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Olive, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Scheduling is so important to me. Even on weeks that I am not juggling as much, I feel so much more organized when I have everything on a schedule. Keeping an updated agenda helps make sure I am not over committing. I love being able to do a million different projects, but it’s better to do one less and do a good job than over exert yourself. Also: Decreasing negative self-talk! As a creative, I think it’s pretty common to have a negative inner monologue, but asking yourself: “Am I saying this because I love myself? Or because I hate myself?” is SO effective when filtering out criticism.

 Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m Olive! I grew up in the Fort Collins area and am currently a graduate school student at The New School. Besides being in school, I have been working as a photographer for about 4 years now. I started dabbling in portrait photography after a dance injury in high school. Since then, I have expanded from portraits into family, marketing, event, and wedding photography. I love meeting new creatives in the area and expanding my knowledge of the industry!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When people think of Colorado, they often think of Denver and Boulder, which are GREAT places to swing by as a tourist. I grew up in the Northern Colorado area and have had the pleasure of working/getting to know some of the small businesses in my area through photography. My favorite/most visited local stops include: Food: AKA Kitchen in Loveland, PHO Lan, Ginger and Baker, + The Cupcake Gypsies Places to Check Out: Old Town Fort Collins is always great for seasonal events/activities Shopping: Curiosities, Harmony Bazaar, 29 Coppercase, + CIRA boutique

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have recently been very interested in styled wedding shoots. I highly recommend them as a great way to network and learn from other creatives. I was able to meet a lot of new people at a Retro Themed Styled Shoot hosted by Kelsey Dawn and Sugarhill Studios in Longmont.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olivethompsonphotography/

Image Credits
Sarah Hill Photography Dawn and Dusk Photography

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