The Pink Interviews: Olivia Rae James Suárez
Olivia Rae James Suárez has a soft voice, sweet demeanor, and a fierce dedication to speaking her truth.
She is an incredibly talented photographer that is known for capturing the most tender moments. Her photographs are candid, real, and always highlight the best in her subjects whether that be a couple on their wedding day, a blooming flower, or a well deserved glass of wine. It is easy to draw a parallel between her personality and the color pink; feminine, elegant, electrifying, a force to be reckoned with.
Enjoy her answers to the pink interview below.
The graphic, reflective pictures shown here are all taken by Olivia in her Charleston, SC home. Also be sure to visit her site oliviaraeajames.com to see more of her work.
Do you like the color pink?
I love the color pink. I didn’t like it growing up though — it felt forced on me (from society, not from my parents) so I rebelled against it. :) In high school I had a complete 180 and painted my room the brightest shade of neon pink I could find. Even the ceiling.
Does the color pink bring up any particular emotion?
I can’t imagine seeing a huge tree covered entirely in pink blooms (like all of the crepe myrtles in Charleston this time of year) and not feeling a little giddy.
Do you enjoy making or buying crafted goods?
Yes! Ever since my husband and I bought our first home, I’ve been much more mindful about everything we own and bring into the house — and we realized that we’d rather have a sparse space and take our time filling it with special and meaningful objects, rather than trying to fill it up and make it feel “done.”
Do you have any crafts that have been handed down amongst the women (or men) in your family?
My dad is a musician and songwriter, so I grew up with a deep love of music. To be in a house constantly filled with music is such a special thing —I loved it at the time, but it is something I appreciate so much in retrospect. I started playing piano when I was five, and my parents brought me with them to concerts and the symphony well before that. Holidays (or sometimes just normal dinner parties) revolved around rowdy piano sing-alongs, and the memories of my dad driving me to middle school introducing me to his favorite classic songs are some of my fondest. Even though my husband and I don't create music for a living, I hope to instill in our (future) kids (someday) the same love of music, and to have it accompany their childhoods they way it did mine (and make them take piano lessons)!
On my mom's side I come from a long line of incredible gardeners, and while I didn't completely inherit that gene (at least it hasn't shown up yet), I do appreciate flowers more than almost anything. And I love caring for our houseplants.
How do you see craft as a viable, or even powerful, form of protest? Through this time of tension, uncertainty, surreal political environment (all understatements), how do you use your creativity to impact, or to cope?
I think I’m able to cope by getting to meet and observe so many different people and different types of love. The tenderness and promise and joy I get to witness on a wedding day — between couples, siblings, parents, friends, strangers — helps to give me confidence and optimism for the future.
Is there a connection between creativity and positivity?
Being able to express yourself is the ultimate freedom — and the base of what we all really want anyway, right? To be known. And no matter where that expression comes from, sharing it is always a positive thing. It signals hope!