Olive Juice Photography GIVEAWAY!

I’m so happy to bring to you another GIVEAWAY today!  This time I’ve paired together with Leila from Olive Juice Photography to bring you some fantabulous eye candy and ONE LUCKY WINNER will score their choice of a 8×8 or 8×10 print from her shop!  But first, let’s get to know the creative mind and eye behind Olive Juice Photography… and yes, even her banner is adorable!

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1) How did you get started in photography? What camera/lens do you own?

I got started in photography when I was really young.. maybe 10 or so.  I always had a camera with me and always LOVED looking at photos.  I really started getting into photography one summer when my mom took me to Paris.  I had a film camera and I must have taken about 30 or 40 rolls of film.. all in black and white.  Since then I have been totally hooked.  Then i switched to digital about 5 years ago and have recently been going back to film and shooting with a hasselblad 503cw.  I only own 3 lens’: 24-70 2.8mm, a homemade lens that I call the big lebowski, and a 50mm 1.4 which stays on my camera probably 90% of the time.

2) How did you come up with the name Olive Juice Photography?

I came up with Olive Juice Photography because I really wanted a name that stood out and was kind of different than just using my name.  When I was growing up, my friends and I would say olive juice to each other when joking around because when you lip it silently it looks like i love you.  so i thought it was fitting for wedding photography and was a little playful and represented me in a nutshell.

3) Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from everything.  Mostly, i like to create.  I like to see things as i come upon them.. get a picture and then start moving things around.  I have a different approach when shooting objects vs. people.  when i shoot objects, i like to pull them out of their ordinary environment and try to capture something that isn’t ordinary; such as putting an office in an alley, or coming up to a homeless man playing a piano on the sidewalk (the piano being the object).  When I shoot people, I like to keep them in their natural environment and I hardly ever direct them.  I just tell them do your thing and pretend i’m not even here and that’s when i get the most real moments, the ones in between when something is happening.

4) What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

I have been truly blessed and have traveled to many countries.  My heart lies in Spain.  The culture, the food, and the people are just so unique and beautiful.  I love the land, the ocean, and the architecture.  I hope to live there someday, or at least to visit many many many times.

By now, you should all know that I am probably the biggest fan of GIVEAWAYS.  I love everything about them, I love entering them, I love winning them, I love hosting them, I am in love with them (sorry babe)!  It’s kind of like my passion for entering sweepstakes too… the worst part is… once you win ONE, you are hooked!  The first ever giveaway that I won was on Erin’s blog, This Lovely City (now Dandelion and Grey) and what I won was this beautiful print taken by Leila (from Olive Juice Photography, formerly Dandelion Daydream Photography).

I just love the colors, composition and how the trio of photos fit so well together!  Leila is a wedding photographer… and pretty much just a photographer of people and pretty things!  One of my favorite shoots that Leila did was a fabulous Breakfast Buffet Luncheon for the Inspired Creations Contest.  It was styled by her best friend Erin from Dandelion and Grey, here’s a little sneak peak but you should hop on over here to check out the rest!

Ummm yea… can I get a *SWOON* or what?  Her photographs are seriously sooo dreamy with all of that bokeh, the composition, and just the subjects she shoots!  She can seriously make anything look good.  Oh, I should also mention that Leila is soo nice that if you see anything in her portfolio or blog that you like, she sells those too.

But for this giveaway, Leila has offered up the WINNER’S CHOICE of a 8×8 or 8×10 photograph from her etsy shop… printed on super sweet sugar cane paper!

{To Enter}

1. (Mandatory entry) Visit Leila’s shop and leave a comment below with the name of your favorite print from her shop.

2. (For additional entries) Blog, Twitter, or Facebook about this giveaway and leave a separate comment with each link. If you Twitter, please use @sandyalamode and @theolivejuice in your tweet so I can track them.  And to make things extra easy, feel free to use this tweet:

Win your choice of a BEAUTIFUL print photographed by @theolivejuice on @sandyalamode! #GIVEAWAY http://bit.ly/chANFm

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 5:00PM CST. The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be announced on this blog on Thursday, July 22, 2010.  Thank you SO much Leila and good luck everyone!

Entries for this giveaway have been closed.  Thanks to all that entered!


  1. July 15, 2010 / 12:09 am

    I love the photograph of “Bustling China Town” it’s amazing and I think i may get it regardless of winning this giveaway! :o) Thanks for doing a post on this.

  2. July 15, 2010 / 12:39 am

    I absolutely loved the flying high part 2 8×8 photograph. Just looking at it inspires me so much. Even if I don’t win, I’m glad that you hosted this giveaway. I’m in awe of her photography!

    xo, Michelle

  3. jennifer young
    July 15, 2010 / 1:04 am

    yay for the amazing leila! i love her pink grapefruit print!

  4. July 15, 2010 / 2:20 am

    such an amazing giveaway! And Leila has some stunning pictures in her shop! I loved ‘home sweet home’, I’m a big sucker for vintage & suitcases :).

  5. July 15, 2010 / 4:35 am

    So so lovely!!

    I love her Home Sweet Home Print.

    Gorgeous giveaway!!

  6. July 15, 2010 / 6:48 am

    “Home Sweet Home” is my favorite, but I love all of them!

  7. July 15, 2010 / 7:39 am

    I love love love this and I’m so looking for photos for our guest bedroom. The ladybug is too cute for words!

  8. July 15, 2010 / 7:39 am

    Just tweeted too! @momentspassslow

  9. July 15, 2010 / 7:44 am

    How totally fabulous is her stuff. Totally love it all. I think my favorite is the home sweet home one (the one with the suitcases). Just lovely stuff thanks to both of you for offering up such a fun and fabulous giveaway!

  10. July 15, 2010 / 7:54 am

    These photos are so nostalgic, yet refreshing! Love her style! My fave: lady bug. Sweet and simple 🙂

    Thank you, Sandy!

  11. July 15, 2010 / 8:00 am

    I love the vintage typewriter–so beautiful! & yes, “SWOON”!

  12. July 15, 2010 / 8:11 am

    I’m in love with the “Bustling China Town” print. It reminds me of being in San Fran. <3

  13. July 15, 2010 / 8:15 am

    I love the peonies and chandelier photo, peonies are so gorgeous!

  14. alexa
    July 15, 2010 / 8:21 am

    The vintage typewritter (:

  15. July 15, 2010 / 8:25 am

    What a great giveaway!!! I love “Spring Time Flowers!”

  16. July 15, 2010 / 8:33 am

    ooh yay! i loveher shop! i love the terra cotta and the typewriter 🙂

  17. becks
    July 15, 2010 / 8:34 am

    i love the pink grapefruit print. summery, but not exclusive to the season. :]

  18. July 15, 2010 / 9:30 am

    terra cotta part 2 catches my eye right away! beautiful.

  19. July 15, 2010 / 10:37 am

    Wow these are so dreamy and gorgeous! I’m having serious issues choosing a favorite. I’m going to say Home Sweet Home or the Flying High series.

    Already added her to my favorites on Etsy!! Thanks for sharing!

  20. July 15, 2010 / 10:58 am

    i’m a fan of vintage typewriter or homesweet home! such a great giveaway, sandy! and such a lovely shop!!!!

  21. July 15, 2010 / 11:35 am

    You mean I have to choose one!! they’re all so pretty!! I think my fave though is either the pink grapefruit or the flying high part 2….so lovely!! (and btw, I love her photo in this post of the red door…sigh, so cool!!)

  22. July 15, 2010 / 12:46 pm

    Love her images! My favorites are home sweet home and the pink grapefruit!

  23. July 15, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    pink grapefruit or vintage typewriter – but they are all so pretty!!!

  24. July 15, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    You are right, her work is amazing! I really like the apple one.

  25. July 15, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    Sandy, I love the interviews that you do with your giveaways!
    I think the Vintage typewriter or home sweet home is my fave:)
    Great shop!!

  26. July 15, 2010 / 5:25 pm

    Love the vintage typewriter one! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. Kendra
    July 15, 2010 / 6:51 pm

    Love this post,
    you have an amazing blog!
    Will be coming back heaps more,
    keep up the awesome work 🙂

    Would love it if you checked out mine
    in your free time and maybe even


  28. July 15, 2010 / 7:18 pm

    I have to choose just one favorite?? Oh, this is so hard, but I think it’s the “home sweet home” print. So lovely.

  29. July 15, 2010 / 7:30 pm

    My favorite prints are the flying high series – I would love to hang the prints in simple white frames next to each other. They would make a great focal point for a relaxing living room!

  30. July 15, 2010 / 9:17 pm

    I really like the photo with the suitcases. My husband and I are long-distance for another 11 months and I like that the suitcases symbolize traveling and the flowers look happy and hopeful.

  31. July 15, 2010 / 9:22 pm

    i love the peonies one! what a great giveaway! =)

  32. July 16, 2010 / 2:55 am

    I love Olive Juice Photography 🙂 Bustling china town is beautiful!

  33. alely
    July 16, 2010 / 7:17 am

    love her home sweet home!

  34. alely
    July 16, 2010 / 7:17 am


  35. July 16, 2010 / 8:49 am

    What an amazing give away, Sandy. The pictures are all so fantastic but I think my favorite is the peonies and chandeliers print.

  36. July 16, 2010 / 9:05 am

    I think the lush lavender print is really gorgeous!

  37. July 16, 2010 / 1:49 pm

    I just love the fields of red poppies..so beautiful!
    Thanks sweetie! ~Julie

  38. July 16, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    i love the fruit prints!

  39. July 16, 2010 / 3:08 pm

    …and i tweeted! @cupcakesnyum

  40. Emma
    July 17, 2010 / 9:31 am

    I LOVE the Flying High 8×8. Its so purty!

  41. July 17, 2010 / 4:48 pm

    I like the bustling Chinatown!

  42. Cera
    July 17, 2010 / 10:06 pm

    An Apple A Day is by far my favorite!

  43. Roxanna
    July 18, 2010 / 7:39 pm

    Definitely the pink grapefruit! I love all things citrus!

  44. July 19, 2010 / 7:17 am

    oooh, I love bustling chinatown and the flying high 8×8 oh and my fave, pink grapefruit. Happy monday. BTW-your nephew-too cute!!!

  45. July 20, 2010 / 1:44 am

    I love the peonies & chandelier photo!! Such stunning photographs…love the feel of them all 🙂

  46. Erica Best
    July 21, 2010 / 1:42 pm

    i love the pretty peonies .

  47. July 21, 2010 / 1:50 pm

    I super-love them all, but I’m drawn to Vintage Typewriter. Word nerd here. 🙂

  48. July 21, 2010 / 1:53 pm

    Loving the spring flowers part 2. I have a flower obsession at the moment. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. July 21, 2010 / 2:59 pm

    aw, her work is so beautiful! I love all of her flying high prints.