Shardey Olynyk is a professional, energetic and creative photographer who has been running her business over seven years in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Photography from RMIT University which was completed with distinction. Shardey is an equal rights activist and sustainability influencer and hopes to bring awareness to these matters through her personal photography projects, including the one she's currently working on which touches on gender equality. Shardey has worked for many large corporations such as Toyota, L'Oreal, Habitat For Humanity, Toni & Guy and LUX Group as well smaller emerging artists such as the fashion label MOGA, where her work was featured on the cover of the Sunday Times. As of recent, Shardey has started her Wedding and Event business, called "Na Lia Weddings" which captures intimate styled elopements to culturally diverse and nontraditional weddings. So far she has shot over 200+ events including a range of fashion, commercial, portraiture to families but weddings is where her passion lies.
I love being able to give someone something they can hold onto for their entire life. When I was back in Canada on my last visit my Grandma and I went through old photos of my Great Grandma and I was able to see her on her wedding day. I now have this photo re-printed and it's a memory that I can now keep forever because of the gift of photography. Being able to give these moments to people is truly an honour. When I get to be in some of the most intimate moments imaginable with someone, I often think to myself, how did I get so lucky. I'm creating long lasting relationships with people and creating a true and genuine connection.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I genuinely try to make each and every one unique to the client and to their wants and needs. I believe the most important part of my job is making the client at ease. I always make sure the brand, model, parent or anyone involved in the shoot is confident with me and with themselves. I will direct if direction needs to be given but in a soft and gentle way. I will make sure they always feel like they are doing amazing and suggest corrections if something isn't working. I will make them feel comfortable and confident 100% of the time.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Featured on The Sunday Times cover for a shoot I did with MOGA
A fun fact about this photographer
I worked in Walt Disney World when I was 19 in Orlando, Florida. I played Jasmine and the occasional Pocahontas, jk I didn't play either character but I did work there. In Epcot, at the Canadian Restaurant!