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Vendors I Love: Video Stories by Olivia Hill in Frederick, Maryland

Livvy and I live in the same series of neighborhoods here in Lake Linganore, Maryland, and have become acquaintances, hiking buddies, Book Club members and friends. She also created the gorgeous business promo video for Wendy Zook Photography several months ago.

Recently, Livvy decided to start the plunge into wedding videography. I loved hearing her talk about wanting to be a storyteller and to share moments and emotions of people’s special days. That resonated so much with me.

I can’t wait to capture weddings together with Livvy -- I think she would be an incredibly invaluable asset to any couple.

Enjoy some photos from a headshot session with Livvy in downtown Frederick Maryland and this peek into who she is and who she wants to be for her clients.

Tell us about you and your business!

My name is Olivia Hill, and my business is "Video Stories by Olivia Hill". I'm based out of New Market, MD, and I tell stories through videography!

What is your goal with wedding videography? How do you want to capture the day? 

My goal is to capture the true story of the day. I want my clients to watch their video for years and years to come,  and still feel the excitement, nervousness, anticipation, love, passion- all the feels when they watch it back. I want to get not just video with music, but some candid moments with the couple as well as important guests throughout the day, making a complete story from start to finish. I love the idea of stealing some couples at the reception to hear about their love story and their well wishes for the newlyweds. I want the video to be a treasured keepsake of the wedding day, but also something to send to friends and family that shared their day. 

What will the wedding videography process be like between you and your clients? 

I would ideally meet the couple at their engagement photography session. I'd offer a video during that session for them to see a sample of my work, and create something awesome that they can play during the rehearsal dinner. I love the idea of interviewing the couple separately about their love story and then saving it for surprise until the rehearsal dinner, where they can view it with their guests. After we get to know each other at the engagement session, I'd like to meet to discuss their vision of how they want their wedding video to look- length, sound, important guests, important moments, etc.  I'd make a plan to capture the story of their day just as they see it.


What is your favorite part of a wedding day?

My favorite part is whatever the most emotional part of the day is for the couple- whatever was "THE" moment. Sometimes, it's the "first look"- or, it's the dad's speech.. sometimes, it's the handwritten vows, or the first dance... it's any part of the day that has the guests holding back happy tears;)

What three words would you use to describe you as a person in general and as a videographer?

Accommodating, Creative, Passionate

Why is storytelling so important to you? 

When I watch videos that are technically very good, with great lighting, awesome angles, crystal clear focus-- but have no clear beginning or end, I get bored. I want my couples to have something that is technically awesome, and also evokes the emotion of the day... something that they can easily share with friends and family, and that will be like watching their day play out like their favorite movie.


When you're not behind a camera or in front of a computer screen, what things bring you your biggest joy?

I love hanging out with my family (3 boys, handsome husband and energetic lab). I also love being outside, and spending time at our "off the grid" cabin in West Virginia. 


How can people find you and reach out to you?

videostoriesbyolivia@gmail.com // www.storiesbyolivia.com // fb.me/StoriesbyOlivia

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Business Branding and Photography: Empower Fitness & Health of New Market, Maryland

I’ve known about and admired Sarah Moul of Empower Fitness and Health since shortly after my family and I moved to the New Market area of Maryland in 2017. She’s friends with a lot of my friends and through neighborhood events and social media, I’ve watched her take dreams into reality and changed lives through the power of her fitness and nutrition program.

Six months ago, I tested Sarah’s dumbbell program and began to see an immediate lifestyle transformation.

I approached Sarah about becoming my first business branding client and it was such a great match. I love hearing Sarah talk about how she wants Empower Fitness & Health to be relatable, reachable and not intimidating to the busy, the stressed, the overwhelmed. She wants people to see and feel positivity and possibility through her social media and website images, not intimidation and comparison.

Over the course of several meetings and conversations, Sarah and I laid out plans for the vision of her business and how to tell her story through beautiful, consistent images.

When we met near Sarah’s neighborhood, we moved through several poses and moves that could be found in Sarah’s dumbbell, resistance band and other programs while also capturing Sarah’s awesome personality, too. After time outside, we captured Sarah at work inside her home studio, too, for additional images.

It’s not the end of our time together as photographer and business owner -- Sarah and I have plans for at least one session every couple of months to keep her images fresh and up-to-date with her business as she adds new programs and ideas.

I’m so glad that Sarah is excited about these new images and I love seeing them coming across my Instagram and Facebook feeds. Her new clients will be greeted by them on her website as she updates it, too.

You can learn more about Sarah’s online app program here and here.

Wendy’s new business branding photography offering is currently in limited-time introductory prices and is perfect for business owners who want to revamp their visuals for social media and websites and get a fresh start to telling their story. Contact Wendy today for more information on business branding.

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