olive and oak

elize strydom's photo journal

Month: August, 2012



I’m heading north to work on a personal photography project. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do since I got back from New York…a year ago. It feels good to have a focus for my photo making. Here we go.


small town girls in new york city


lizzy + linny

since we last spoke


It got a little warmer


Em and Pete got married


Olivia curated her first exhibition and my photos were hung on a wall


Someone sweet came along


Bee and me spent all our money on lunches in cafes


Gumnut baby Mosa paid a visit


I got older (good morning, new age)

radio faces


I work with some seriously beautiful girls.

boy/beautiful kate


‘There are some people in this world who you can just love and love and love no matter what.’ – John Green

We met when I was shooting a wedding almost four years ago. I knew then that I wanted this boy in my life for always. We’ve never lived in the same city but it has never mattered. It’s one of those friendships that can be placed in one spot and returned to a month or two later as if no time has passed. There’s much comfort in a shared past and common memories and there’s a knowing that only comes through countless conversations, hours spent side by side and an unspoken commitment to the other, come what may.

I was captured by beautiful Kate’s image before I met her in the flesh; such an elegant, mysterious creature she was. I can safely say I’ve never come across anyone quite like her. Gentle and serene, observant and intelligent, wide eyed and playful. I find her endlessly fascinating and I’m eager to discover more of her essence.

faraway fiordlands


Earlier this year, in another life, I visited New Zealand. I’m ashamed to say that previously, I’d never given the place much thought. Now, I can’t stop thinking about it. I dream of going back and breathing a lot more of it in. I’ve got my eye on Wellington and the Marlborough region in particular. It would be wonderful to go on a photo adventure with these lovely lovers, too.

lifelong friend


Today is my best friend’s birthday. I love her and the little Mager family more than I can say. Happy birthday, Ali. X

well, hello