the best of 2017

It's still January so according to me, that's not too late to write a post about 2017!

How are you all?! It was a busy start to the year for me. I had it in mind to do something like this since the beginning of the year but hadn't gotten around to it until now. Looking back on 2017 in terms of my photography is exciting. My shop was the most successful it's been, a few of my photos were licensed, and I got launch this website and blog. The website launch enabled me to once again have more freedom to use Flickr as a way to express my art without being worried about how it made the "business side" look. The best part of all of this is that while I get a lot of enjoyment out of it, other people enjoy it as well. That is incredible to me and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for making 2017 a great year in photography!

I thought it would be neat to show some of the "best of 2017." It's interesting for me to see which photos you like most!

Based on views and favorites, this picture was my most popular upload on Flickr in 2017! As many of you know, all of my Flickr photos represent something that has happened or is happening in my life. In this one I talked about going through hard times and how bitterness doesn't work. If you wanna read more, check out my Flickr. This photo was actually taken in 2014 but I decided to pull it out of the archives and upload it last year.

Top Instagram of 2017! It was great connecting with you all and with fellow photographers last year. Thanks for all of the love on this photo and all of the others! (Follow me @victorialivolsiphotography!)

This was by far the best selling product on my Society6 shop in 2017!!

Now for my personal favorite... I really like the light in this picture and the overall composition. Oftentimes, I'll skip over certain pictures I don't like but I won't delete them. Later on, I'll come back and realize how much I actually like them. That happened here! This was a Flickr upload about love and relationships. Again, check out my Flickr if you want to read more!

Thank you again for making 2017 so great!

- Victoria

polaroid throwback | 2015ish

This post is not sponsored.

Helloooo everyone! Today I'm sharing with you a little throwback. These are Polaroids I have taken over the years on various types of old Polaroids (let me know if you want the specific model for a particular photo). They are mostly artsy/aesthetic shots so I hope you enjoy!

optional history lesson: In 2008, Polaroid stopped manufacturing film for their instant cameras. The Impossible Project stepped in to continue manufacturing film for the Polaroid camera users still out there. However, the "recipe" for Polaroid film was top secret, so they decided to try to figure it out for themselves which gave them the name for their company. Fast forward to around October of this year and the Impossible Project has acquired the rights to the Polaroid brand and has transitioned themselves to "Polaroid Originals." They recently released a brand new line of old-style Polaroid cameras (with a few tweaks) which you can see here!

This photo and the one above it were taken on original Polaroid film. All of the following were taken on Impossible film.

I love film and I think the Polaroid model from the beginning is fascinating! Did you own a Polaroid instant camera when they first came out and if so, what was your reaction to it?

PS- Watch the socials this week as there will be sales in my shop everyday for the next six days!

- Victoria

finding beauty in everything | november 21st, 2017

Hey, remember me?

It's been almost two months, but I finally have something new to share! I have missed posting here on the blog but more than that, I've missed shooting. Life has been crazy and while I have been making time to be creative, it hasn't really involved a camera. And I'll come out and say it: this is my least favorite time of year to shoot. Everything is sort of dried up and brown and it's hard to get the motivation to try to take pictures. However, as cheesy as it may sound, I believe if we look close enough we can find beauty in unlikely places. This shoot was somewhat of a personal challenge...

I don't know what this is/was but it looked cool.

Again, no idea what this mini fluff puff plant is all about but look how cute.

Back at it again with the sunlight + leaves. Try it sometime.

I've gotta say, I'm developing a new appreciation for this time of year in terms of photography. It's very different from what I usually shoot, but it's good to branch out, right?

"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."

- Victoria

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it's october | october 1st, 2017

Helloooo everyone! I went back out this weekend to get new pictures. Have you ever picked up a hobby you set to the side for a while and then remembered how much joy it brought you?! Because that's what happened to me here recently. Like I said guys, get it done.


There was no need to edit the exposure or colors on this photo! Next time you're outside, pick up a leaf and hold it up to the sunlight.

...even if it's dried up and has holes in it!

Over-expose a photo once in a while. It's okay. Really.

The colors of fall. <3

Pretending to not be bitter about the photo-bombing bug...

I played around with my 50mm lens a bit on this shoot. I would love to use it more, but unfortunately, when I got it a few years ago I failed to realize that the auto-focus wasn't compatible with my camera. So I'm left with manual focus.

I hope you enjoyed! Remember to make time for your art. It should be a priority.



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get it done | september 24th, 2017

Hey everyone! It had been over a month since I picked up my camera, but last week I finally went out and took some pictures. Only a few, but it was nice to get out. Over that month hiatus, I kept thinking, "I need to make time to do photography... But I'm so busy!" I kept putting it off until a friend asked if we could go to the local park to take pictures. Since then, I've been nagging myself, "When can I go back out?!" (Anyone else ever experience that? ...No?)

I only got a few pictures because it was getting dark quickly. Somehow, my Pentax ended up being the focal point of all of the pictures I liked from this shoot...

Aesthetic. (Is that what the cool kids say?)

Have I ever mentioned how much I love my 35mm lens? Because I really love my 35mm lens.

"Don't think about making art, just get it done." Andy Warhol

I should really take my own advice...

Listen, make time for your art. Yes, you. You make art; I know you do. Maybe not with a paint brush or a camera, but you make your art is some way. Maybe you prefer a whisk and a mixing bowl over a paintbrush, or a football, or a pen. Whatever it is, get it done. Make time for your art. I firmly believe we were meant to be creative beings and because of that, creating is a key part of our humanity. We need to do it. So I am challenging you (and me). This week, make time for your art. I don't care if it's five minutes or five hours worth. Just get it done. Then come back and tell me about it.


- Victoria

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society6 product review with pictures + special offer

This post is not sponsored.

Hey everyone! As many of you know, I sell my photography through a company called Society6. However, most of you are not familiar with that company or their products. So I thought I'd share some of the products, my review of them, and include a special offer at the end of this post! I plan on also sharing a blog about selling from an artist's perspective for fellow artists at a later date, so if that's you, stay tuned!

Travel Mugs

This is a travel mug from Society6.

With a photo I took as its design.


This is crazy to me, that I am able to sell my photography on products such as this and that people are actually interested in purchasing them. I was really excited to see Society6 come out with this product a while back and I thought that since I’m selling this, I might as well try it out and let you know what I think!

Right now these ceramic travel mugs are only available in the 12oz size with white trim. Metal travel mugs are also available in 15oz but I do not currently own one.

Society6 description: Take your coffee to go with a personalized ceramic travel mug. Double-walled with a press-in suction lid, the two-piece (12oz) design ensures long lasting temperatures while minimizing the risk of spillage from kitchen to car to office. Standing at just over 6" tall with wrap around artwork, safely sip hot or cold beverages from this one of a kind mug.

While the lid does have a good seal, it is not completely spill-proof. The suction part of the lid does not go all the way around the mug. It’s fine to be in your car’s cup holder but if tipped on its side it will leak.

This is a great product and I do recommend it. I plan on using it especially through the winter seasons. I love that it is made of ceramic and not plastic, despite the risk of breaking it. Call me crazy but hot drinks in plastic mugs absorb the taste of plastic. (Gross.) This mug is dishwasher safe (although I personally still prefer wash it by hand). These would made great gifts!



This is one of my favorite products! These hoodies are light weight and are made from 100% California Fleece cotton. They available in pull-overs and zip-ups in a variety of colors. The print quality is great!

All Over Print Shirts

This is an example of an all over print shirt. This lovely lady recently purchased it from my shop and here's what she had to say: "I absolutely LOVE my new shirt with your photography printed on it! It is so soft and comfy. It really is beautiful. I look forward to acquiring some more. :)"


This is one of the Society6 prints from my shop, purchased by a friend.

Society6 description: Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing.

Throw Pillows

These pillows are available in rectangle and square for indoor or outdoor uses!

Much more!

I offer over 40 different products in my store including greeting cards, phone cases, clocks, and even leggings...yes...leggings.

Product previews courtesy of Society6.


If you've looked through my shop, you know that the products seem to run a bit pricey. Before I go on, let me say this: never feel obligated to purchase a product from my store. I do photography because I love it. For years people asked me to start selling my work, and so I did. I share sales for those of you who want to purchase, so you can buy for a discounted price. But please don't ever feel obligated. Art should not involve obligation.

However, for those of you who are curious about how the pricing works, I will explain that for you. For each product sold, I make a set amount decided by S6, except for prints, canvases, and framed prints, for which I can set my own price. The price of a product includes the cost of goods, Society6's cut, and my cut. Above all else, the key principle of the pricing to understand is that you are purchasing a product designed with a one-of-a-kind work of art on a high quality product. You can't go anywhere else and purchase the same art.

Special Offer!

If you are looking to purchase something from my (or another) store, there is a sale happening right now! Click here to get 20% off + free shipping, now through September 4th, 2017.

Artists, I am working on another blog explaining why I chose Society6 and my experience with them thus far. Stay tuned, if you're interested!

- Victoria

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sharing some old film shots | film | 2012 & 2013

Hey all! I know it's not technically the day or week to do a throwback, but I wanted to *finally* share these shots! I tried to post these last week but couldn't get my scanner to cooperate. It's working now, so here are some shots from 2012/2013 using either a Pentax ME Super or a Ricoh Singlex II.

Fun fact: I love miniatures! These are actually about the size of a postage stamp.

I've never named this baby doll, but she's always been one of my favorites.

Tumblr-aesthetic-sky shot

Purposeful light leak.

Hebrews 11:1. I think I used a macro filter for this shot.

If it weren't so expensive, I would shoot film far more often than I do right now. I love the "look" of film but I also love the challenge. It's easy to use a DSLR--take a shot, adjust the exposure, take another, re-compose, etc. Endless tries. But with film, each shot literally costs you money. Much more pressure! I have many more film shots to share (including some Polaroids) but I'll save those for another time. I hope you enjoyed these two film blogs! As usual, let me know which one was your favorite. Hopefully I can post something new soon!

- Victoria

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film | pentax me super & ricoh singlex II | 2012 & 2013

Hey everyone! This is not the blog I thought I'd be posting today... This was supposed to be a blog of recently developed film from a camera I tested, but unfortunately, the film was far too expired for any of the pictures to look decent. Then I thought I would share the roll of film from my Diana Mini but those didn't come out well either. Finally, I thought I would share some never-before-posted film shots. However, printers/scanners and I don't get along (that's an understatement) and while I got a few photos scanned onto my computer, the quality was terrible. (It's just been on of those days, okay? I broke a hand mixer because I accidentally got a wooden spoon tangled up in the beaters...) Hopefully I can get the scanner situation sorted out by next week so I can share them with you all, but for now, here are a few of the photos I scanned a few years ago! These photos were taken in 2012 or 2013 with either a Pentax ME Super or a Ricoh Singlex II.

Fun Fact: I enjoy reading about the Titanic. Over one hundred years ago, the RMS Titanic sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean after hitting an iceberg. It took less than three hours to sink. Of the 2,223 passengers and crew, 1,517 of them died.

"Twenty-nine third-class female passengers died for every dog carried by a first-class passenger into a lifeboat." Return to Titanic, Robert D. Ballard

Light leaks. <3

Words from a tragically beautiful song by Taylor Swift.

When I posted this one on Flickr, I wrote a bit about memory:

"Memory is the diary we all carry about with us." Oscar Wilde

It's amazing to me how strong memories can be, even after a long time. How you can imagine something from years ago and still picture it like it was yesterday and feel the emotions you felt when it happened. It can fill you with sadness, anger, terror, helplessness, dread, grief, happiness, joy, all over again. Sometimes you laugh or cry too. It also amazes me how something so small can spark a memory. Something like a certain song randomly playing on the radio, or the way the sun is shining, or a smell. Memories are so powerful. They have the ability to change us. They remind us of things we don't want to be, of mistakes we made and people we've hurt. And sometimes they make us closed off from people, for fear of being hurt again.

I hope you enjoyed this even though it was far from what I originally wanted to post. Thanks for reading!

- Victoria

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golden hour (mostly queen anne's lace) | july 29th, 2017

Another back-post photo blog! I went out to take pictures during golden hour but they ended up mostly being Queen Anne's Lace... I decided it didn't matter how many Queen Anne's Lace photos I've taken; I'll take more anyway. Around this time of year, there's a lull in the wildflowers and the lace takes over.

I love photos like these where the contrast between the highlights and shadows is so intense.

Legend says that this plant was named after Anne, the Queen of England, who was an expert lace maker. According to the legend, she was making lace one day when her finger was poked by the needle and a spot of blood landed in the middle of the lace, just like the single red flower in the middle of this plant. I don't think that's true but I can tell you that the Latin name for this plant is daucus carota and it is also known as "wild carrot."

I know for a fact I've taken a picture incredibly similar to this one.. but.. I wanted to take another.

These were such a cool color. I don't think they blend well with the gold light though.

I love "messy" golden hour wildflower shots like these!

Some more facts on Queen Anne's lace:

  • it's good for nearby tomato plants
  • paintings from the past centuries document the history and changes of the plant
  • even though it's edible, it's safer to avoid eating it as two other plants look similar and are poisonous (poison hemlock and fool's parsley)
  • the white flower top can grow to be as wide as 8 or 9 inches

Keep taking pictures of/painting/writing songs about the same thing you love. If you're not doing your art it because you love it, then why are you doing it at all?

- Victoria

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distance with dragonflies | july 26th, 2017

Hello all! This is one of two photo blogs I have from July to share! The other one should be up sometime next week.

This capture is actually from the 25th but I thought I'd include it in this post.

I have about a dozen other daisy shots that I chose not to share...

Had to include this in light of my last blog including wildlife. I got pretty close to this little guy as I was taking pictures and he just sat there like a statue.

Straight out of the camera! Look at that contrast!

I'm not very fond of dragonflies but thankfully I can capture these neat creatures with my 55-200mm lens without getting up close and personal. Did you know there are over 3,000 known species of dragonflies? (I didn't.) I think this one is a libellula luctuosa, aka Widow Skimmer. A dragonfly's diet typically consists of mosquitoes and flies, and sometimes butterflies!

..unintentionally awkward transition.. Saw this little beauty and tried to follow it enough to get a good shot of it. I love the light shining through its wings, sort of like a stained glass window.

Add Queen Anne's lace to my list of most photographed subjects... Even more so than daisies nowadays...

Thanks for checking out this blog! Let me know which picture is your favorite in the comments.

- Victoria

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