Olivia Bee has been taking photos since she was 11. Following some original frustration with the medium, Bee started shooting pictures of everything around her—stuffed animals, family, and friends. This is what most of the work in Bee's debut book, Kids in Love, looks like. Now 22, Bee has been commissioned by too many brands to count, ranging from Hermès to Disney. Whether she is working for herself or for a major brand, her photos always capture the intensity of the moment and the joy of being surrounded by others. Whether it be sneaking out of windows, skinny dipping, or faceless lovers holding each other in a bath with murky water, Bee's images project the energy of these moments. We caught up with Bee to talk about her debut collection of photos and the mood distilled within them. Read our conversation in the interview, below.
Photographer Olivia Bee Talks About The Inspiration Behind Her First Book ‘Kids In Love’
“I made the book out of pictures that are so close to me.”
Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more
Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.
"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.
Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."
Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO] www.youtube.com
"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.
"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.
Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.
"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.
SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video) www.youtube.com
"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.
Rex Orange County - New House www.youtube.com
"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.
"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!
"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.
"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."
"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.
"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.
"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."
"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."