Our Story

SHARDEY OLYNYK

Founder/Head Photographer

“Na lia” which stands for “I love you” in the African language of Vai.

I come from an African/Ukrainian background and I wanted a name that would not only reflect who I am but also what I believe in.

I'm a 32 year old Canadian photographer who at any given time can be caught daydreaming about a scorching hot beach holiday.

When I first started studying I told myself I would never be a wedding photographer but after completion of my degree, I realised that there's no other reaction that can be topped when a couple receives their wedding images. The "OHHH MYYY GAWWDD THESE ARE AMAZING!" is honestly the most satisfying feeling one could ever dream of. There's no bigger effort put into one day in someones life than their wedding. I'm honestly so blessed every chance I get to be included in this.

People always say, why Australia!? My simple answer is this: To be as far away from friends and family as possible. This sounds awful but it's true. In order to give the degree 110% I needed to distance myself and throughout that process I found the love of my life and we are stupidly proud parents to a lil cavvy named Fred.