Hello! We're Paola and Pay
A team of wavemakers who believe we all have the potential to inspire change in the world.
We collaborate and create with people in the TRAVEL, WELLNESS, CONSERVATION, and LEADERSHIP sectors to amplify their stories and affect change.
We are in the business of branding, strategizing, storytelling, and creating. We listen deeply for what drives you and then use clear, strategic messaging, beautiful imagery, and engaging storytelling to inspire action.
Your story matters so reach out and say hi! We want to hear all about you - what inspires you, what you're struggling with.... and of course, how we can help you clarify and share your story with the world.
To listen for the why.
To give a voice to the change agents.
To connect people to each other through story.
To inspire positive social and environmental action.
Paola (ola) Espitia
Paola is a Colombian-American Public Speaker, Marine Biologist, Writer, Photographer, Eco Traveler, and Change Agent. Her mission is to inspire a sustainable society by re/connecting people to the ocean.
Through her work in marine conservation, Paola has developed an intuitive understanding for what motivates people to take action. She speaks at events where change agents, thought leaders, and academics are influencing social and environmental behavior within the travel, hospitality, and conservation sectors.
Paola's natural presence, curiosity, creativity, and way with words brings clarity and vision to diverse audiences around the world. While her contemplative approach to editorial, lifestyle, and underwater photography and video document a fresh perspective of the world.
To connect people to the ocean, Paola speaks to groups around the world on the benefits of water-based experiences, facilitates WATER WORKSHOPS and leads BLUE DISCOVERY ECO TOURS in South Florida. She is also the host, writer, producer, and editor of the CONVERSATIONS BY WATER video series highlighting ocean-friendly business owners, scientists, athletes, and artists inspiring the next generation to be conscious consumers and stewards of our blue planet.
Follow Paola on LinkedIn HERE.
Pay (pi) Aponte
Pay is a Puerto Rican artist, graphic designer, videographer, surfer, and McGuyver who finds inspiration and peace in the ocean. He believes that it is our responsibility to awaken and share our unique perspective with the world.
Through his multimedia art and designs, Pay interprets the driving foundations of a brand to craft a unique visual voice.
Creative problem solving is ingrained in Pay and allows him to anticipate the needs of his team and produce innovative solutions for his clients. With expertise in Audio and Visual technologies, and a B.S. in Graphic Design, Media Arts and Computer Science from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Pay is an invaluable member to any creative team.
The extension of Pay's voice can be felt in his art. As an independent artist, he journals his life experiences as passion-infused drawings in pencil, ink, and paint. Forward-thinking companies can commission Pay to create a custom painting that reinforces their values and strengthens company culture.
Follow Pay on LinkedIn HERE.
Through Ola'Pi Creative, we aim to:
Connect with like-minded individuals and organizations who wish to inspire change
Collaborate on special projects that connect people to the ocean in ways that promote stewardship of and action towards healthy oceans
Create stories using photography, video, and design that bring people closer to each other and to our blue planet