• Women’s Event Photography

  • Transformative Women’s Photography Sessions

  • Empowering Women’s Workshops

Welcome to Shanna Paxton Photography…

Women’s Empowerment and Event Photographer based in Olympia, WA. With over 15 years experience in photography and studies in how women are depicted in the media Shanna Paxton specializes in photographing women’s events in Olympia, WA. We also provide photographic services for weddings, parties, company days, family sessions, high school senior sessions, graduations, children sessions, headshots.

 

What People Say About Using Shanna Paxton Photography:

“I’ve heard great things about Shanna’s work so when I won a package with her at an auction I was elated. With 2 young kids it’s not easy keeping them interested or entertained, Shanna was able to capture every piece of chaos that keeps me on my toes daily which is exactly what I wanted. Real and raw moments to keep. With having these moments and at a location special to my heart was perfect. I am beyond excited to get her work on some canvases for our home. Thank you SPP!” – Amber, Family Photographs
 
I just learned about and met Shanna Paxton photography a few weeks ago through the Oly bridal bash! We booked them for our wedding and just had our engagement pictures done this last weekend. I can’t wait to see the end product! I also can’t wait to continue working with them in the future. She is such a genuine energetic person! Her and her husband make a great team and I absolutely love working with them and so glad I found them! Can’t wait to see what’s in the future!“ – Laura, Wedding Photographs
I can’t think of a better time than what Shanna was able to give my family during our shoot today. Friendly and personable, I knew it was going to be a great experience when I said to my wife, “She already feels like a family friend!”. Very professional while also very relaxed, she was able to make our children have a great time, which is no small feat. Definitely going to her for future photos.” – Jason, Family Photographs
 
She does absolutely beautiful work. Truly. I can’t speak highly enough!” – Kelly, Family Photographs

“Thank you Shanna! I could not love these more. You captured everything our family is love.” – Katie, Family Photographs

“..she brings out your inner glow…” – Kavita, Headshot Photography
Our family is so very pleased with the outstanding quality, beauty and creativity of our photo event. Our experience was amazing and we will enjoy our photographs for a lifetime. Five stars all the way!” – Shari, Family Photographs
 
I recently worked with Shanna to produce images for a food menu at Forrey’s Forza. She showed up on time, was easy to work with, and there wasn’t a long wait to get the photo’s. Thanks Shanna.” – Jason, Marketer for Forza, around January 2017.
 
Exceptional quality of content, packaging and accurately capturing family sentiment in the Mother’s Day video Shanna assembled for us. It was very well-received and appreciated, and they gave us a great deal doubling up the package for both my wife and mother-in-law.” – Paul, Family Video
 
Very much enjoyed with Shanna. She is very professional yet fun! She definitely has a fantastic photographer’s eye & knows how to capture some pretty spectacular photos! I’ll definitely be booking her for my future personal photography needs.” – Ashley, Event Photography 
 
I am very in love with my maternity photos! She was warm and had a clear understanding of my creative goals and was able to capture what I wanted!” – Eiran, Maternity photographs
 
We had Shanna photograph our combined family while my husband’s kids were in town and the pictures are stunning! She captured all the beauty of fall around us, precious moments of all of us, laughter, love and the essence of our family. Makes my heart happy! If I had enough wall space I would frame each and every shot! Thank you, Shanna!” – Crome, Family, Graduation, High School Senior pictures.
 
I trust Shanna and Jeff with all my BIG moments I want photographed in life (the little ones too!!), here is why: After I got engaged I went searching for the PERFECT photographer. It is very important that my special moments of these big days ahead are captured. These events aren’t able to be duplicated so there is no room for error. I met Shanna and her husband Jeff. I have to tell you I am so blown away by this experience. The entire process of taking the photos has been fun. I wish I could underline that word FUN, because that’s a big deal. With someone else this could have been some of the most stressful moments. But instead of feeling stressed, I feel confident, calm and I am having fun! All of those feelings shine through my photos! It’s crazy how much better a person looks in their photo when they feel confident! Meeting with Shanna and Jeff: Shanna first of all LISTENS to make sure she understands what needs to be captured. What exactly am I looking for? What a nerve wracking question!! I had some answers but others I was clueless on!! She gently asks probing questions that helped me think through and plan the photos. At times even helping me fill in the gaps of what I truly was after. Which leads me to a second thing Shanna does or rather IS- she is a wealth of information on how to accomplish the right shots!! She works with you and outlines the ideas and plans it out. (What is the best light, what is the best area– we should bring smoke bombs– **I am serious about that- smoke bombs!** She is a genius!). When it’s time for the photos she is fun and friendly, offering extra tips and suggestions to get the perfect angles. What she captures is breath taking. Jeff and Shanna also have trusted business connections in the community and when I asked they were able to help me find the perfect hair and makeup team. I recently got my link to my engagement session from Jeff and I have to say, I was speechless. Everything was spot on, even some things I hadn’t thought of yet but Shanna knew I’d want. This goes beyond the general look of the photos, which I had to rate on a “Great and Greater” scale (I could not find a bad one and I am PICKY). What truly makes Shanna stand out– she actually captured our love! It’s there in all the photos. They aren’t fake looking or staged. They are real. I have had years of experience working with photographers due to my profession. I’ve worked with some of the top names across the nation and I can honestly say– they do not hold a candle to Shanna and Jeff. I recommend Shanna Paxton Photography to YOU. Don’t take my word for it though, meet with them. **Shanna and Jeff, thank you for all your effort in bringing to print what was in my mind. I can’t wait for my wedding photos (and then anniversary and family portraits anddddd so many other events)! Crystal Evans,a.k.a 96.9 KAYO Girl Crystal” – Crystal, Engagement and Wedding Photographs 
 
OMG!! Shanna just captures the soul and essence of her subjects” – Makeida, Pagent Photos
 
Shanna is one of the most talented photographers I have ever met! Her work is exquisite and you cannot put a price on what she can capture in a shoot! True talent at its finest!!” – Nicole, Family Video
 
Shanna and her husband Jeff are both so amazing! They make you feel so comfortable and are willing to do everything it takes to capture AWESOME memories. Love them both! I highly recommend Shanna Paxton Photography” – Leavi, High School Senior Session
 
My dog Yogi and I had a photo shoot with Shanna, and how wonderful an experience. I was a bit nervous as I really don’t like to be on the other end of a camera, and I must admit was not in the best mood…ever ready to cancel at the last minute. Shanna’s gentle spirit put both Yogi and I at ease, and before I knew it, we were planning the next one! I am very excited to refer her services to my dog clients, with complete confidence that the fur love of their life will soon have a framed presence in their home, next to the real thing:) Thanks Shanna….you ROCK!” – Patti, Dog portraits, food photography for her book and blog.
 
We recently worked with Shanna Paxton photography to capture images of our Habitat for Humanity Stores, Volunteers and Families, not only did we get phenomenal photographs, we also got the pleasure of working with both Shanna and Jeff! They are truly a pleasure to be around and work with. We just cant say enough amazing things about Shanna’s photos they turned out perfect!” – Shawna, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, Event Photography. 
 
Shanna is an amazing photographer and so much fun to work with. She made me feel comfortable and the results were stunning. I’ve received so many compliments on my head shot which she did for my new business. Thank you.” – Vena, Headshot
 
Shanna recently took pictures of my 6 beautiful grandchildren and did such an amazing job. I was so thrilled with the result and am thrilled to have my little angel’s faces smiling back at me. She is such a professional! Love her!” – Terri, Family Photographs
 
So glad you could document our special day for us…You are the BEST! The photos were so so fun, and the lighting was great. Looking forward to reliving my favorite day.“ Jason and Amanda, Wedding Photographs
Noah’s senior pictures came back and I’m so happy with how much of his beautiful free spirit came out thank you Shanna Raye Paxton for really seeing our boy and capturing his true essence you are pure magick sister, this day was Matilda’s birthday, and we surprised her and picked her up for the photo shoot. Noah and her are best friends and do everything together. Now we will always have pictures to remember these days it’s true what they say…the nights are long, but the days are short love you Noah Simons forever our baby boy” – Madonna on her sons high school senior portraits.