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Headshot Olympia Photographer

Headshot Olympia Photographer. Such a wonderful session today! Perfect weather! Perfect participant! I don’t knowView full post »

Junior League of Olympia makes a park | Non-Profit Photographer | Shanna Paxton Photography

Junior League of Olympia just managed to finish an extraordinary project at the Tanglewild Park in Lacey. Non-ProfitView full post »

Happy Graduation Maranda | Graduation Photographer Olympia

It’s graduation season! A time to celebrate the ones who have made it to the next chapter in theirView full post »

2018 Pride Parade Olympia | Event Photographer Olympia

2018 Pride Parade Olympia was rainy, sunny, windy… and yet still all fabulous! 2018 Pride Parade Olympia showedView full post »

Okay so the dog stole the show on this one…| Family Outdoor Photographer Olympia

This was such a fun shoot, one of the first family sessions with the warmer weather, bikes were brought and well a veryView full post »

Floral is best | Outdoor Maternity Photographer Olympia

What an exciting opportunity to be able to photograph this amazing woman on her second pregnancy! Congratulations dear!View full post »

Prom Photography Olympia

I was so excited to get the opportunity to photograph this beauty on her lovely prom night! She was so willing to tryView full post »

2018 Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity | Day 6 | Shanna Paxton Photography

Team Mazzuca, Junior League of Olympia, Penrose Physical Therapy and others were here on Day 6! I cannot tell you justView full post »

2018 Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity | Day 5 | Shanna Paxton Photography

Twinstar Credit Union at Women’s Build Day 5….were able to raise walls, assist with stairs, put up scaffolding,View full post »

2018 Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity | Day 4 | Shanna Paxton Photography

Anchor Bank, The Ram and others were able to painting, put up siding, floored and prepped the second story and so muchView full post »

2018 Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity | Day 3 | Shanna Paxton Photography

2018 Habitat Women’s Build day 3! With the Oly Fed, Harbor Wholesale Foods and Melanie’s Team they wereView full post »

2018 Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity | Day 2 | Shanna Paxton Photography

2018 South Puget Sound Habitat Women’s Build Week day 2, sponsored by Lowe’s , Harbor Wholesale Foods andView full post »

2018 Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity | Day 1 | Shanna Paxton Photography

2018 Women’s Build Habitat Humanity in South Puget Sound! Day 1 of this event was a combination of differentView full post »

2018 Women’s Build South Puget South Habitat for Humanity | Shanna Paxton Photography

2018 Women’s Build is an international event. This year I had the opportunity to sponsor the photography for theView full post »

SPSCC International Festival | Festival Photographer Olympia

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing this lovely event that featured the celebration of itView full post »

2018 Luminary Procession, Olympia | Shanna Paxton Photography

2018 Luminary Procession in Olympia was wet and cold but it was one of the most fun experiences. I got my stepson toView full post »

95th Birthday Celebration | Birthday Party Photographer Olympia

Have you ever been to a birthday part for a 95 year old? Let me share with you that its one of the most beautifulView full post »

Blossom Time | Couple Photographer Olympia

It’s blossom time in April! One of my favorite mini sessions I do each year is the limited edition blossomView full post »

Headshot Photographer Olympia | Shanna Paxton Photography

Headshot Photographer Olympia, there are a variety of ways to do your headshot. Outdoors is beautiful, natural light ofView full post »

Hauff Wedding Reveal and Portraits | Wedding Photographer Olympia

Wedding Photographer Olympia, this was such an exciting wedding, not only is this couple so loving and good people butView full post »

What to see in South Africa | Animal Photographer Olympia

Some of my most favorite places to visit in South Africa provide animal photographer opportunities! I always tellView full post »

Always fun stumbling across older work!

This was one of those things fun constructs photographers like to play with, displaying my capabilities as a portraitView full post »

Its all about conquering the soil | Day of caring at Habitat for Humanity

Day of caring at Habitat for Humanity, this was a beautiful day to be on site! This wonderful group of volunteersView full post »

Painting the fence | Habitat for Humanity Photographer Olympia

My favorite photography is what I do for Habitat for Humanity in Olympia!View full post »

Introducing the beginning of healing sessions! | Healing Photography Olympia

For a while now I have been working on something very special. Something I like to call “Healing Sessions”.View full post »

Sunlight is the best, bring on summer! | Olympia Family Photography

Family photography is really special to me, did you know my family never had a family session!? Book yours today viaView full post »

Gender Reveal Party! | Event Photographer Olympia

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have someone photograph the beginning of your new family? Event photography isView full post »

Small intimate weddings are great! | Olympia wedding photographer

What a beautiful intimate wedding! This young couple created a glowing gorgeous backyard setting that created theView full post »

Nisqually Engagement Session | Olympia Engagement Photography

Engagement photography can be really fun and have I ever mentioned that its a great way to get acquainted with eachView full post »

Artistic Play

Just a little project I worked on a few years ago, experimenting with expressing hiding oneself , not allowing oneselfView full post »

Prom Photographer, Olympia

I lurve Prom Photography!!! Wow what can I say? It’s so much fun, everybody is dressed up, feels good, are withView full post »

Women’s March Olympia 2017

The Women’s March Olympia 2017, was held at the Capital, a cold morning, but if you kept walking around the coldView full post »

Is your mouth watering yet? | Olympia Food Photographer

I cant believe I never posted these! In case your wondering where you can get your mouths on some yummy food like thisView full post »

Crunchy delicious! | Food Photography Olympia

More yummy food photography! Forza, located in Lacey, had the right idea! They wanted to get all their food photographyView full post »

Salt Bowl Event in Olympia

Salt Bowl Event in Olympia, one of my most favorite events to attend is a Salt Bowl. Hosted by the wonderfulView full post »

A Sacred Gathering by Madonna Simmons

Madonna Simmons is the facilitator at Sacred Beauty Way, she describes her workshops as “Sacred Beauty is a newView full post »

Leaf balls make the best images | fall family photographer Olympia

I am always going to incorporate movement into my photo sessions! This family is always fun to photograph! Fall familyView full post »

| Cake smash for grown ups in Olympia

Cake smash for grown ups in Olympia! Yes we offer this! Because every grown up needs to have a fun time with goodView full post »

My first front cover!

This is a very exciting day for me! In 2014 I photographed my first Procession of the Species event in Olympia. ThisView full post »

All the milestones recorded | Communion photographer Olympia

I did this shoot some time ago but recently came across them again! I was so pleased that I did because it occurred toView full post »

| Habitat for Humanity Key Ceremony Photographer

Habitat for Humanity Key Ceremony is one of my favorite events at Habitat! Its the day the family’s officiallyView full post »

Black and white VS Color| Olympia High School Senior Photographer

Another beautiful High School Senior session! I absolutely love doing black and white photography but sometimes thatView full post »

Have you heard of LUMBERJANES?

This past weekend was my 5th time attending the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, WA. I absolutely love this event,View full post »

Brining healing through 3 generation portrait

Today I wanted to share something I have been working on for a while. I got inspired to put together a 3 generationView full post »

Where the Women’s March started for me…

What does the YWCA offer in their community? There’s a place I know by the name of YWCA. They are all forView full post »

The best 15 minute session! | Family photographs Olympia

This is the family that holds the award for fastest shoot ever! In under 15 minutes we got what we needed! BestView full post »

Let them be free | beach family photographer Olympia

One of my favorite things about this shoot was how much fun the kids seemed to have! Notice how “dabbing”View full post »

Priest Point Park…its the best | Family photographer Olympia

Fall photography need I say more! By far is my favorite time of the year! Leaves changing! Crips air after a warmView full post »

Cake Smash for the Grown Ups, Olympia, WA

Well what does a Cake Smash for the Grown Ups look like? It’s fun and exciting! The wonderful Tami was just soView full post »

Biltong and caramel tarts oh my! | Birthday Photographer Olympia

Birthday photography is one of my favorites! This particular one was with twins! As well as lots of South African foodView full post »

First Party Recorded! | Birthday Party Photographer Olympia

I love photographing birthday parties! Plus it allows family and friends to be present with the birthday girl or boy!View full post »

Fun Birthday Cake Smash in Olympia, WA

Cake Smash in Olympia for the under 21s! This shoot was just so much fun! We had poppers, lemonade, balloons,View full post »

Wedding at Wine and Roses Country Estate, Auburn

This wedding was just so much fun and so filled with love! Kellie and Aric congratulations! There will be moreView full post »

Behind the scenes at our Grown Up Smash the Cake Session, Olympia

Well this was such a fun shoot! My dear friend Dawn of Olympia Make Up Artistry, had a marvelous inspiration to do cakeView full post »

Habitat For Humanity South Puget Sound Day of Caring CFS

Habitat For Humanity South Puget Sound had their Day of Caring with CFS participating in help paint the homes!View full post »

Miss Thurston County

SPP Highlights

Can you believe we are halfway through the year already?! With that it’s time to take a look back over the pastView full post »

Habitat for Humanity Photographer in Olympia

Being the Habitat for Humanity Photographer in Olympia means I get to witness all the different kinds of people thatView full post »

Sean Astin at Emerald City Comic Con 2016

Sean Astin at Emerald City Comic Con 2016 You know when we admire someone whether its our moms or awesomeView full post »

Intersectional Feminism at Emerald City Comic Con 2016

Sam Maggs, with Jody Houser, Irene Koh, Kristafer Anka, Fionna Adams, Amy Chu, and Chrystin Garland, provided aView full post »

petal photos olympia

Wonderful petal project, Olympia

This was just so much fun and I am so grateful for the models that came to participate in the ‘on a whim’View full post »

Enchanted Stairwell, Bridal Session, Olympia

Always the supportive husband, letting me test the light and the compositions. Dawn Johnson doing her amazing makeView full post »

The beautiful Olympia Capitol, Washington.

This, this is where I get to live, Olympia, Washington! It is awesome and it is beautiful and tomorrow is one of theirView full post »

Presenting Miss Tahoma 2016, Kalina Springer!

Congratulations Kalina Springer on achieving the Miss Tahoma 2016 title! We truly look forward to all you will do withView full post »

Behind the scenes at our trash the dress session

During our trash the dress adventure one of our locations was my place with a kiddie pool filled with water and tulleView full post »

Burgers and a wedding dress, Olympia, WA

Behind the scenes with make up artist Dawn Johnson and model Leavi…can you guess where we are? What an amazingView full post »

Play BALL! | Event Photographer Olympia

There was a moose! Baseball!! Even some rain, check our son’s face. In the end the fireworks were amazing!View full post »

Sneak Peek into Miss Thurston County 2016 Official Photo Session

Miss Thurston County 2016, Kuinn Karaffa at the Capital in Olympia.   Miss Thurston County 2016 Ladies andView full post »

Spring Children Photography, bring on the sun!

My favorite girls! These girls have been photographed by me several times for the past 3 years! How I have lovedView full post »

A lovely walk | Street Photographer Olympia

A walk from some time ago but I bet anyone can relate to the day the weather starts to change from cloudy rainy toView full post »

Amazon Paints at Habitat | Habitat for Humanity Photographer

This was a great group to photograph at the Habitat for Humanity Property! Staff from Amazon were on site today to helpView full post »

Behind the scenes at Miss Thurston County 2016

What is the Miss Thurston County Pageant? The program empowers young women through scholastic opportunity andView full post »

What are authentic photographs?

Authentic photographs to me means photographs that are captured in an authentic method. So allowing natural moments toView full post »

Mud ride engagement session in Olympia!

What to bring to a mud ride engagement session in Olympia? Mud rides are terribly fun to photograph! Here are a fewView full post »

Miss Thurston County 2016

Welcome Miss Thurston County 2016, Kuinn Karaffa!

Congratulations to our Miss Thurston County 2016 Kuinn Karaffa! Here is a look behind the scenes at the Miss ThurstonView full post »

Miss Thurston County

Farewell Miss Thurston County 2015, Emily Hamack!

Miss Thurston County 2015, Emily Hamack, you have been a fantastic title holder! We could not have asked for a moreView full post »

Edge Fitness

SPP Spotlight: Amanda Salazar Overcame Personal Struggles & Inspires Others to Do Same

photo courtesy of Amanda Salazar   This is the SPP Spotlight, a feature on our blog that spotlights womenView full post »

Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes are mouthfuls of heaven!

Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes has about 60 different flavors of cupcakes, there is always a new flavor to try.View full post »

Miss Thurston County Contestents Get a makeover by Merle Norman

Miss Thusrton County contestants are very busy young women, every weekend before the pageant, are participating in aView full post »

Miss Thurston County Contestents read to the children at local school.

I am so lucky to be able to know these girls! Miss Thurston County Contestants Visited a local school and were able toView full post »

Moving Business Head Shots, Olympia WA

I love doing business photography! It is especially fun when we get to make use of different locations duringView full post »

Couple photography Olympia

We love being able to do couple photography for people who have anniversaries, an engagement, or a great idea. ThisView full post »

Our Best of Western Washington Winner, Shawna’s Sneek Peak!

This year we placed in the top 20 for Best Portrait Photographer for Western Washington. Our winner was Shawna, whoView full post »

wedding photography

Best Wedding Photo of the Year 2015 – We’re So Excited!

With the New Year it’s time for a new competition. It’s time for our first-ever Best Wedding Photo of the YearView full post »

wedding photography

Best Wedding Photo of the Year 2015 – Love in the Dark

With the New Year it’s time for a new competition. It’s time for our first-ever Best Wedding Photo of the YearView full post »

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Best Wedding Photo of the Year 2015 – Jumpin’ for Joy

With the New Year it’s time for a new competition. It’s time for our first-ever Best Wedding Photo of the YearView full post »

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Best Wedding Photo of the Year 2015 – Love in the Country

With the New Year it’s time for a new competition. It’s time for our first-ever Best Wedding Photo of the YearView full post »

wedding photography

Best Wedding Photo of the Year 2015 – Raven Haired Beauty

With the New Year it’s time for a new competition. It’s time for our first-ever Best Wedding Photo of the YearView full post »

wedding photography

Best Wedding Photo of the Year 2015 – Love on the Beach

With the New Year it’s time for a new competition. It’s time for our first-ever Best Wedding Photo of theView full post »

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SPP Highlights

Believe it or not, the year is nearly over! It’s time to take a look at some of your favorite posts of ours fromView full post »

Throwback Thursday – a combo of family photographs

How fun it is to see the family portrait taken yearly all stacked together!View full post »

west seattle family portraits

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Sand Blast

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

Hawks fans

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Go Team!

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

fall family portraits

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Love the Chaos

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

Fall Family Portraits

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Fall Fun

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

photoshoot in the rain - Photographer Olympia

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Rain Run

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Cuddle Fight

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Joy in the Leaves

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Sneaky Snacks

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

Best Family Photo of the Year 2015 – Shelter from the Storm

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our 2nd Annual Best Family Photo of the YearView full post »

In the comfort of your own home | Christmas photographer Olympia

The most wonderful time of the year! I know I know, I love photographing people in the cold leafy frosty locations thatView full post »

KING5 Best of Western WA

Best of Western WA – Thank You

This past weekend the results were announced for KING5’s Best of Western Washington. This poll has been a partView full post »

Throwback Thursday – space blanket photo ideas

When I was 21 I developed an obsession with space blankets, here is one of the space blanket photo ideas I came across.View full post »

Seahawk Themed Engagement Session Chehalis WA

Seahawk Themed Engagement Session Chehalis WA This Seahawk Themed Engagement Session was so much fun to photograph, didView full post »

Throwback Thursday – Fun Hollywood inspired photo shoot

Timeless black and white + smooth silky lighting = Hollywood inspired photo shoot. This was taken at night in myView full post »

Miss Thurston County 2015, a wonderful goofball…

Miss Thurston County 2015Now accepting applications!Miss Thurston County 2015 Emily Hamack has been such a delight toView full post »

Photographing Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes..my tastiest job yet!

Smores Pecan Pie       I love cupcakes and better yet I love Miss Moffett’s MysticalView full post »

Homecoming A Starry Night, Auction Dinner with Lacey South Sound Chamber

Homecoming A Starry Night, Auction Dinner with Lacey South Sound Chamber Homecoming A Starry Night, Auction Dinner withView full post »

Fall Photoshoot West Seattle

Fall Photoshoot West Seattle We love providing a Fall Photoshoot West Seattle at Lincoln Park is a great place for allView full post »

Hawks fans

Christmas Card Photos in your home?

Christmas Card Photos in your home?Christmas Card Photos Christmas Card Photos are a great opportunity to show thoseView full post »

fall family portraits

Beautiful Family Christmas Card Photos!

Beautiful Family Christmas Card Photos!Christmas Card Photos I love doing Christmas Card Photos, there are so many funView full post »

Sneak Peek Brianna and Michael

Sneak Peek Brianna and Michael Congratulations Brianna and Michael! This was one of the sweetest wedding I haveView full post »

Trash the dress during fall, Olympia WA

‘Trash the dress’ doesn’t always mean ‘lets tear it into shreds’. We had a lot of funView full post »

Centralia Ballet Academy dancing in downtown Centralia

Centralia Ballet Academy is moving to an inspirational art space in downtown Centralia, WA. We got to do some reallyView full post »

Throwback Thursday – farm school in South Africa

Green ‘blackboards’ School uniforms are worn even in the farm school areas. Photographic students from theView full post »

Throwback Thursday – voting in South Africa

Voting in South Africa happens every 4 years, much like the states. It happens in winter and everyone wakes up reallyView full post »

Throwback Thursday – fun with photo joiners

This was one of my favorite things to do while at photography school. It was always the most fun I could have withView full post »

Throwback Thursday – Glitter photo shoot

This was such a fun shoot! I still remember all the glitter that stayed on the floor for months and months! This youngView full post »

Throwback Thursday – fun high school senior photos

Playing against the sunset creates really fun colors Contrasting something against your skin can make for a fun beautyView full post »

A little sneak peek! Jenny and Rob, Bothell Wedding Photographer

Jenny and Rob I am so glad you two found each other! Congratulations and may there be so many sweet years together!View full post »

Throwback Thursday – fashion shoot with high school seniors

Last week’s throwback Thursday shared a studio set photo session. This week I wanted to show the fun we had atView full post »

Throwback Thursday – high school senior fashion photography session, Olympia

High school senior fashion photography is quite attainable, you don’t need that many pieces of clothing. YouView full post »

Stylish couple photoshoot in Lacey

This was such a great couple photoshoot. The couple was inspired by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie! We had theView full post »

The importance of having photo prints

Whenever someone asks me if I sell digital files I say ‘Yes, BUT it comes with a physical product.’View full post »

Underwater photography Olympia, flashback

These photograph were taken in 2009! I had just purchased an underwater housing unit for my smaller camera and spentView full post »

Sneak Peek into Amanda and Kacee’s Wedding Day

Sneak Peek into Amanda and Kacee's Wedding DayView full post »

Renee Gillard empower

SPP Spotlight: Renee Gillard Takes Control of Her Life & Empowers Others to Do the Same

This is the SPP Spotlight, a feature on our blog that spotlights women who have become leaders in the community, madeView full post »

Lifestyle family photography

Lifestyle Family Photography

Lifestyle family photography is something we have been wanting to offer to families for about a year now. I startedView full post »

Sneek Peak into my best friends wedding!

Sneak Peak into my best friends wedding!View full post »

Sneak Peak into Josh and Katie’s Wedding, Wedding Photographer Centralia WA

This was just such a stunning wedding filled with so many loving people! *Sigh* I love it when that happens. At everyView full post »

The best fur talker ever! Wonderful Dog Trainer in Olympia!

Patti Howard is the best Dog Trainer in Olympia! She knows not only what dogs want but also the human’s and howView full post »

How to start a photo session?

How to start a photo session? This varies from person to person, but when it comes to this lovely lady she is allView full post »

Miss Moffett

SPP Spotlight: Rachel Young Makes Mystical Cupcakes Dream Come True

This is the SPP Spotlight, a feature on our blog that spotlights women who have become leaders in the community, madeView full post »

Water Mini Session

Its summer time and we want to help you cool off with a Water Mini Session! This summer we are hosting a Splash SplashView full post »

Forza has wonderful music during Lacey Days

Lacey Days just keeps getting better and better! Last night we got to watch a performance by Austin Radio and I wasView full post »

Flapjacks for Backpacks

Flapjacks for backpacks is a fundraising event for Homeless Backpacks whose mission is to end homelessness one studentView full post »

Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society brings tears to my eyes!

The Lacey Days has only begun and I am already tearing up photographing the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society.View full post »

Ciara’s Senior Photo Session, Olympia

One of my favorite senior session Olympia has great locations for a photo session. Ciara is truly a lovely girl, she isView full post »

Creative family portraits on Alki beach, West Seattle

Creative family photo shoot on Alki beach, West Seattlecreative family portraitsThis family is creative in their ownView full post »

How often should my child get their photograph taken?

Children grow up so fast, don’t they? No matter what age your child is they will always be your child. So whenView full post »

Her annual birthday photo shoot

A Yearly Photo Session!It is always such a privilege to photograph this wonderful little lady! This is the third time IView full post »

Maternity Photo Shoot West Seattle - Shanna Paxton Photography

SPP Highlights

We are officially halfway through the year! Can you believe it? It’s time to take a second look at some of theView full post »

SPP Spotlight: Emily Hamack Lives to Be Worthy of Her Crown

This is the SPP Spotlight, a feature on our blog that spotlights women who have become leaders in the community, madeView full post »

Father’s Day Gifts

Dad’s have a way of being there when we need them most, but do they get told how much they mean to us?View full post »

What do natural business headshots look like?

When people ask if I do business headshots I say yes! They are of course a little different to what people are used toView full post »

We are ready for Dance Photography in Olympia WA

We are finally ready to perform dance photography in Olympia! Oh goodness I remember having so much fun on stage as aView full post »

SPP Spotlight: Nicole Smith Empowers Women Through Self-Full Living

This is the SPP Spotlight, a feature on our blog that spotlights women who have become leaders in the community, madeView full post »

Stan Lee Bullying - Shanna Paxton Photography

Stan Lee on Bullying

We still have one more post on the Emerald City Comic Con. When a celebrity comes to the Emerald City Comic-Con,View full post »

Introducing… Gratitude Videos

Has your mom been there for you through everything, the scraped knees and the late-night tears over the phone? Are youView full post »

Natural family photographs - Shanna Paxton Photography

Priceless Natural Family Photographs, Kent WA

Natural family photographs are priceless. Having a photographer that can make your photo session fun and enjoyable isView full post »

Inspiring Women at the Emerald City Comic Con

Emerald City Comic Con will always be a great event for me. It is where I met my husband. It is where I feel empoweredView full post »

Maternity Photo Shoot West Seattle - Shanna Paxton Photography

Colorful Spring Maternity Photo Shoot West Seattle

This was a very fun Maternity Photo Shoot West Seattle has some of the best places to photography in, the one that madeView full post »

Miss Outstanding Teen - Shanna Paxton Photography

Miss Outstanding Teen of Thurston County

As many of you know we have been taking a lot of photographs for the Miss Thurston County Pageant. Wow, has it been aView full post »

Ani-Mae, Ivy Doomkitty, Emerald City Comic-Con

Women of Emerald City Comic-Con: Body Issues & Unsung Heroes

Shanna and I went to the Emerald City Comic-Con this past weekend.  For us, it’s mostly a personal excursion, as we metView full post »

photoshoot in the rain - Photographer Olympia

A Photoshoot in the Rain?

Seattle is often shown as the ‘rainy’ city in movies and television shows, this isn’t always true butView full post »

Easter Session

Spring Easter Photo Shoot

At an Easter Photo Shoot I can guarantee it is all about playing together! I have photographed these lovely girls forView full post »

Miss Thurston County 2015

Introducing the Winner of Miss Thurston County 2015!

I have had the most wonderful opportunity this year photographing the Miss Thurston County Pageant. It has been so muchView full post »

Emily Hamock Miss Thurston County 2015 - Shanna Paxton Photography (37)

Emily Hamack the new Miss Thurston County 2015

So it has only been a few hours since Emily Hamack was crowned as the Miss Thurston County holder of 2015, but I justView full post »

| Street nature photographer Olympia

These photographs are from sometime ago! It was my first experience with cherry blossoms in America! I was on a walk,View full post »

Fun and colorful! | Balloon Shoot Olympia

I don’t usually do maternity shoots but when I heard balloons were involved I got really excited.View full post »

Body Image

How Body Image will shine or dull your photograph

Recently I had a chance to visit my family in South Africa and of course it was wonderful catching up with everyone!View full post »

South Africa: An American’s Perspective, Final Week

We’ve finished up our trip to South Africa and are now back to the daily grind in the Pacific Northwest. ThisView full post »

Monkeyland, South Africa

South Africa: An American’s Perspective, Week 3

Welcome to another entry in my series that shares my experiences in South Africa as an American.  This week, I wantedView full post »

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

South Africa: An American’s Perspective, Week 2

I’m back with another post about my time as an American in South Africa.  Due to Wi-Fi and website issues,View full post »

Food Photography

The divine in South African food

We are on week 2 of our trip to South Africa. It has been wonderful feeling the sun on my face, seeing old friends andView full post »

Canal Walk, Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa: An American’s Perspective, Week 1

It’s been quite fascinating traveling with my wife, Shanna, back to her home in South Africa. I’d like to share hereView full post »

Blouberg fun

Coming home it’s all about the beaches

Met some lovely High School Seniors and asked if they wanted to take advantage of the sunset. Well we are finally inView full post »

Children Photography in Olympia WA

Winner of the First Annual Best Family Photo of the Year

Thank you to everyone that voted this year on our first annual Best Family Photo of the Year! We are so excited toView full post »

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – All wrapped up

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

Natural Children Photography

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – Natural Climbers

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

Children Photography in Olympia WA

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – Wagon Babes

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

Children Photography Olympia

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – Lavender Sisters

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

Family Photography West Seattle

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – The Kiss

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

Children photography Du Pont

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – Frosty cousins

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

Pet Photographer Olympia WA

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – Furry Members

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – Splish Splash

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

‘Best Family Photo of the Year Nominee’ – Daddy Daughter Moment

Tis the season and this year we thought we would end with a bang! This will be the first year we run our ‘Best FamilyView full post »

SPP Spotlight Stephanie Hemphill

The SPP Spotlight: Stephanie Hemphill, From Cheerleader to Community Leader

This is The SPP Spotlight, a new feature on our blog that spotlights women who have become leaders in theView full post »

SPP Spotlight Clista Rakow

The SPP Spotlight: Clista Conquers Like a Queen

This is The SPP Spotlight, a new feature on our blog that spotlights women who have become leaders in theView full post »

Cupcake Wars Miss Moffett

Miss Moffet’s Mystical Cupcakes

If your in Olympia WA and need some greatly frosted moist chocolaty goodness Miss Moffet’s Mystical Cupcakes is theView full post »

High School Senior Sessions Yelm WA

Farmland Senior Session Olympia

Becca chose the best location for her. This girl knew what she loved and how she wanted to express it. We photographedView full post »

Halloween Photographs - Shanna Paxton Photography

Pumpkin Picking in Olympia

Halloween Photographs at a Pumpkin Patch I recently had the opportunity to visit a wonderful pumpkin patch with some ofView full post »

Merle Norman Cosmetics and Wigs and Day Spa

The SPP Spotlight: Madelin White Touches Lives and Champions Small-Business

Madelin White – Merle Norman Cosmetics and Wigs and Day Spa This is The SPP Spotlight, a new feature on our blogView full post »

Seattle Nanny Network putting on Little Bookworms Event at the Bravern

Bookworm Toddler Activity in Bellevue

This was a wonderful event! Perfect for every parent, nanny and child for a fun day out. Come and listen to someView full post »

Senior Session Olympia

Jade Senior Session Olympia WA

Jade was so comfortable in her skin. We had talked about what she didn’t want for her shoot and then what she did want.View full post »

Senior Session Olympia WA

Samantha Senior Session Olympia WA

Samantha was the quickest changer! She was great at changing and keeping her hair manageable in under 3 minutes eachView full post »

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Shiny Car Senior Session Olympia WA

Codie was most the sociable. GREAT GREAT SENIOR SESSION TIP: having friends included in the photo session can be aView full post »

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Sitara Senior Session Olympia WA

Sitara was such a great listener – no I didn’t share my problems with her. She requested assistance with posing. SheView full post »

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The SPP Spotlight: Jenny Brogdon Survives Emotional & Physical Trials to Help Others

This is The SPP Spotlight, a new feature on our blog that spotlights women who have become leaders in the community,View full post »

Forrest Senior Session Olympia WA

Forrest Senior Session Olympia WA

Forrest Senior Session Olympia WA Forrest Senior Session Olympia WAView full post »

The Au Pair Experience - Shanna Paxton Photography

Another Au Pair Session

Recently did another Au Pair photo session near the space needle, this time we found amazing flowers in the area. AmView full post »

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Surprise Engagement!

I felt so privileged this month! A week ago I was invited to photograph the engagement of my best friend! Her nowView full post »

AU Pair Photo session - Shanna Paxton Photography

Au Pairs remember their experience in Seattle

AU Pair Photo session – Shanna Paxton Photography Being an au pair (a young foreign person, typically aView full post »

How to match at your photo session

How to match at your photo shoot

How to match at your photo session   This mommy did a really great job matching her boys in what I like toView full post »

Great Wolf Lodge WA Surprise - Shanna Paxton Photography

100 Mile Welcome at Great Wolf Lodge WA

Great Wolf Lodge WA Surprise – Shanna Paxton Photography This last Friday was a very unique day for me, I hadView full post »

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Cherry Blossom Family in Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Family Spring Session This family is so much fun to photograph, watching their oldest take his sister under his wingView full post »

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Couple of tourists at the Space Needle in Seattle

Amelie and Stefan are both from Germany, Amelie is here on an au pair program and Stefan decided to visit her thisView full post »

Power of the Purse Event

This was a FUN event! I had no idea how much community spirit was out there until I attended Power of the Purse. TheView full post »

Oberserving Cloned Appearances

The Cloned Appearances (Yellow Series) shows the strong possibility of loss of individualism through overly influencedView full post »

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Spring Wedding Olympia WA

I was very lucky to have photographed Tim and Amanda’s special day this May. They chose a perfect time of year,View full post »

Conscience Acceptance

In the Conscience Acceptance Series (Lavender Series) The Lavender series is all about the acceptance of a heavier,View full post »

Taste of West Seattle

Fantastic Taste of West Seattle 2014

What is the Taste of West Seattle? Taste of West Seattle is an event held every year, the money raised goesView full post »

Au Pair Experience - Shanna Paxton Photography

Fun with the amazing Au Pairs!

Being an au pair (a young foreign person, typically a woman, who helps with housework or child care in exchangeView full post »

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Family Photography with Grandma

Family photography is not just about the immediate family, in fact it can spice things up a little when you includeView full post »

The best part of being an Au Pair in Seattle, Washington

Marilena yearned for adventure. Her favorite part of this experience thus far is getting to know the differentView full post »

Super-Creative Procession of the Species in Olympia, Washington

The Procession of the Species in Olympia is a beautiful community arts based celebration of Earth Day held in Olympia,View full post »

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Sunny Family Reunion in Lincoln Park, Seattle

Amelie’s family visited her recently, we now have a collection of photographs of everyone who has come to spendView full post »

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Family Wedding Day

I was very lucky to have photographed Tim and Amanda’s special day this May. They chose a perfect time of yearView full post »

Unconscious Influences

In the Unconscious Influences (Green Series) if an individual were to unconsciously obsess about achieving a certainView full post »

Olympia Photographer, Shanna Paxton Photography, providing photographic services for events of all kinds, weddings, parties, family sessions, high school senior sessions, graduations, children sessions, headshots.