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Capture all the excitement of the occasions so you can broadcast future events with ease. Spark community involvement through images that demonstrate the lasting value of your event.

Portrait & Event photographer based in Olympia, WA.

I'm Shanna, your new lifestyle photographer!

The passionate event photographer enduring images create meaningful events.

I’ve been an event photographer for a decade. I’m passionate about creating posed and candid images that capture the fun people have together at community events. My passion for event photography began at pop-culture events, but now it’s my privilege to narrow my focus on the events of lives and moments in my community. My superpower is boosting clients’ sponsorships, funding and future event attendance by heightening what made them great in the first place. I take pride in capturing expressions of joy. When you see those moments with happy attendees, sponsors and vendors on your website or press release, you’ll be glad you invested in an experienced, dedicated lifestyle photographer. I’m excited for you to see the art of the everyday in the events that bring you the greatest joy and satisfaction.

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Custom coverage for your unique event. You’ll get images that showcase your partners and community, making funding and future attendance a breeze.




This package is perfect for your ultimate day of romance. Your hearts will melt over posed and candid photos to be cherished forever.

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Creating authentic and fun portraits for your High school Senior, Headshot & Family Sessions. We will get candid and formal photographs you’ll treasure. 

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Shanna is so joyful, you can’t help but smile as she photographs you! 

Her pictures are amazing and beautiful. She is creative, flexible, and everything you could want in a professional photographer. You will love working with her!
– Crystal Mazzuca

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Photographing a festival is not an easy task. Shanna was able to capture the story...

... the vibe, and the essence of Olympia Harbor Days – a 3-day, 20 hour, 7 block waterfront festival with 33 tugs and ships, 250 vendors, activities, & bands, and 60,000 attendees. She even had photos ready for us to share within a week of the event. Now that we have a full library of photos, we plan to bring Shanna back to capture the highlights in the years to come.
-  Carol Riley, Executive Director, Olympia Harbor Days

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We just can't say enough amazing things about Shanna’s photos. They turned out perfect!

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 Shanna, {who is] truly a pleasure to be around and work with. 
– Development Director Shawna Dutton

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 She captured the perfect moments in our wedding. Hire this lady! 

Shanna has photographed me and my husband on two different occasions now, and she has done fabulous work! We felt so comfortable with her on our engagement photos. She is so sweet and kind, and works with you to make it special. She even offered for her husband to bring a tent when it started raining before the wedding.
 – Corporate sales and marketing manager Jaycee Kingery 

You want professional images that showcase your amazing event and ensure greater attendance and partnership in years to come. 

The problem is, you’re too busy making sure all those participants, volunteers, sponsors, vendors and performers are on track. You don't have time to direct a photographer, let alone capture those images yourself. Meet your new event photographer.

Let’s get together to talk focus and details. We’ll talk about everything the community loves about your event, why sponsors want to partner with you, what performers and vendors get from supporting your event and why volunteers are excited to be part of your event. Those important elements ensure excellent photo coverage that delight current partners and spark new relationships for the future.

I know the importance of growing your event and retaining partners. That’s why I make sure to get to know you and fully prepare for your event. It allows me to capture all the important elements that bring people back year after year. I love the fun and excitement your event brings to the community. Working with me, you’ll never worry whether there are enough images and variety after the fact. Imagine the excitement you’ll feel on receiving speedy, sneak-peek delivery of those images. Feel the weight lifting off your shoulders, knowing you booked the most talented and energetic event photographer in Olympia. 


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