Olympia Family Photographer Stephanie Johnson – Vibrant Lens Photography | Kathryn & Daniel’s Family Session

Kathryn and Daniel’s family session at Speelyi Beach in Cle Elum was one of the most calm family sessions I’ve had the pleasure of photographing as a family photographer in Olympia, WA. Every year Kathryn, her family and I travel to beautiful, unique locations for a fresh new look. It’s always exciting to shoot in a location I’ve never shot in before.

In true 2020 fashion, instead of having a nice summer day, we ended up with wildfires, smoke & wind.  Even with all the smoke that filled the sky, Kathryn and Daniel were so relaxed. Little did Kathryn know, her warm color scheme would end up being that magical touch to complement the smoke that filled the air. I can’t wait to see what we do for 2021!


Morgan + Conner July, 18, 2020 Wedding

Morgan and Conner’s wedding day was nothing short of magical! The bride and groom were surrounded with love and supportive energy from their loving family.

 Due to Covid19, they had to scale back their wedding plans and do something a little more intimate. Morgan and Conner’s wedding was beautiful! Next year, the bride and groom plan to share another celebration with more family and friends. 🙂 Morgan’s parent’s property was simply a beautiful location for a Chehalis, backyard wedding. All the greenery we were surrounded in added that whimsical touch to the overall feel of the day.

Shoutout to all of the amazing vendors that contributed to making this such a special day for two special people. <3

Venue: Chehalis backyard – Bride’s Mom 

Photographer: Me! Stephanie Johnson – Vibrant Lens Photography

Florals: Moments 4 Flowers, Olympia by: Heidi Fitzgerald

Hair: Kendra at Dirty Blonde Salon in Rochester

Makeup: Bride

Catering: Jeremy’s Farm to Table in Chehalis

Cake/Desserts: Gotti Bakery, Olympia

Dress: David’s Bridal

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

My Second Child

I remember what it was like when I first found out I was pregnant with my second child. I was scared! I worried about the adjustment my first child would have, if I would be able to balance the infant/toddler workload. I worried about what my body would look like after having a second child, the expenses that would come with having a second child. If you are pregnant with your second child, you are not crazy! All the worries you are having, are completely normal! As moms, we want to be the very best for each of our children. So naturally we stress because new territory brings fear and doubt.

Having my second child turned out to be not as crazy as I had thought it was going to be. I was already living the mom life, with nap and bedtime routines. The “ABC’s”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” were already my top songs on my playlist and I was a pro at peek-a-boo and hide-n-seek. Adding my second son into the mix was quite easy because I was already living the life with my first child. Only now we were doing it with a sidekick.

I’ve learned a lot from my second child. He’s taught me to relax more, to be a better mom and that I’m capable of much more than I give myself credit for. Not only did I learn a thing or two from my second but he taught my first child about love in a way I could never have. The friendship they share is deeper then I could ever imagine. My oldest had to learn to share, what it’s like to be a leader and to be a good one. Things he might have never learned if it weren’t for my second child.

When Jade inquired me for her maternity photos for her second child, I was over joyed when they picked my package that offers both a maternity and newborn session. I was so excited to be the one to tell their infant/toddler life balance story for them. As moms, sometimes its hard for us to see the bigger picture when we’re in the everyday grind. So for me as a photographer, I try to tell the bigger picture with the photos I capture. I find great fulfillment in being able to share the love that comes from having a second child. As having mine has bought so many amazing experiences to our family’s lives. I’m so happy I got to shoot Jade and Zach’s beautiful family. I look forward to growing with them and capturing the bond that these two sweet girls will have as they grow into smart, talented young ladies! I know making a decision about who to have photograph your babies comes with a lot of trust. Jade and Zach, thank you so much for trusting me with your girls!

If you’re interested in having a maternity and newborn session with me, please feel free to contact me!

Chef Liam – Olympia Lifestyle Photographer

As a photographer I have always been obsessed with capturing my boys in their world. As they and my business have grown, I find myself taking less pictures of them each year. This year I really want to get back to what started me on my journey of photography, my boys!

For those that don’t know, my youngest, Liam who is eight LOVES to cook. Since he could hold a whisk in his hand, he’s wanted to be a chef. Liam has a bookshelf full of cookbooks that he often reads to bed. Cooking is his thing! So when we put on the calendar that we were going to bake Blueberry Muffins from one of his cookbooks, I couldn’t resist the photo opportunity to capture him in his element!

Liam is an early riser like myself. He couldn’t wait to get to cooking. He patiently waited as I finished my coffee and tidied the kitchen so he could get to work. After he began the process of combining all the ingredients to his muffins, he realized he had forgotten an important detail… he needed his chef attire. So he quickly changed. Feeling mighty proud of his new look he jumped right back into what he was working on. It was the cutest thing!

I found much joy in watching him take the lead. He needed very little guidance or help from me. This little boy blows me away and his blueberry muffins were fantastic. You can ask our neighbors as he delivered some to their family as well.
I love being this kid’s mom!

If you’d like to have a lifestyle session with your child, please feel free to contact me as this is something I’m very passionate about! Memories like this last a lifetime! I’m so glad I pulled my camera out to document it!

45 and Fabulous – Olympia portrait photographer

As women, society puts so much pressure on us about body image and aging. Women not only face pressures of being career women and raising a family, but we also have pressures of maintaining our youthful looks of our 20’s. As aging women we are constantly pressured with ads and media to get botox, plastic surgery, and the latest slimming diet pill. It is no wonder that when we hit our 40’s we’re questioning and doubting ourselves whether we could be better, thinner, more youthful, prettier, etc.

Getting older should be a celebration! A celebration of surviving all life’s pressures thrown at us thus far. When we look at ourselves in the mirror we should not be wishing we looked like we did in our 20’s. We are women at nearly 40, not little girls anymore. A sense of maturity comes with that. We should embrace it! Be proud of it! We’ve earned it!

When Mia inquired about doing a celebration session with me for her 45th birthday I was ecstatic!

Mia is a mother, nurse and teacher. She gives daily to others. So I made it my goal to give back to her by showcasing her beauty, her spunk and elegance of aging through my photo session with her! I enjoyed this shoot so much! For anyone interested in celebrating your age, please feel free to contact me!

Thank you Mia for inspiring not only me but other women to embrace their age and to have fun doing so!

Be magical, Be bold, Be you! – Olympia photographer

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a princess in a big magical world. A princess that would create a world of kindness, beauty, and joy.

When River and I did her fairy-tale session, so many memories of my own self came rushing to my mind. Memories of innocents and wonder. Watching River twirl, dance, and stop to smell the roses at the Lord Mansion reminded me that life’s most precious moments are not only found in a giant world of make believe, but that if you take a moment to live bigger than yourself anything is possible!

While exploring the Yashiro Japanese Garden, River had the most amazing idea to crown herself from princess to Queen.
To watch her place the crown on her head and see her light up with joy made the end to our our session magical!

It’s moments like this that make being a photographer feel so rewarding.
I believe her fairy-tale session will stay with her forever. She will look back on this day and remember the magic she created not only for herself but for me as well!

This beautiful, talented and smart girl has so much to offer the world! I can’t wait to see what she does with her gifts!

If you’d like to set up a fairy-tale session for your child, please feel free to contact me and set up a consultation to bring their vision to life!

Love is in the air <3 - Olympia Wedding Photographer

Love comes in all kinds of forms. It connects us in ways that pushes us to be a better version of our selves. Love is something that grows deeper with each passing day. It’s not always easy; some days you have to work a lot harder than others, but it’s worth every breath! For me, as a wedding and portrait photographer, I strive to capture the joy in your love you share. Whether I’m photographing your family, spouse, child or friendship, I bring laughter and calmness into each one of my sessions. Allowing you and your love one to shine in your most authentic way! Schedule a consultation with me today so we can capture your unique love story!

Thank you 2019 Clients

This post is for all my 2019 clients!

I can not begin to explain how thankful I am for each and every one of you. In 2012 I started Vibrant Lens Photography and never thought or dreamed that it would still be going strong into 2020.

Many of you have been with me since the beginning! I can not thank you enough for trusting, growing and supporting me along my journey as a photographer! 2019 was one of the best years I’ve had. Not only did i work with returning clients but I connected with many new couples and families in ways I have not before. I pushed myself and honed in on photography skills that I never thought I would understand… let alone be able to do.

I look forward to continuing to grow and capture your many amazing moments in 2020! Here is a look back at some of my favorite moments of 2019! Cheers to looking forward to another great year!

Olympia Portrait Photography – Brittney

I was ecstatic when my amazing hairstylist told me she wanted head-shots to celebrate her 2nd year in business. I have photographed Brittney’s beautiful family many times. She is a strong, loyal and driven person. She’s an amazing mother to, two beautiful, smart and well-mannered girls and a wife who shares a beautiful love and friendship with her husband.

As a Shelton hairstylist, Brittney works hard to make every woman that sits in her chair feel and look their best. For Christmas I got my mother a full-service treatment from her. I can’t begin to explain the emotion my mother felt when she saw her hair for the first time. I can’t thank Brittney enough for that day. I highly recommend her for any hair services you may be interested in.

I knew when I photographed Brittney, I wanted all that she is to shine through. I was on a mission to have the world see the beautiful person I do.

With Brittney’s strong and driven personality, I told her to meet me in Downtown Olympia. Being an Olympia photographer, I knew the street art was perfect for that edgy and vibrant vibe I wanted to give to her photos. She totally rocked this with her fierce personality!

To showcase her Motherly side, I went for a softer look. As an Olympia photographer, I knew using the fresh and airy scenery that Port Plaza provides, combined with her elegance and beauty would be all that I was looking for.

Brittney was so confident and fun to work with during her Portrait Session and I truly think you can tell in her images.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Thank You 2016

This post is to all my 2016 clients!  I am so grateful for you amazing people! Thank you for trusting me to capture milestones, events, and moments in your lives.  It’s brought me so much joy to be apart of so many amazing moments. Below are some of my favorites throughout the year.

One of the best things about being a photographer is all of the awesome people that come into your life. These clients made it possible for me to take a big leap and grow in the direction I want to take my business. I will forever be grateful.

Woo, I can’t believe this year is already gone. It’s been a fun one for me! Thank you so much for working with, following along on Instagram and Facebook, and just generally being a part of my life and work!


And because I really can’t say it enough, thanks 2016, you were a blast!