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!

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!

Cameron’s Senior Session

Cameron is probably one of the most musically talented seniors I have worked with this year.

He is a 2016 senior at Tumwater High School. When he’s not in class, he spends his time drumming with his friends, which is what he will miss most about high school.

Cameron participates in the marching band, musicals and track at school. He enjoys listening to Sick Puppies, Dream Theater, Tool and Shinedown, which I think is pretty cool.

Cameron has a very jubilant personality. If you asked his friends they’d say he’s pretty enthusiastic, an important character trait to have for Musical Theater and Band.

Cameron will be attending college after he graduates. He aspires to be an Architect. I cannot wait to see where his journey after high school takes him.

Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck on your path to success.


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Buckhorn’s 32nd Annual Golf Tournament

On August 15, 2015, I had the privilege of photographing the Buckhorn’s 32nd Annual Golf Tournament.

This tournament started in 1984, back when big hair and tight shorts were the latest trend set.  It started with a group of six, good ol’ fashion country boys having fun playing golf.  These country boys got caught (more than once) drinking Buckhorn Beer out on the golf course by their teacher, soon after naming them “The Buckhorn Boys”.

The Buckhorn Tournament was born!

Now, 32 years later, the Buckhorn Tournament goes strong, located at their original home course, Oaksridge Golf Course. Surrounded by close family and friends, these same ol’, slightly older country boys, still come together once a year to celebrate the “Golden Years” and keep The Buckhorn Tournament alive.

The memories these fellas have created, collected and shared over the years, is truly what the meaning of family and friendship is all about!

I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this special legacy these men created!

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