what you can expect

Real > Perfect

I'm going to be honest with you...I have no idea what kind of images we are going to capture during your session. The truth is, every session is unique.

My goal is to capture you and your family where you are right now...because, actually, you are not my primary client: your kids are. 

You'll be passing down prints and photo books from our session to your kids (and their kids) to rummage through, remember, and retell the stories about their growing-up years, about their mom and dad, about their siblings, and about what life was like "back then."

So while we will get a lot of laughter and love, we'll might also get some tears and angry looks. But that's ok....

...because to me, real is always better than perfect!

- Tara


Why I love what I do

Tara Olson Photography Northern Virginia Family Lifestyle Photographer

The child second from the right is my grandpa, Homer Willis Hansen.

This picture is not well composed, the kids aren’t smiling perfectly, the exposure is off, and the crop is all wrong. I would have deleted this picture.

But when I look at my grandpa standing there with that puppy in his arms and his eyes closed, I can’t help but relate to him and wonder about his life.

What was it like to live in that house and grow up with those brothers on that ranch?

I do this so that your grandkids and great-grandkids can wonder and connect with your kids in the same way.

This moment will pass, and any printed image you have of it will be a treasure to your children!

About mE

Tara Olson Photography Vienna Virginia Lifestyle Family Photographer

I live in Vienna, Virginia with my four sons. I'm a birth doula I enjoy adventure...backpacking, rock climbing, CrossFit, mud races, triathlons, and playing the guitar around a campfire with my kids. Someday, I want to learn to fly.

And when my kids grow up, I'm going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.