About Alice

Hi!  I’m Alice Malia, pronounced A-li-chay (it's Italian, and if you throw your hands in the air it's easier to pronounce - like "felice!" or "ceviché!").  You already know that I'm a lifestyle portrait photographer based in Olympia and that I'm really friendly and fun to work with, so here are some extra facts to get you even more excited and ready to work with me:

The fun facts

Friendly Olympia Family Photographer
  • I'm the mom of two wild little boys who are my everything, along with my super outdoorsy husband who is my rock.
  • I believe that good food, great company, and fancy chocolate is what a happy life is made of.
  • I grew up in Hawaii and love to travel, so I'll often offer tips of where to go and (most importantly) what to eat.
  • Sunshine, fresh flowers, and baby giggles will always put a smile on my face.
  • I'm big into yoga because it makes me feel so... (deep breath) ahhh, peaceful... (now queue the noisy toddler to run in and shake everything up).

my Journey in photography

where i am now

Over the last 13 years, my style has developed and evolved, and now that I have a young family of my own, what inspires me most is the love and connections between family members and couples.  That's why I focus on wedding, elopement, and family and newborn photography in my new home of Olympia, Washington, and its surrounding areas.  

How I started

When I was 9 years old, my Italian grandfather gave me a beautiful Olympus camera.  The next day, it was stolen at an open market.  Either that or I lost it (I've blocked the details out of my mind).  I was so embarrassed and ashamed that I steered away from photography altogether because I was petrified of bringing up that story again.  But don't worry, this story has a happy ending...

Then Paris happened

In 2005, my stepmom lent me her old Nikon FM10, which I took to Paris and used in college.  When I started studying film photography, I immediately fell in love with the art form and finally let go of the story of the stolen Olympus that was holding me back.  From then on, hours and hours were spent in the darkroom developing my own film and watching the images appear on the page before me.  It was a magical experience and I was immediately hooked.  The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.  Paris was every budding photographer's dream backdrop, and it was my playground.

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Photo editing

Since 2012 I have also worked as a professional photo editor and retoucher, primarily for Nordstrom.  I have also worked for large clients such as Microsoft and DocuSign, as well as for small companies and start ups.  I am currently available for photo editing and retouching assignments, and for more information about these services, please click here for my photo editing portfolio and contact me for gallery access.