A First for This Wedding Photographer
I first met Meghan through our mutual friend, Maria. It was a girls’ night at Maria’s house, and Meg brought the wedding magazines, and I brought the wine. To say we bonded almost instantly over what qualified as outrageous wedding gowns – well, that would be an understatement. The night was full of laughs, GSD snuggles, wedding planning, and forming new friendships. Meghan let me know she wanted me to capture her wedding day, planned for a little more than a year away, and I instantly agreed. As the next few months passed, we got to know each other better, realized how much we are alike, and our friendship grew. Not a day goes by that we don’t talk at least over text. It wasn’t long before Meg asked me if there was any way I could be in the wedding and photograph it. I pondered whether or not it was a possibility, and quickly came to the conclusion that if anyone could make it work, I could. So, the next step was to find a dress in which I could shoot! (Coincidentally, I picked out a dress with a train. Seems counterproductive, but it worked out so well!)
A Destination Wedding in Colorado?
Most of us think of a destination wedding as in Cancun, or the Bahamas, or even San Diego. Colorado seems like an odd spot to most folks, but it was the perfect location for Meghan and Louis to finally say “I do” in May. Louis attended the United States Air Force Academy, which has an absolutely stunning chapel, so it was a logical choice. Plus, with friends and family scattered all over the country and abroad, it made sense to pick a place we would all be traveling to. Everyone arrived a few days before the actual wedding, and we basically took over Cheyenne Mountain Resort. I loved that we all had time to relax together, meet new friends, and enjoy the destination. (Overall, it’s probably the most relaxed time I’ve had shooting a wedding in many years.) I love Colorado almost as much as I love San Diego, so I was in heaven.
What I was not prepared for was the blizzard I would be arriving in. I mean, it was late May! Definitely a rare event for Colorado Springs! I certainly wasn’t going to complain about having snow for photos, if it lasted, but I was definitely not packed for a wintery, windy weekend. Pre-rehearsal dinner, a few of us ladies actually had to go in search of coats to purchase, and I may have worn leggings under my bridesmaid gown. (It was freezing!!) Fortunately, the weather took a quick turn on the wedding day. It warmed up to the 50s and 60s, which was positively tropical compared to the few days prior, and the sun finally made an appearance! Meghan and Louis could not have asked for a better day. The chapel was beautiful. Evening portraits were perfect. They were surrounded by the friends and family closest to them. We even had time to take a quick roadtrip to the Garden of the Gods on Sunday following the wedding.
So how did you do it?
I’m sure you’re wondering how I pulled off shooting a wedding and being a member of the wedding party. It was really easier than even I anticipated! What helped the most: working with Meghan extensively on the timeline and photography planning. I made sure we left plenty of time for everything, and padded it for travel. I also had an amazing second shooter to capture the ceremony while I stood at the altar, and to help me through the rest of the day. It really was one of the smoothest wedding days I’ve encountered! (So, if you’re looking for a photographer-bridesmaid, let me know!)
Thank you, Meghan and Louis! Thank you for having me there with you as a friend, and as a professional. I love you guys to the moon and back, with your nerdy, brilliant humor, and passionate love for all animals. So happy to see you guys tie the knot!
Angela Powell Woulfe is a San Diego Wedding Photographer, serving all of Southern California and capturing weddings nationwide. For current rates and availability, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A family photographer must not neglect her own walls…
Just a week ago, my daughter celebrated her ninth birthday. It was a little surreal to think that it was her last single digit birthday. She seems to have grown up in the blink of an eye! I haven’t been able to take birthday photos of her the last few years, as we have been traveling on her special day each year. As a family photographer, I need to practice what I preach and document all of these special occasions! Especially with a new home with lots of empty walls waiting for new portraits, it was a priority. We were in Montana for her birthday, as is becoming the norm, so we also had a unique opportunity to create some extremely memorable birthday portraits.
A birthday and Independence Day to celebrate…
One of my favorite things about Montana is how beautiful the Flathead Valley is. Nestled between mountains, and boasting a beautiful lake, surrounded by farmland and forest, it is certainly a location we won’t see often in Southern California. I took her to one of my favorite trails, and up into the forest on the mountainside to create stunning golden hour images. (Note: golden hour doesn’t start until about 9 p.m. this time of summer up here! It was a late night!) After spending about an hour in the woods, watching bald eagles fish, and otters play in the river nearby, we decided to capture just a handful of fun images to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Happy 9th Birthday, Maddie Claire! I am so impressed with the intelligent, witty, fun young lady you are growing up to be. You are my best buddy, my partner in adventure, and my fellow animal lover. You have so many amazing things ahead of you, and I must always remember to take the time to document these times in your life, no matter where we are. I love you!
So this is nine…
And Happy Birthday, America!!!
Dresses by Mayoral, Joyfolie, and DotDotSmile
Angela Powell Woulfe is an Oceanside Family Photographer serving all of San Diego and Orange County, as well as the Inland Empire. See more on her Instagram @powellwoulfe.
Well, I FINALLY have access to the internet and a computer on our road trip west! Time to get caught up on sharing some of my winter/spring engagement sessions and weddings! Matt and Christian met me at Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center this past winter. It was an unseasonably warm day. In fact, most of my East Coast friends might remember that we had an extremely early cherry blossom “pre-bloom”, which was promptly destroyed by the hard frost and snow in early March. This February day certainly did not feel like a winter day, and was a great reminder of the weather I could plan on year round for as a San Diego and Orange County wedding photographer!
The Kennedy Center as an ideal location
In DC, the Kennedy Center is well-known for it’s unique architecture overlooking the Potomac. An increasingly popular place for portrait sessions, it’s also one of the few places in DC with easy rooftop access. On this particularly spectacular day, plenty of families, couples, and friends were enjoying the sunshine with picnics and gatherings on the rooftop and veranda. It was simply a perfect day in one of the city’s most iconic places for an engagement session!
One of my favorite things about the Kennedy Center has to be the variety of architecture on the grounds, and how seamlessly it all blends together. The lines of the rooftop and overlook are modern, clean. The interior spaces are wonderfully balanced with light, windows, mirrors and historical displays. The grounds have a variety of water features and garden spots to enjoy – all in the heart of DC! As Christian and Matt have made DC their home, we wanted to incorporate a location that was distinctly Washingtonian. While the Kennedy Center is decidedly more modern than most DC architecture, it compliments the city beautifully. These are some of my favorites from their engagement portraits.
To see more of Christian and Matt’s engagement session, and to see some sneak peeks from their wedding day, be sure to follow along on Instagram!
Angela Powell Woulfe is a San Diego and Orange County Wedding Photographer serving all of Southern California. Angela is also now booking destination weddings nationwide!
Whoa. This is my first post since 2013 as a San Diego Wedding Photographer! It’s good to be back on the West Coast! I am over the moon being back in Southern California, and can’t wait to get my wedding season started in the San Diego area, however, I’m no longer allowing geography to slow me down. This year, I actually have weddings all over the country, and I hope the trend continues for years to come! I love traveling, and of course I love photography, so I hope to combine the two as much as possible.
It’s actually quite fitting that I start my summer off by sharing this couple’s engagement session. We may have captured their engagement portraits in Washington, D.C., but their coastal North Carolina wedding is going to be even more amazing! I’m at a bit of a loss as to where to start with the story of Becca and Brennan’s engagement session, so how about I start with how Becca and I came to know one another.
Some of you may know that I am active with an organization called TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – check out the website to see the awesome work they do!) I first met Becca several years ago at a TAPS event for survivors. Our survivor community has a saying that basically boils down to: “You’re the best family I never wanted to have.” Becca is my family, and I am blessed to have her in my life. She’s strong, smart, incredibly kind, and totally gorgeous.
A few years after Becca and I first met, along came this totally great guy named Brennan. I also remember the first time I met him – Becca actually wasn’t able to attend an event sponsored by Team RWB, though I was, and Brennan was organizing. Not long after that, I was able to see the two of them together and I knew it was going to be something amazing. These two are so incredibly in love – they support one another and chase after their dreams together. It was a sad day when they told me they were moving to North Carolina, but oh, what a great opportunity it was for them!
Ok, ok, back to their engagement session. Yes, they drove up to DC from NC just for this session. We had several “must have” locations on our list, and a short amount of time. Additionally, we ended up battling the weather as some surprise thunderstorms appeared. That’s summer in DC for you! But all ended perfectly. We were able to take some amazing photographs at the Lincoln Monument – the location they first met! – and on the mall before the rain chased us back to the car. From there, we moved on to Becca’s old neighborhood in Old Town Alexandria, and one very special alley. (They also treated me to ice cream, which was probably the highlight of my week!) Finally, we wrapped up the evening with some snuggle time at Green Spring Gardens.
It was so difficult to narrow down my favorites, and this isn’t anywhere near all of them. The love and connection these two share is so completely evident in these photographs. I hope they will always cherish these images, and the time we were able to spend together that night! Can’t wait to see you in North Carolina in a few months!