It’s that time of year! The weather is cooling off, and the holidays are right around the corner. This is typically the busiest time of year for both family and couples portrait sessions. I’m thrilled to be back in San Diego County this year, and can’t wait to kick off the fall and holiday season! I do have several Limited Edition Petite Holiday Session opportunities coming up, so you won’t want to miss them. For dates , details, and locations, and to reserve your spot, head to my booking page here!
Need help planning your wardrobe for your session? I’ve got that covered, too! Whether your style is formal, casual, or somewhere in between, my Fall What to Wear Guides have been thoughtfully crafted considering both our location and the seasonal trends. Have more questions? Contact Me!
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!