San Martin, CA // alex & david // olive grove family session

A few months ago, I decided that photography would some day be my full time income. I absolutely LOVE to take photos of couples in love and families celebrating the stage of life they're in. When I see a photo with such genuine and authentic smiles, I just can't help but feel so so so much joy. Family photography and wedding photography is my dream.

Then I took a quick break and watched Tangled to get into the "I've got a dream" mood :)

I put out a call on the Facebooks and Instagrams for 8 families or couples to invest in my dream and my community was faithful! Within just 2 hours, all 8 spots had been filled and I was ready to start learning and preparing to WOW my new friends.

Well, in today's blog post, we've got our first family photography client, the Almeida family. Alex, David and little Henry came looking AMAZING using my new family photography style guide. Alex chose a gorgeous, flowy, floor-length summer dress with a beautiful red and blue floral pattern. She picked out a clean, white button-up (because classy is classic) with fitted blue pants to complement her style. And of course, Henry stood out in his salmon pink shorts and ADORABLE button-up to match both of his parents.

But what really tied all of them together is the love and laughter that are so apparent in their family photos. Henry's definitely going to be a total ladies' man... just wait till you see those hands in his pockets! He's just got the biggest heart! And I love taking a just a few moments during family photos to treat the couple with a few moments of couple photos... to remember that this family is here because they have a marriage sustained by love. That's what family photography is—love.

Check out some of my favorites below!

Love, Angela

San Martin, CA | The Christmas Tree Farm with the Hinmans

San Martin, CA | The Christmas Tree Farm with the Hinmans

Hipster overload right now.

Ricky&Rachel moved out to Morgan Hill in August from Tulsa, OK. Though Ricky is originally from this area, he moved back with his gorgeous wife, Rachel, and their adorable baby girl, Charley Rose. When I first met them, we were...

Morgan Hill, CA | Coyote Creek with Stefanie&Firmin

Morgan Hill, CA | Coyote Creek with Stefanie&Firmin

My most favorite sessions are with couples in love. Stefanie&Firmin are two of the goofiest and sweetest people I've ever met. I met Stefanie a few months ago when her church hired me to do their staff photos. She reached out...

Morgan Hill, CA | Coyote Creek Trail with Stina&Brandon

Morgan Hill, CA | Coyote Creek Trail with Stina&Brandon

By now, you must know that I just LOVE the Coyote Creek Trail. If not, get ready.

Stina&Brandon reached out to me after their friends suggested they look me up. Stina made me feel so special in that she was so excited about getting pictures taken by me. I feel empowered by my community that they...

redwood forest rustic wedding // shelly&jonathan

The week leading up to October 15, 2016, was certainly a week of thinking on our feet. With just days before the wedding, so many last minute hurdles kept popping up... including something completely out of our control.

The rain.

Somehow, every little piece came together. God worked every detail into something more beautiful than the bride and groom could have imagined. When the day finally came, neither of them were the least bit concerned about the little things. Both of them were just completely happy and excited to finally be married after months of planning.

I had the fabulous privilege of picking up the blushing bride for her hair appointment and got to follow her around all morning. The ladies got ready at a friend's house tucked away in the back hills of Morgan Hill, CA, and the guys got ready right next door. While the girls spent their morning sipping mimosas and snacking on veggies and crackers, the guys were chowing down on In-N-Out and watching the college football game. Meanwhile, the venue was being set up and the cake, food and flowers were being delivered. It was truly a team effort!

My favorite moment from the day was when Jonathan finally got to see his Mrs. Higgins walk through the gate. He had been a tearful mess for awhile at that point, but it was so clear that he had never been more complete than in that moment. And Shelly walked gracefully into her redwood forest wedding with the rain coming down and not a care in the world with her father by her side every step of the way.

And when it was time for their bride and groom portraits, the rain let up for an hour so we could get some epic shots with the fog rolling in and the vineyard fresh and bright. It was dreamy to say the least with the gorgeous natural light, huge redwood trees, rows and rows of vineyard and all around life of the venue. It made for perfect, light and airy photos.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Higgins! Your love is evident and Jesus will use you to make the other a stronger and more loving person. Love you!

Give our vendors some love and enjoy some of my favorites from the day below!



ceremony // fernwood cellars
reception // elks lodge
videographer // texas sweet photo
second shooter // kristian marie creative
florist // jsm organics