The biggest bummer of the current government shutdown for photographers is the closure of national parks. All permits to shoot in national parks have been withheld, meaning this gorgeous venue (where WE got married in August) has put a hold on all events and permits. I am hurting inside for everyone that has planned events at national parks that are now rescheduling their weddings and shoots elsewhere. I am so thankful that our wedding was two months before this came into effect! It’s been a bummer for us in other ways, too… Our good friends are getting married in Pema Osel Ling this coming Saturday (thankfully a private facility in the Redwoods) but planned to have a week-long “honeymoon with friends” campsite in Yosemite, which is no longer able to happen. Also, the shortest and easiest way, by hours and hours, for my husband and I to get to the one location in California that actually (shockingly) has trees that change color in the fall (no, not green-to-brown but actual oranges, reds, and yellows) is through Yosemite, which is closed, and we have a feeling the color will not last for more than another week or two.
The GOOD news is that this shoot with Danielle and Solomon took place back in June, and we took FULL advantage of this incredible location. Of course I am partial to it since we chose it as our venue, and it was fun to walk around with them and take photos in the exact spots I knew I would be standing with my husband only two months later. Danielle and I have been friends for a long time, and I am so honored to be their photographer. She and Solomon are a perfect match, and we are so excited to celebrate their wedding with them in 2014!
I’m a married woman! Our wedding was everything we dreamed of, and we couldn’t be happier to be married and committed fully to one another. We were overwhelmed with love; love for each other, love for our doglet, love for our families, and love for our friends, and it was all reciprocated tenfold. I couldn’t believe how truly lucky and blessed we felt and still feel today.
Upon returning, I have been working hard shooting, editing, and redoing my website… My original plan last December was to unveil my new website this summer, but it was put on hold for our wedding. (I have a new appreciation for all of the hard work you DIY brides and grooms put in during the last few months leading up to your wedding… Whew!) I am hopeful that I can get the website finished by late fall. While working on my website this week, I got distracted a bit (ok, a lot) and gave a fresh look to my blog as well. It still has a few updates to go once my fonts, watermarks, and other small details to match my website are chosen, but for the most part I am very happy with its face-lift!
Also, just FYI, I was toying with the idea of changing my business name, but I am going to stick with Nicole Angelo Photography. Legally, however, I’m a Stafford.
A few news updates:2013-2014 Seniors! I am offering a FREE portrait shoot (does NOT include any photo packages) to a few seniors for this fall/winter. Very limited availability. Please contact me for more information!
2014-2015 Seniors! (Current Juniors) My senior rep program will be launching in January 2014. Details coming soon if you are interested!
If you are still wanting a fall family session, I have two dates left in Northern California to make sure you get your photos in time for Christmas cards/gifts. Unfortunately, I am all booked up for Southern California; However, I can be available to do early morning sessions but it will need to be at nearby locations, which means your choices will be limited and you will have to come to me so I can arrive in plenty of time to my afternoon sessions. Let’s discuss if you’re interested! I am also not doing any mini-session dates this year. SoCal, see you this weekend!
And of course no blog post would be complete without a few photos! Here are three from our memorable honeymoon in Thailand and one from our wedding day (taken by Brian at ABM Wedding Photography, edited by me!).
Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen.
We rode an elephant!!! And fed its baby! Check that one off the bucket list!
At the ruins in Sukhothai… Thank you sweet lady who didn’t speak a word of English for taking this one.
I can’t believe it’s already mid-wedding season and what is even crazier… Silas and I are getting married in less than 2 weeks!!! There are no words to describe how in love I am and how excited I am to commit my life to him. I took off the entire month of August from shooting to focus on our wedding and honeymoon (Thailand!!!), so I have just a few moments before finishing up the final details for our wedding to post an update on all of the beautiful weddings, engagements, portrait sessions, etc. that I’ve done in the past 6 months. I also had 2 magazine features this year, one in Exquisite Weddings / The Bride Suite and San Diego Style Weddings. I’ll check back in September… as a Mrs.!!!
**UPDATE** 2014 SENIORS… Be sure to check back in September for important information!
**UPDATE** BOUDOIR CLIENTS… Special deals coming for the month of November!
Vanessa + Jimmy
Crystal + Kyle
Megan + Jason
Danielle + Solomon
Denver + Bree
…and little Tatum!
Tara + Chris
Kim + Rob
Sweeney Family Baby Announcement
Tiffany + Jason
Kyle + Jenna’s Maternity…
Rachael + Sean
Christine + Julio
…and Little Declan!
Vanessa + Jimmy
I have clients ask me all the time why anyone would ever “trash” their wedding dress because it seems totally insane. I usually explain how “trash the dress” sessions do not necessarily mean ruining the wedding dress, it just simply means taking photos at a location that you weren’t able to go to on your wedding day. Plus, it gives you an excuse to wear your dress again!The level of “trashing” is completely up to the bride.
Meet Kristin. Her dress was in shreds… literally… and she wore it jumping off a pirate ship. Here are some of my favorite images from Kristin and Justin’s Day After + Trash the Dress sessionMore from their wedding soon!
I was not kidding…