My name is Angela and I'm the artist behind the images of Angela Smith Photography. I'm a wife, mother of two young children, and lover of all things photography.

I am located in Sherwood, Oregon and service the greater Portland Metro area. While I enjoy photographing subjects of all kinds, I have found that my passion lies in capturing life's most treasured moments - the miracle of a newborn, the confidence of a high school senior, a young couple in love, and a bride's tears of joy on her wedding day.

I want to thank you for visiting my blog. Please kick your feet up, grab a cup of coffee, and share my passion with me!

Tuesday, March 1

A New Appreciation : Las Vegas Photo Shoot

As you might already know, I was recently in Las Vegas attending the 2011 WPPI convention. I had a long list of classes I wanted to attend and things I wanted to do while I was there, and at the top of my list was to meet Shannon Hollman of Thousand Words Photography. Shannon and I have been friends for almost 4 years, however we had never actually met. In the midst of planning the trip, I came up with the idea that Shannon should take photos of my husband and I in the desert. She had done a session for another couple last year while she was there, and I figured with this being the year of our 10th anniversary, it made perfect sense. Shannon quickly agreed to my proposal and we set a date & time.

I have to admit, being on the other side of the camera was quite an experience. I stressed about what my husband and I would wear and how we'd do as subjects. In the week before we left, I went to the mall four separate times. I purchased and returned outfits. Should I wear my hair straight or curl it? I over thought the entire process. During the session, I was clueless. How should I stand? Where should I look? Do I smile or not? Was I squinting? I would be lying if I said it wasn't a huge relief once the session was over. And it made me appreciate my clients and what they go through that much more.

Through it all, Shannon and her husband Jeremy were amazing to work with. The session was fun, playful and relaxed - everything it should be. And the results? Amazing! I couldn't be happier with the results and have posted a few of my favorites below. You can see even more images on Shannon's fabulous blog. Plan on spending some time on her site - you will not be disappointed.

Shannon and Jeremy, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you and we're so happy we could be a part of your first In N Out experience. We are so grateful for your friendship and for your willingness to share your amazing gift of photography with us! xoxo







Stacy McPeek-Smith said...

She is amazing... as are you!! The pictures looks great and what fantastic memories you made!! :)

shannon- thousand words photography said...

aw, you just about made me cry. i adore and love you more than words could say. i already knew how much i would love you and meeting you in person was like meeting a friend i have known all my life. you and brandon are a beautiful couple who are beautifully in love. i am completely honored that you would ask me to do your photos. so, thank YOU! xo