About Me, Angela Divine
I get asked a lot about my middle name, and it actually runs in my family. My grandmother was Divina, she passed the name Divine onto my mom, and my mom passed it onto me. I hope to continue this tradition if I have a little girl of my own, despite my mom's' warning of the names the kids used to call her. On the bus, they would say, "Divine, Divine, the clinging vine..." what does that even mean?!
Speaking of my grandma, my grandparent's home is where my photography career started. I was a little obsessed with its retro charm. They had this olive green carpet with orange and yellow flowers, an attic that was fully paneled with wood with secret hiding spots. I spent a lot of time there, I loved my grandparents. I knew one day it would be gone, so I had to make sure I could remember every last detail of it, and my camera did just that.
I studied painting and photography at UW Madison and came home after four years of college with an internship at a photo studio. These photographers shot airplanes, cars, windows, and even meatballs, which on a photo set are not real- do not try them.... I will never make that mistake again, they were made out of putty.
I loved the experience but felt the commercial world was inauthentic. The studio I worked for barely photographed people, and when they did, there was hair, makeup, pinning of the clothing, nothing felt real. One day, I told my bosses that I felt like everything was staged and fake. They laughed and welcomed me to the world of advertising, but also suggested I try weddings and lifestyle sessions, so I found a mentor and dug right in.
I love working weddings because nothing is staged. All the emotions are raw, and I love being apart of them. I feel like I'm doing something of purpose and value, which is the same reason I also offer personal brand photography.
Working with entrepreneurs who are trying to help their audience inspires me. My photography takes on a deeper meaning when an author or life coach uses my photo in a post that connects them to a new follower who needed to be cheered on or encouraged.
Photographing authentic stories is what drives me to wake up and pick up my camera day after day.
A few other things about me:
I’m a 90’s child. My first CD was the Free Willy soundtrack (I loved that Michael Jackson song) followed by TLC’s Crazy, Sexy, Cool. Also a huge fan of all things Nickelodeon, Nintendo (my dog is named Zelda and my husband and I have matching Triforce tattoos), and Harry Potter.
Unicorns are the greatest! I own about a dozen pairs of “lucky” unicorn socks and will most likely be wearing them if you want to meet.
I have been teaching yoga for almost nine years! I teach a couple of classes a week because it keeps me grounded but also helps me feel less guilty about consuming massive amounts of tater tots and tacos.
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"Angela was organized, efficient, and gave excellent direction throughout shooting our wedding. We had family complimenting her before the reception even started. We had such a fun time, felt relaxed, and were able to get in the long long list of family photos that we requested (and be done ahead of schedule)! These compliments are before we even saw the photos. The next day when we got a sneak peak, we were speechless. Angela’s creativity and skill is very evident. We were coached into poses as she snapped away with her camera – and the results: we could not believe it! To be cliché, a picture is worth a 1000’s words, so I highly recommend her work. But I also highly recommend her – she was kind, and professional, she knew how to get the kids to laugh and smile. Capture the memory: both poised and candid. Be present to take an impromptu group picture, but slip into the background and capture the unseen moments. Angela – you were an absolute delight to work with, we are beyond satisfied to have you be part of our day, and will forever be grateful for helping us preserve those memories!"
Erin and Jeremy October, 2017
"Angela was such a gem to work with. I am a new business owner, and have been waiting to update my website, social media accounts, and run ads until I had my branding session with her. I've seen an uptick on my followers once I started posting more professional pictures. I also was able to launch my very first Facebook and Instagram ad with a PROFESSIONAL photo!!"
Rebecca Gebhart with Rise Up Consulting
"I can't overstate how much I loved working with Angela! I hate taking photos in general, so was not looking forward to a photo-packed wedding day. But Angela made it quick, painless, dare-I-say, fun? Her directions were impeccable and her organization both before and during the wedding was outstanding. We woke up the day after our wedding with a few amazing preview shots - she's an incredibly talented photographer. She is very reasonably priced, especially given how high-quality our photos came out! If I could do it all over, I would not hesitate for a moment to choose Angela again. Thanks for your optimism and creativity Angela! You were a joy!"