Hello & welcome to the blog! I'm Angela Norton, and I'm a family, senior, & wedding photographer based in North Central Florida. I'd love for you to relax a while here, and enjoy reading the ANP stories. You'll also find resources for your next session or wedding!
Hope’s Senior Session truly couldn’t have gone better. Well, I could have lived without the wind… It took a hot minute to edit hair for this one!
Seriously though, she knocked it out of the park. She is a natural born fashionista, and even has a clothing and accessories section all her own in Second Times a Charm Consignment Shop. If you are like me, and can’t pick an outfit to save my life, then you should just call on Hope. She loves it, and she’s really really good at it. I’m a fan, can you tell?
Anyway! About her Senior Session! She did a great job with her hair & make-up, and she coordinated her outfits to flow with the schedule perfectly. We really did have nice weather, it was cool but not cold, with a nice breeze.
While they have their own cows, logistically we couldn’t make it work to get to them. So I had my super helpful husband feed up ours for her!
We used my private property and flowed through the evening creating a set of unique images and Hope chose great finals for her gallery. We finished up in the studio to get some editorial shots, and she didn’t disappoint there either!
Hope’s a good sport, and was super kind to me, no matter what weird thing I asked of her.
So, see for yourself, and you can honestly take lessons from her on how to rock your senior session!
photographer | Angela Norton Photography
Private Farm Morriston, Florida
It was a brilliant Florida day for a family photography session. Lots of warm sunshine after a cold, windy Winter, I was one happy photographer!
We were initially planning to do their session in downtown Sanford, but (thankfully!!) Mr. Schuster wanted to do the session in their neighborhood. He has a job where they move every so often, and he wanted the memory of this place they call home right now. Talk about husband points! Momma was so proud of her man.
I have photographed this family for several years now! It started with their youngest’s maternity session, which was also perfect by the way. Then I was asked to be a part of their precious hospital time for her Fresh 48 in St. Augustine. And we’ve had all their yearly sessions in between!
We are spoiled with each other, because we know what to expect and love on each other freely!
Funny story, we actually did some bargaining on this particular session. A while back she loaned me a lovely Tori Burch purse, and I was over the moon. I mean really, its just so soft and sooo preeettty. So when she offered to trade the session for the purse, I was all over that deal! Lucky me right! Just don’t tell my accountant, haha!
In addition to the location change, we decided to do the session in the middle of the day, when the girls would be happiest. I was thrilled! I love a challenge and midday Florida sun without a cloud in the sky, is sure a challenge. But with these beauties, how could I go wrong?!
See for yourself!
family photography session | Angela Norton Photography
Lake Forest, Sanford, Florida
It was an absolutely stunning day for a Gainesville Florida wedding! We had our first warm day of the year, and it was very much appreciated by all.
Who knew? Who knew that when Roxanne and Phillip were passing one another in the hallways of middle school that one day they would fall in love?
Who knew in those early days that on March 14, 2020 they would stand before their loved ones in the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville and exchanged wedding vows and promises to walk forward from that day as husband and wife!
Phillip and Roxanne had their very first date, almost 6 years ago now, on July 14, 2014 in St. Augustine. A lot of walking and talking as they began to find their way with one another. For the next four years they dated and became a couple. Phillip went through a lot of heartfelt time and prep to ask Roxanne the big question on July 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. And when she said “yes!” he placed his Grandmother’s ring upon Roxanne’s finger.
He loves her for her personality, laugh and smarts. She loves his ability to make her laugh, his great cooking talents, and for being there for her no matter what. They enjoy traveling and having adventures with their pups, fishing and spending time with good friends.
Roxanne choose the colors of French Grey and Wisteria for her Victorian themed wedding. She wore her grandmother’s jewelry, and he wore his grandpa’s tie pin. And the sweetest part, her Grandmother Irene made her beautiful wedding veil! She was able to match it up to the dress so beautifully.
Family and history is so important for the both of them, and you could absolutely tell that from all the details.
On their big day Phillip was soooo nervous! Of course, Roxanne was not. She is the coolest, laid back chick you’ll meet.
The reception was held at Plantation Hall in Haile Village where love, heartfelt toasts, music and of course some dancing lasted throughout the day.
Phillip & Roxanne, thank you so much for making me a part of your lovely wedding day. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for ya’ll! And let me know when you finalize that Disney Paris trip… I’ll carry your bags!
church | The Methodist Church Gainesville
venue | Plantation Hall
officiant | Joe Smith
flowers | The Peddler
decor | FAMILY
wedding planner for ceremony | Lynda Knight
catering | Hill’s BBQ and Catering
hair artist | Sabrina Brice
make-up | Kait Crooms
bride’s gown | The Wedding Cycle
alterations | Suns Sewing
veil designer | Irene
grooms & groomsmen attire | Men’s Warehouse
cake | Publix
photographer | Angela Norton Photography
Traditional Wedding at the Methodist Church, Gainesville FL
Ya’ll! This was the sweetest, simplest, love filled, and fun wedding! Dave and Maggie were married on their family property in Williston, and as everyone around here knows that the Whitehurst Lodge is a lovely, picturesque homesite, and a wonderful place to get married.
Dave and Maggie found each other after both were just looking for the right match. Their first date was a romantic boat ride in Crystal River, and the romance hasn’t slowed down! After they learned they have the same interests and hobbies (and even favorited the same candy!), they knew there was going to be more to their story.
They both love to hunt and fish, and love spending time at the river. Maggie said that Dave simply makes her feel loved… oh and she’s smitten over his pretty blue eyes! Dave loves Maggie for her contagious laugh and her loyalty to him. They are truly a great team, at work and and home, and everyone I spoke to said how unbelievably happy they are for them! I haven’t known them long, but I feel like they are the type of people you can not only depend on, but also have a great time with!
Dave proposed to Maggie in July, and in a short time they put together a beautiful wedding day! They wanted a really relaxed day with a sprinkling of tradition, and touches of Christmas.
They also wanted to celebrate, and with the help of Justin Lee Partin band, the place was rockin! And oh the food! I wish I could share with you the wonderful smells of all the delicious dishes! Sisters Place knows how to put out a mouth watering spread!
Dave and Maggie, I really enjoyed meeting you and your sweet, kind family. It was truly an honor to be a part of your day and get to celebrate this new chapter in your lives. I am sure you know it, but ya’ll are a super sweet team, and I wish you every happiness that you deserve!
venue | WHITEHURST LODGE
flowers | SAMS
decor | FAMILY
catering | SISTERS PLACE
appetizer table & smores bar | LEXIE
music | JUSTIN LEE PARTIN
makeup | KARA WINSLOW
cake | MERIDETH & LYNETTE
hair | TONYA COWART
Whitehurst Lodge, Williston Florida
Logan and Kayla’s love story is what dreams are made of. Their trust in God to do good things in their lives is inspiring. And their wedding day was incredible.
Logan and Kayla’s friendship bloomed after she started working at WCCA. They saw special things in each other, and after a while, sparks started flying! Due to their position as influencers at the school, they were very intentional with their relationship. They waited, they prayed, they had complete trust in God to design their path. But all along, the chemistry couldn’t be denied!
Instead of me explaining, here’s what Kayla had to say about how it started for her. “So the Obsession began. I can remember every time I saw my sisters, mom, and close friends this is what they would hear………Oh my Gosh he is SO CUTE! He loves Jesus, his family, and kids. What is not to love about him. He is a true example of what a Godly relationship looks like in a child of God. Oh my gosh do you think he likes me? Do you think I should wear this to school? I can not believe he smiled at me today…… I think one day he will tell me if he likes me. Oh my goodness what if I am being so obsessive and he is not even interested. What am I going to do?”
Isn’t she the most adorable person ever!?!
And yes, Logan was so very into Kayla! He proposed to her on July 26th, without any of their usual fanfare. While he had planned a more extravagant proposal, he simply couldn’t wait. They were at his home, just cleaned up from they day, and enjoying a regular night; and Logan said, “in the middle of “our” future home. I told her what God revealed to me and how I felt about her and our future life together and asked her to marry me.”
Before their engagement session, Logan and Kayla told me that the thing they were most excited about on their wedding day, was having everyone that had poured into their lives, be together to celebrate what God has created. And boy did they! The Williston Church of God was standing room only! They are so loved and appreciated.
All Kayla kept saying in the bridal suite, was that she was ready to see him. So when they had their first look, I knew it wasn’t really going to be about looks. They just needed to hold on to each other, and talk about it all! And of course Logan was absolutely blown away by Kayla. She was positively radiant.
The day went so smoothly. Everything happened on time and in perfect order. The weather could not have been better. And the many hands helping made it an easy and joyful day.
After the ceremony we headed over to the Etheridge Produce packing shed, and let me tell you… That place hasn’t ever seen a party like that! The decor was gorgeous, and surely felt like it was a little magical place that night. I don’t know how many people were on that dance floor, but it was a sea of movers and shakers! The DJ did an amazing job of entertaining everyone, and keeping the momentum going.
Kayla and Logan wanted a party. While they wanted to do the traditional events of the reception, they really weren’t too focused on the details. They just wanted to dance! So they did!
All in all, it was a truly wonderful day. I’m honored to be able to share their story and witness such awe inspiring faith and love.
Kayla and Logan, you are a blessing to so many, and your joy is contagious! Ya’ll will have so so many more adventures, and I am beyond grateful that I got to be a part of this one. I love ya’ll so much, and cheers to many decades of love and happiness.
Coordinator | GOLDEN CUPCAKE EVENTS
Florist | HEIDI, HERITAGE FLOWERS
Ceremony Location | WILLISTON CHURCH OF GOD
Reception Location | ETHERIDGE PRODUCE
Makeup | SHELBY BROOKS
DJ | JRA ENTERTAINMENT
Bridesmaid Dresses | AMAZON
Groomsmen Attire | CARLEY, ALLURE BRIDAL
P.J.’S | AMAZON, embroidery | SOUTHERN ROOTS HAT COMPANY
Cake | KT’s Cakes
Rentals | PARTY TIME RENTALS
Williston Church of God, Williston Florida
Tyler and Alyssa’s wedding pulled on the heartstrings all day long. The combination of their wonderfully joyful and loving family and the intimacy of the Sweetwater Branch in Gainesville’s historic district, was a formula for magic. When they decided to get married, they decided not to draw out a long engagement, and quickly put together this event. And you’d never know they didn’t plan for months and months. And believe me, you could tell from the smiles on every guests’ face, that they were having a great time!
Due to the brevity of their engagement, Tyler and Alyssa opted to skip the Engagement Session, which would normally scare me, because I really value that time with my couples, but it was totally fine. They are so easy going and kind, they really made my job very easy. And you will see in the images, they knocked their portraits out of the park!
When I entered the bridal suite, I was greeted with smiles and laughs. I even commented that the vibe in the room was so welcoming and calming. These ladies had been friends since they were Girl Scouts, and they made me feel so very much a part of their group. I really can’t say enough wonderful things about them. And you could feel the love they all had for each other; it was tangible.
It was the last weekend in November, and we couldn’t have custom ordered better weather. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the temperature was a perfect 66 degrees. We just had one small setback during the day, which was an accident on the highway, which delayed several guests, so the ceremony start time was pushed back slightly. Totally no big deal since the guests were quite comfortable, and the venue allowed us to extend the exit time by half an hour. We did have to put the bridal portraits into high gear, but you’d never know (1) that they had no engagement session practice, (2) that my tempo of instructions may have rivaled an auctioneers! They were absolute champs!
You know those times in your life when you know you are a part of something special? Yea, that was this day. Tyler and Alyssa I adore you both. Your day was magic. I pray for a blessed marriage and family for you! Thank you so much for the absolute honor and privilege of getting to witness and capture your day. Enjoy this visual story of your beautiful fall wedding day!
Ceremony & Reception | Sweetwater Branch Inn, Gainesville Florida
Dress Store | The Perfect Dress, Sarasota Florida
Florist | The Flower Shop, Gainesville, Florida
Hair & Make Up | Moxie To Go
Cake | Sugar Refined Bake Shop
Sweetwater Branch Inn, Historic Gainesville Florida
The Pickin’ Patch in Dunnellon Florida
Zach’s mom has been planning this session for over a year! And when she asked me if I’d be up for a Senior Session on Lake Hernando, of course, I was all in.As you can see, we had a beautiful Fall Florida evening weather, and we were blessed with epic skies.
Senior Session on Lake Hernando
When you have a backyard like this, why would you ever leave? This sweet family session at their home was just perfect.
The Cramer family home served as a beautiful backdrop for their family session. We had great weather, a beautiful golden sunset, and lots of smiles.
When you have a backyard like this, why would you ever leave? This sweet family session at their home was just perfect. The Cramer family home served as a beautiful backdrop for their family session. We had great weather, a beautiful golden sunset, and lots of smiles.