Meet Angela | The Ola Collective Photographers
Angela joined our collective in 2019, but she has worked alongside us at the Four Seasons long before then! A natural with children, Angela went to school for early childhood education, and also worked at the Four Seasons Kid’s club. Angela approached Ola when she was working at the Four Seasons Oahu Kid’s club and shared her love for photography. We made time to do a few shoots together here and there, and eventually transitioned to shooting with us. Her love for photography paired with a knack for engaging children has proved Angela as a perfect fit in our collective and we are so lucky to have her on our team. When she isn’t capturing families, Angela loves talking on the phone and answering emails to help our guests plan every detail of their shoot, from picking the perfect outfits to finding the best accessories.
First of all, can you tell us a little about your background and where you come from?
I’m Thai, growing up in a mostly Thai speaking household which I can thank for my bilingual ability. I am born and raised on Oahu being from Aiea, Central Oahu. I’m so thankful to be exposed to all these beautiful cultures and people growing up here.
How did you get started in photography?
My grandpa has always been a photography hobbyist and I always loved watching him take pictures and seeing how they would come out. We would spend some time out on Midway Atoll where I began taking pictures of the wildlife and developing a passion for photography. Wanting to expand my photography skills, I took photography classes and surrounded myself with friends who shared the same passion for photography.
What are some of your favorite things to photograph, and why?
I love capturing anything that has to do with family and little ones. Playing and capturing those candid moments with the little ones makes my heart happy. I also enjoy doing maternity photos, they’re so intimate and gets my creative juices flowing!
What is your biggest inspiration to keep taking photos? What do you love the most about photography?
I love seeing the joy and emotion in the images and the idea of the family having these memories to cherish forever.
What are your favorite things to do in Hawaii?
Hawaii being the “melting pot” there are so many different cultures here. With that comes all kinds of different food! Finding and trying new food joints is definitely right up my alley. One of my favorite things to do is catching the “sunset at Sunset.” Chasing beautiful sunsets at one of my favorite beaches, Sunset Beach, up in the north shore and going for a sunset dip in the crystal clear waters.
Can you tell us about one of your favorite adventures?
I’ve had adventures in Thailand and on Midway Atoll but one of my favorite adventures is making the drive up Haleakalā to see the sunset. You drive through the Haleakalā National Park where you see cows and the most breathtaking views. The drive takes you through the clouds to the summit. I will never forget the experience and I definitely will go back and make the drive again.