Sabadosa: Owner of Worth photo studio pursues her passion
By Reggie Sabadosa Citizen Journalist/rsabadosa @gmail.com September 25, 2013 8:00AM
Angel Malone | Supplied photo
When you love what you do for a living, it shows in your work. Angel Malone, owner of Photography by Angel in Worth, is passionate about her occupation.
While her interest in photography began at the tender age of 9 when her Mom bought her first camera, Malone’s studio in Worth has been around for only a few years. Some dreams take awhile to realize.
Malone’s mother worked at a wedding photography studio so she grew up around the photo business. She said she never went anywhere without her camera, adding that her friends would often get annoyed with her continually taking photos of them.
Just prior to marrying Kevin, her husband of 17 years, Malone got a part-time job at a local portrait studio while working at her full-time corporate position. She said she didn’t need the extra money but enjoyed being able to pursue her love of photography.
So it wasn’t surprising to hear that when she was offered a full-time management position at the studio, with no benefits and a huge cut in pay, Malone decided to leave the corporate world. As a studio manager, she also continued as a photographer.
It was during this time in her life, while being a working mom, she came to realize how important it was to capture those special moments in life.
This is when her style began to evolve. She came to the realization that photography is not about big, fancy props but the subject’s personality and how it shines through the photo portraits.
Through the years, Malone has trained alongside what she considers to be some of the world’s most talented wedding photographers. She learned much by studying their artistic approach.
“Photography is an art. It is not all about the camera and the equipment. It’s so much more than that,” she said. “It’s knowing how to create beauty ... or learning enough about a person to really find their true personality. It’s about knowing how to calm a bride or a scared child, and it’s about capturing those precious moments that will never happen again.”
After being a wedding photographer for more than five years, Malone found that she enjoyed more the “photojournalist approach to photography.” She started building a following of clients through her growing reputation, and eventually decided with her husband to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning her own studio.
In 2010, a leap of faith and a lot of remodeling work led to the creation of Photography by Angel, a 1,000-square-foot studio at 11416 Harlem Ave., Worth.
Malone’s studio is warm and welcoming, with a beautiful seating area where customers can view their photos on a 45-inch monitor. She offers a variety of photo props for children and adults as she tries to ensure that her photo sessions are both fun and relaxing.
Malone likes to think that her personality paired with her skill at photography are what keep clients coming back.
Malone and her family also believe in giving back to the community. This past year, she chaired a Relay for Life event. With her husband and their children, Sammi (15) and Tommy (12), they have helped to raise money for the American Cancer Society for the past five years.
Every customer is special to Malone, who said she has made so many new friends since opening her Worth studio. She believes feels that alone has been the greatest gift.
“I do believe that God has a path for everyone, and if you follow your heart through your fears and have faith, you will end up right where you belong,” she said.
For more information about Photography by Angel, visit www. angelmphoto.com or call 708-361-7750. Her Facebook page is www.facebook.com photographybyangel.