My Story

Hi! I'm Gina Mangiante, a 26 year old elopement photographer in San Jose, California! While not originally from San Jose, I was born and raised in the Bay Area - which means I know allll the great spots for your elopement or session! I’m a 1 w 9 on the Enneagram, which means I strive for perfection (gotta love those details and organization) and love to make people feel at ease by being calm and adaptable! I tend to be a little more on the quiet side, so I love to step back and capture you just as you are, with some moments of directing here and there, to make your photos authentic and magical.

I started getting into photography while in college. I used to run around borrowing my friends cameras and snapping pictures before getting my own camera in 2016. I graduated from San Jose State University in 2018 with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development, and while I love kids, I realized I have more passion for taking photos and decided to pursue photography! I'm so thankful for my wonderful clients helping me make this dream a reality.

I absolutely LOVE taking pictures - maybe even a little more than I love In-N-Out. I get so much joy documenting the beauty of people and their special moments together! My faith in Jesus plays an essential role in my photography and in my life. I believe we are all created with our own uniqueness and beauty and I have so much fun capturing it all! I want those I photograph to see and feel their beauty as well. My hope is that you feel welcomed and accepted! 

I look forward to getting to know you! Please contact me if you have any questions!

Things I Enjoy

- TV shows like Friends, The Office, New Girl, & Schitt's Creek (I quote or reference these shows on a daily basis - and yes, I have a Friends tattoo)
- Iced vanilla lattes
- Learning Italian
- In-N-Out!!!
- Dogs (I’m hoping to have a husky one day)
- Crime podcasts
- Adventuring to new places