Top 5 Photography Moments from the Past 5 Years

Woods Photography turns 5 years old! Many of our followers likely know our back story and have possibly been with us from the very beginning. It all started on August 26, 2012 when we offered 50 free sessions to help build our portfolio. We have been on such a wild adventure since then! Truthfully, there have been some tough times, but we would not change a thing. So many lessons learned with each new experience. We are so appreciatiave for the people and places we've seen along the way, so we thought we would share some of the fun times we've had with our Top 5 Photography Moments from the Past 5 Years:


#5. Our First Wedding (2013)

It was incredibly nerve wracking trying to capture a wedding for the first time with so little experience, but Shandel and Marc hired us knowing what we had to offer. We could not be more grateful that they took a chance on us! We have learned so much since then, but truthfully one of our favourite wedding images of all time is this one we took at Redcliff River Valley Park on their wedding day - our very first wedding.


#4. French Kiss from the Father of the Groom (2013)

Yes, that's right. Once while photographing the family portraits, the father of the groom walked right up to me, grabbed my face and tried kissing me - tongue and all. We all had a good laugh - especially Mitch who decided to capture the moment and NOT come to my rescue. Thanks a lot, honey! It was definitely the most shocking moment in photography for us... but mostly for me.


#3. Voted Best Photographer in Medicine Hat (2016)

Being voted in the top three Best Photographers in Medicine Hat for the past three years has been an incredible honour. We had put so much heart, soul, sweat and tears into our business that the award for Best Photographer validated every minute and sleepless night we spent following this passion of ours so blindly. Who knew photography would become our adventure of a lifetime. Creating these images with our son to celebrate was a blast, too! Still finding confetti all over our house.


#2. Sunset in Waterton (2014)

Jackie and Tyler's Wedding in Waterton was such a memorable wedding! It was our first time in Waterton National Park and the landscape took our breath away. We were lucky enough to spend the day before their wedding exploring to find nice locations for wedding portraits. At the end of our location scouting we decided to head up to Prince of Wales Hotel, which overlooks the park. It was AMAZING! We could not wait to bring them for photos. As it turned out, these two had never been up there yet and were seeing this view for the first time on their wedding day witnessing the most beautiful sunset over the mountains. It was like a fairy tale! We will never forget how these two melted into each other up on that hill. Tyler reached his arms out over the view and said, "Now, these are my pictures!" It was a perfect moment.


#1. The Wedding in Mexico (2015)

Our top 5 list would not be complete without our Mexico adventure! We had the pleasure of photographing Dean and Amber's wedding at the beautiful Princess Resort in Playa Del Carmen. Just wow... wow, wow, wow! We made memories and friends that now hold a special place in our heart - cheesy, I know, but its true. It was the farthest I have ever traveled and the first time I had ever seen the ocean. It was the first time we made memories of our own while photographing a wedding. This was most certainly our top photography moment!

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Remember this sweet jump Dirty Dancy style by the groom and groomsmen! Click image to watch in action.


Now, one last image that will always make us laugh...

HONOURABLE MENTION: The Nose Picker (2014)

This was our second time photographing this handsome little man, so everyone was becoming very comfortable with each other. He was just hanging off the door handle ever so innocently, when all of a sudden his finger just went straight up his nose. One of those brilliantly captured moments even his parents will never forget - unfortunately, neither will he with this proof.


Top 3 Best Photographer in Medicine Hat 3 Years in a Row!

We are absolutely honoured to make the list for the top three best photographers in Medicine Hat again this year. This is the third year in a row that our fans have put us in the top three! There are a few things that come to mind when we think about how grateful we feel for these past few years.

In 2016 we took 1st place for Best Photographer at the peek of our exhaustion. We had just finished the busiest photography season we had ever had all the while raising our handsome, dino-loving toddler, both working other full-time jobs, and teaching graphic design part-time for Medicine Hat College. Yes, we are that crazy! There were days we never slept so we could give our son undivided attention when he was awake then edited photos or prepared lectures to inspire those engaging minds all through the night for days on end.

We loved it all. We wanted to do it all. Winning Best Photographer justified every minute of lost sleep in our very tired eyes! However, it put us in the position to decide what was important. Sanity won!

We made the hard decision to slow down our photography schedule and turned away many wedding bookings last year. A decision made even more difficult when we were nominated for the Young Entrepreneur award through the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce. However, we knew the sacrifice would pay off. We could still shoot when we want, but would have more time for our son. Then we found out we were expecting baby #2, which proved we had made the right decision.

For those working in the photography field, you know you have to hustle. Hustle to get clients, to network and get completed work out that you're proud of (photography is so personal, subjective and you have to love what you do after all). The hustle can be a struggle when you have kids and as wedding photographers, we realized we would be giving up nearly every single weekend to make a living. We were afraid to give up this time - especially with our oldest starting Kindergarten this year.

If you've picked up a copy of the Medicine Hat News Winner's Edition, you've likely seen the incredible talent with whom we get to share the top 3 list. Luckily, for Medicine Hat there are so many deserving photographers in our community. We are just so grateful for everyone's support and taking the time to vote for us again. It feels great to be recognized even though we have scaled our activity back this past year. We will never stop doing what we love and will continue to provide our best. 

Thank you all!