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.


Jackie + Tyler's Wedding | Waterton Wedding Photographers

We were dying for the chance to photograph a wedding in the picturesque mountains of Waterton National Park in Alberta, and we could not have had a more beautiful couple to share this amazing experience with! Mitch and I shared such a great weekend together doing what we love and we could not be more grateful for this couple choosing us to capture their wedding with the perfect setting and romantic atmosphere. Congratulations and thanks again, Tyler & Jackie!

Here is a beautiful testimonial from our bride, Mrs Jackie Noyes:

Our wedding day was perfect in every way! The first time I saw Tyler waiting for me at the end of the isle, nothing else mattered. My eyes were locked on his...and I knew this man is my soul mate and exactly who I am supposed to be with. My 2 words to describe our wedding would be perfect and intimate. Everything came together exactly as planned. It went by so fast! But we relished every moment of it. We were so blessed to have our closest family and friends celebrate our love and marriage with us that day!

The day went fast, but felt perfectly timed out. I felt that there was never a moment that felt out of place. I loved the food..I have to say it was probably the best wedding food! We were perfectly in sync with each other, and I think that really came out during the shoe game, where most of our answers were the same. Two of my favorite moments were my first look with my dad, where his reaction totally surprised me. My second favorite was when we went out for sunset photos. It was just Tyler and I and we were able to just look back on the day, relax together and have a moment to breathe, and I really think our feelings came through in the photos.

Woods photography was amazing. From the planning and ideas to the big day they were there with us step by step. I felt I would get all the photos and poses I liked and they definitely captured all of them and more! They captured all of our little special moments, little moments that we weren't able to capture ourselves. They were so friendly and easy going and just went with the flow of the day. Our personalities clicked perfectly and we were all so comfortable that day. I loved the whole day and they shot a lot of great photos!

My favorite photo is one of my dad where they captured all of his emotion after our first look, this will be one of my favorite photos of my dad forever! Another favorite photo is at the ceremony and they captured a photo of me and a perfect tear under my eye, I didn't even know I had actually cried!

Dress:  Magic Moments Bridal  |  Tuxedo: Moore's 
Flowers: Safeway  |  Hair/MUA:  Glass Nails (Camille Finnie)