My Favourite Photos from 2018 - The Canadian Rockies and Beyond

2018 was a great, big, beautiful year. One I will never forget. This has been a great year for documenting weddings, elopements and couples who felt like a lovely match to the style I use to photograph connections and people in love. I feel humbled and incredibly blessed by all of the people I got to work with in Canada and abroad. My gratitude for your trust when documenting an intimate moment runs deep, and leaves me ever fulfilled to be on this path with photography. Thank you for sharing such a lovely space to create from.

Getting to visit Ireland and photograph my first destination wedding would be another highlight for the year. I can not wait to share this wedding! You’ll find a healthy selection of images from this wedding mid pack below. Between this amazing wedding, and the 29 other incredible weddings that took place all over the Rockies, I will be delightfully busy updating my blog with this years, and last years (2017) weddings. It will be great to share some fresh, new work.

Another major highlight for the year was getting to travel more. Getting to visit Tofino, Ireland, New York, and then San Francisco were all places I have longed to visit. I have shared a couple photos from some of these places below, and plan to do more personal photography projects that may make an appearance on this site in the future.

With this being the most full year I have had in the past 6 years of business, a lot of important aspects of life were left a bit short. As much as I love this path, I also love life and the ever present pursuit of a work life balance that provides enough rest to really dig deep and keep pushing myself as an artist. This year, I will be making a significant goal to attain that balance and level out how much I work vs how much I live and create for me. 2019 is still a full year, one I am very excited to be a part of. I am equally excited to explore inviting time with friends & family, outdoor recreation, creative personal projects, and above all else ~ time for self care to come back into the picture. We are all deserving of taking great care of ourselves in any capacity we can create. The idea is to create it from a place of worthiness.

Another major goal, one I have been building towards for a couple years now, is to do a full and complete rebrand of my business. I am excited to get started on a fresh new look for my website, blog, and new, exciting options for couples hiring me for the coming years. With all of the busyness mentioned above, there are nearly 60 weddings that only a few photos have been shared from each on social media. It will be great to have the time to thoughtfully share some of my favourite work from the past two years.

Thank you so much for taking the time to pop by and see some of my favourite images from the past year. I apologize for the quantity, I wanted to dabble a few personal photos throughout. I am so excited to invite new experiences to come in 2019, both professionally and personally. I am sending you all a warm, heartfelt wish for a wonderful and fulfilling year ahead. Thank you so very much for your support!

Much love,

Jody

Jess and Cameron | Lake Louise Elopement | Lake Louise, AB Wedding

I love intimate weddings in inclimate weather. So moody, beautiful and dramatic. Add in a little Lake Louise magic and you've got one beautiful Elopement! 

I loved getting to photograph this elopement. Between the calmness of Lake Louise, the snow and rain that gently fell and the loving notions that flowed with ease between Jess and Cameron, all of it was wonderful to photograph. Here are my favourite photos from their lovely elopement at Chateau Lake Louise, followed by a portrait session along Emerald Lake road. 

Thank you for bringing me along to capture your elopement, Jess and Cameron! xo

Venue: Chateau Lake Louise

Hair: Lillies and Lace Beauty Co.

Makeup: The Pretty Haus

Flowers: Forget Me Not Flowers

Katie and Dan | Storm Mountain Lodge Elopement | Banff National Park Wedding

I absolutely loved being a part of this beautiful elopement at Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park! Katie and Dan were absolute dreams to work with. This lovely couple reached out from Australia seeking an intimate environment, in the Canadian Rockies, for their elopement as a gift to each other for their 10 year anniversary of being together. Storm Mountain Lodge came to my mind immediately. They also wanted a tour da force experience with photography in the Rockies, and that is exactly what we did together. We started in Kootenay National Park and then finished with a few sites in Banff National Park before ending our time together. Any where we went, Katie's gorgeous gold dress shone like a bright light on a cool November day. What a fun dress to photograph! :)

Here are my most favourite images from their elopement. I hope you enjoy them! A huge thank you to Katie and Dan for bringing me along to capture this lovely time in your lives. I'll never forget you both. :) 

Here's to many more blog posts to come! :)

Venue: Storm Mountain Lodge.

Hair and Makeup: The Pretty Haus

Flowers: Willow Flower Co.

Liz and Cassandra | Camp Chief Hector Wedding | Kananaskis Country, Alberta

How do I even begin to speak about my amazing experience working with these two wonderful women? From our first conversation, I knew I was in for not only a great experience, but a lasting one. Liz and Cassandra are one of kind type of people. They are passionate about each other and life, they come from the heart and they know how to have a good time. When I first met with Liz to learn about her wedding, I knew almost instantly I wanted to be a part of their day. She shared visions of games, celebrations, playful events that surrounded their day, and a lot of fun, relaxed vibes with their family/friends at Camp Chief Hector. Not only did they deliver, they went above and beyond. 

Their wedding took place on a crisp fall day in October of 2016. The weather had a lot of snow and rain in the forecast, but none of it came to pass. Their day was sunny, warm and full of light, fun vibes. I really can not choose one aspect of their day that was a favourite. Their  whole day, and the time we worked together has been very memorable and special to me. Today, they are so much more than clients to me, they are friends. 

Here are my favourite images from their winter engagement session along hwy 93 north, and their incredible wedding at Camp Chief Hector. Liz and Cassandra, it was beyond a gift to work with you both. I am so glad we met. Every time I look at the photos we made together it leaves me warm and smiling. I know you two will make it through anything life throws at you. It was honour to be a part of this time in your lives.

Liz and Cassandra were kind enough to share a testimonial of their time with me. Thank you so much for your words! 

"When my wife and I got engaged we sat down and discussed what we were unwilling to compromise on and mutually agreed that photos are the most important thing as that is what you get to keep and cherish forever (second only to each other of course). After pouring through literally thousands of photos and hundreds of photographers we decided on the incomparable Jody Goodwin. She is an expert at capturing the breathtaking beauty of nature and has an incredible eye for candid moments and catching pure joy on film. 

From the moment we first spoke with Jody we knew we had made the right decision. She truly loves what she does and cares an incredible amount for the people she works with. Jody is one of the most kind, talented, genuine human beings we have ever met and we felt comfortable working with her immediately. She exudes excitement, love and light that creates an infectious atmosphere of fun that makes being photographed feel effortless. My wife and I don't typically love having our picture taken but I mean it when I say we would happily have Jody take our picture any day!

Our wedding day was full of chaos due to an enormous bridal party and being surrounded by an incredible team of people working to get all of us ready so I didn't think I would have many getting ready photos (which I was okay with) but somehow Jody swept in and made the chaos look like calm and managed to catch so many beautiful moments that we will cherish for years to come. While looking at our photos we were overwhelmed with emotion as our wedding day memories came flooding back because every single photo is dripping with our personalities, is filled with the people we love and moments we didn't even realize she was there for. She even caught me ugly crying during our wedding vows (trust me...it was bad haha) and managed to make it look pretty! Now THAT is worth it's weight in gold.

We couldn't be more thankful that we met Jody and have her in our lives. We have received endless compliments on our photos and have had numerous friends tell us they wish they had found her for theirs. If there is one thing you can splurge on for your wedding and know that you will never regret it, it's Jody Goodwin Photography. Not only will you have the gift of breathtaking images from the happiest day of your life but you will likely gain a new friend as a bonus. BEST. PHOTOGRAPHER. EVER." ~ Liz and Cassandra

Huge thank you to Julie Kundrik for assisting me with their wedding. Thank you for adding to fun and sharing in their day as well. 

Here are the vendors who played a roll in their wedding:

Cassandra’s Suit: Custom made by Ed Williams Menswear
Liz’s Dress: Designer: Tara Keely Purchased at - Cameo & Cufflinks
Bridesmaids Dresses: Henkaa
Hair: Erin O’Neil
Makeup: Erin Winters
Flowers: Hen and Chicks
Liz’s Engagement Ring: Originally Cassandra’s mother’s ring but was deconstructed and redesigned by Precision Jewelry Manufacturing
Cassandra’s Wedding Ring: Lacey Janette
Catering: Red Seal Dining
Venue: Camp Chief Hector 

Marie and Pierre-Olivier | Silvertip Resort Wedding | Canmore, Alberta

Canmore is truly one of the most beautiful places in Canada, especially in the fall. Marie and Pierre had an absolutely beautiful fall day for their fall wedding at Silvertip Resort. I am most pleased to finally see them on my blog. 

Marie and Pierre chose Canmore as the location for a wedding because of their love the mountains and actives they share together in the area. Surrounded by many friends and family from all over the world they pledged their love for one another and committed their lives together. It was a privilege and an honour to be a part of their day. 

Here are a collection of my favourite images from their wedding day. Thank you so much for bringing me a long to share in your lovely wedding, Marie and PO! I wish you both a life of love and happiness together. xo

Special thanks to Julie, my tried and true assistant. You were an incredible help as always. :)

Here are the vendors who played a role in their lovely wedding:

Grooms suit ~ RW & Co
Brides dress ~ Rue de Seine “Ivy” dress, The Bridal Boutique Calgary
Brides shoes ~ Nine West
Bridesmaids dresses ~ Nordstrom
Groomsmen: Bow ties from RW & Co
Hair and Make up Artists: Make up: Mel at Makeup Mel. Hair: Jordanna at Lilies and Lace Beauty company
Venue and Catering: The Silvertip Resort
DJ: Sounds Unlimited
Flowers: Lavender from their mothers garden and Ottawa and France. 
Limousine Services: Banff Transportation Group 
Seating Chart: Leanne at little me paper co  
Rings: Canmore local Rudi Peet engagement ring, and Michael Hills in Colorado
Nightly shuttle transportation: Highland VIP group
Marriage commissioner: Karyn at Banff Lake Louise Weddings 

Chyanne and Taylor | Canmore, AB Wedding | Canmore Wedding Photography

Between our lovely engagement session, and their even more beautiful wedding, it was such a pleasure working with this couple. Chyanne has to be one of the most kind, genuine and loveable women I have had the pleasure to work with. It is of little surprise to anyone that Tyler is so completely in love with her. You can sense that same love from all of their family and friends around her. They make a great couple together.

I am so pleased to share some of my favourite images from their engagement session in Kananaskis country, and their lovely DIY wedding that took place this past fall in Canmore AB. Chyanne went over the top with her incredible decorating and design ideas for their reception, which was held at the Miners Hall in Canmore, Alberta. She made everything from the backdrops to her own bouquets, and all of it was perfecting done.  

Huge thank you to both Chyanne and Taylor for bringing me along to document this special time their your lives. I wish you both a life filled with love, companionship and the joy you feel for each other every day you are together. xo

Also, a huge shout out to Julie Kundrik, my lovely helper for the day. As always, it was a pleasure to have you come along for the day. xo

Here are the vendors who played a role in their day:
Grooms suit ~ Egara - Moores Clothing, Calgary
Brides dress ~ Maggie Sottero - The Bridal Center, Calgary, AB.
Brides shoes and Accessories ~ BHLDN  
Bridesmaids dresses ~ Novia Mia
Hair and Make up Artists ~ Jenah from The Pretty Haus 
Catering ~ Bon Appetit Catering, Canmore (Jane Spentzos)
DJ ~ Kaylee Rose & the Professionals (Live Band)
Ceremony and Reception locations ~ Rundleview Parkette and Canmore Miners Union Hall
Limousine Services ~ Banff Transportation Group
Cupcake provider: Tiered wedding cake ~ made by mother of the groom; cake topper made by bride; cupcakes made by both Cake Creations of Canmore and a friend of the bride (who has a famous but secret carrot cake recipe)
Officiant ~ Robin White

Melissa and Kevin | Squamish, BC Wedding | Intimate Family Wedding

I am so pleased to finally be able to share this lovely destination wedding from Squamish, BC on the blog today! I loved being a part of this intimate, backyard wedding for a few reasons. Mel (the bride) and I have been friends for a number of years, and I was thrilled to be a part of her special day. Two, Kevin (the groom) is an amazing man! These two have been together for many years and have created quite a life for themselves in a beautiful little corner, close to the spit in Squamish. I've always loved their home, and was super excited to photograph a backyard wedding for them. And three, I love to travel for weddings! It was so exciting boarding a plane and flying to a brand new area to photograph an intimate wedding. It was a pleasure joining them for their wedding weekend, photographing their rehearsal dinner and full wedding day.

 Here are my favourite images from my time with them. I had a really hard time narrowing it down. I could have shared their whole collection. These two are surrounded by incredible family and friends. All of them sharing in the common delight of finally seeing these two marry each other. 

Mel and Kevin, I hope you two look back and smile at your day with fond memories. Memories of hilarious mishaps during the ceremony ;), the beautiful sunny day you two were blessed with, the amazing food and ice cream truck (seriously, it was the best!) and the overwhelming feelings of love and support your community, close friends and family. To say it was an honour capturing your day, merely scratches the surface. It was a privilege. I wish you both the absolute best life can send your way! xo

They imparted some truly lovely words from their time with me. Thank you for the kind testimonial, Mel and Kevin!

"Working with Jody was fantastic! She put Kevin and I at ease and made our experience in front of the camera both comfortable and super fun! Her knowledge of the process was extremely helpful, being that this was our first time getting married . We trusted Jody to guide us and relied heavily on her when making key decisions regarding the timing of our day. Jody's ability to direct us, our wedding party and our guests was exceptional. 

She blended into our wedding perfectly and captured every element of our day from the perspective of a guest, rather than as an onlooker or outsider. This created the intimate perspective we were hoping to capture. Some of our favourite moments are found in the candids and is testament to Jody's amazing eye. 

We are extremely impressed with the photo collection we received and have had so much fun sharing them with our friends and families. ~ 
Melissa and Kevin"

Here are the amazing vendors who played a role in their lovely Squamish BC Wedding:

Grooms suit: Garrison Bespoke
Brides dress: BDHL
Brides shoes: John Fluevog
Hair and Make up Artists: Natasha Trottier
Flowers: Alexis Kraig and Jen Rolufs
Salads: Kinley Aitken
Pig Roast: Russel Dechaine
DJ: Julian Hine
Ice Cream Truck: Alice and Brohm