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

Darren and Katie | Buffalo Mountain Lodge Wedding | Banff, Alberta

There are not enough words to express how much I enjoyed my time with this beautiful couple. Katie and Darren are two of the most kind, considerate and loveable people you could ever be fortunate to meet. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them from our winter engagement session at Lake Louise and Emerald Lake, to their beautiful summer wedding at Buffalo Mountain Lodge

To start us off, I wanted to share some photos from our engagement session that took place at Lake Louise and Emerald Lake. We could have asked for better winter conditions. The sun was warm and inviting while we strolled Lake Louise, and Emerald Lake. These two soaked up the rays, each other and the incredibly beautiful mountain scenery we wandered in.

Their wedding day had a slightly different tone to it. We had rain, sun, moody skies and a whole lot of surprises throughout the day. The first surprise came when it started to pour rain just as  their ceremony was about to begin, and came to a full stop as they started sharing their beautiful vows to each other. The sun came out through the clouds and blessed them with some truly beautiful light as they exchanged their rings. It was quite the experience to witness. 

The rest of their wedding unfolded beautifully. From moody skies during their portrait session to emotional speeches during their reception, to one of the most lovely, choreographed first dances I have ever photographed. All of it was simply a pleasure to photograph. 

I loved their wedding day and getting to work with them as a couple. I feel very fortunate to have met, and now call them friends today. I hope you enjoy my favourite frames my time with them. Katie and Darren, I wish you both as much joy, love and happiness you felt on your wedding day, all of the days that you share together. You two are perfect for each other! xo

They shared some truly lovely words from their time with my services:

"Hey Jody! Wow! We were absolutely amazed by the photos. All of them are spectacular and tell every detail of our day. Looking at them, we were instantly transported back to the day and were even reminded of the small moments we were too overwhelmed to notice the first time.  There is absolutely no way for us to put into words how appreciative we are of your hard work and pure talent. We are so lucky to have found you! It was such a pleasure working with someone as passionate and warm as you are. You were always able to make us feel comfortable being photographed and your laugh is so infectious that it was impossible not to smile with you around. Thank you for helping us immortalize the memories of our special day! We are really looking forward to sharing these with our family and friends! We know everyone will love them as much as we do. ~ Much love, Katie and Darren."

Special thanks to Lara Shea, of Shea Studios, for offering some amazing help during their wedding day. It was a pleasure having you along to keep us all giggling, and me dry during the ceremony. ;)

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

Venue & Catering: Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Hair & Makeup: Botega Salon in Banff
DIY Flowers
Ceremony Location: Tunnel Mountain Meadow
Bride's Dress: Delica Bridal - Ti Adora Ivory and Cashmere lace gown.
Grooms suit: Moores. Calvin Klein
Bridesmaids dresses: Davids Bridal

Banff Engagement Session | Summer Engagement Sessions | Banff, AB

I loved this engagement session with Mike and Jen so much! We had a lovely time exploring areas within and around Lake Minnewanka for a lovely late summer session. I am so pleased I got to work with these two beautiful people. Here are my favourite images from our time together. I am so excited to photograph these two again for their wedding this summer near Calgary, AB. I hope you enjoy!

Warm wishes, xo

Rimrock Resort Hotel Wedding | Banff, AB | Vintage Wedding

I loved getting to photograph this vintage style wedding at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta this past July 2016. Carlee and Mark wanted to have an intimate roof top wedding among close family and friends, surrounded by the the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

I also very much loved getting to photograph this couple within the beautiful Rimrock hotel. The couple had requested a first look within the hotel, and we found the perfect room to host this part of the day. Divas Cocktail Bar provided the perfect backdrop to host this very vintage looking wedding. It was a real treat getting to photograph this couple within a room full of black and white photographs of hollywood actors and actresses from past to present. It was the perfect backdrop for this couples first look.

These are some of my favourite photos from the day. Between the bubbly excitement the couple felt for each other getting married, to the lovely ceremony Robin White provided on a beautiful rooftop patio in the sun, all of it was a joy to photograph. 

Once the ceremony and diner had passed, the couple asked for one more bride/groom portrait session at sunset. We could not have asked for better conditions for this. We had sunshine, rainbows, a beautiful sunset bride/groom portrait session and a full mood rising on a warm, clear evening in the Rockies. To add to this magic, it was a true pleasure to get to photograph such a loving couple within all of this. Thank you for bringing me along to capture your intimate wedding within the beautiful Canadian Rockies, Carlee and Mark. I wish you both a life of love and happiness together. xo

Mount Norquay Ski Resort Wedding | Banff Wedding Photography | Banff National Park Wedding

What a pleasure it was to work with Jared and Chandra for their wedding in Banff, Alberta. To say this wedding was of Olympic proportions would be an understatement. Jared and Chandra made sure the day flowed absolutely flawlessly. From choosing the elegant Paintbox Lodge in Canmore as their getting ready/accommodations site, to a beautiful ceremony and reception held at Mount Norquay Ski Resort in Banff. The day was really beautiful. 

The weather on this particular weekend was quite tricky, however. We had everything from rain, snow, and sunshine. A very typical Canadian Rockies day! I'm sure it is of no surprise to those who know the couple, they handled it with style, grace and sense of adventure. We took advantage of the gondola at Mount Norquay and did some snowy bride/groom portraits up high. I was more than happy to oblige!

When it came to celebrating the union of this incredible power couple, the night was full of great moments. Killer dance moves, Giant Jenga (in use to make the couple kiss), a choreographed dance performance by the wedding party and an extremely well done video curated by the bride's father. All of this adds up to a very memorable, special and beautiful wedding to photograph.

Deepest gratitude to Chandra and Jared for bringing me along to capture their momentous wedding day. I wish you both so much love, light and promise for the years I know you will cherish together. You two are so perfect for each other. Also, many well wishes for the next exciting chapter you two are about to enter. I can not wait to capture another beautiful milestone in your lives this coming fall. Many blessing to you both! xo

Huge shout out to Andrew Lunt Photography for assisting me with this wedding. It was so great to have you on board for the day! 

Here are the vendors who played a role in Chandra and Jared's special wedding day.

Food and Venue: Mount Norquay Ski Resort

Hair and Makeup: Simply Me

Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller

Accommodations and getting ready location: Paintbox Lodge

Videographer: Mike Quigley

Beverage Supplier: Crush & Cork

Transportation: Rocky Mountain School District.  

Buffalo Mountain Lodge | Banff, AB Wedding | Jody Goodwin Photography

Oh how I loved this wedding... So much HEART! I think it would be safe to say that there was not a dry eye in the house during their ceremony. I still get teary eyed looking through them. Prepare yourself. Seriously, it was special.

Their day did come with some tricky conditions... 25 millimetres of rain, and a 60% chance of snow showers. Yes. We experienced all of the types of weather you can imagine and they handled it like champs. Being the outdoor lovers that they are, they went outside and made the absolute most of it. They made a wise choice and chose to have their ceremony inside the beautiful wood walls of the Buffalo Mountain Lodge. If I had to get married inside, this would be the place. It is stunning!

My favourite part of the day had to be when I looked outside around dusk and saw that the rain had switched to snow. I then noticed the huge grins of both Erin and Jeremy's faces. They asked if we could go outside and try some shots. I was more than keen to oblige. Those images are some of my most favourite shots from the whole wedding season. I am so glad these snow and outdoor loving souls reached out and had me capture their day. 

Thank you so very much, Jeremy and Erin for getting to witness and capture your beautiful wedding. Such a gift getting to work with you both! I hope you enjoy each other and every first snow fall that arrives in the Rockies from this point on. Many Blessings! xo

Special thanks goes out to Andrew Lunt Photography for assisting me with this wedding. Thank you so much for standing in the rain with us and offering such great help!

Here are the vendors who played a role in Erin and Jeremy's Banff, AB Wedding:

Wedding Venue: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Design & Decor - Down to Earth Mountain Weddings 

Wedding Dress - Novia Mia in Calgary 

Hair and Make Up - Albion Room

Bridesmaid dresses - J Crew

My Favourite Moments from 2015 ~ A Year in Review

I love this time of year. I love getting to look back and reflect on all the great times you shared with friends, the adventures you par took in and the work that you are proud to share. There is much to be grateful for! 

I'm happy to share a sample of my favourite moments and images from 2015. The collection starts with some images from engagement sessions, then wedding photography, and finishes with a few lifestyle photos. It is a mere sample of the many blogs yet to come. I look forward to sharing more images, and the stories that go with them, in the new year. 

From getting to photograph weddings and portraiture sessions in Golden BC, Edmonton AB and a variety of places within Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Kananaskis country; it really has been a great year for engagement photography, wedding photography and lifestyle photography. Looking back on these photos I can not help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It feels pretty great to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderful people, get to know a bit of their story and show them how beautiful they are. I know this sounds corny, possibly a bit too bubbly, but I really love this path. Deeply. Getting to share this passion with so many wonderful people has left me enormously happy, grateful and driven to do better each year. 2015 has been a great year, and I am super pumped to see what is in store for 2016. 

To each and everyone of you, Thank You for bringing me along to share in your intimate celebrations. It has meant the world to me to get to photograph your special occasion. I wish you all nothing but the very best life has to offer and a continued path of love, joy and happiness together.

Happy New Year and New Beginnings! 

Warmest regards, xo