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

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.

Heather and Jon - Storm Mountain Lodge Winter Wedding

This was one beautiful winter's day for a wedding, and I am so pleased I got to be the photographer who captured this stunning couples, elegant mountain wedding.

I first got to work with Heather and Jon on a warm, summer evening for an engagement session in Canmore, AB. We had such a great time together! Between photographing their beloved camper van, their adorable dog and their love of biking amongst the beautiful mountains that surround Canmore; it was an ideal engagement session.

Heather and Jon were so torn between a summer wedding in Canmore, or try what they really wanted and that was a winter wedding in the mountains. In the end, their hearts won. They both love winter, love to ski, and love intimate, warm and cozy feeling places. It was a pleasant surprise when they chose Storm Mountain Lodge as the destination for their winter wedding. Storm Mountain Lodge is a beautiful, remote venue located along Hwy 93 south in Alberta. If you have never been, you must check it out! It is the perfect mountain getaway, situated among some of the Rockies most beautiful peaks.

Rustic mountain decor, meets elegance was the best way to describe the approach to their wedding. Heather was beyond stunning in her elegant wedding dress and modern approach to hair provided by Joanne Bokitch of Mountain Beauties, and just the right amount of make up provided by Linda Sahoo. We had planned a first look in the afternoon when the sun was still high enough in the sky, providing warm winter light. After the first look, we decided to proceed with all photos relating to family portraits, wedding party and a gorgeous bride/groom session at the base of stunning Castle Mountain, just off of Hwy 1. By the time the ceremony came, the weather started to turn producing this softly falling snow. Perfect conditions to retreat indoors and enjoy the comforts of a warm lodge. Throughout the whole reception, the snow continued to fall quietly outside while we dinned on delicious meals provided by the Lodge. It was perfect!

Being a winter lover myself, I was so pleased to get to be a part of this day. Thank you so much Heather and Jon for allowing me the pleasure of getting to capture your lovely wedding day. Also, thank you for imparting such kind words and these for your experience with me as your photographer. Much love and well wished to you both! Lets go skiing! xo

"Jody did an incredible job photographing our engagement and wedding!  She has an absolutely amazing eye - capturing numerous beautiful candid moments, lovely portraits, and stunning landscape shots.  She put us at ease within moments of working with her; was happy to answer any questions and incorporate any ideas or requests that we had.  We very highly recommend Jody Goodwin Photography!"