Des Moines, Iowa Based Wedding And Portrait Photography

Mentoring & Educational Resources for Fine Art Photographers

For the blushing bride, expectant mama, graduating senior, & every soul in between

because your story deserves to be illustrated, beautifully

Ana Woods

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
High King of Heaven, my victory won May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
High King of Heaven, my victory won May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall Still be my Vision, O Ruler of allBe Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
High King of Heaven, my victory won May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all


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Simply put, I help my clients pause time. Joyful, natural, and whimsical are often used to describe my work but really, I just try to slow down and take notice of the little blessings all around us. You only get so many belly laughs, sunsets, and stolen kisses in this life. Let's make 'em count.

iowa wedding & portrait photographer for those seeking joyful, vibrant & undeniably beautiful photography

hello & welcome, I'm Ana woods!

Working with Ana gave me such peace of mind. I struggle with words and knew that she had my back and was the expert. Ultimately, she made my brand sound like me...but better! Ana was so encouraging & helpful, guiding me and my business in the right direction! She was prompt and so kind throughout the whole process, really getting to know me and my brand.

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01. ABOUT ANA

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02. THE STORY

03. TOP RESOURCES

04. GIVING BACK

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MY BUSINESS DOESN'T JUST SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURS

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02. THE STORY

Mary’s Meals provides life changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school.

The writing and design projects I take on are rooted in the idea that small businesses can make a positive impact on this world. That's why your trust in me funds a monthly contribution to Mary's Meals. Did you know? Around 64 million of the world’s hungriest children do not attend school because, in order to survive, they have to work or beg. Mary's Meals works to provide children one nutritious meal per day at a place of education and is a powerhouse of goodness in this world.

"Ana sees the beauty in the things others may find mundane, then uses her pictures to share that beauty."

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“Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider; nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God."

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“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow–this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”

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“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.”

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“If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.”

ARE YOU A PHOTOGRAPHER?

I've got all kinds of hard won lessons, advice, and business strategies to share with you. Ready to make this your best year yet? 

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“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness."

NEWBORN & MATERNITY PORTFOLIO

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"I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle."

"Ana is an amazing photographer! Capturing my little girl is extremely important to me and before I found Ana I had my little ones photos taken with a several different photographers. None of them could capture the vision I had like Ana does! The farmhouse studio creates the perfect backdrop. Ana makes the photo session so fun for my little one and it shows in the photos. I am grateful Ana is able to capture my daughter through the years and I can't wait for our next session."

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"Ana was our wedding photographer and we couldn’t have been happier! She made us feel super comfortable and all our guests loved her. Ana was super organized and made sure everything we wanted was captured. Before and after the wedding Ana was always available for questions and requests and we had total peace of mind. We are so happy we chose Ana to capture our wedding and wholeheartedly recommend her!"

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"Our favorite part about working with Ana was how easy she made our wedding day. Everyone in our wedding party and families commented on how friendly, professional, and helpful she was! The pictures were the exact style we were looking for and we couldn’t be happier. She was so organized and efficient, and it really felt like we were hanging out with a friend and not just a photographer all day."

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"Working with Ana has been one of the best decisions we made, both in wedding planning and in general! Ana is passionate and caring, goes above and beyond for her clients, and is truly a joy to work with. She is encouraging and helpful, extremely flexible and very responsive. 20/10 for Ana - I would recommend her to any and everyone, and look forward to future photo shoots with her!"

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"We've been blessed to work with Ana several times in the last couple years for engagement, wedding, and family photos. Each photo shoot with Ana has been filled with friendship and laughter that produced the most beautiful photographs of my family. She always has a smile on her face and a kind word to share. She sees the beauty in the things others may find mundane, then uses her pictures to share that beauty."

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