Des Moines, Iowa Based Wedding And Portrait Photography

Mentoring & Educational Resources for Fine Art Photographers

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


You're about to marry your best friend. And every time you look down at that diamond on your hand? Your heart skips a beat. In the blink of an eye, your world suddenly revolves around flower arrangements, guest lists, and finding someone to capture every last bit.

Actually, that's the most important piece for you...you want a beautiful marriage and photos that will bring about happy tears for many years to come. While I may not be an expert in floral arrangements or reception cuisine, I have been photographing weddings ever since I was nineteen. My work has been published, I've been voted one of the top wedding photographers in Des Moines, and I've even found myself shooting a wedding in the lavender fields of France. But all that is just a cherry on top. My heart beats for capturing weddings in the most real, authentic, and beautiful way possible and I would be so honored to illustrate your love story.


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I like to create wedding photos that sparkle and pop. They make you feel something. They take you back in time. And they definitely illustrate all the magic that'll take place on your big day. 

Odds are, your parents' and grandparents' photos were shot with a film camera. I choose to shoot with film for that very reason- it is the most classic and timeless medium available and has a dreamy quality that is impossible to recreate with a digital camera. All the images on my website were shot with film so if you are drawn to what you see, you are a fan of that hard-to-put-your-finger-on quality that film provides.

I enter every wedding as 50% storyteller, 50% honorary bridesmaid. From a photography perspective, I am always looking for candid moments and genuine emotion while also using my artistic vision to step in and create beauty where I see fit. From a human perspective, I want you to have fun on your wedding day and aim to make your photography experience efficient and fun.

Sometimes I'm booked on your date or my packages might not fit your needs. Thus, The Darling Studio was born! Our associates have been trained in the Ana Woods Photography style so you can have that classic photography look and luxury experience, no matter what. Darling packages begin at $2,500, please inquire with Ana for more detailed information and availability.

MY APPROACH

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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 ligh
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


Most couples spend between $4,000 and $6,000 on their wedding package. I reserve 10 wedding commissions per year so please reach out at your earliest convenience to ensure your date is available! All packages include a full print release of your images along with access to my line of albums and prints. For weddings outside of the Des Moines area, travel fees may apply.

A Midwest photography experience like no other

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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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.

Wedding planning is a crazy mix of stress, excitement, and anticipation. I would love to walk alongside you during this exciting season and look forward to connecting with you soon! Reach out today for detailed package information or to set up a complimentary consultation. 

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