• Minnesota Wedding Photography | Jim Woolsey

    Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Jim and I am a Minneapolis Wedding Photographer. I also specialize in senior portraits in the Minneapolis metro area. My passion is photography and I am grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love for a job! Over the last few years, my business has given me an opportunity to stick to my roots: Modern Photography. I absolutely love photography and I am about to enter my 8th wedding season!

    Ever since I can remember, I’ve been intrigued by pictures of all kinds. To this day, I still think it’s amazing how a single photograph can tell such a descriptive story. After high school I decided to follow my dream and I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Photojournalism from St Cloud State. To this day, I still try to learn something during each photo shoot! However, the most important concept I’ve learned is how to tell a story by using a camera. From weddings to Senior Portraits, I get a thrill by using a camera to capture moments that will live on forever!

    My wife and I, along with our four children, live in Shakopee, MN and we absolutely love the area. During the week, I spend my time as a consultant at Oracle in downtown Minneapolis. I limit my availability to 10 wedding dates a year so I fill up fast! Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

International Falls has been referred to as the “Icebox of the Nation.” Residents of this quaint town will experience 100+ days/year below freezing temps. Growing up, I remember hearing about International Falls on the news — most of the time it was because International Falls was the coldest location in the US on that particular day. For the Rocky and Bullwinkle fans, Frostbite Falls in the cartoon is a parody of International Falls! Even though I spent just a few days in International Falls, I got a good feel of the culture and a general lay of the land. Upon waking up, I immediately noticed how fresh the air smelled and how clear the air was. The city life hasn’t warped this town.

Craig + Gina’s wedding day was picture perfect. The 85 degree weather is a rarity in International Falls — the average temp in July is about 72 degrees. Since this was my first time in International Falls, I didn’t know what to expect. When I first arrived at the Thunderbird Resort, I was in awe. Off the banks of Rainy Lake, the Thunderbird cabins have breathtaking views and wonderful shoreline on one of most pristine lakes in Minnesota.

Craig + Gina had their ceremony at the Sha Sha Resort up the road from Thunderbird. Craig + Gina’s family rented a houseboat for the wedding party; I can say it’s the first time I’ve taken getting ready photos on a houseboat! I can’t say enough about the experience I had at this wedding! I hope to get to International Falls in the near future. Whether it’s fishing or a wedding, I need to get back soon!

Thanks again to Craig + Gina for choosing me as their wedding photographer! I love how the images turned out! This was my first official wedding with all Nikon gear… I am never looking back.. A true game-changer.

 

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I recently had the opportunity to spend an amazing day in Hayward, Wisconsin with Dustin + Brittney. I was even able to talk (ok, bribe) my wife out of retirement to be my second shooter for the wedding! This was our first time in Hayward and it certainly had a northern Minnesota feel—lots of lakes, cabins and beautiful scenery.

The ceremony took place at Brittney’s grandparents’ lake home, a place at which Brittney and her family have been making memories for years. The setting was gorgeous and the weather did not disappoint. It was truly a picture-perfect day on the lake.

On the way to Hayward, I prepped my wife with the important information: who’s who, the timeline, etc. I also told her that the wedding party would probably be crazy—which makes our job a lot of fun! The wedding party, guests and families were wonderful—welcoming, hospitable, and kind. The love and dedication that went into Dustin + Brittney’s wedding was obvious—from the father of the bride surprising us as the officiant, to the sister of the bride traveling from Colorado to Minnesota just days after having a baby, to the work, personalization and dedication that went into every detail of the wedding.

A huge thank you goes out to Dustin + Brittney for allowing me to capture their big day!

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Videography: Chitwood Media

Venue: The Steakhouse & Lodge

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Late last month, I made the drive out to Pepin, Wisconsin to photograph another wedding at the Villa Bellezza. No matter how many weddings I shoot at the Villa Bellezza, I will never get tired of the venue, nor the drive. The drive is a gorgeous combination of windy roads and quaint towns that are set on the banks of the Mississippi.

Travis and Carrie’s wedding at the Villa Bellezza was my 3rd wedding at this breathtaking venue. Back four years ago, I photographed one of the 1st weddings at Villa Bellezza. Since then, the venue has expanded into an impressive winery equipped with a new outdoor (covered) pavilion and a soon-to-be tasting room. I can’t say enough about this venue; the people, the wine, the setting —  A perfect wedding venue.. Especially for a photographer!

One of the benefits of shooting at the Villa Bellezza is the beautiful setting of the rolling hills of Wisconsin as a backdrop. Most recently, the venue added a huge outdoor pavilion area in addition to their outdoor (uncovered) ceremony site surrounded by rows of grapevines. In the front of the building there’s a huge wooden door that is perfect for group shots. From there, photographers can take the Bride+Groom out to the Pepin Marina on the Mississippi river.

Travis + Carrie’s wedding was truly remarkable. The weather conceded and offered a beautiful summer day for their nuptials, however, Mother Nature gifted us with a perfect amount of rain to cap off the night.  Everyone involved in Travis + Carrie’s wedding were so kind. There are some hilarious photos, some emotional ones, but overall, there are some images I hope Travis and Carrie will cherish for a lifetime.

And after the wedding is over… I drive home — I take the same breathtaking windy roads home with the Mississippi by my side. When I leave the Villa Bellezza, I leave with a smile and a sense of satisfaction; the feeling I get when I know I just dominated a wedding.

This is one of those weddings.

Congrats to Travis + Carrie. You two are a genuine couple!

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