Education is our number one game-changer. Workshops that challenge us to redefine ourselves, judging world-class wedding photos, discussions that debate compelling questions, or articles we’ve been asked to write. All of these and more invites us to refine our approach and the way we see. Constant learning and experimentation always takes our craft to the next level.
We have published in a number of magazines and featured on many blogs including SLR Lounge, Rangefinder Magazine, Worlds Best Wedding Photos, Fearless Photographers, Bored Panda, Wedding Maps, DVLOP, Junebug Weddings, HuffPost Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Destination I Do, Lovely Bride, Photo District News, Oregon Bride Magazine, Bravo Wedding, Pacific Northwest Weddings, Maharani Weddings.
Light is always something worth chasing, especially when we invite our couples to connect together while walking thru it. In this photo at Elk Lake Resort, Rachel & Aaron went out to enjoy a moment together while their guests continued conversing in the cocktail party right behind us.
We give everything we have at every wedding. Our approach comes with no assumptions and our eyes are wide open for anything and everything. We experience just about every emotion mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s a true labor of love; the experiences last a lifetime.
We rarely ask for testimonials. When a client shares their experience with us with kind words, it fuels us with great joy. Fearless Photographers shared a testimonial we just received on The Knot from Sierra & Brian’s winter wedding we photographed this December 11th, 2021.
Read SLR Lounge’s latest article about how to best photograph the traditional part of tea ceremonies with Chinese, Vietnamese, and other Asian weddings. These rituals are some of the best storytelling moments for photography that capture respect for their families and loyalty. We are excited to see 6 of our photographs used among 2 of their articles to help illustrate the emotional aspects of these rituals.
Indian details: Bridal Mehndi Designs
Here’s a great article by Wedding Maps about what a Mehndi is and its design aspects. Interesting how traditional Indian mehndi designs were originally designed but today inspiration is drawn from Indo-Arabic and Arabic and modern art too. Read more in this fantastic article. We are excited to see 4 of our photos among the 16 used to illustrate.
Winter Wedding Destinations
Want to get away for an unforgettable winter wedding destination? There are some fantastic ideas between December and March to consider. The World Best Wedding Photos just shared 6 great tips about where and how to get away. Our Belize wedding at Portofino Beach Resort was included. Learn these 6 tips and go have the time of your life!
Adventure Wedding Photography
There is magic in the desert. Nature’s profound architecture is everywhere; it’s the perfect backdrop for photography. The Worlds Best Wedding Photos showcased our sunrise elopement photo in Moab from Abby & Bruno among 12 other desert photos around the world. Check it out.
SLR Lounge – 5 tips for perfectly capturing the first dance
Capturing a great moment of the bride and groom during their first dance is one of our top priorities. We know from experience that working as a team gives us the best bang for our buck. This means we use dedicated lighting assistants. We are honored to have our photo of Sara & Brad included among 22 other great photos. Read these great tips by SLR Lounge, they will ensure you prepare and execute getting great storytelling images.
Worlds Best Wedding Photos – picture perfect portraits
We are are always keeping an eye out for finding moments where our couples are perfectly placed in a composition that tells their story and showcases their wedding scene. These special portraits make for great wall art and albums. We are honored to have our photo of Laura and GM on their catamaran home (where they were also married) to be included in the top 20 photos by The Worlds Best Wedding Photos. We’ve been very honored to have many articles written about our photography by The Worlds Best Wedding Photos that constantly keep us and our clients inspired with new ideas.
Worlds Best Wedding Photos celebrates LGBTQIA weddings
Its already been 6 years since same-sex marriage was allowed in the US. We’ve been honored to capture a number of LGBTQIA weddings and excited to be included in the top 15 photos by The Worlds Best Wedding Photos.
Fearless Photographers Critiques with Huy & Jos
Huy Nguyen, the founder of Fearless Photographers, invited Jos to critique a series of select photos. Together Jos and Huy analyzed what qualities make these photos work and what can be done to make them better. Education among the Fearless Photographers community is one of the best ways to grow as a photographer. Join in on the discussion here: Full Discussion – Fearless Critiques
The 50 Best Engagement Photos Ever
The Worlds Best Wedding Photos team just announced the winners of “the 50 Best Engagement Photos Ever” and 2 of our photos were awarded. Our two photos included one from our home town, Portland Oregon while the second one was captured in Paris, France. Taking quality time with engagement photos is so important to us because not only are we looking for the best light, composition, and moment but an experience that our couples will remember the rest of their lives. Be sure to see all the award winning photos, it’s worth the time.
Framing the Moments
Fearless Photographers is always searching for ways to better photography. New ways to compose moments that help lead the eye right to the subject is one of our favorites. Checkout this recent article about how “framing the subject” helps direct our eyes into telling the best story possible. We are honored to see 2 of our photos among this collection.
Mothers on the Wedding Day
Fearless Photographers honored some of our most favorite subjects to capture on a wedding day: Mothers! The expression of a mother can tell the story all by itself. They’ve touched every part of their childs story from giving birth, nurtured the upbringing, to every small gesture of love that is SO powerful! Mothers are a huge priority for us to capture on a wedding day. 4 of our photos were honored by Fearless Photographers for Mothers day, 2021, among an extraordinary collection of mothers at weddings photographs.
Picture Perfect Portraits
Elopements are becoming increasingly popular. When done safely they offer a great solution to COVID and are incredibly intimate. With extra focus on just the two of you they are even more authentic and adventurous. Find the right photographers and location and you have a master plan. We are excited to be included among the best-recommended wedding photographers in the world. Read what The Worlds Best Wedding Photos team has to say about the best places in the world to elope.
SLR Lounge top 20 Visual Flow edits
During the pandemic we’ve been lucky to be part of a thriving community of photographers dedicated to learning and growing. Checkout how SLR Lounge has created solutions for intuitive, effective, and effortless Lightroom editing. We are honored to be SLR Lounge ambassadors and learning right along side with the best of the best.
Fearless Photographers celebrates “love is love”
We are honored to have one of our creative “groom and groom” portraits recognized by Fearless Photographers in their collection of curated portraits reflecting “love is love.” See full collection in link below.
Winter weddings make great stories
Winter weddings are some of our favorite celebrations to capture. The weather always shows up as a “special character” and invites unexpected experiences. We are always ready for the adventure and fully embrace everything we are given without expectations. This approach has always told the best story. We love it! Read what The Worlds Best Wedding Photos has to say about it.
Grandparents are everything
The story behind grandparents is almost always profound. As photographers we always make a priority to capture them in the story. Their character and depth are always filled with emotion and literally drive the feeling behind all weddings. The Worlds Best Wedding photos just put together some wonderful words and a great collection of grandparent photos at weddings from all over the world. And they included one of ours. Take a moment, especially during this time with COVID.
The Golden Hour
Sunsets are some of our favorite times to capture color and mood. Here’s a shot we captured at the end of Laura and GM’s sailboat elopement in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. The Worlds Best Wedding Photos have a lot to say about “the golden hour” along with many great examples.
Lighting up Bride and Groom thru flames
We are always on the lookout for that last epic storytelling photo of the night. Here’s a circus wedding we photographed in Palm Springs at the Merv Griffin Estate shooting through the circus performers throwing flames. Click on the link below to see great photos captured through flames on a wedding day.
Judging for Fearless Photographers
We have been analyzing thousands of good to great to outstanding photos for the Fearless Photographers Collection 57 contest. Studying hard-earned photographs always takes us on a grand odyssey and opens new ways of seeing. A balance of gut feelings combined with technical reasoning always unveils good conclusions. Thank you to Huy Nguyen for his dedicated leadership in the growing community of powerful storytelling photographers. We are excited about the final results.
Great Groom Photos
Capturing great photos of the groom is one of our top priorities. There’s always a great story with all the action, laughter, and concentration. The Worlds Best Wedding Photos describes the importance of capturing unique groom photos for a complete wedding story and included one of our groom photos.
DVLOP includes us in Skyweek
The team at DVLOP have some of the best of the best LR presets on the planet. Checkout how their presets work on skies. We are thrilled they showcased our engagement portrait in Iceland.
SLR Lounge invited us to write about the “creative gap”
To grow or not to grow? Checkout how 12 photographers close the creative gap through constant learning.
Worlds Best Wedding Photos selected one of our comical children’s Wedding Photos around the world on BoredPanda
At a wedding kids never really care about the fancy wedding, check out these funny photos from photographers all around the world on Boredpanda.
Worlds Best Wedding Photos included 2 of our photos in their top 20 Silliest Wedding Photos around the world on BoredPanda
Everyone can have a great laugh while all of us are in quarantine. Check out these funny photos from photographers all around the world on Boredpanda.
Fearless Photographers Showcases Tree & Jos
The Fearless Photographers keeps the community engaged by continuing to share and critique photos. 3 of our photos were recently included in their Epic Portraits, 2 of our photos included in their Artistic Portraits, 1 in their Classic Portraits. Visit all of the amazing photographs in the gallery links below.
The DVLOP team interviews Tree & Jos
DVLOP helps pull out the full potential of an image and keeps workflow consistent. Timing is of the essence and DVLOP keeps our photography thriving.
Worlds Best Wedding Photos: Artist Interview with Jos & Tree
Blair with the Worlds Best Wedding Photos asked us about our way of seeing the world, our travels, how we got started and what keeps us inspired.
Worlds Best Wedding Photos: The love of Joy
A brilliant topic: Joy. Life is short and beautiful, no time to waist without joy. Checkout what WBWP has to say about joy.
PPA Magazine interviews Tree & Jos
Robert Kiener’s dove deep into interviewing us about how we strive to provide an experience for the couples we photograph.
PPA Magazine Features Jos & Tree’s Electric Portrait
A detailed interview about how we visualize, plan, compose and wait for a great moment. Greatness (if we are lucky) is sometimes really persistent in disguise.
What is Environmental Portrait Photography?
SLR Lounge continues to push the edge of educating the world about the best of the best photography. We are excited to be included in their recent article about how 20+ photographers share techniques about why Environmental Portrait Photography can be so powerful.
SLR Lounge Biggest Lessons Learned in 2019
SLR Lounge Educational Ambassadors for Mastering Business asked us at 13 other photographers to share their number one lessons learned from 2019. Great insight helping photographers master the “Business of Photography.” Check it out! Great read.
SLR Lounge Photographing in a Winter Wonder Land
SLR Lounge showcases a great handful of inspiring winter wedding photos, including one of ours. If you are looking for an alternative wedding ideas, consider the cozy feeling of a great winter wedding accompanied by a skilled photographer. Check these out.
Just Married – Photos that Capture the Joy of Saying “I do”
We are excited to see our clients Lisa and Cat on World Best Wedding Photos. This amazing wedding was at the Mt. Hood Organic Farms, one of our all time favorite venues to photograph just outside Portland, Oregon. One of the best destination wedding locations in Oregon, near Hood River.
Worlds Best Wedding Photos
We are included in the top 50 photographers in the world. Being part of the Worlds Best Wedding Photos community is so powerful. Surrounding ourselves with the best moves us to become our best.
Best Engagement Photography Locations Around Portland, Oregon
Looking for great locations to take engagement photos around Portland, Oregon? We took some time to write up twenty of our favorite engagement photography locations around Portland and why. Check it out.
SLR Lounge | Masters of Light | Off-Camera Flash
We are so thrilled to be announced as ambassadors of the Master Lighting + Off-Camera Flash (OCF) with SLR Lounge and included in their recent article for photographers. Join this group and learn very valuable information. It’s free.
How I Shot It – MagMod – Interviews JOS & TREE
Educating ourselves with other photographers is hands down been the biggest game-changer for our photography business. Yesterday we had the priveledge of being interviewed in “How I Shot It” by the amazing Trevor Dayley with MagMod. The MagMod tools give us the freedom to capture photojournalistic wedding photography, our favorite style. Join us in this video and let us know all of your thoughts. Feedback is paramount. Learning is the best!
Top 100 Fearless Photographers in the World for 2018
We are honored to be one of the top 100 Fearless Photographers of 2018. Earning Fearless Awards is extremely difficult. Normally only 1-2% of submitted photos are selected as Fearless awards for each contest. Together we earned 6 Fearless award in 2018. Jos ranked #37 (#6 for USA) and #44 overall in the world (#8 for USA). We are excited as a “team” since we consider both of us in every shot we take. We are constantly inspired by the Fearless community and always seeking to learn and grow in new ways. Huge thank you to Huy Nguyen, Fearless Photographers founder, for taking the entire industry to a new level every year.
Professional Photographers Advice – Things You Don’t Need to Buy
Here’s some extremely helpful advice about how to save money by knowing what NOT to buy. Written by a group of seasoned smart professional photographers, including Jos & Tree. Save money/time. Read on!
Best Portland Wedding Photographers
We are honored to be on the top list for Portland wedding photographers from Peer Space. They included us in celebrating the top 12 photographers in Portland as photographers who “really stand out from the competition.” We are excited and up for the continued challenge.
Full Article: Best Portland Wedding Photographers
Performing Thru Pressure – a mental strategy for photographers
How often do you find yourself shooting in the heat of the moment thinking you captured an awesome shot but then later found out you missed some critical elements that could have taken the image from good to great? All too often it’s easy to be overtaken by anxiety, rushing or distraction and forget to include particular visual elements. Read more…
Jos & Tree – judges for This Is Reportage – Collection 7
Being asked to judge photography contests is always an opportunity for us to learn and grow. This coming January 24th we will be judging Collection 7 for This is Reportage. We love this contest because it focuses on wedding photojournalism which is our favorite form of photography.
Top 100 ISPWP Wedding Photographers in the World – 2018
We are thrilled to be recognized in the top wedding photographers in the world with the Internatioal Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. The photography communities we engage with constantly challenge us every year to learn, grow and become the best at what we do. Thank you Joe Milton with ISPWP, you are a true leader for all of us.
Full Article: ISPWP TOP 100 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD – 2018
B & H interview Jos & Tree about Documentary Wedding Photography
Jos and Tree Marie Woodsmith, of Portland, Oregon-based Jos Studios, ensure a trusting relationship by meeting with the couple—in person or via Skype—multiple times prior to the wedding. “We listen, and we ask a lot of questions,” says Tree, “and let our couples know that the better we know them, the more we can identify what to look for when shooting the wedding. They inherently trust us because they know we care.”
Huffington Post’s 30 Favorite wedding photos
Jos & Tree – Judges for ISPWP Fall 2018 Contest
Tree and Jos were graciously invited by Joe Milton, founder of ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers), to judge the Fall 2018 contest.
Fearless Features Jos & Tree
Excited to see 2 of our photos in these collections of “Right On!” photos by Fearless Photographers put together by Huy Nguyen, Founder and President of Fearless Photographers. Trees emotional capture of a small girl hugging photo (part 1) and Jos’ creatively lit groomsmen photo (part 2). Great to observe and learn from all these good photos.
Holdfast Gear Features Tree & Jos
It goes without saying that a lot goes into capturing the ‘perfect’ shot. Everything from lighting to environment to cooperation from the subject you’re shooting are all factors in crystallizing those timeless moments that pass all too quickly. But before the composition and the lighting come into play, your gear has to work, or all that time and effort spent setting up the ideal shot will go to waste. Tree & Jos and their commercial brand Wood + Smith know how vital it is to have the right gear.
Rangefinder features JOS & TREE as Instructors
We are honored to be invited to speak at WPPI this coming February 27th in Las Vegas. Rangefinder Magazine has featured our advice and image in their January 2018 issue.
Wonderful Wedding Colors from around the World
Thrilling to see our Fearless photo recognized as one of the “Wonderful Wedding Colors from around the World” by MSN today. Tree and I worked very quickly as a team to capture this fleeting moment. We invited everyone into a fun interactive game while also using our off camera flash camera left. Special thanks to MagMod light modifiers to help light this epic moment.
Jos & Tree – Jurors for Masters of Wedding Photography
We have been invited to be international jurors for the next Masters of Wedding Photography contest. This Masters contest has been growing over the past 4 years. They originated in Holland and Ireland and have expanded to Germany, Italy, the UK, and now North America, to combine Canada, USA and Mexico. We are thrilled for this contest and look forward to learning from everyones best photographs. Checkout the result links from previous contests.
Full Article: JOS & TREE – Masters of Wedding Photography Jurors
Full Article: The Netherlands – Masters of Wedding Photography
Full Article: Germany – Masters of Wedding Photography
Full Article: Italy – Masters of Wedding Photography
13 Places in Europe to Propose to your Partner
A travel magazine called Days to Come powered by Tourradar shared our best piece of advice for anyone looking to propose in Cinque Terre. Among 13 different travel destinations from Iceland, Italy, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Germany, France, Denmark, Greece, and Prague this team of experienced tour specialists offer great tips on where to get down on your knee. If you are a travel adventure enthusiast Days to Come offers some of the best travel advice you can find. Check it out!
Training with the Best Photographers in the World
We take learning very seriously and constantly pushing our craft to new levels. Collaborating with other creatives is critical for learning new ways of seeing, performing to our potential, mastering light and composition, dealing with difficult settings, refining our workflow, and growing through critique. Our most recent training was with the 2 top wedding photographers in the World, Erika and Lanny Mann with Two Mann. The workshop challenged us to learn and grow like never before. We are thrilled be Two Mann alumni and part of a community of photographers who seek to “transcend wedding photography.”
Oregon Bride Magazine celebrates wedding photographers you can trust
Fearless Photographers Photo of the Day – Nikki & Paul
Nikki & Paul’s ecstatic reception photo is showcased on Fearless Photographers “Photo of the Day.” This photograph was personally curated with love and care by Huy Nguyen, the founder of Fearless Photographers. Fearless photographers has over 3000+ members worldwide and its a real honor to have this photograph spotlighted on their Instagram and official website. Fearless Photographers are for couples who truly love photography.
JPEGmini showcases our images at PhotPlus Expo in NYC
Even though we aren’t in NYC at PhotoPlus Expo, our photos are. Thanks JPEGmini for showcasing some of our work at your booth. JPEGmini showcases how photographers can use their “compression” software and NOT lose quality. Thanks Mantas Kubilinskas for capturing it for us and Mitchell Schneider for being so awesome to work with!!!
Rangefinder Spotlights Jos & Tree and Wood & Smith
“As wedding photographers continue to expand their brands, focusing on key marketing elements including names, logos, and websites – are becoming more important than ever. Jos & Tree tells us how they do it” – as told by Jacqueline Tobin – Rangefinder Magazine
ISPWP – interviews Jos & Tree about questions you should (and should not) ask your wedding photographer
The ISPWP conducted an informal poll of its members to see what questions they wished their clients would ask them (and what questions they wish they didn’t ask). We received an interesting variety of answers, let us know what your thoughts are in the comments!
BuzzFeed Includes Jos & Tree’s photo in top 41 Romantic Ideas
BuzzFeed lists our lifestyle image of Justinea and Justin in Florence, Italy in their top 41 romantic ideas to elevate your engagement pictures: “Capture a Low and Emotional Angle.”
Huffington Post Showcases Shannon & Kiernan
The excitement of a bride and groom get ready are some of our favorite moments of anticipation. We are thrilled to see The Huffington Post write about Shannon and Kiernan’s getting ready moment in a beloved 16th century countryside Renaissance villa in the heart of Umbria, Italy.
Tree & Jos speak at Mystic Seminars 2017
We are beyond excited, honored to be speaking at Mystic Seminars Portland January 17-19th 2017 in our hometown Portland, Oregon. We deeply respect the creative minds, talent, and experience in the Mystic Seminars community.
We will be presenting KEEPING IT REAL. Learn how the art of photography begins with the art of communication. Discover our favorite truths about how to bond with clients to develop trust for a fun, creative, and authentic experience.
JPEG mini Interviews TREE & JOS
We’re so lucky to have had the chance to ask Jos and Tree some great questions about how they work so well in photography and how other photographers can learn from them.
Rangefinder Magazine Interviews JOS studios
“… we think breaking the rules and doing something artistic and more emotional with a raw edge better represents professional photography…” – Jos (Rf June 2015 – pg. 54-56)
Rangefinder (Rf) is the award-winning monthly magazine for wedding and portrait photographers, and the official publication of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).
Junebug Weddings Features Amber & Brian
Amber and Brian’s Oregon summer wedding was full of gorgeous golden light, an incredible forest setting, and whimsical details
Fundy Software Features Jos & Tree
We had the pleasure of spending time with Jos and Tree at Mystic Seminars this year, and not only do they have some fantastic work, but they are just overall great people.
Junebug Weddings Features Mark & David
An ecstatic wedding at the Mt. Hood Organic Farms where Mark and David were so excited they could hardly keep their feet on the ground.
Junebug Weddings – Best Wedding Photographers
Junebug Weddings includes JOS studios in their Truest Hot List as one of the top 10 best wedding photographers in Oregon and Napa.
Junebug Weddings Features TREE & JOS
Tree and Jos’ whimsical wedding looked as if it were right out of the pages of a storybook. A midsummer night’s dream wedding indeed. With dazzling personality, creativity, and originality, their artistic expression of love and commitment made for a beautifully unique and richly symbolic day. Photos by Thomas Flint Photographers – By Cherry Photography – Julianna Patrick Photography – Moetic Films
Huffington Post Showcases LesleyAnne & Brent
The Huffington Post features our shot of LesleyAnne and Brent’s beautiful wedding under the stunning St. John’s Bridge in Portland.
Oregon Bride Features Nikki & Paul’s Destination Wedding
We are thrilled to see our fun late-night pool party captured from Nikki & Paul’s Belize Wedding featured in Oregon Bride.
Bride in Italy Features Letizia & Morgan
Letizia and Morgan’s gorgeous Sicilian Wedding in Milazzo was given lots of praise by Bride in Italy in their Real Weddings – una sposa retro nella meravigliosa Milazzo
Maharani Features Kiran & Siddharth
We are thrilled to see Kiran and Siddharth’s wedding on Maharani weddings blog. We are also excited to be 1 of the top 6 published in Real Wedding – Summer/Fall 2013 Portland Bride & Groom illustrating Kiran+Siddharth’s stunning Indian wedding.
La Fleur Features Letizia & Morgan
La Fleur featured Letizia & Morgan’s Sicilian Wedding as one of their #1 destination weddings in their 2014 issue. La Fleur Magazine inspires women to live a passionate life and connects the community.
Portland Bride & Groom Interviews Jos & Tree
Portland Bride & Groom – interviews JOS for the expert advise column in the article MASTER CLASS addressing key issues about the three big-day subjects real brides told us mattered most.
2012 Bravo Wedding Guide – Cover Photo
Our images from Nicole and Nima’s wedding were used for the front and back cover of the Bravo 2012 Wedding Resource Guide. Bravo! is the northwest’s most trusted name in northwest wedding planning.
Full Article: 2012 Bravo Wedding – Cover Photo – Jos & Tree