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Creating a legacy of love


Creating a legacy of love


Every little girl dreams of her big day, the day she marries her prince charming. The love story probably started when she was in elementary school and continued to her wedding day. It’s truly a privilege to be invited as the wedding photographer to such an anticipated event and capture and document their unique story for decades to come. 

There is not a single detail that a bride does not put at least one second of time into and the Davis/Wolden wedding was no exception. From Rachel’s dress to her Jimmy Choo's to her bridesmaids, the cake, the flowers and Carlos Creek Winery as the venue - everything was absolutely stunning.

Every wedding is different and every couple makes their own choices, places emphasis on particular parts of the day and designs their wedding in the way they want to celebrate it. As the professional photographer chosen to capture the day, it’s our goal to capture every single detail of a year’s worth of planning in just a few hours and then edit those images meticulously to provide the bride and groom with an everlasting and treasured testament of THEIR dream story.

At Rex Studio, we believe that engagement pictures are also an important part of their dream story. We took Rachel and Justin’s engagement photos in Grand Forks, ND. Because of the distance, nearly three hours away, most of our conversations from discussing the specifics of the engagement photos to the details of the wedding, we relied on e-mail and phone for our planning. Rachel and Justin chose their “Save the Date” photo and approved the design via e-mail and were pleasantly surprised to see the package delivered to their doorstep so soon after approval. Rachel and Justin came into the studio just once and after seeing each other in North Dakota when I shot the engagement photos, we didn’t see each other again until the wedding day. 

I am a hopeless romantic at heart and a professional photographer by choice. As a wedding photographer, I am at my most creative when I can roam around the wedding capturing those moments you may never have even noticed happening during the wedding day itself. Wedding days go so fast, and I want the moments in time I capture to take you back to the day and bring your magical day back to life, over and over. There are so many shots that I love from this wedding and each one plays its own role in telling the story. Individually, they don’t really mean much, but together they tell a unique, timeless and beautiful love story.

The photo that makes me smile the most every time I look at it is the photo of genuine happiness of Rachel, Justin and all their friends and family at the conclusion of the ceremony. Something about Justin jumping in the air puts a smile on my face everytime!

It’s moments like these when you truly believe that dreams can come true.


As popular as digital images have become, nothing can take the place of holding an actual wedding photo album in your hands. That’s especially true when it comes to chronicling your wedding day. I’d love to make your wedding photo album the first family heirloom of your married life and a tangible reminder of one of the biggest days of your life. Our team at Rex Studio believes that a photo taken by a professional photographer who takes the time to understand your story makes the difference between having a party, versus creating a milestone event. Portraits on the wall, framed pictures on your shelves and albums on the coffee table help your love stay more real and help your friends and family relate and relive your story. Call us at 218-631-3129 to learn more.


What do you want your story to say?



Behind The Lens

Hiya, I’m Kimberly Woods, a custom, professional photographer specializing in babies, high school seniors and weddings. I am a “local girl”. I grew up in Wadena, graduated from Wadena-Deer Creek High School and feel blessed that my children will graduate (McKayla this year...YIKES!) from the same school my husband, Scott, and I did.


My studio is located in central Minnesota. Rex McDonald opened the studio in 1938, and I am honored to carry on his tradition of creating beautiful photographs that last a lifetime. Similar to my studio in Alexandria, Rex Studio is cozy, relaxing and welcoming to all clients, and their little ones. I truly believe that I have one of the most fun and rewarding jobs that exists. I get to meet the most amazing families, take their portraits, make them feel beautiful and preserve priceless memories.

I love people. It may sound like a clique, but it is true. I love that people are weird, beautiful and funny. I believe that everybody should have a stunning picture of themselves every decade of life. Photography can freeze time and make an instant last forever. They have the power to evoke feelings, tears and smiles for years to come.

Before I take a picture, I compose it in my mind. Like a wise person once said, professional photography isn’t about gimmicks or tricks - like anything wonderful, it is a mix of talent, hard work and experience. Custom professional photography is a combination of the client(s), their surroundings and the raw emotion of the moment.

From personal experience, I know that choosing not only “a”, but the “right” photographer for your family and your expectations is a big deal. Whomever you choose, will not only be taking a photo, but they will be capturing a moment in time. There is conversation, attention to detail and much thought involved in creating photos that not only special to you today, but are heirlooms for future generations.

Photography can freeze time and hold still those milestones that seem to pass in the blink of an eye. I pride myself on capturing the authentic side of people so that next year, or the next decade, friends and family can look back through the photos and see the beauty that was in that moment. It is my greatest honor to have clients thrilled with their photos and excited to display them in their home or with loved ones.

When I’m not shooting, you can likely find me spending time with my family, making MaryKay memories with my mom … and, my coffee (and on those special days - chai coffee from Cyber Cafe) is most likely within reach.

I’m excited to tell you that this blog is the beginning of many more wonderful things to come, including a refreshed brand and a new website. Questions are always welcome by sending me an e-mail at

I’m so glad you’re here! Let’s go make memories together.


~ Kimberly Woods, professional photographer and friend