Lydia - Lydia Woosley Photography

About Me

I’m a wife, mother, and photographer; and bohemian at heart. Chasing light and capturing beauty within the mess we call life.

My husband, children and I relocated from my hometown of Panama City, Florida to St. Joseph, Michigan in 2013 and we immediately fell in love with this charming little town we now call home.

I have always enjoyed snapping pictures but began taking Photography seriously after my first child was born in 2008. After a year-long internship for two very talented photographers, I worked with them for a short time before officially starting my own photography business in 2011. When my husband got a new job which moved us to Michigan, I was pregnant with my third child and used the timing of the move as an opportunity to take a break from running a business.  After a few years of calling photography “just a hobby”, I decided I was ready to dive back into the business. I missed it and I am so happy to be back! I love to work with natural light and my passion for capturing a person embracing his or her beautiful personality goes beyond my vocabulary.

Other Random Facts About Me

  • One of my favorite things to do is dance, whether I’m in the dance studio or my kitchen.
  • I love dark chocolate, black coffee, and dry wine.
  • I’m a health nut and a pescatarian.
  • I like to cook.
  • I love to paint.
  • I fall deeply in love with nearly every person I photograph.
  • My husband and I have 3 kids plus we host foreign exchange students during the school year.
  • My house is almost always a total mess, the laundry never ends and the little people always want to eat!
  • I wish I was a fairy.

Camera Gear

Digital Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lenses: 50mm f/1.4, 17-40mm f/4, 85mm f/1.8, 70-200mm f/2.8

Flash: 2 Yongnuo YN600EX-RT Speedlites and 1 Transmitter

Film Cameras: Canon AE-1 (1979) and Kodak Duaflex III

Other: 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector Disc, Ring flash attachment, White Translucent Umbrella, Bounce Umbrella, Umbrella holder and Various tripods


“If I could tell the story in words,

I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera. ”

– Lewis Wickes Hine