Archive for January, 2011

Fargo Birth Photographer

It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed since the birth of Claire and Elise. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the girls frequently over the past year and thought it would be fun to share a few photographs from their arrival.

I remember struggling to get to and into the hospital [there was a proper North Dakota blizzard going on]. I remember the warmth and calmness inside the hospital room. I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of joy and relief as first Claire and then Elise were born. I remember the exact moment parents Erin and Dean agreed on the girls’ names [photo upper left].

To Claire and Elise, I wish you both a happy birthday. To Erin and Dean, thank you for allowing me to photograph your family again and again.

Enjoy! Ann

P.S. If you are interested in learning more about birth photography, feel free to get in touch. Also, if you are interested in reading about how I got into birth photography [or if you just like photos of newborns and their happy parents], feel free to read this previous journal entry.

Fargo Birth Photographer

Flooding Red River

It looks like we’re headed for another record-breaking flood here in the Red River Valley. Today’s announcement from the National Weather Service only confirmed what just about everybody in town already knew – we have a lot of snow [with more on the way since it is only January] and the ground is super saturated. I thought it would be appropriate to include a few photographs from the 2010 spring flood as part of My [Partial] Year in Pictures entry. As an aside, I will be buying a new pair of boots in preparation for photographing flood fighters.

Now, back to 2010.

Last year marked my first year as a full-time freelancer [i.e. self-employed]. I got an office, a logo, business cards, this online journal and website, a second camera body, lights and lots of other stuff. More importantly, I found a sense of purpose and commitment to my creative self. The photographs included here represent just a few of the people and places I had the pleasure of photographing in 2010.

I have a great feeling about the coming year and am looking forward to all that is to come [except maybe for the flood]. Best, Ann

Red River Flood Preparations

Flooding Red River

Flower Girl At The Salon

Hard Times

Gymnastics Dynasty

Gymnastics + Clay County Fair

In The Heart Of America's Duck Factory

fargo wedding photographer

My last wedding of 2010 was extra special for at least three reasons: location, timing and size.

Alex and Mike were married on a chilly, but clear December evening at A Friend’s House in Kragnes, Minn., which is a few miles north of Moorhead. A tiny chapel located on the grounds of A Friend’s House – formerly The White House – is where my husband and I were married on a stormy June evening. Over the years I’ve photographed heaps of weddings in Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding region. However, I hadn’t been back to the chapel in Kragnes since my own wedding day. Call me sentimential, but the moment I walked into the chapel a rush of good memories flooded back.

It’s probably no surprise that folks around here tend to marry during the warmer months. Winter weddings – especially those held in the evening like Alex and Mike’s celebration – can be more challenging to photograph because of the cold and darkness. I welcome a good challenge.

Lastly, it’s always a treat to be invited to document a couple’s special day. That’s even more the case when a couple’s plan and vision are a good match for me and my services. Last spring as I was shaping my business plan I made a decision to offer wedding photography services only to couples planning small and intimate weddings. There were [and are] a number of reasons for that decision, which I can elaborate on in a future journal entry. At the time, I wasn’t sure how that choice would play out. So, I was thrilled to work with several couples in 2010 – including Alex and Mike – whose weddings were a perfect fit.

Enough of my ramblings, let’s get to the photographs!

Warmest congratulations to the couple and their beautiful family. -Ann

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Ann Arbor Miller's Goals for 2011

I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. However, I have come to accept that anything I do to make myself more accountable – whether to others or myself – is a useful thing to do.

So, I’ve written down my creative goals for the year and am sharing them here. They are listed in no particular order. Thanks to photographer friends Britta Trygstad [you can read Britta’s creative goals here] and Rob Tannenbaum for inspiring this endeavor.

Here’s to a fabulous 2011. Best, Ann

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

No doubt about it, we’ve got A LOT of fresh snow here in the Red River Valley. Two blizzards hit the region over the past few days and plenty of folks are still digging out. I’m grateful for our new snow blower and a husband who enjoys moving snow! I bundled up this morning and took another walkabout around the neighborhood.

Enjoy the photos and here’s to a fabulous 2011. Ann

Photographs of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo