Fargo Children's Photographer

It’s been a super busy couple of months. Who am I kidding? The past year has been wonderfully full, challenging and rewarding.

Whose ready for a much needed vacation? Me!

Have a great week. – Ann

 

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

Fargo portrait photographer

In honor of Labor Day, I thought it would be fun to share a few photographs of future American workers. These images and others like them were shot earlier this summer for The Village Family Magazine‘s August/September 2010 issue. The magazine’s cover story – “Hot Jobs” written by Meredith S. Holt – offered a look at the top 10 fasted-growing careers through the next decade based on reports by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, U.S. News & World Report and other sources.

My job was to create a series of photographs that featured local children dressed up in attire appropriate for a variety of occupations. A Fargo, N.D., daycare owner agreed to let me use her garage as a temporary studio. A number of folks were involved in sharing props and attire for the shoot. And, the kids did a fabulous job. Several of them just may have a future in theater!

Happy Labor Day!

Fargo Portrait Photographer

Fargo Portrait Photographer

Fargo Children's Photographer

A recent Sunday morning portrait session appeared to have everything going for it: two cute kids, a good location and no time constraints.

Ahead of time, I’d asked the boys’ mother about her intentions and ideal outcomes.

“My #1 goal is to capture what the boys looked like at 6 and 2 years old and how they interact with each other,” mom Kirsten wrote to me on facebook. “They love each other so much and I want pictures that show that.”

Perfect. I’m naturally drawn to photographing people interacting and responding to each other. Pictures that show relationships are more interesting. Plus, knowing what the family hoped to achieve put me in a position to create images that complimented their goals.

Enter reality.

It was HOT and muggy and humid. The mosquitoes were so bad that dad Travis went to the store in search of bug spray. While little Reid was amenable and easily occupied, his older brother Davis was just plain grumpy. Did I mention it was unbearably hot?!

One lesson photojournalism has taught me is that photographers cannot always wait for the ideal situation, the perfect subject or better light. I have to be creative and figure out a way to make the best of any situation. Even if it means flipping a couple of kids upside down!

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Fargo children's photographer

Happy Birthday Edie!

Edith “Edie” Cecelia was born at 1:33 p.m. one year ago today in Fargo, N.D., at MeritCare [now Sanford Health]. I was honored to attend and photograph her arrival. Edie’s parents are Britta and Kris. Here’s wishing all of you a very happy day!

Birth photography is fairly new to me. My first experience came in June 2005. As a photojournalist with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, I spent nearly 18 hours at MeritCare photographing first-time parents Dayna and Randy Olson and certified doula JoEllen Smith. It was a powerful and humbling experience. [The resulting picture package about the role of doulas during childbirth – “A Labor Of Love” – was recognized with a North Dakota Newspaper Association award.]

Later, after my son was born, I became increasingly interested in photographing childbirth. There is nothing quite like creating images that tell the story of a child’s arrival. It is technically and logistically challenging. But more than that, I enjoy being trusted and welcomed into a private space for a once-in-a-lifetime event that results in beautiful photographs. Birth photography is incredibly satisfying on both a personal and professional basis.

Thanks again Britta and Kris for allowing me to be part of your special day.

P.S. You can see more photos of Edie’s birth and her beautiful family online at The TrygKerz Chronicles.