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

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

Frost in the Red River Valley

Not only did we have a beautiful white Christmas here in the upper Midwest, but a lovely coat of hoar frost arrived the next morning. It was chilly enough during my morning walkabout that thin layers of ice actually formed wherever my hands held my camera. I was thankful for a new bomber hat, my husband’s snow pants and time to meander around our north Fargo, N.D. neighborhood.

Enjoy! Ann

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

View of Newman Outdoor Field

On a warm summer night in late August, writer Sarah McCurdy and I spent an evening at Newman Outdoor Field in north Fargo. Our assignment was to create a human interest feature for the “On the Town” section of Fine Living Review, a magazine published six times a year by the Bismarck Tribune. We’d pitched the idea of a photo essay and story from the perspective of the second floor, which is home to 12 suites – each named after a major league stadium.

Sarah and I spent the bulk of the game in “Wrigley Field” with Gail McMartin, her family and various guests. It really was a glorious night for a ballgame. It didn’t hurt that the RedHawks shutout the visiting Lake County Fielders of Illinois 6-0.

Anyway, I submitted 17 images to the magazine for consideration. Obviously, the editor wouldn’t have space for that many images. However, I have a hard time editing my work. Give me another photographer’s images and I can whittle them down pretty quick. My own work is a different story.

The current issue of Fine Living Review was published earlier this month. My copy just arrived in the mail a few days ago. I thought it would be fun to share some of the unpublished images here.

Enjoy! Ann

View of Newman Outdoor Field

Inside a suite at Newman Outdoor Field

In the stands at Newman Outdoor Field

Catching up at Newman Outdoor Field

Take Me Out To The Ballgame at Newman Outdoor Field