birth photography

My first birth film- Essentia Hospital | Fargo Birth Photography

Let's revisit my first ever birth film.  My family had just moved back to Minnesota after a short stint in Iowa and I was taking a course through the Define School to reignite my creativity. Out of the blue, I got this crazy idea to post a call on my Facebook page. So I posted something along the lines of " Looking for a couple that would be willing to let me film and take photos of their birth". Within minutes I had a few people contact me, but I knew of Kara and Ryan and I was confident they would be a great fit. Little did I know that they would be such amazing people and watching them work as a team to welcome their daughter would be one of the sweetest moments of my career. Not to mention the amazing care they received from the nurses and midwives at Essentia Hospital. I won't say much else, other than Thank You to Kara and Ryan. It's because of you that I fell head over heals with birth photography and capturing those first breaths of life. 

Zion | Fargo Birth Photographer

Zion came into the world roaring after his strong momma's roller coaster ride of a labor! It's quite fitting that his siblings now call him Zion the lion. This is the story of Zion. Welcome to the world, little buddy. 


Welcome to the home of Northern Stories.  My name is Penny and I'm the person behind the camera and keyboard. You can find out more about me here.

I created Northern Stories, because I am passionate about telling stories, through each and every season of your life. I truly believe that every person has a story that is important. Each person has a story that is beautiful and each person's story deserves to be known.

It seems fitting that with this new website and celebration of newness that I share a film I had the pleasure of shooting a year ago exactly. The birth story of sweet little Alice. You can find her story and others in the films section of this site!

I'm so excited to share this new adventure with you.


Northern Stories is a production company that specializes in storytelling through videography and photography. Based in Fargo, ND but available for travel worldwide.