I've been photographing this family in Moorhead for three years and each year gets better and better. I adore these people and I think they might adore me too! Well at least one of them sure does. I'll let you decide who. ;)
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.
Well hello 2017. I'm writing to apologize for being the worst blogger of 2016. I promise to be better this year. Well at least I promise to be sort of better this year. Because let's be real, life gets busy and this poor blog gets neglected sometimes.
You will notice some changes around here though. 2017 is the year of authenticity for Northern Stories. I am committing to documenting your (and my own!) story authentically. Here's to real life. Here's to the moments that you love when you're lounging around in your sweatpants at home. Here's to not having to bribe your kiddo with candy for that perfect shot. Here's to spilled coffee and messy faces, dirty laundry and full sinks. To babies in diapers and tweens being tweens. Cheers to aunt Betty's sweet dance moves at your wedding and laughing when you mess up your vows because you're so dang excited. Here's to real life.
Recently I was sitting at my desk one day when a facebook message from Lauren popped up.
"Hi Penny. ....My husband and I are celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday and, though we couldn't get anything done before that, I was hoping we could do something together soonish (this summer). I have a big idea. In the chaos of planning a wedding, we decided to spring for the photographer (the lovely and talented Elisabeth Eden who did amazing work) and save costs by not getting a professional videographer....Sadly the only footage we have is a few clips around the reception. No ceremony. No vows. No speeches. No dances. As a major sentimentalist this broke my heart. It's a day that I'll remember forever in my own mind but I wish I had some video to show Josslyn of the promises her mommy and daddy made to each other that day. So this is my big idea... I would love I have Robby think we are doing a family film of some sort. He's obviously going to have some idea of what's going on since he will be there and whatnot but I'm hoping over parts of the film I can do a voice over with my own crafted vows. I want to tell him that I will love him and sickness and in health, richer or poorer, and even when he doesn't close the car door when he fills the car up with gas. I want him to know that out of all our adventures together, raising Josslyn is my favorite. I want the film to be my belated anniversary gift to him full of even more personal vows than we made 3 years ago and I would LOVE for you to help me make that happen."
So we met at Babb's Coffee in Fargo and we planned with our coffee's in hand. We eventually got together at their home in Moorhead for a "family session" and the magic began. If you know Lauren you know that she has a a beautiful heart and is incredible at writing. You will soon hear in the video that her heart for her family is so sweet and I was so honored to be able to help her make this surprise film for him.
Isn't it amazing what love can do? This sweet family was brought together through adoption and they asked me to photograph their little family shortly after they welcomed their sweet son into the family. I couldn't have jumped faster at the opportunity. I just adore this family and this set of images. The sweet bond between them had me wiping a few tears behind my camera (shh)!
Maggie plus Edie = two 6 year olds with a lot of personality. These girls have known each other since birth. I worked with Britta (yes, the Britta The Photographer) and as it would happen Edie was born 17 hours before Maggie in the same hospital. It's such a fun memory and it's been fun to photograph the girls growing up through the years.
This year Britta and myself wandered out with the girls to Buffalo River State Park. My Magnolia has a toothless grin and less of a baby face, while Edie has a splint on her wrist from her biking adventures. I think 6 is going to be good.
Emily and Mike are expecting this fall and as you can see are quite excited to welcome him! They're adorable together and I'm sure adding a third Koska will just be too much to handle, I'm so excited to make a film of baby Koska's arrival this fall.