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Sweet Gia | St. Cloud Edina Newborn Photographer

Most of my sessions take place in my studio, but I drove through a snowstorm to do this little one’s session in-home. Sometimes it’s nice to travel, even if it involves the adventure of 15 inches of snow.

 Sweet Gia | St. Cloud's premere newborn photographer


Music to Labor to | Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud Birth Photographer

My second son, Keen a few hours after birth

Someone asked me today about birth playlists, so I dug mine from my last birth (1.5 years of giggles afterward).

It’s hard for me to express in words how moved I am by this music.

I become, like many, incredibly open to everything in pregnancy. I remember feeling as thought I could feel more than I had ever felt before.

And that’s part of the mechanics of birth — opening to new life and being primed to emotionally accept and bond with your child in a way you never thought possible.

And when I hear this music — oh, it’s like I’m back in that place where I am just waiting to love more than ever.

If you are looking for inspiration for your own labor playlist, take a listen, or a look.

This is the deep in labor-land playlist:

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Wide Eyed, Legless – Laura Veirs
Zebra – Beach House
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
While You Wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear
The xx – Basic Space
Lotta Love – She & Him
Tenuousness – Andrew Bird
Sovay – Andrew Bird
Janglin – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
White Blank Page – Mumford and Sons
I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Sound System
The Cave – Mumford and Sons
January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
Her Morning Elegance – Oren Lavie
Thieves – She & Him

This is the fun, early labor play list:

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When We Swan – Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
The xx – VCR
Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Sound System
Strange Overtones – A Calligraphic Tribute
Dixon’s Girl – Dessa
I Learned the Hard Way – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
My Girls – Animal Collective
40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Tighten Up – The Black Keys
Daylight – Matt and Kim
Go Do – Jonsi
Shadow People – Dr. Dog
Lasso – Phoenix
Crash Years – The New Pornographers
Run – Vampire Weekend
Audience – Cold War Kids
Caribou – Odessa
Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
Kids – MGMT
I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Violet – Jeremy Messersmith
Camera – Matt and Kim
Mouth of Diamonds – Phantogram
Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Winter Winds – Mumford and Sons
The Chaccone – Dessa
Ready to Start – Arcade Fire
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Bruises – Chairlift
In the Sun – She & Him
The Calculation – Regina Spektor
Heartbeat Radio – Sondre Lerche
January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
White Blanke Page – Mumford and Sons
The Cave – Mumford and Sons
Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine
Listomania – Phoenix
1901 – Phoenix
Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
While You Wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear
Fake Palindromes – Andrew Bird
Heretics – Andrew Bird
Anonanimal – Andrew Bird
Skin Is, My – Andrew Bird
Measuring Cups – Andrew Bird
Opposite Day – Andrew Bird
Oh No – Andrew Bird
Drumming Song – Florence and the Machine


Safety, warmth, motherhood | MN baby photographer

This image really moves me.

And I almost didn’t take it.

It was in this quiet moment while mom was just trying to snuggle 3-month-old Aiden enough that he would fall back into a deep sleep while she shot him on the last warm fall day in October.

Leaves everywhere. Baby sleeping. Snow coming the next day.

And this perfect warmth created by the love of a mother surrounding him here in this out-take.

Do what you love and … | inspiration

Do what you love and you will find others doing what they love.

Last year when I decided to overhaul my business and focus on the childbearing year I was scared.

I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I knew that this was the right thing for me.

But I was scared.

Because every great movement forward — every step toward expressing more of who we are to the world at large — is a risk.

I had a writing professor who would tell all of us wound-up college kids engaging in the process of writing autobiographies at the age of 20 — a very strange and heady task — that you have to give something big to get something big.

You have to risk exposing who you are to create art.

But what he never mentioned, and perhaps what we were supposed to learn by reading our most intimate secrets to an audience of our peers, was that by taking risks and putting yourself out there as you truly are, you are also inspiring others to live this way.

Everywhere I look now I see these same risks being echoed by others — and I’m deeply inspired by all the passionate people I am happy to call friends and peers.

If you’ve taken a risk, thank you. If you are considering one, don’t be afraid.

There is freedom in living your dreams.