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The First Birth Photographer | Minneapolis, St. Paul Birth Photographer

The first published Birth Photograph by Grace Robertson -- 1955

 

Five years ago when I shot my first birth the idea of documenting the moment babies were born was relatively shocking to most. Some new-fangled idea we came up with.

But it’s not. Birth Photography and documenting the moment of birth are not new at all.

This image is not mine, it’s Grace Robertson’s a photojournalist who captured the lives of women in the 1950s.

It is the first published Birth Photography image, which she captured as part of a project for Picture Post to document an at the time unseen thing — birth.

And in ancient art there are images of birth on mediums of all sorts, even bowls from which new mothers would eat their first meal post-birth.

The interest in the beauty of birth is not new, it’s ancient. I’m inspired by what Grace Robertson had to say about this image in a story journalist Anna Murphy helped her retell in The Telegraph:

“She did a number of stories considered revolutionary at the time; her 1955 photographs of a woman giving birth, for example, were some of the first of the kind to be published. ‘We were all so ignorant. I once saw a girl friend at a party looking distraught and I said, “What’s the matter?” and she said, “I think I am pregnant. That seat was warm when I sat down on it, and a man was sitting on it before me.”

‘I thought, “It’s time we learnt a little bit.” So I set out to find a woman who would let me photograph her giving birth. The story was turned down by Picture Post until she was eight months pregnant, and then suddenly they said yes. I was with her in the room on her own at one point when she was having contractions, and when she surfaced from one she must have seen me looking concerned.

‘She asked me if I had noticed some workmen when I came into the hospital that morning, and I said I had. She said, “That is what I am doing, Grace, I am labouring. It is hard work trying to get a baby out, so don’t look so concerned. And what’s more those men are only going to take home 14s 11d, but I am taking home a baby.” I laughed at that. And what I saw when the baby came out was its fist in the air as if to say, ‘Made it.'”

 

Interested in learning more about the 1950s and how the average birth was portrayed? Check out this amazing video from The Unecaesarian.

And, if you would like to see some of the ancient depictions, this is a very interesting video (although it’s narration reminds me a bit of CBE videos from the 1980s I watched in my Bradley class :).

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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

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Mini-sessions, Holiday Party | Princeton newborn photographer

 

This year I want to celebrate a whole year with the Peace Love Babies brand. A year ago I took a plunge and started shooting what I love most: maternity, birth, newborn, babies.

Now, I’ve added family video + stills sessions and I’m feeling quite happy with where my studio is going.

But I couldn’t have done it without my lovely clients, so as we round out the year I wanted to throw a little holiday party/mini-session event.

December, 1st from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. come join me at my studio (1410 3rd Street South, Princeton) for fun mini-sessions in the sweet set up above (options of plain background, background with wreath as shown, or background with garland) and a holiday party/playdate. The part of my studio not used for shooting with be set up with an indoor play house, castle climber and other toys as well as some healthy (and a few sweet) snacks to celebrate.

Details on the mini-sessions are below. Ready to book? Head here.

These are a great way to get updated wintery images of your children if you had a family session in the spring or summer, collect a few great images for your holiday cards or to print as gifts for family and friends.

They will be geared toward individual children and/or children together. This is not a family session.*

*If you would like images of your whole family, you may book two mini-session slots and we will accomodate you 🙂

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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.

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It’s all in a good book | MN birth photographer

The birth book is the culmination of the birth photography experience. It’s the final artform. The tactile way to enjoy the day again and again.

I get a little giddy when I lay one out thinking about big sister gazing at her baby brother. Then baby brother as a kid, paging through and asking about his birth. I think about kids growing up and what they’ll think when they look at the images right before they become parents and what they’re own kids will think when they see them for the first time.

Photos are a legacy art.