The power of portrait photography + cinematography | We Are The Walshes

I realized something kind of magical while I was making this video of my family — it was that the video itself was awakening the love I have for these boys from within me.

You see, for me it’s easy to fall victim to the dreary everyday struggles of being a parent — the child who won’t get dressed STILL (at FIVE!), and the brothers who fight, then hug, then fight, the messes that emerge at just the wrong time, the endless cycle of feed-potty-clean-feed-potty-clean-feed-bed-bed-bed (because they never stay in bed on the first attempt).

And while I hate to admit it, I start to see them as work. I love them always, but the joy isn’t always present in these moments of so-much-work.

This film reminded me of how magical our life is. It allowed me to step outside of my burden of the work and remember all the things I get to be witness to because they are mine and I am on this journey with them.

And I think that is the beauty of portrait  photography and cinematography — to show you how magical and beautiful and perfect-in-it’s-own-way your life with your family is. To remind you how lucky you are to have them and how insignificant putting every-single-board-game-back-together-because-the-toddler-pulled-them-out (again), is in the long the run.

We’re messy, but we’re lovely. It’s important to remember the beauty in your life everyday.

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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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Boys, Castles and the Wonder of Childhood

My oldest son emerged into the world training for great capers. Sitting at 4 months, walking at 9 and climbing right away. He’s training for a great adventure. Discovering what that is has become such a huge part of his childhood. There is wonder in the chase for your life’s work, especially for children as they discover the passion of their childhood.

Knights, dragons, castles and kings are currently enchanting to my boys. And here they are, immersed in the wonder of it all.

I apologize for my children’s lack of pants. I ask myself why they won’t wear pants daily. But this is my life! 🙂
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Milaca Newborn Photographer

Cora | Milaca, St. Cloud Birth Photographer

Milaca Newborn Photographer

This is baby Cora. I headed over to St. Cloud Hospital the day after she was born to help her family tell and share the story of her birth.

I love birth photography because I’m able to get the real, raw first moments when families meet their new baby for the first time and record the entire journey so that one day the baby will know exactly how they were born.

But I realize that full birth coverage is not for everyone, so I created the Birth Stories Session, an after birth session designed to tell the story of baby’s birth and make some sweet images of family together.

Birth Stories Sessions take place in the first 24-48 hours (or later, if desired by family) and last about an hour while I interview, film and create still photos of these amazing first few days. Pricing information can be found at http://peace-love-babies.com.


Baby Cora | St. Cloud newborn photographer

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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