My Girls | Fargo-Moorhead Photographer

My daughters were born 6 months months apart on the calendar year.
From a photography stand point, that’s really handy.
Every April and October I take the girls out for a session and photograph their year or half-year milestone.
It’s amazing to watch them grow. Children’s portraits are far from my forte. They are more like….. my piano.
(musical reference. Just nod and smile)
But every time I come away from one of these sessions I feel soooo rewarded.
Photography gives me the gift to stare into my children in ways I can’t on a daily basis.
Look at these little hearts:

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My little one insisted on bringing her two favorite stuffed kitties, affectionately termed Frederick and Archibald.

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Her toes…

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Since it was my oldest’s birthday, my main mission was to truly capture her at this stage.

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Since our last children’s  portrait session, she’s lost numerous teeth and gained a couple new ones.
They’re at that stage where every day those new front teeth are shifting, finding their place.
It’s fitting these things happen at 7 years old.
She’s finding her place in the big world, too.

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As a photographer, during a session I always look for “that one shot”.
If you were to ask me about any wedding or portrait session I’ve ever done, I could name “that one shot” from almost every one.
It’s the shot that captures everything beautiful about that person — and tells a whole story in one glance.
I’m always looking for it.
Sometimes it surprises me and jumps out,
other times I have to claw for it. Search, track, hunt it down and dig it out with every bit of effort.

As soon as I captured this shot below, I knew I had found it.
My daughter’s Seven Year Old Portrait.

Fargo Moorhead PhotographerThere’s a faint smile on her lips and a stubborn weight in her eyes.
She has a rash confidence.
The mother in me can tend to wish that away, and want nothing but innocence, compliance. But it’s there for a reason.
She’s here for a reason.
I love that as a mother, I’ve been entrusted with this.
Lord knows I am hardly fit. Clueless most days, but willing to learn …

This is where photography and motherhood intersect.
Like an arm moving a hand, I use one of my gifts to support one of my biggest roles.
To understand my children and propel them into what they were made to be.


Abby Anderson is a wedding and portrait photographer in Fargo, ND + Moorhead, MN.
Visit the Studio A Photo website here.


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