What do you want for your future within music and teaching and the answer comes the same way each time- he wants to be involved in performance art in some fashion. My husband has been in a number of bands over the years, this is the side gig he speaks of that adds that element of fulfillment to his career as a musician and music teacher in Missoula.
I get it. Like being on stage performing, I have a deep desire to show and sell my art! It has been slowly burning away at me for the last two years. What is the block? Why hasn’t it happened? Well first off, finding the venue to display my art is the first block. I am looking for a highly trafficked storefront/gallery that will proudly display my art- which involves nudity- oh my gosh- yes that’s right, nudity. I guess that’s really it folks. I need space to hang. Online is available of course, but I think there’s nothing like seeing the piece up close and personal. So I will continue my quest for the brave, gritty, forward thinking, modern establishment to host me.
Art is sweet, bitter, makes me salivate and upon the last angle/edit, I am always wanting more. Thus somewhat equivalent to cake. I love a good dense, rich chocolate cake. I love a nourishing, nurturing motherhood session too- same kind of bliss.
Hosting 2 days of Spring Mini Nurturing Sessions! Don’t delay, Mini sessions usually book out & the sessions are highly discounted. Two dates- June 10 & June 18 June 10= In Studio only ( 4 sessions available ) June 18= In Studio only | 2100 S Higgins ( 6 sessions available ) 20 minute session. Studio session, groups limited to =max 3 people ( 4, if one is an infant ) Includes 15 digital files curated by photographer.
. Referral reward? If you refer a friend to inquire about the Mini Session, they book= you and your friend will receive $50 in store credit. . Cancellation- In the event that less than half the days slots book, Jenna Nord Photography reserves the right to cancel the event. You will be refunded your investment.
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Nurture the essence of you. Nurture your belly, or baby, partner, or young kiddos.
Ask your photographer if they follow a code of ethics…ask them to tell you more about it…
The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Code of Ethics is intended to encourage and preserve the integrity of the birth photography industry.
Birth photographers are expected to exhibit professional conduct at all times. This includes interactions with clients, peers, medical professionals, birth team members, support staff, administration and others. Remember that in each interaction you are the face of the birth photography industry and you represent us as a whole.
It is expected that you will follow all hospital and birth center rules and regulations.
Be honest and kind to clients, peers and other birth professionals.
It is an industry standard to ensure you have backup gear when shooting birth photography.
Birth photographers should carry appropriate insurance for their business.
Be accountable to your clients. Abide by your contract in regards to being on call, image delivery and archiving.
Copyright infringement is strictly prohibited. This includes both image theft and plagiarism.
Birth photographers should have the appropriate business license in accordance with their local laws and regulations.
Birth photographers shall pay tax in accordance with the local, state, regional and national laws.
Birth photographers should utilize legal contracts with all clients to protect both their business and their clients.
Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, disability or other factors is prohibited.
Birth photographers will show respect for the birth space at all times. This includes respecting the birth choices a family makes, the birth team, care providers, location rules and family members involved.
It is important to remember that the job of the medical staff is a higher priority than getting a particular photograph.
It is expected that birth photographers will provide the client with confidentiality in accordance with your contract at all times. This is particularly important when sharing your presence at a birth as well as images, especially those of intimate nature, on social media. Always be sure you have permission before sharing.
Do you believe every woman should experience the power of being witnessed for exactly who they are?
Our soul work is to call women to the edge of their comfort zone to bring forth the wisdom that’s waiting to emerge. We hold women when they are at their most vulnerable mentally, spiritually, and physically through tender nourishment and patience. We honor women in their skin and worthy stories. We reflect back the power and love we see in each woman.
Our path is uncensored | unveiling your inner truths
Working with Jenna has been amazing! As someone who has never done a photo shoot of any kind, much less one where you slowly transition from dresses to the complete nude, I did not know what to expect. But Jenna did a phenomenal job of making me feel comfortable, and captured my “maternity” in an incredibly beautiful, powerful and artistic way. I actually showed my maternity photos at my baby shower, something I never would have seen myself doing, but I was inspired to show my girlfriends my raw feminine and they loved it! Would recommend to anyone who wants to capture this amazing time in their life, Jenna will show you a side of yourself you did not know existed. Jessica Telleria
Response from the owner2 weeks ago
Jessica, thank you for sharing your vulnerable self with me. Your practiced embodiment and your continued practice of self-love / acceptance is refreshing, inspiring and breathtaking! I look forward to our next chapter together- your Birth!
We reached out to Jenna to do newborn photos for our daughter. We first spoke about what we were wanting to accomplish with the photos and what we were envisioning. When we went in to do the shoot she made us feel very comfortable and at ease. She was very patient when my baby got fussy and put on soothing music. The cherry on top was the in person presentation of the photos. I was expecting excellent photos but was blown away with what I saw. Her passion for her craft is evident in the way she talks about the photos and how excited she gets showing them. I can’t wait to cover my walls in these photos and I will forever adore them. I can not suggest using Jenna to capture these special and intimate more!
HEAL THE WORLD
I hold Radical love of her, love of women, love of motherhood.
Radical acceptance- the practice to sit with your essence. We will heal the world one birth, one mama, one motherhood journey at a time which creates a ripple effect- extending the divine woman to the divine man. We will do this together in the end, if not now.
Sarah Hester RossI am my mother’s savage daughter The one who runs barefoot Cursing sharp stones I am my mother’s savage daughter I will not cut my hair I will not lower my voiceMy mother’s child is a savage She looks for her omens in the colors of stones In the faces of cats, in the falling of feathers In the dancing of fire In the curve of old bonesI am my mother’s savage daughter The one who runs barefoot Cursing sharp stones I am my mother’s savage daughter I will not cut my hair I will not lower my voiceMy mother’s child dances in darkness She sings heathen songs By the light of the moon And watches the stars and renames the planets And dreams she can reach them With a song and a broomI am my mother’s savage daughter The one who runs barefoot Cursing sharp stones I am my mother’s savage daughter I will not cut my hair I will not lower my voiceWe are all brought forth out of darkness Into this world, through blood and through pain And deep in our bones, the old songs are waking So sing them with voices if thunder and rainWe are our mother’s savage daughters The ones who run barefoot Cursing sharp stones We are our mother’s savage daughters We will not cut our hair We will not lower our voiceWe are our mother’s savage daughters The ones who run barefoot Cursing sharp stones We are our mother’s savage daughters We will not cut our hair We will not lower our voiceWe are our mother’s savage daughters The ones who run barefoot Cursing sharp stones We are our mother’s savage daughters We will not cut our hair We will not lower our voice
Coined by the late Jeannine Parvati Baker – the term “birthkeeper”refers to a woman who not only supports a mother during pregnancy, the birth and the time after but even more importantly, encourages women to know their rights, empower themselves with knowledge to ensure that we as women are claiming our responsibility …
I am really resonating with this label. Even though it is just that, a label. Doula, Birth Support person, Birth Keeper, Great Auntie, My Best Friend. I had a great conversation with a retired midwife about doula work. We discussed that women who hold space for women, with innate wisdom, groundedness trust and more ARE the support, are the doulas are the keepers. Our society can put whatever name to it. We can create programs, trainings and standards. But you know what you know deep within when you are a Birth Keeper. Your gifts cannot be taught or articulated through a course.
I am a mother of 4, I am a birth worker, birth photographer, women’s essence witness.- truly.
Should I have a Birth Keeper?
Do you want to increase your chances of having the birth you desire?
Do you want to tap in to your power as a woman?
Do you want continued physical, mental and emotional support focused completely on you?
Do you want to take pressure off dad or help him become more in tune with you?
Do you want to be an active participant in your birth?
Do you want to be cared for instead of managed?
Do you know that you are in charge of your birth, body and baby and you can say no or decline any medical procedure that doesn’t align with your families values?
If you answered yes to any of these then you should have a birth keeper.
“Jenna! I love seeing your work on these birth pages that were so much a part of helping me get to my dream of a homebirth. It’s so much more than just the social media though. It gives me chills. Your work is changing the world girlfriend! Thank you thank you thank you! I just have to express it to you because I think it all the time.”
Holistic Collaboration. When you book your Birth Story with me. Choose from your mini maternity session, or substitute your session for a Skin to Skin post partum massage with Wildly Essential Doula services, or a Mother Blessing or Healing session with Tree of Life Doula!!! Wow!!! Mention this collaboration when booking your Birth Story.
When you invest in certain businesses they might donate 1% to world hunger, etc. You’ve seen this right? Why do we love it and why does the company let us know? Because, of course- we want to be part of something BIGGER than ourselves. We LOVE knowing that our purchase paid it forward to better humanity. The company/business rejoices in the bigger hand they have on a community, national, or global scale- so it’s a great thing to brag about!!!
How does this post relate to Jenna Nord Photography?
I’ve been talking alot in recent weeks about how a woman becomes her own HERO of humanity when she invests in her birth story because:
Your birth story is one of your greatest contributions to humanity. When you invest in your Birth Story you contribute to Your own Empowerment, Your own Validation, Your own Celebration, Your own Healing.
When women are empowered, validated, celebrated and can heal- what kind of ripple effect does this have on our communities, on our world? Personally, I think the ripple effect COMPARES TO NONE. I’m saying, I believe the results cannot be quantified, they are unconquerable, insurmountable …….
Let’s say this belief is up for debate and you’re not 100% sitting in the same camp with me-
How else are you a HERO in relation to Jenna Nord Photography?
Volunteer Demise Photographer
Investing in my business ( which is investing in your memories)- allows me to VOLUNTEER my time to give priceless images to bereavement families. I currently am the soul volunteer for Community Medical Center- and provide families with demise photography. These photographs will be the only photographs they have of their baby, forever.
Nearing 10 years of experience in the Missoula Valley, photographing the most transformational event in a woman’s life- Birth.
Book in 1 hour mentoring sessions with me to get all your questions answered. No question is off the table. Everything from gear, on-call life, managing the business, sorting through grief and trauma from birth experiences, working with hospital staff, and more! I am here to satisfy, so you can make the most of your birth offerings to the community.
As blood pooled up around my shoulders soaking into the gorgeous nursing bra I insisted I wear into surgery; I held her.
I held her so close at the most awkward angle with the blue, tacky, plastic pressure cuff on one bicep- crushing it
And intravenous tubing streaming out of my other hand
I held her. I felt her warmth and my tears burned my cheeks as they traveled and filled up my ears.
I had some fierce mama beast mother hold on her, with one arm- ya know-
That hypothetical scene where if one person had mentioned taking her from me, some grace of gaia would have lunged me from the bed, literally spilling entrails- that were not sutured back into me- the free fist raging…
That didn’t have to happen…it’s just that intense.
Charge nurse, my sister, that day. Happened to be. After we had discussed that I rather not have her be my nurse ( strained dynamics). The hospital was under staffed so she was on the floor. The floor with me. She set my IV, she made everything as non-awkward as possible
AND she gave me the gift that was the catalyst to my career.
My sister asked if I wanted some pictures- fine yes, I said.
She captured that mama beast hold for me, she documented my husband cutting the cord- the photos gave me sight. The photos gave me a story, and gave me healing ( 3 previous cesarean births) and gave me life.
Hello, welcome. I’m Jenna- creator, artist, mother. Birth keeper. And so much more. But thank you for being here. Your story is worthy and I will be your honored witness.
I want to see your lines, the hard and soft. I want to love your skin through my honest photography. I want to savor your baby’s first moments with accurate, artful documentation. I want to show you, your power. Let me share with you my cesarean stories, I hope they warm your belly. Where there is shadow, I will capture it’s richness. Give me light, I will give it back unfiltered. I want your real. I want to be amongst the dust of your life.
I am a mother in Missoula Montana. I have four children. I am a wife. I know clutter & chaos. I know diapers on the back porch. I know golden retriever love, and the endless hair. I know sleepless nights, piled high dishes and breast milk engorgement. I am made of stretch marks and scar tissue. I am shaped by 9 years of breast feeding. I know feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders with a small, perfect babe in my lap. I know deep, loneliness. I know an abundance of joy and pride through motherhood.
My Professional Birth Photographer Affirmation
I am a birth photographer because documenting the transformative in women is priceless, powerful, humbling, validating, and essential to my clientele. It is essential to advocate for women and women’s birth choices. It is essential to uplift women in their birth story. It is a tool for healing and education. It is a way to build a community around women. It is also a private, secret story to relish in the heart and share with the child- the coming earth side.
This was my first experience where I was witness to the mighty tone of a midwife. I have heard some intense instructions before but this was a few page turns of a thick board book in comparison to just a verse. Birth seconds feel like stretched out minutes and when baby is not in optimal flow..this time passing feels like a pause while holding your breathe while having a galaxy of aliveness and death dance and rush through your veins. The room is primal, thick, humid 911 was summoned. Commands were given.
Movements in the room are curated, more precise at the same time spontaneous because this is birth. A flash of fight flight or freeze lights up in my peripheral, a mental rolodex with client intake forms spins, “In case of an emergency would you like me to keep documenting, stop or trust my judgment.? “ For 8ish years I have been told to trust my judgment. That is a huge risk to take on. I keep shooting. Rapid fire shots followed by longer than usual pauses to reassess- where do I need to be to do my job but be out of the way of the medical birth team? Is my perceived importance actually valid? Is this next shot crucial to the story? Just like a balloon releasing, but in the opposite direction- all the air gets let back into the room as baby takes his breaths. 911 walks into a managed and thriving space, they are called off. Mother has already, seamlessly begun to nurture…. . The story settles deep into our derma. . As the world around brushes at it like dust. . But we know. Birth keepers. #missoulamaternity#missoulabirthdoula#missoulabirthphotographer#buttebirthphotographer#whitefishbirthphotographer#bozemanbirthphotographer
This is the place where I’m most wanted, where everything I am comes from…..( Story Hill)
These lyrics grab me in the gut. Where everything I am comes from. REVEAL is such a place, a space that is above all things and withing you all at the same time. The wisdom and coalescence of women’s heart power is undeniable. I descend the stairs to my home and anticipate coming home to myself as I enter my office for RETREAT. Each retreat is infused with elements of script and spontaneous download from leader Leah Lovelight. I am a co-host and participant and I learn and feel something novel each time I come to sit in witness with the REVEAL. It has been a wondrous journey, letting this extension of ourselves unfold for and with women as women.
What have we created? Or what have we found within that we are stimulated by time, place, connection to offer?
It was absolutely important to the fabric of our offering to include locally crafted gifts. We support small local business women in Montana. We are conscious capitalism. From our Retreat you will continue to flourish via your self nourishment and discovery this will cause a ripple effect in to your home, into your community for greater good.
A REFLECTIVE SELF-CARE RETREAT INCLUDING 70 PHOTOS TO AWAKEN YOUR INNER POWER AND EMBODY YOUR DIVINE ESSENCE
We come to an offering with concrete tangible items and with concrete personal or business visuals- but we know that this work extends far past what we can see right before us. You know that you are composed of more than what meets the eye and that is what is being found, connected with, expressed, witnessed, captured.
“This created space for me to dive in deeply with myself + others in a way that created so much overwhelming love for myself and my body in such a short period of time.”
We facilitate and photograph your quest to intimate self-connection through reflective self-care to REVEAL the beauty and light that resides within, so you can witness, celebrate and fall in love with the power of your story.
“Straight up one of the most magical, empowering and fun couple hours of my life. An experience I could relax into and embrace the goddess who lives in my body and envelops my soul.”
the REVEAL is coming soon, it’s been in existence just not at this level. we are leveling up – to a retreat experience. Nourish your self, reveal your story – so you can fill the cups of those you work with, those you love, your community. choose to receive the gift. a deep dive experience, a quest for self intimacy, guided practice of reflection, climaxing with your physiological expression photographed- for personal and brand pleasure!
It’s all online these days. How does it FEEL? Many of us have appreciated the convenience of online, the ability at least to keep opportunity open. There are some things that just do not equate online. Think of this when you consider your photography investment. A screen just does not replace warm, tender shared moments of tactile memories. Fill your home with photography on the walls, on the shelves and in your hands.
Mother’s you belong here. We do this, we can do this, if we choose; together. Even if you are physically alone you have the collective shoulders and hips of all the women of the world and those that have come before you- in birth!!! International Day of the Midwife.
Here is my story about Brenda- Brenda opened her doors and arms to me. She cared, she listened, she supported me. I lucked out- it was timing- most likely- but I was one of the first of inner circle people to hear that the midwifery unit was being closed down/ this was a “perfect” time for Brenda to retire. I actually cried. I visited her at her office and she too had tears in her eyes. It was a crazy feeling. But I was grieving the loss of her connection and the loss for Missoula- less options, based on the bottom line.
Here is my most beautiful story of Brenda:
I witnessed Brenda support birth in the most tender way- the most tender that I had seen up to that point in my career as a Birth Photographer. Not only was Brenda present, throughout the birth, she was hands on. She used oils and massage stones on our mutual client. Brenda caressed. Brenda checked in closely- close in proximity, looking deeply into mama’s face. What blew my mind was Brenda climbed into the hospital bed with her birthing mama client and comforted her, snuggled her, held her. I drew my breath in as I witnessed this. I would never be the same. I am so honored to have seen such beauty that day between provider and patient, between women.
What are your favorite midwifery moments? Please share and with permission I would like to share on my IG stories.
So the story goes that they liked me because of my birth work. Ok, well then I loved them at first breath of those words.
The next step of falling for this couple was, when the bride asked how I felt about taking some fun and creative nude engagement photos. Well, hello…you came to the right photographer. In a very open yet wild space, the couple undressed and embraced. Not much needed to be said. I mean, love looks so good in and on the skin. I know they will cherish those brave, vibrant, lusty photos for.ev.er.
lastly, the love continues ( but I gather, our adventure together won’t end with the wedding) ….the wedding was pure, simple, sweet. It was like they were made for the day. Everyone was cheerful, comfortable, TOGETHER.
Fresh, just minutes old. If you are a birth, baby, mama geek like me, you are going to be in love with your baby’s fresh head. They smell other worldly- and that totally makes sense to me. Be ready for a surreal, transformational experience. Consider birth photographer with me, so that I can hand you back a concrete story. I have 9/10 mamas tell me they really couldn’t remember much, or that they had a blurred memory. 10/10 mamas see their birth story and are in awe of moments I documented for them, that they either didn’t know had taken place or just can’t wrap their minds around how I GOT THAT SHOT! I am there for you. Mikaela Marie DiBerardinis and I vlogged yesterday about birth photography and one thing we talked about is how our services are more that just showing up on a spontaneous day at 2am and staying for an unpredictable amount of time ( which that in itself is epic) BUT that we also extend ourselves to being the solid care and peer to touch base with , once we are booked. I have clients text or call and chat about delayed cord clamping, new stretch marks, what they are eating, toddler angst, induction, emotions, and so on. We are part of your birth team. During birth, if applicable – we extend to chat with a nervous dad, or be a lesion to the nursing staff so that Dad can stay by mamas side. I have walked the halls with a client while her husband slept on the couch. I have sat with a mama and watched TV and shared birth/ mama stories- while she labored. Then take all that- add on the gear, the back up gear, the ability to shoot in any lighting situation. Then the willingness to hold space and reverence for life and death, and take all those stories home with us, in our minds, body, and hearts. The service doesn’t end there. 24 hours later a handful of images are already edited and in your email so you can share with family and friends. 4 weeks later 100- 250 edited images are presented to the mama of her Birth Story-of a FAMILY STORY- to cherish and love for a lifetime. 2/3 of my clients become everyday friends- coffee dates, lunches, hikes. No matter what- I always remember you and I always remember your baby and your birth story. ALWAYS.
This is what 62 images look like. This is your story, your Fresh48. I come to your place of birth or home within 48 hrs. I am on a soft- on call service, so that I can be available within 48hrs of your baby being born. I offer an herbal or floral bath if you like. I provided the flower crowns you see in the image below. I worked with local farmer Jessi- Dancing Dog Farm, to craft and supply me with these arrangements. The bath is not obligatory, it is a service that I provide that you can take advantage of. The Fresh48 is relaxed in nature and REAL. I am relaxed about what unfolds before my camera. Your family can be quiet, shy, rambunctious, joyful, messy- priceless. I am there for all of that.
If you decide to love and want to invest in all of your digital files from the session. That will be 30+ images, in this case 62 digital files.
What will you do with them all? This mama actually invested in a number of 8×10 prints. So she will have a lovely gallery wall. What will you do with 62 files? I am obsessed with albums and keepsake unbound albums. These are art that you can hold and share in touch. I happen to sit with my kids and we read books, alot of books. So, it makes sense that we love to look through books with pictures, baby books, photo albums! My kitchen is one of the busiest spaces in my home. I have two walls dedicated to the art projects my kids create or bring home from school and photography- OF THEM AND US AND ALL THE LOVE OF FAMILY.
Bring baby in for a deeply nurturing session. This is a slow time. A time when it’s more important to delight in your exquisite newborn than anything else. I want to see you nurture. The way your hands delicately hold and cradle the small perfect babe you created. The skin, that’s new and the skin that has loved.
I choose to create art with my sessions. I really want you to work with me to create art together. What I will not give you is: pastels, mediocre and Jcpenny catalog. Don’t get me wrong I love Jcpennys- but the images that we visualize in the catalog- that’s not art, that’s not me or YOU.
Here is Missoula Montana, we have an amazing backdrop to work with and even the smallest of intimate spaces will hold us, just long enough to capture something truly stunning. I want to adventure and that doesn’t just have to do with outdoors. I do plenty of studio sessions and in- home sessions in Missoula. I want to adventure with you and your skin- your motherhood journey. When we talk and share- when you hear me- my motherhood stories- when we laugh together, the vulnerable slowly appears from behind the foggy veil of everyday. I get to see you, you get to feel me lOVE on you.
Megan Branz- she is a delightful mother of 2 now. Megan is up for anything, trusting me with a road trip, barreling up snowy mountains- then into the birth space- twice now! Megan gave birth at Community Medical Center for her first birth. Her second birth was a homebirth- attended by local licensed homebirth midwife- Ashley Hinton-Sharp. Megan’s births are pure magic to behold. She is strong and confident. Megan has shared her birth experience with me many times- she is empowered by them, ripped open, glowing. Megan caught her own baby boy just a few months ago, gently guiding him out from between her legs, into her arms- gliding back into the birth pool.
This is the place where in front of me, you are most wanted. I want to see your beautiful nurturing. Breast, bottle, skin to skin. All is welcomed. Gather with 8 vibrant women. Celebrate your journey. Shed before me and create intimate space with others to create memorable, empowered art.
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The umbilical cord… that beautiful lifeline between a mother and her babe, coiled strong, pulsing blood and life for only a brief period once the baby is earth side… deserves our attention and praise. The benefits of leaving this in tact after birth has been an easy one for me since day one. I’ve never worked under a midwife who felt it wasn’t the standard of golden care. I have advocated for clients to their OBs and even CNMs to leave it only to be met with opposition and have even seen some occlude the cord saying “yep, it’s in tact” but not allowing it to pulse to the baby. Times are changing on this tide though. Finally OBs, and CNMs are following better guidelines and we are moving towards a norm of letting that cord pulse or delayed cord clamping. Why would we even do this? My question is why would we ever have not done this? Some of benefits are things such as decreased rate of resuscitation. This is a no brainer for home birth workers. We resuscitate babies when needed but almost exclusively we leave that cord in tact while doing so. The oxygen rich blood is my personal “insurance policy” while I may be helping a baby along to take her first breaths providing oxygen rich blood to the baby during this time. It eases the transition in any baby, not just the ones who need some help. The iron stores are increases and a 50% decrease in anemia can be found in newborns. Increase in myelin for brain function, stem cells, red cells, immune cells are also happening in this time. There is a 30% higher blood volume found in infants… I mean it is their blood after all. A decreased rate of brain hemorrhage and a decreased need for blood transfusions are also found. Premature babies are needing these benefits even more so than a term babe! This entire process takes approximately 5-15 minutes. When the baby is born, reach down and feel that cord, feel that powerful force coming through. Know you are not only allowing the natural process to take its course but also giving your baby a better start. These fleeting moments are for wiping your own brow, listening for the first cry, reaching down and welcoming a new person into your world… all as it should be in tact, together, transitioning to the next phase of your lives side by side instead of as one. Written by Ashley-Hinton Sharp- Licensed Homebirth Midwife.
Missoula Midwife- Ashley Hinton-Sharp- of Heart- Strong Midwifery
Once the baby is born she is still getting oxygenated blood from the placenta. The beautiful placenta pulses and continues functioning for 5-15 minutes on average giving time for our sweet baby to take her first breath. Once she does that – lung expansion occurs, fluid is pushed out of the lungs. the ductus arteriosis and foramen ovale shut and blood flows through a path of least resistance much like adult hearts. I call the going from fish to frog. This all occurs quite rapidly, the baby turning from blue to pink usually within a breath or two, sometimes longer. Often extremities can remain blue and it is of no concern. The flushing of blue to pink is magical thing to see. It happens as quickly as a rainbow appears or disappears. I will admit I almost never see the actual act of the chameleon like switch as I’m holding the job down on many fronts in this moment but if you are lucky enough to catch it…it’s quite amazing, a miracle. It is usually the moment where my own heart falls in comfort of reassurance, hope and promise.
Megan found me on Instagram- searching home birth hashtags for Missoula. When we consulted I was blown away by her fierce energy to have the birth experience she felt best for her self and her baby. She was this petite bubbly, messy bunned mama on the screen of my computer bursting with energy and chatter in the most positive light. She was planning on a home birth. She talked with such conviction, such confidence, self love, reasonable expectations based on thorough birth research- I couldn’t help but be left with a tingling excitement for HER and myself- that I was being invited to witness her birth story. I get to call Megan my friend. We have had countless birth aware and birth justice conversations over food and coffee dates. We have hiked together, laughed, cried, adventured, created art. I love her little family. I had the honor of photographing her first and now second birth stories. Megan is a lover, a lover of birth and women’s birth rights, lover of hard work, her husband and babies- you can see in her eyes and gorgeous dimpled smile she has a pure joy for life. She is a cup filler. Her children are lucky to have her. Our community is lucky to know her.
the birth scene in Missoula- in Montana ebbs and flows. the popularity of the most transformative day in a women’s life disappoints me. but when equality between the sexes is still a struggle – women’s birth choices, resources and support and overall reverence is minimal- then how can I count on the niche of Birth photography?
those that book, stay booked, INVEST and receive the visceral unparalleled gift of a BIRTH STORY– back into their hands, is a very small percentage compared to the population of expecting mamas. my clients would make a lovely case study.
I wonder if my clients have achieved within themselves and their relationship with their partner and the world- ownership of the concept of VALUE? Do my clients harness worth differently than others? Do my clients hold women and women’s health issues with a sense of utmost importance? Do my clients revere childbirth, life? Do my clients practice self love and self care dropping the binding restrictions of the culture at large? I can be most intuitive about these things but cannot rightfully assume them as facts.
What I do know about my clients. They never regret investing in me. My clients never regret having documentation of their child’s first or last breath. I know that my clients respect my on-call, my sacrifice, my skill, my eye, my heart, and my art.
I provide a visual connection to birth for a woman, her family, her baby and if she chooses her community. I hand back to the birth warrior, raw visceral validation, a story to celebrate and heal by. Documentation to point ones finger at and see the shimmer in the growing babe’s eye. I cannot simple define the why of a birth photographer; myself. I hold space for the birth mama and family, I photograph in the most challenging of light on the most intense physiological female journey. Through my lens I look for the supple transformation of birthing skin, the endearing love of a partner and sharing of primal birth perseverance and surrender. I am your storyteller. ~ Jenna Nord Birth Photographer-
Thinking about your senior photos?! Summer and Fall in Montana are a lovely time to book your session. It’s never too early. Fall is a popular time of year for senior sessions and capturing the autumn colors in Missoula. The calendar fills up fast. Upgrade your senior session with a family session. Your baby is graduating, update the family photos for your home.
I can’t wait to work with you, explore the Missoula landscape and create some art.
Almost a calendar year ago I had a great conversation with a birth mama client. She was telling me how she had recently referred my services to a friend of hers- a home birth mama. That woman replied that she wasn’t quite sure of having the photography done because her house wasn’t pretty and she didn’t want to worry about the mess and dog hair- she might be embarrassed to have me there and to photograph that.My client went on to say that she knew all that wasn’t a big deal and that I myself, had mess, and four kids and a dog. But not everyone does. Not everyone knows this. We discussed all the things that we understand as mothers, but when we aren’t connecting enough, or I AM NOT CONNECTING enough to a client base that is inviting me into a very intimate time- I am missing out on the understanding- if I too don’t share. I can be swimming in the current, in the fast, in the slow, in the depths of motherhood right along side you but you still won’t know me- I get it.
I have the most beautiful sunlight stream through my front room windows, the hard wood floors pick up the warmth and the yellow of the walls make the atmosphere so inviting- all ready for an afternoon nap maybe. And there is Golden Retriever dog hair everywhere. Hair under the piano stuck in the foot pedal, hair under the couch, on the backside of the couch and up the arm rest sides. When a door is open and shut the draft picks up hair and tornadoes it around the room. We vacuum, of course we do. At one point, one summer a long, long time ago- I took up vacuuming twice a day, that’s how much dog hair there was. That was unrealistic to think I was going to keep that up. So, I didn’t after a few weeks. We live with it because we loved her, Sugar, and now we love him, Jonas! But I get it, I get the dog hair everywhere and in the spaghetti.
UPDATE. Here we are, the Women of Heart-Strong Center. I was trying to pull off the ovary gang symbol- did I?
I know, I really need images of the space and the women running this HeartStrong Center. But I couldn’t resist announcing my opening with the magnifecence ( you know this word, even if it’s misspelled ) of a local mama, her babe and the photography art that came out of her and the space.
The Hummingbird Lodge is located in the Miller Creek Valley, just south of Missoula, Montana. We are only 20 minutes from downtown. Our space is nestled up close to the mountains, far enough away from town to provide a beautiful sense of peace and serenity, yet close enough for your convenience.
Jessica is one lovely woman I trust and love. I have had the opportunity to grow to know her and her family over the course of many years of photography. Our most recent venture has been the photography branding of the Hummingbird Lodge. The Lodge is a gem here in Missoula. I hope everyone has a chance to take a class or workshop through the space or enjoy it as an Airbnb.
What if we didn’t caption art? What if how you felt about it had nothing to do with how well I can write, or find a quote on pinterest and copy it? What if the art itself had to speak to you, you interpreted the art and let it move you, how it should? What if it wasn’t about engaging community and rather engaging an eye, or a visceral reaction? What if you liked/loved something you had to prove it yourself in words…words were mandatory of the viewer in order to pass judgement? What would you say? Would you take the time, to stop and write about that love, write to the artist from you heart – how the art made you feel? Could you explain back to the artist that you loved their work because of their use of lighting, composition etc. ? How lofty would our followings be then?
I would hope we all know by now that birth looks different everywhere, minute to minute, woman to woman. I SEE you. I am no stranger to birth- hospital birth, cesarean, twin birth in the OR, home birth, water birth, etc. But I do not know your story and as much as your prepare you don’t know your story either. Birth is unpredictable. Birth is a visceral story, a love story, a story of courage and commitment, of sacrifice. Birth is beautiful and fierce and it will unfold within in you and in front of me and that story will be a masterpiece in all it’s details, all the rawness and magic. Birth is transformative, no one has been able to argue that point.
I can’t wait to see you. SEE your story, this one you have been waiting for.
Serving Missoula and surrounding areas- Butte, Anaconda, Bitterroot Valley.
She is coming. Spring. Vesnu, Persephone, Danu, Ataegina, Ostara, Kore…
She comes to us, here in Missoula, quietly. I would say, she comes with a touch of reluctance. Taking time; there is still bitter cold. Spring awakens slowly, uncurling beauty from the slumber. Soft, rich songs to leave the bed of winter. Spring comes not polished, but messy, unkept. Raw chords resonating, pushing vibrant moods and colors,,yet lingering shadows. Spring the in between. Equinox. She is on her way.
Birth Mama! Birth Community. In the near future I will be offering full birth films. I have mentored under the amazing Monet- Birth Becomes Her. AND, I need continual practice. MARCH mamas, book your March birth and receive a complimentary fusion keepsake. What is a Fusion Keepsake? This is a birth keepsake made up of still frame photography and live film clips. Clips will contain such moments as: early labor, baby’s first cry, your partners initial reaction upon deliver, and first latch- breast feeding.
Please share with any one you know who is bringing a baby earthside in March. If someone loves this idea and is delivering during another month, still have them be in touch. If applicable, the offer may still stand.
I was inspired to update my about me page from a current birth client. She thought it was important that mamas know simple and easing things about me. For instance, that when I come to your home I will not judge. I have lived most of my mothering life with a Golden Retriever and understand the wafting dog hair. Also, I have always had cats in my life and I love cats. Our current girl’s name is Tawny Cat and she loves to sleep and shed in my green velvet chairs. I live with and work hard, some days, to manage clutter. Being a mom and nursing a total of 9 years, I also am accustomed to hoodie sweatshirts that have not been washed in three days and undoubtedly smell of sour breast milk and may just have toddler boogers on the sleeve. So, although you are trusting me to come into your space, I am coming from my own space. My own motherhood journey. I think that adds a world of value to what I do. A woman, a mother- photographing mothers. Let that settle in your soul.
If what I say next resonates with you, then I am your photographer.
My words won’t touch the heart of each and everyone that reads on, but my hope is that for those they do touch- you trust me to be your story teller, and for those I won’t touch, let my images continue to move you.
I want to see your lines, the hard and soft. I want to love your skin through my honest photography. I want to savor your baby’s first moments with accurate, artful documentation. I want to show you, your power. Let me share with you my cesarean stories, I hope they warm your belly. Where there is shadow, I will capture it’s richness. Give me light, I will give it back unfiltered. I want your real.
I want to be amongst the dust of your life.
I am a mother. I have four children. I am a wife. My husband has been filling my heart with music since 1998 and has filled my children’s hearts in the womb. I know clutter & chaos. I know diapers on the back porch. I know golden retriever love, and the endless hair. I know sleepless nights, piled high dishes and breast milk engorgement. I am made of stretch marks and scar tissue. I am shaped by 9 years of breast feeding. I know feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders with a small, perfect babe in my lap. I know deep, loneliness. I know an abundance of joy and pride through motherhood.