The Tangible


The tangible. It all comes back to my story. Stories we share, stories that unite us. Childhood memories. The story of family & Love.

I am a mother of four children. Before my first child was born, I was already reading to him. The value placed on reading, shared reading, story telling and story writing are very high within my walls.

Each of my children have all been able to sit and be active listeners from a very young age. I was reading Charlotte’s Web to my three year old. Where the Red Fern Grows to my 5& 7 year old. The Giver to all four kids, over 2 years ago. The ages sitting beside me were: 6, 8, 11, 13.

Sharing stories is powerful and humanely connects us. 

Sharing stories allows for laughter, discussion, root- seeking, joy, resolution, healing.

My children LOVE reading and they LOVE their albums. Albums that are filled with images of family. Images that show me (mom) growing each one inside of me. The kids look with magic in their eyes at these memories. There are so many questions surrounding Birth Days. My children never grow old of hearing some sweet detail of the day they were born. We don’t sit at the computer pulling up file after file, or searching for files to reminisce. We lustily grab the big, thick albums and sit together on the faded sofa.                                                              We turn pages. 

We feel together texture and warmth of fiber and fabrics- are eyes flood with the moments that have been preserved.

This is the behind my business –values that I want to share more honestly and openly over and over again. I want my clients to know that when working with First Embrace Photography they can invest in a product to sit down with, slow time with, create and enjoy connection through.

Missoula Newborn Photography. Jenna Nord

In the comfort and intimate setting of your home. In a space that naturally evokes togetherness and safety. Newborn Photography that doesn’t need a lot of room, just thoughtfulness, an eye for light.

I get to marvel in the closeness of siblings. I can sympathetically smile when a disheveled dad opens the door to greet me. I can take my time to wait for cozy nursing sessions and I will photograph that too–there’s so much good life energy in the act of nursing.


Family members come in and out. There’s food in the kitchen, it’s yours. I ask for, and love the stack of swaddling blankets and precious family linens that I get to work with. Yes, I bring my own supplies too, but how warm and tender are the things that belong to you?! Right! The fabrics that you grab out of the dryer or off the foot of the bed to comfort your baby with.

As I work, mom and dad can wrangle the other children, or read the paper, walk the dog, or just get a chance to sit and watch. Most of my clients sit and watch, they are quiet-maybe half asleep! But it’s so comfortable, because there is no expectations. You can be in your pajamas if you like!  Let me capture the mood, the wonder, & love of this completely unique point in time.

-Jenna Nord First Embrace Photography