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Just received the wonderful box from First Breath Photography. I cannot believe how special and classy the package is. The wonderful keepsake box and all the goodies inside--nothing but exquisite, just like Janelle's work. WOW. Thank you again and again. We will treasure these images.  

- Christi, client

Please consider a professional photographer for your birth! I know a fabulous one: Janelle with First Breath Photography!!!

- Raelene, doula

"I've worked with Janelle and thought she is a great part of the birth team. Her presence in the delivery room does not distract the mother and father from their work of having a baby, and the photos are tasteful and beautiful. I would recommend her both for her skills as a photographer and for her stellar delivery room etiquette."                                

 Kylie Saari of Family Birth Support


My name is Janelle Magelee and am married to a wonderful and very supportive husband, Erik.   We have two silly daughters that are more entertaining to us than any reality TV show.   We live a little bit south of Mankato, Minnesota, in the country. I grew up on a farm by Mapleton and wouldn't dream of giving up my rural roots. 

I was the fourth child and often joke with my mom that I must have been adopted since there are very few baby pictures of me, especially in comparison to the oldest sibling. However, there is one photo of me as a newborn from the hospital. I've always been infatuated with that photo and looked at it often when I was younger.

Looking back, I wish I would have had a birth photographer when my two daughters were each born but I didn't know there was such a thing. I just kept nagging my husband to either take pics or give me the camera (but I suppose that could just be the photographer in me).

I am a member of the Deep Valley Birth Collective, the International Association of Birth Photographers, and have many years of photography experience. I have the knowledge and equipment to handle the low light situations, as well as a back-up camera and lenses.  More importantly, I'd like to think I am professional and personable, which makes for the perfect combination for this type of work. 

Odds & ends:  my favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz, I curl - you know, that sport played on ice with brooms and stones, I really like plaid, my "secret" wish is to have a wonderful singing voice, one of our daughters and our cat got their names from the TV show NCIS - Katelyn and Zeva, and finally I believe that it isn't dessert unless it's chocolate!


"Janelle was very professional at our meeting prior to the birth of our son. She was easy to contact and excited when it was time for her to meet us at the hospital. We called during the middle of the night when my labor was in full swing and Janelle was there in the wee hours of the night during my labor and at the birth. We hardly even noticed her there as we went through this emotional and intimate experience of the birth of our son. We love the images that she was able to capture of my labor and delivery. My son is 4 months old now and I love to look back at the pictures and slideshow and get emotional all over again. I would recommend Janelle without hesitation. And if I ever need a birth photographer again I would hire Janelle in a heartbeat! Love love love the experience I just can't say enough good things about it!"

Alyssa, Client


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