May I have “Smore” please?! Just outside Coeur d’Alene Idaho, is a family I have been blessed to know for many many years. Scary to say that as it only makes me come to terms on how old I am getting. Either way…. being around this family just makes my heart smile. And they always have smiles to share.

 

Almost a year ago, I was able to document some newborn moments of baby Ronan in his home in Seattle Washington. This summer, his momma and daddy traveled up to this area to visit with their extended family and give Ronan his first yummy taste of backyard Smores.

We all waited in anticipation to see his reaction. With a nicely toasted marshmallow, a ritz cracker (babies under 1 are cautioned to not give any honey or food that contains honey to infants) and a chunk of chocolate, he slowly lifted it up to his mouth and tasted the delicious summer treat.

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One of my favorite moments of our session is when mom and dad decided to play with Ronan. Dad had found a perfect smore stick and Ronan thought it was the best toy ever. He giggled and laughed as he held it…. until dad took it away for a moment. Then life was not fun for Ronan and only his momma’s snuggles made everything all better again.

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Here is a sneak peek into their family Smore Session.

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How fun!! And what a memory to keep!

For July & August you can book your own mini session for $175 and it includes 5 digital images of your choice. If you have been a client of Jax Creations Photographer before, you get an additional 5 digital images as my gift.

Your mini session can be anything you want (excluding newborns). Summer is the prefect time to get silly, messy and crazy with your kiddos to create a moment in life that will last a lifetime!

 

For more information or if you would like to book your own mini session, send me an email!

Snuggled up in the mountains of Northern Idaho, is a cozy little town called Coeur d’Alene. Where the trees give off the most amazing fresh smell and up until recently, the grounds were covered in snow. Back in March, I held a Simply Baby session in my home studio that was gently set up with a big fluffy white blanket on a bed. The family that came to see me, I just adore. I was able to meet this momma back when she was pregnant with her little guy and since then, kept in close contact with each. Most Sundays I was able to visit with her during church and I just about peed myself every time she offered to let me hold her little guy. Oh, I love that little man. The sweetest smiles, gives me hugs and during worship, he will sing along in his adorable baby sounds. And his sister….. oh my- what amazing eyes she has!! Here is their last session we did with big sister just flashing her big blue eyes and loving on me!

In the studio, the kids played together, jumped, crawled, bounced, played peek-a-boo and acted like a kitty. Baby S loved up on his favorite blankie and drooled the crap out of Sophie the giraffe. Just being these kiddos and their momma always makes my heart smile.

 

Here is a sneak peek into our simply baby session.

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I am Jackie from Jax Creations Photography. Capturing moments and documenting life is my passion. It is so important to me to work on being present in my own family’s life and for me, taking photos of every day moments is the best way for me to do that. It helps me remember a funny moment, a certain facial expression, a sound, a touch, a feeling. It is my way to share my story with my children. That is why I enjoy doing what I do. It is a way for me to express my love in many ways.

I offer photography and video services to clients- just like you – to help capture, document and share your story and your memories. I want to help you remember the crazy messy hair your child has when they wake in the morning, the time you let your little one (or big one) help you make pancakes, or be there to capture your child’s perspective of him building a fort. I want to help you see your story!

Jax Creations Photography is located in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and servicing the areas of Sandpoint, Hayden, Spirit Lake, Post Falls, Spokane Washington. On location and in your home. Studio sessions are available for newborns, babies and maternity as well as milk bath sessions.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci

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Celebrate your little one with a Simply You session. The studio will be set up with a mock bed with all white bedding – you just bring in your little one and let them play. Either dress them in a simple outfit or let them rock their diaper cover. This is a perfect session collection to just let them be themselves showing off that adorable personality.

Session dates available are March 3 & 4th with times available from 10am till 1pm. Your session collections includes 20 minute session and 5 digital images. Limited time slots are available, session collection must be paid in full to save date and time.  Contact me today to reserve the best time for you and your little one. 

*session collection is per child

When I have an itch – you just gotta scratch. A few weeks ago, I posted that I wanted to photograph a chunky little one here in my home studio in Spirit Lake, and a past client was nice enough to respond back to me! This sweet little one has filled my lens this year and I was over the moon HAPPY when I got to see her again recently and WOW- has she grown. I couldn’t get over her chunky legs and I just wanted to keep {gently} squeezing them. We played, smiled, chased each other around and I got my heart filled with some adorable images of her!

 

She is sitting pretty at 8 months old, learning to crawl, mastered a yoga pose, looks like her daddy and loves her momma. As for me…. I can not wait for her one year!  Here is a little sneak peek into our session here at my home studio.

 

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Having 5 kids and being a photographer, I have had the opportunity to have some pretty amazing photos of my family. Sadly, I missed the boat of maternity & newborn photography when my oldest 2 were born, but since then have made up for it with my other 3. I will be completely honest with you – I HATE being in front of the camera. It makes me feel naked and all throughout life especially in my teen years, I was always teased about my tall forehead and big nose – think Time Burton’s Alice In Wonderland meets Toucan Sam Fruit loop bird! So it is very hard for me to get in front of the camera without a very big guard up. Luckily, I still let me kids take photos of me and I have found amazing photographers who I trust that will capture my inner and outer beauty.

When I was pregnant with my number 5 child, a good friend of mine (professional photographer) agreed to do my photos, and trust me I asked her loads of questions and gave her lots of “limitations” to work with, but she did so wonderfully and to this day, I still love looking back at those photos she documented for me.

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I wanted to share a few tips on planning and preparing for a maternity session – as a client.

First it is very important to do some research on what you want to capture and photographers in your area. Do not think of price just yet – that can really take your focus away from the meaning of WHY. Some things to keep in mind when researching and finding your photographer. Do they offer maternity sessions – and do they offer newborn photography sessions. Usually a mom that does maternity wants someone she can trust to follow up with newborn photos – so that too is to be researched.

Take some time and view the photographers website and social media, if the photos speak to you and or your heart happy, make a list of those photographers.

Check out the reviews. If you received a referral to a certain photog, ask questions from your friend. Feel free to also ask that photog for a list of referrals or testimonials.

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Experience. Does the photographer have experience with maternity clients – does she/he have a gallery for you to view. Are the images flattering? A trusting maternity photographer should be able to direct you comfortably to highlight your beautiful areas- like that awesome baby bump of yours. If you have concerns of your new pregnancy body- it is ok to share that. Light, clothing and gentle direction is an amazing gift!

Clothing. Ask photographers if they supply clothing/ dresses/ wraps for the session. Ask for ideas and suggestions on what to wear – especially colors. What might be popular today will make your images look dated. Simple, clean and classy is a wonderful way to go. I love to look back at my moms maternity photo she has (yes- she only has 1)  but I always laugh and ask her what the heck was up with the hippie flannel shirt and bell bottom pants. Granted that was the clothing and it’s hilarious and special to look at, but for your professional portrait session, stay simple. There are many places that offer maternity gowns to purchase or to rent. Sew Trendy, JH Gowns, and Two Birds Bridesmaid have been my favorite. Check out local thrift and vintage store too – you can find some pretty awesome nightgowns and dresses there.

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For your under garments – something we don’t think about too often when it comes to a photo session. Nude colors are often the best. They hide beautifully under dresses and wraps and if you choose to be more *natural* the lines can easily be blended into your skin in post production. Avoid tight fitting clothing like shoes, bras, undies that are too tight- anything that can leave a mark on your skin. During your consultation with your photographer, you can go over items needed and what to avoid.

Pinterest has lots of lovely images of clothing ideas for sessions and it is best used as a GUIDE. Having that exact expectation in mind can make you stressed – this is about you and your baby. Don’t get too wrapped up in clothing options. Again this is where your photographer can come in handy if they have a collection or simple options for you.

Accessories are fun and can help bring an outfit or vision alive. Between necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and even henna – they can help complete what you have in mind. Shoes… This is a great question for your photog as well. Depending on location and look, most of the time your feet will be hidden. But just in case, make sure they are clean!

Hair/Makeup. I am personally one to not stress over that because honestly my day to day is a pony tail and I put my kids in attack of “where you going momma” when I do put on makeup. But for the camera, a little something to help with dark circles and chapped lips helps. If you want to get all glammed up, ask for referrals to a makeup artist – preferably one that has worked with that photographer before. Same for hair- make sure it is cleaned and brushed- ready to go! Again, nothing wrong with having a day getting pampered if you so wish. Ask your list of photographers if their session includes hair and Makeup.

Locations. What do you envision for your session – what brings you some peace and calmness when  you think of  you and your baby. It could be as simple as your home, the nursery, or somewhere on location at the river, the beach, in the forest or out playing in the streets of the city. Did you envision a dreamy milk bath session or a private setting inside a studio. Does the photographer charge a location fee?

Do you want to document this moment with your hubby and or children? Ask your list of photogs if there is an additional fee for having your family a part of your photos. Ask them clothing suggestions and again location ideas that will fit all of you.

Do you want more of a documented style session or a more posed style session. Either one is beautiful, but choose what fits your personality the best.

When To Schedule. The best time to schedule your session is between 31-36 weeks. Every momma is different but doing a session between these weeks is *usually the time where momma is comfortable and her baby bump has filled out. Please keep your photographer in formed if you have limitations and make sure they can accommodate. Even if  you are on bed rest, a maternity session can still be beautiful and lovely!

Planning. Pregnancy can seem like it is forever – depending on how sick you are. It is best to start searching for your photog and doing research as soon as you can. Some photogs are booked 6months to a year in advanced.

 

Ask your photographer how long the session should last. Again this is a great moment to bring up any limitations you might have. High/low blood pressure, hurts to stand too long, bad back, bad knees, etc. Each photographer has their own different session time and it is always good to know how long you will be there – especially if hubby and kids are coming along. It is always a great idea to bring something to keep little ones entertained.

Finally – what is included in the session. How many images – what is the turn around time? Is the session fee in your budget? Do they offer payment plans?

How do you personally want to remember this moment to share with your child(ren) and grandkids? In an album. photos on a wall, as cards, or tucked away somewhere on your computer – (YIKES- not the safest option). Take some time to think of how you want to display your beautiful self. This is an amazing journey you are on and you ARE beautiful – no matter how you are feeling- you are beautiful!

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I think my biggest thing I hope to stress to you if you are in the planning stages of looking for a photographer – do not let price be your starting point. Build a relationship with this photographer. You want to be able to walk into your session and future sessions with a feeling of trust and open communication.

Especially if you are wanting this photographer to document your birth and or newborn- please check references, their safety, and experience. This is a beautiful moment – Enjoy it!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or message me. Jax Creations Photography is a member of The Bump Society. Feel free to check out the Bump Society page to find a local photographer for you.

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