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!

It was a party fit for a princess. Pink and gold and stars decorated their home. And in the middle of the table sat the most delicious and glittery cupcakes I have ever tasted. All of the treats were incredible and all done by hand by this little girl’s momma.

Meet baby Clara. She is loved like crazy and smiles for what seems like all the time. She adores her big brother and creates the most adorable facial expressions.

For her birthday, I was invited out to document her big day. She was surrounded with many friends and family who each gave Clara a time capsule wish and blessing.

Clara’s parents wanted to do something memorable for her, so they created a time capsule box and filled it with keepsake items and special notes for her to open and read on her 18th birthday. This special video is a Pure Moments Film from her big birthday party but also a special film for her to watch as she grows up. What makes this video special is she will be able to hear special words from her big brother, her momma and her daddy.

The video touching and for me, even a little emotional. Take a moment to watch this Pure Moments Film – A Birthday Celebration.

Your First Birthday from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.

 

I have to first start this blog post with a story.

Since I could remember, my biggest fear was…. da- da- dummm. The Dentist. Holy wow. Just the mention of that word, would make my tummy hurt, my mouth water and pucker in fear and I would suddenly become itchy all over the place. It is safe to say, growing up and as a young adult, I never had a good experience at the dentist. I am that patient that never goes or if it is absolutely necessary, I must be drugged and put to sleep. No Joke. I am happily pay to go night-night during any dental procedure. The pain that if forever embedded in my head and that sound. Oh my goodness. that sound! The vibrating in my head, the echo of that drill. Seriously, can you feel that fear because that $h*# is REAL.

Ok scary story over- now let’s get to the good happy ending story.

Eariler this year, I happened to leave a post on facebook that a friend of mine was in need of emergency dental work and he was in a lot of pain. I had a few people leave comments on who they recommended, but, I was taken by surprised when an actual local dentist left me a message offering his care and services. My friend did actually go into see this dentist and told us how easy this dentist made his issue pain free and his tooth in better care. So… then my head started thinking.. and sometimes, my head thinks way too much and I admit, it can get a little dramatic in there.

Truth be told, I needed some dental care and I knew it wasn’t a healthy or pretty sight pass my big front teeth, oh but my fears and insecurities started taking over my head. I think after a few days, I got the courage to make a phone call to schedule my consultation.  I am sure that poor receptionist thought I was a fruit loop because I tried to be clear on how scared I was. When I finally made it to that appointment, I greeted very sweetly and knew my name when I walked in. They made sure I wasn’t sitting too long in the waiting room and the hygienist that came to get me was like my guardian angel.  She talked softly and gently to me and never once talked down to me. I cried a few times because my nerves were seriously clingly to the roof, but she kept a gentle hand on my shoulder and a smile on her face.

When the dentist came to see me, he too was kind me to anxiety and nerves. Even though my face was a little tear stained, I left the office with my next appointment and I felt like I accomplished a huge step! From then on, it has been an actual enjoyable and easy visit. Each time, he makes sure I am doing ok with my anxiety and even lets me wear the x-ray coat to make me feel secure. Sounds funny, but it helps a ton.

My fear of the dentist is actually … well.. I believe it’s gone. I know and trust that when I go in there that I will not be rushed or pushed away for my crazy anxiety. One of the other best things about this office is the staff. They really make you feel like you matter. My only wish now is that they accepted Medicaid so I could have my kids go there!!

 

Ok – so are you just itching to know who I am talking about??? Are you too so scared of the dentist, you rather just pretend those issues are there?? Are you looking for a place that you can trust and get some amazing care for yourself or your family??

 

Well.. Pine Street Dental is the place you need to call. Dr John Wilson is the dentist you need! Best of all, you don’t have to be ashamed to tell the receptionist or Dr. Wilson that you are scared or nervous.

 

During one of my appointments I had learned that Dr Wilson was expecting another baby soon and lucky me, I was able to do a newborn session for his family. I was so excited to meet his wife and his kids and of course hold and meet a new baby. When that session day finally came, I was all bubbly with excitement and nerves again. I always get nervous before a session because I want to do a good job for each family. I try to spend a few minutes in prayer before each session asking God to open my eyes to His beauty He created and for me to be fully present to capture all the beautiful moments.

When our session day arrived, I had moments of giddiness because finally I was able to introduce my REAL self – not the scared -look-like-a-crazed-lady, but a person who smiles with happiness and share my talent. This day- the tables were turned!

Dr Wilson and his beautiful wife arrived and all of their adorable kiddos. I had a girl crush moment there as her daughters had on these cute dresses and as a mom of mostly boys, I miss the dress days of a girly childhood. The girls are the sweetest and just smiled the whole time and loved the moments when they got to hold their baby sister. Baby Kendall is already so loved and protected! The Wilson family also has a spunky little boy who truly loved being a brother. I giggled as I watched him explore the studio and climb the chair and just play. He is going to show Kendall many adventures as they grow up together!

So… how about I stop my chatting and show you a sneak peek into their newborn session!

Introducing Baby Kendall

 

Kendall Jo from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.

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The first year of baby life seems to go so fast. Maybe it is because the lack of sleep and the countless diapers we change or the many hours we are up feeding baby, that it just feels like one long month, but either way, that first year of watching your baby grow and learning new things, just is not long enough.

But, that time when baby is reaching their FIRST BIRTHDAY, we are over joyed and filled with so much excitement and moments of sadness – as this little baby you have been caring for, really isn’t that newborn we wished to hang on to for just a tad longer. This little one is now moving and exploring all sorts of different things, eating food, smiles, laughs, makes amazing facial expressions and is showing their personality in the most adorable way.

Some families plan a big celebration of this awesome milestone and some keep things simple and quiet. Whatever your style is – I pray that you also make time to celebrate yourself as well. You did an amazing job momma!! Take a slice of that cake, a fork, and have yourself a little time out to enjoy YOUR milestones in your baby’s first year!

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This sweet momma and her sweet baby, I first met at a women’s retreat last year. Baby A has these amazing beautiful eyes and just make you smile when you look at her and her smiles she gives you – you can’t help but smile back and say “aww”.

They came to see me for a cake smash session and it was probably the most fun I have had with a little one and their family for a cake smash. Baby A at first was not sure what to do – as most babies. As soon as we cheered her on, she dug into that cake and LOVED playing with the frosting. She wasn’t too sure about the taste of it, but she loved playing with it in her hands.

Here is a sneak peek into her cake smash session.

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Baby A was so sweet and giving as she tried sharing with all of us her yummy cake. But my favorite part is when she started rubbing cake all over her arms. I get that excited too when eating cake!

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June 6, 2017

When I had my last baby, I tried in every possible way to savior and cherish every little baby moment.  I knew he was my last and I tried to remember every day the best that I could in every sense I had.

One of my favorite things to do with my little one was to sit in a warm bath with him, letting him rest on my chest and watch his little toes floated in the water.

These days I am moping up splashed water and a tub filled with toys, but my memory of that special bonding moment is forever tucked away in my heart of memories. I only wish I took the time to ask my hubby to document just a moment of that memory.

Recently, a mom of a handsome baby boy contacted me for a mommy & me milk bath. I was so excited to be able to capture a mom share this moment with her little one.

Baby Eden is a handsome, chunky, BEAUTIFUL baby boy with eyes that connect to yours and hands that are curious to explore the world. Later, I found out that this was the first time that this momma has spent time with her little guy in the tub.

I filled the bath with my favorite bath mix from Bebe de Luxe and sprinkled some flowers and greenery in the water. Next, I sit back (in a non creepy way- lol) and capture some bonding moments between mom and baby.

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Baby Eden was very curious about all the floating flowers and kept wanting to grab and chew on them. Which I don’t blame him. The bath mix from Bebe de Luxe is not only soft and lovely feeling, but has a great coconut flavor. And totally safe to ingest – just in case!

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But the moment that tugged at my heart and get all weepy is the moment Eden needed a little moment to fill his tummy up.

Do you remember when you had to stop for a few moments and feed your little one? Do you remember how even though that moment was a force to make you stop and breath, it was the most beautiful moment of the day. It is like a reminder to stop in the busy of the world and focus on something so amazing that really no words can describe it. Something that can make your heart feel so many things and make you cry happy tears.

Baby Eden took every moment of the time he asked from his momma and brought her back to focus on just him. To have no worries of the world surrounding them. It was just her… and him.

I stood back for a moment to give them some personal space – to not feel that I was constantly there as a stranger with a camera. And then I witnesses it.

Love.

Eden reached up with his tiny chunky hand and gently touched his mom’s face. It was if he was telling her that all is right in the world as long as he was in her arms.

I have bottle fed and breast fed my babies – and it doesn’t matter the way you need to nourish your baby – what matters is you are letting them stop you from looking at the world around you and seeing this beautiful creature that was created just for you- in every perfect way God created.. in your arms, just focusing on you.

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This milk bath session was so refreshing me to. It is so easy to get caught up in the same everyday life and even sometimes in the photo world. It blesses my heart when someone reaches out to me to capture a moment, a memory, a milestone and I just get to witness God’s amazing glory- all right in front of my lens!

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