Friday September 8, 2017, I was able to witness and document one of the most amazing – miraculous things that can happen for a woman. Birth.

I have been blessed through my photography years to be able to document the birth of a child and each time it is the most beautiful thing to witness. I get so emotional with happiness which usually shows in tears. But I can’t help it.  And how can you not be just speechless when you realize and see that a BABY has been growing inside of a mom and now you get to see it right in front of you- to touch it and love it. Amazing is the only word that I can think of using, but it truly is just… amazing.

I have 5 beautiful children and had lost 1 baby just before he/she grew to be 20 weeks. And even though that moment in life was harder than I had prepared it to be, still the miracle of a baby growing and developing inside me… truly what a beautiful gift we are given as women. I had to talk my ovaries down a few times and swallow a few times as I let my mind and heart and body, crave another baby of my own.

Being able to see a fresh new baby and being able to take time to get lost in all the fine little details like counting all the little wrinkles on their fingers, how delicate their fingernails look, the tiny eyelashes, their mouth and how cute they are when already trying to suckle on something. Every little thing is a miracle and my heart is just overfilled with joy on how our God is so amazing.

Ok, I’m trying to reel it as I am getting all emotional.

 

Friday, a good friend, sister in Christ, client – was able to get permission from her doctor to have me there with her and her hubby during their scheduled c-section. This was so exciting to me. I was just getting back from vacation, getting my kids back on their school schdeule and now I get to document a friend during her c-section. This was over the moon exciting. But, I do want to share a little bit about her pregnancy journey because hopefully you too will feel how meaningful this was.

For her 3rd pregnancy, she was experiencing some painful moments which caused her to go into an early labor via c-section. She had a some “window” on her uterus which can be very dangerous for both mom and baby. I was able to be there for the birth of baby Ezekiel – documenting the prep before surgery and was there waiting for them after recovery. You can see their video HERE.

For this pregnancy, she knew that precautions were needed and her scheduled c-section would be earlier in case there was another chance of a uterine window. It was much better to be safe and plan for this pregnancy. They also decided to wait to find out if they were blessed with a boy or a girl. I had a feeling they were having another girl, but a boy seemed to be what others were guessing. I knew this was going to be exciting for them to find out together when they got to see baby. Such an awesome feeling of knowing at that moment.

 

6am I arrived at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene and we all hung out, joked around, prayed and waited til it was her time. They handed out the usual lovely cover up for her hubby and I to wear in the OR. John, the dad, looked like papa smurf and I looked like a giant marshmallow. But I couldn’t wait to bring it home for my kids to play in, I knew that they would think it was awesome (and they did).

I was given stern instructions on where I could not go or touch, but I was more than happy to obey because this was a special treat for me- and for this momma. This is most likely their last baby so I understand the feeling of wanting to document everything as much as they could. Once in the OR, the nurses and doctors were amazing. The lead nurse was grabbing me and pulling me to the best spot all over the OR to get the best view. And when there was going to be another good spot, the ushered me over to the other spot. At one point, the nurse even had all the doctors stop and pose for a photo.

 

Just before they reached baby, Dr. Henneberg noticed that this momma not only had another uterine window but it was much bigger than last time. If you have never heard of a uterine window before, it is like your uterus is as thin as saran wrap giving mom and baby a dangerous situation. The doctor, although amazed, called it a miracle!

When baby came out, it took a moment to realize they just had a girl. They totally didn’t expect a girl. I totally did (happy dance).

Here are some photos of baby Chole and her birthday!

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And now here comes baby…..

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..and meeting big brother, grandma and friends.

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Congratulations to this amazing momma and her family. Each of you are a blessing to my life and I thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day.

Happy Birthday Miss Chole Kathleen

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here fingers looked like velvet! sweet new baby details

 

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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