This is probably my last session I will ever get with this amazing family. Sadly and yet, exciting, they are getting ready to plant new roots in a new home town over on the East Coast.

It has been so much fun watching this family grow and love from their first new baby to now. I truly am blessed to have such amazing families to photograph and document, but I do admit that this family really knows how to just have fun together, laugh, and make memories!

 

Recently they invited me over for some family time and breakfast. Here is a little Pure Moments Film of their morning together!

 

Rise & Shine with the Critchell’s from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.

 

 

I love making films for families and even for my own family. My kids will sit for hours watching their films and my clients films on the tv. I know this will be something that they will treasure for a very long time.

If you are a photographer and are interested in learning how to create your own films, I highly suggest Emily Mitchell’s class Everyday Films.

The class is full of information and is easy to follow. You can also find Emily on FACEBOOK

This year, my “baby” started school. It is hard to decide if it is harder to watch your first child or your last child get on the bus and be in school all day. I have high school kids now and one in kindergarten and neither one is easy watching them grow up. I have one that is just learning to be a big kid and the other learning how to be an adult.

I am sure I am not alone in dealing with this life season.

Recently I had a teen reach out to me to do her senior photos. This is not a session that I do often – truthfully, I am just not that hip or cool with the teens. I am still that parents that gets a kick out of fart jokes and loves to crack a smile to a little one when I break out in dance moves… teenagers, don’t really see the silly in that any more in me. I love using natural light and honest expressions in my photos – which again, most teens aren’t into. So when I do get a teen that reaches out to me for senior photos, I am flattered.

We live in a small town of Spirit Lake, just outside of Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. It is almost like a secret little spot that is filled with old values and beautiful spots to walk, swim, hike and gaze at the scenery. For this session, we stayed local and had a beautiful evening.

This senior girl, class of 2018, has plans of joining the military and serving our country and attend collage to become a pediatrician. What amazing plans she has! It is so fun learning to get to know kids and hear about their future – hearing what they want to be when they grow up.

I can’t help but feel proud of her – for all her accomplishments she has made so far and for all of them that are to come.

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Congratulations C for making it to your senior year of high school. I pray that this year of school is full of excitement, achievements, memories and journeys!

  1. These are wonderful! Very relaxed and natural! Thank you for taking your time with our special senior!!! - Jackie
  • These are wonderful! Very relaxed and natural! Thank you for taking your time with our special senior!!! - Carolyn Schwab

My nerves were all over the place – was I going to be able to capture moments that had meaning?

A few weeks ago I was asked by Susan from DS Connections NW, if I would come and do team photos for their annual Step Up to DS walk in Spokane. I actually met Susan last year when I was planning on doing a community event for down syndrome children, giving them a pirate party for fun! When the event was not published as it was suppose to, I took it very personal and felt terrible for these families that never got to share their story with our community. So when Susan asked me to step in to do photos for this year, I was very happy to do so.

The Step UP for Down Syndrome Walk (formerly known as the Buddy Walk) was developed as a way to reach out to friends, family, and co-workers to promote awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. It is also designed to raise funds for local and national education, research and advocacy programs.

The Step UP Walk is an easy one mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. Hundreds of thousands of people take part in different walks from coast to coast and around the world each year to show their support for Down syndrome awareness.

People throughout the Inland Northwest whose lives have been touched by Down syndrome will join with members of our local business community in helping to raise awareness of the many abilities that people with Down syndrome possess and to celebrate the many ways they contribute to the benefit of both our professional and civic communities.

The walk was held at Discovery Park in Spokane, which is an adorable park! There were all kinds of things for the kids and the families to do together before and after the walk started. Raffle items, American Ninja course, photo booth, arts & crafts, bubbles, a happy clown that makes balloon animals, hats and swords and a sweet little spot for the kids to be in the Hall of Fame photo wall. Each year they take a photo and each year they can look back to see how much they have grown. And then of course, the team photo area – which is where I was.

The families were all in happy spirits and it was wonderful meeting all these beautiful children that were full of precious personalities. Everyone played, danced, laughed, and joined together to help make a difference for DS Connections NW.

Here is a list of the vendors that also participated in the walk event.

Title Sponsors $1000+: CdA Peds | Kootenai HealthCdA Tribe  |  KLEW TV

 

Major Sponsors $500+: Mountain Power  |  Lakeside Pediatrics  |  Barrett Family Chiropractic   |    Jitterz  |

Lake City Rental  |   American Universal Storage  |  Isolutions

 

Supporting Sponsors $250+The Ugly Duck  |  Unlimited Marketing  |  Jax Creations Photography

The Inlander  |  Ruby Frog  |  Raptor Reef  |  Jeda  |  Northwest Restorations  |  Northwest Pet Resort

Periwinkle  |  Northwest Extreme Sports  |   Panera Bread We Got Wood Northwest  |

Sandy Zimmerman (American Ninja Warrior)  |   Northern Dance Academy  |  All Star Glass

 

Associate Sponsors $100+:  Verdis  |  Syringa  |  Centerplace  |  Bloom Dentistry  |  Spoelstra Chiropractic

Lost Moose  |  ICARD  |  Curtis Orthodontists  |  Pepsi  |  Buffalo Wild Wings  |  Centerplace

 

 

The next day after the walk I learned that there was over 700 registered Walkers, 48 teams and they raised enough money  to fund all of their programs for 2018! That is very exciting news!!!

Here are a few sneak peeks of the walk and these kiddos that I just wanted to scoop up and snuggle!

 

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.