I am not one to make New Year Resolution. I know that whatever I stated boldly would end miserably by day 4. Yes, I want to be healthy, skinny, amazing skin, have a kick ass marriage, and raise well mannered children. But that is my daily prayer every day. But having a new year is pretty exciting as it feels as though it gives us a chance to start over again. Truth is, every morning is that. A fresh start. Hopefully that fresh start doesn’t start with you climbing out of bed to stepping in a pile of cat vomit your kitty left in the middle of the night.

I did have a new heart as I started this new year out. I want to get to know God more, learn more about myself and live more in the truth. For photography too.

I have never been one to push my name out there, knock on doors, and even hand out cards. I am super terrible at promoting myself. I hate that feeling of a sales car person. Just not my personal strength. I have a huge passion for wanting others to document their everyday moments but have such a hard time verbally sharing that passion without that inside feeling that I am trying to SELL something. That is totally not my heart, but I very much do want others to enjoy the gift of documenting their and their children’s life.

I love having my own little home studio. It small but peaceful and perfect for babies. But my heart has continued to follow the direction of.. truth. Real raw moments. Lifestyle. Families and children as they are. I want to keep building that and offering my talents to keep offering families a way to document their moments. I want to help documents milestones, everyday bits of life, the ordinary and the not so ordinary. I want to capture love, life, chaos, romance, and childhood. And I want to be able to mix that in with video. To show you the beauty that surrounds you. Photographs are mementos that are priceless but to see a memory replay over and over again, showing details, playing the sounds of the moment… that is more than priceless.

For Christmas, hubby surprised me with a piece of equipment that I have been wanting for years. A fig rig. It is a stabilizer contraption that looks like a steering wheel. Giving me more support when I am filming and giving me freedom to run alongside children in motion.

This year, I will be focusing MORE on being there in YOUR life in YOUR surroundings. Together we will chat about your life and the moment you want to have captured. We can discover outside locations in the area and still do family portraits as before but I will be adding a more lifestyle touch to each session. And of course offering more video Pure Moment Sessions.

I LOVE babies – like never ending baby fever and I love everything that has to do with babies, but I have noticed and realized that now that my “babies” are older (sniff sniff), my photography has taken that lead and has become more focused on children and families. Of course, I am always more than happy to photograph and document your new little one, but instead of the studio setting with the organic creamy background and focus on sleepy baby; I will gather up my camera and lens and come document your new little one either at the hospital or in your home  – again with that lifestyle raw storytelling feel.

By the end of the month, I will have updated my website and pricing to reflect all the changes and until that is released, I would love to have some fun and offer a session special!

Pure Moment Video$250 will include a consultation questionnaire, 1 hour of shooting time, 10 digital images and a short completed video. Offer only available for January

Storyteller Session$175 will include 30 minutes of shooting time and 10 digital images. Offer only available for January.

Ever so often, I get asked by friends, questions of the trade. “What is the best camera” “how do I use my camera” “what editing programs do you use”…

all wonderful questions. A couple times in the past I had even held little tiny workshops or personal mentoring days where I would be available to answer every question they had and show them some tricks and tips with their camera.

This year, I have been asked to bring it back. In past few months, I have been writing down all the little and big things that I have learned over the years and created a digital PDF that shares how to capture your own little moments in life. Being totally unscripted – being real, raw and in the moment. Because after all, our life is not posed and perfect all the time. In fact, those adorable Instagram photos we all are drawn too – you would be amazed on what life looks like outside those 4 adorable corners.

With every client and friend that asks for advice, I say the same thing.. Just capture the moment! No need for special lights, perfectly ironed clothing or an Anthropology kitchen. Although, I highly admire and drool over those moms that do have those things 😉 but, if you think about what has purpose in life, what makes your heart happy and what sings to your soul… it is the memory of the moment. It is capturing that funny face your baby has started doing, or a funny “pose” or super hero stance your pre-schooler thinks is the most awesome. It can even be the way your teenager looks like as they are in their room being who they are. Life is precious. So precious. I am passionate about what is real and what we are blessed to have. Even if it is a living room that is currently the holding place for every piece of clean or dirty laundry.


Life Unscripted workbook, is created to teach you to breath and click. It is to teach you different perspectives and angles and show you how to achieve capturing a moment in any lighting situation that happens every day.

Here are a few things that are shared in this workbook:

  • Types of cameras/ Lens/ Setting
  • Using phone and computer apps
  • Lighting
  • perspective
  • Shooting areas
  • Telling a story
  • Printing/ Displaying Images
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Capturing Emotion
  • Locations
  • Seasonal Holiday Bucket List

Starting today, I am opening the store for a pre-sale CYBER SALE with the book being released on December 1. This is a digital PDF so it will be a file you download and yours to keep. You are welcome to get it printed so you can carry with you and make notes in it as you please. I am an old school soul, and love paper and pen!

I wanted to give you a way to spoil yourself and save some cash and offer a $10 savings today.


Pre- order your Life Unscripted Workbook today! (Click on that link) and use discount code CYBER SALE to save $10 off. Cyber sale is only available TODAY and then the workbook will go back to $99.


Here are a few screen shots to walk you through to the discount and check out page

After you select CHECKOUT, enter the promo code CYBER SALE


and then select PLACE ORDER.


Your order will process and on December 1, you will emailed a link to your Life Unscripted Workbook and Seasons and Holiday Bucket List.


*Note- This is a HUGE file size. You will receive a link to download and it will likely take a little bit to download depending on your internet speed, connection etc. I highly recommend downloading this from a computer and not a mobile device. If you want to read it on your mobile device I suggest uploading it to your own file sharing option of choice and then opening it from there after it is backed up on your computer. Also note that if you don’t give this time to download and click to many times your link will expire. Should that happen, please e-mail me and I will get you set up with a dropbox link.

This guide is copyrighted and may not be shared or transferred to another party. Once purchased, this is for you and you only.

Due to the digital nature of this content, there are absolutely no refunds. I appreciate your understanding. By purchasing you acknowledge this.

This guide is full resolution and you can certainly print it on your own. It is ONLY digital copy however. There is no hard copy or tangible version of this book. By purchasing this you will be reading it from either your computer or mobile device.

I will try to keep this short , but no promises.

Since Sunday I was in bed for 3 days due to a migraine (usually get them often but I have not had a bad one in a long time) Then my throat started to hurt – felt like I was at a concert screaming. Now my throat is all raw. And after my doctor visit, I learned that I have yucky strep throat.  My desire to eat or drink anything is nonexistent. Nothing sounds good nor does anything taste good. My hubby has been sweet by keeping me in my room and not letting me stress about the way the the house looks. Bless his heart.


Today I woke up with another migraine and feel like I am toppling off a mountain because I feel like all I cn do is cry. I am crying because I hurt. I a, crying because I feel alone  and I am crying because I am worried if  I have so far given my kids a happy life of memories.


One of the movies I watched today to heep my mind off the pain was, “The Book Of Henry” Started out as a lovely movie. This mom was happy and not picky about anything it seemed. She truly just loved her boys and made it seem that they could create a life with such gratitude in whatever creative way they could.

Suddenly her oldest child passes away and that it when it all hit me. My goodness… I suddenly put myself in her place for a moment and I was overcome with such sadness and heartbreak. I truly do not know if I would ever be able to move on in live if I lost one of my kids. I know that I would have to, but I have other children that depends on me. I am their safety net, no way I could abandon them, but I truly have no idea how one can stand up and take the next step in life.


I suddenly started watching this movie with questions pouring down myself in puddles of tears. Am I enough for my precious children?Has my lazy moments in life cause them to feel unworthy? Have I smiled enough at them so while we are apart during the day, can the envision my goofy smile and my big rat teeth? Do my hugs I give them daily still make them feel safe in their moments of feeling alone. Have I made enough memories with them that will give them a happy heart. I want my children and husband to know that with all the materials in we are blessed to have, the most expensive and the most worthy, are the moments made with them. I pray that it is my laughter they can hear through the wind of the trees, or all those little kisses I love flutter around their face, that they can see and hear me. I pray that when the kids turn on the music, they take a moment to look back at me and see a mom with a smile on her face and a hand stretched out to them so we can dance together.

I am blessed, fully blessed for the things I have in life. A hard working man that does his best to provide a safe life for us. I am blessed that the children and I have a man in our life that will hold us close to his heart. I am so blessed that I get to her the sweetest “i love you mom” from the most beautiful little faces I am honored to call my children.

It overcame me in a gentle swoosh and a downpour of tears of how much I love my family and even more crazy than that… The the love God has for me is beyond something more then words can explain. The way I can see His eyes in moments, and that smile of happiness you can see as He looks right at you. How blessed I am to have my Father in heaven love me like this PLUS more.

But I can’t help to wonder and worry, if I am bringing happiness to my children  in the way that whenever my body leaves this earth, that they can still feel love I have for them so deeply. I pray that with every butterfly that crosses their path in life, in every gentle breeze and beautiful song they hear, that their heart burts with love they have from their mother. I never want to stop being silly, laughing, playing, being adventurous with them. I pray that a messy house won’t make them feel unloved but more so that they are cherished because we are blessed to have this mess and each other.

This Christmas, it will not be boxes I want them to unwrap. This Christmas I want to create a memory box for them. I want to help them have something so when they feel the little things that are fading away because the older they get, the more important life will take over, burying those memories deeper and deeper.

I know I won’t be able to let the controlling side of me ignoring messes around the house but I pray that the priority will shift a bit so that my family knows that they are more important to me then a clean house. That dancing together makes my heart flutter. My family is a blessing from God and I just want to love them all, the way the Jesus loves.


That is my Christmas wish.

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