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

 

I am going to call this a tradition. I have been able to witness, watch and photograph this family grow in so many beautiful ways. Anytime I get a message from this momma that they are ready for their family session, I really do, do a little dance and boogie because I know it is going to be fun being around them all.

This year again, they had extend family for a visit and they too were part of the photos – even a set of triplets that wanted to do their senior photos! I loved this session because these images give me the feeling of childhood. Brings back memories for myself of being a kid back in the day at our great uncles property, running through fruit trees and old cars and being around all the adult as they enjoyed each others company.

 

This was also a fun session because I got to climb their mountain – which was kind of on my scary scale of events. When we reached the top, there was this hawk that wanted to kill me. Ok, maybe he really didn’t want to KILL me, but that bird was dodging my head and making very weird noises. I was pretty sure I was going to bird wound, but the girls were great at laughing at and with me and waving sticks around to make it finally go away!

 

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Here is a sneak peek into their family session.

 

Sweet baby Whitley. This family full of boys have been waiting for their little princess and she has finally arrived to be loved and snuggled on.

 

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Earlier in July, I met up with Whitley’s mom and dad for an amazing maternity session on one of the lake islands in Hope, Idaho. It was a beautiful day and an amazing location. Even I was ecstatic to meet this little girl. Her appearance did not disappoint. Cute, chunky, nose like momma,  and a head full of hair!

 

During her session in my home studio, she slept the whole time. She stretched and yawned and smiled, but the best part is when she just let me hold her and just snuggle for a few minutes. I miss that feeling and she was so sweet to let me enjoy those precious moments.

Here is a little sneak peek into our session.

 

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I am not sure if you know, but I have a fear of the water. Started young as I grew up in Florida and felt too many creepy creatures touch my toes, seen way too many gators and snakes in the lake water and watched too many people drown in the ocean. Unless it’s a pool, you really won’t find me in any lake water. When I walk across any kind of pier or dock, I feel like I am a cat trying to stop herself from getting into a tub of water… and I slowly walk to the point I absolutely need to be at. Usually I also let my clients know that I have a fear of the water and if I was to fall in (again) that they should first and always grab the camera. Worry about me second!

Anywho – this lovely momma to be and her hubby scheduled their newborn session with me which was very exciting for a few reasons. 1 – the first time I met them was in the baby department in Wal-mart YEARS ago. They were looking for a crib mattress and we were shopping for diapers. We actually had an extra mattress and offered it to them. From then, a client/friendship was born! I have watched them have beautiful boys but I was filled with joy when I learned they were expecting a baby girl.

They took me on a boat ride to a small island in Hope, Idaho to document their maternity session. That was my first time playing on an island… and seeing an eagles nest. That thing was massive!!

 

Here is a sneak peek into their maternity session.

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A few years ago I was able to attend an amazing photography class in Seattle. Besides learning a lot and meeting TWO of my photography idols, I also gained a great friendship with a very talented and most adorable person, Melanee from Melanee Selby Photography. For the past few years we still keep in touch, talking almost daily (thank you social media) and share our dreams with each other. Back in 2015, I was able to visit her in Oregon and we collaborated together to created a fun and creative summer session that combined my film and her photos.

 

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Again – we are coming together to create another creation here in the Idaho area! We will actually be shooting up in Sandpoint in a STUNNING location. We are creating a special maternity masterpiece that will again include photos and film that will tell the story of the beauty of a mother.

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AUGUST 19th 2017

We are looking for a momma that is expecting between 6-8 months pregnant. Because we are creating a piece as a promotion piece for our business, we are looking for moms that are comfortable in front of camera, enjoys the outdoors and is having healthy pregnancy.  We want you to feel and crave the importance of documenting this amazing moment in life and we would feel blessed to create something magical for you.

Our model momma will be provided a beautiful maternity gown to use during the session, gift bag and a collection of images for your own personal use. If you are interested, please send an email to Jackie@jax-creations.com with your name, age, your current pregnancy month, and a current image that includes a close up head shot and a full length.

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