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.

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

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!

 

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