Yah!! It’s the most delicious time of year -SUMMER.

Ice cream and smores and watermelon – oh my! Yes yes yes, I love summer food. Nothing like enjoying some sweet bbq chicken, potato salad and fresh fruit all while running barefoot in the green grass and laughing till the summer sun sets.

For a few years I have been doing these watermelon sessions and they are always so much fun. Sticky and messy but so enjoyable.

Grab your little one or all the little ones, slice open a watermelon and let them enjoy getting messy. Not only will your photos be adorable but most of all your kids will have a blast.

If watermelon is not your child’s favorite – no worries. Let’s chat as I have a lot more fun and creative (and tasty messy) ideas.



There will be 2 days available  for watermelon smash sessions. To reserve your session date, session must be paid in full at the time of booking. Email me at Jackie@jax-creations.com with your desired location (Spirit Lake or Sandpoint) and time. Bring your kiddos, your slices of watermelon and a happy heart!

Session includes 5 digital images $175




July 1 – Sandpoint

6:00 pm

6:30 pm

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Spending time with this family is always so enjoyable. Like really, really, really enjoyable. They never fail to have fun, smile and be themselves during a session.

Meet the C family.

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They probably look familiar to you if you follow my blogs. I have actually known them since their oldest was a brand new baby. So it is always a treat to be able to visit with them and sit back and capture them all just loving on each other.

For their session, we spent most of our time at City Beach in Sandpoint Idaho. This evening we were happy to find that the beach was empty and quiet. This gave them all plenty of room to run, roam, scream, play, laugh and bury each other in the sand.

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One of the many reasons why I really enjoy photographing this family is because they are REAL.  They are not afraid to show their true personalities, moods, or even their true feeling for each other. These two kiddos – brother and sister, get along so well and even hang around each other so nicely. They have moments just like any other siblings, but it is so refreshing to watch them play and love on each other.

Same goes for these two love birds.

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This moment was the sweetest. Hubby grabbed her hands and looked into her eyes- and he like REALLY looked at her. His smile was so sweet and although I couldn’t hear what he was saying to her, you can not deny how much in love these two are for each other.

It has been such a blessing watching this family grow all together. I will never want to stop photographing them!!

The Crichell’s Short from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.



June 6, 2017

When I had my last baby, I tried in every possible way to savior and cherish every little baby moment.  I knew he was my last and I tried to remember every day the best that I could in every sense I had.

One of my favorite things to do with my little one was to sit in a warm bath with him, letting him rest on my chest and watch his little toes floated in the water.

These days I am moping up splashed water and a tub filled with toys, but my memory of that special bonding moment is forever tucked away in my heart of memories. I only wish I took the time to ask my hubby to document just a moment of that memory.

Recently, a mom of a handsome baby boy contacted me for a mommy & me milk bath. I was so excited to be able to capture a mom share this moment with her little one.

Baby Eden is a handsome, chunky, BEAUTIFUL baby boy with eyes that connect to yours and hands that are curious to explore the world. Later, I found out that this was the first time that this momma has spent time with her little guy in the tub.

I filled the bath with my favorite bath mix from Bebe de Luxe and sprinkled some flowers and greenery in the water. Next, I sit back (in a non creepy way- lol) and capture some bonding moments between mom and baby.

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Baby Eden was very curious about all the floating flowers and kept wanting to grab and chew on them. Which I don’t blame him. The bath mix from Bebe de Luxe is not only soft and lovely feeling, but has a great coconut flavor. And totally safe to ingest – just in case!

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But the moment that tugged at my heart and get all weepy is the moment Eden needed a little moment to fill his tummy up.

Do you remember when you had to stop for a few moments and feed your little one? Do you remember how even though that moment was a force to make you stop and breath, it was the most beautiful moment of the day. It is like a reminder to stop in the busy of the world and focus on something so amazing that really no words can describe it. Something that can make your heart feel so many things and make you cry happy tears.

Baby Eden took every moment of the time he asked from his momma and brought her back to focus on just him. To have no worries of the world surrounding them. It was just her… and him.

I stood back for a moment to give them some personal space – to not feel that I was constantly there as a stranger with a camera. And then I witnesses it.


Eden reached up with his tiny chunky hand and gently touched his mom’s face. It was if he was telling her that all is right in the world as long as he was in her arms.

I have bottle fed and breast fed my babies – and it doesn’t matter the way you need to nourish your baby – what matters is you are letting them stop you from looking at the world around you and seeing this beautiful creature that was created just for you- in every perfect way God created.. in your arms, just focusing on you.

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This milk bath session was so refreshing me to. It is so easy to get caught up in the same everyday life and even sometimes in the photo world. It blesses my heart when someone reaches out to me to capture a moment, a memory, a milestone and I just get to witness God’s amazing glory- all right in front of my lens!

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As a mom of 5 kids, I know that moms everywhere imagine that they would love to spend Mother’s day all snuggled up in their bed with coffee, comfy pajamas, and the remote to the tv.. and food brought to us on demand. Possibly having the kids super quiet doing something productive with dad and no one leaving a mess behind for us to find and clean the next day. Even though that might seem like I just need a break from “mom”, I know that doesn’t mean I don’t love my family to pieces. In all the chaos, meltdowns, chores, laundry and long to do lists, I still cherish being able to celebrate the reasons why I love being a mom.

I want to document those reasons for you. I want to you have something that you can look back on and hear the laughter of your children or the sweet way they say, “I love you mom”. If you have older children or teenagers, I want to document these moments of you all having fun, being creative or just being together. Because there will be a time in your life where all is calm and quiet and you just crave to hear the word “mom” again.

Motherhood Session from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.


This Mother’s Day let’s celebrate those moms that are behind the scenes, behind the meltdowns and behind the messy lunches and put them in front of the lens. Glorify them and thank them for all they do, each and everyday. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos that life is.  Let me help you rejoice and be joyful for the wonderful world of motherhood that has been created for you. What better gift then one that can be cherished forever?


Motherhood Film Session $450
1 Hour, 15 images, short film

Sessions must be purchased (minimum 50% retainer) by end end of day on Mother’s Day (May 14, 2017). Session must be used by August 14 2017. Sessions are documentary-style and will tell a story, and will take place in or near your home. The focus of the session will be on mom, but other family members are welcome to be included. Must live in the surrounding areas of Spokane Washington, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint Idaho. Cannot be modified in any way or combined with any other offer. Additional fees may apply for travel costs.


To schedule your Motherhood Film session – please fill out the CLIENT FORM.


Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing women!

Having babies is so amazing. They come with an amazing smell that can’t really be recreated, the fit perfectly on your chest under your chin and as long as you feed, change and love them, they are pretty much happy.

Then those babies turn into children (then teenagers- which is another story for another day). Soccer season is upon us and so are birthdays for all the kids {and myself- *ahem} so, you can imagine that we are stepping into a busy season of life. This year my hubby stepped up to be the soccer coach for the U12 which includes one of our kiddos – so dad is racking up bonus points left and right on the super dad column.

And there is me. Mom Fail. Have you ever felt that way? It stings when your kids are older and they tell you they are unhappy, mad, angry and are in tears and refuse to eat cake and ice cream because you screwed up. So here is what happened.

Last week was the first game of the season for soccer. Earlier that week I spoke with the head lady at parks and rec and asked her for the time this his team was playing. 11am. Awesome. Some reason we never received a print out of the game schedule. She even gave me the link to look at that shows the games. Great. I put all the games right in my calendar with the field numbers AND I even color coded which team belongs to each kid. Super mom being organized. On this particular Saturday, I was celebrating my moms birthday, a older sons birthday, being at the soccer field for the first game, taking 2 kids to a birthday party and another kid to a different birthday party. Well we get to the field, games are all over the place. As we looked around, we couldn’t find his coach or any of the players. Hmmm odd. I checked both my paper and my calendar- both say 11 and its 10:55. I as the group of refs standing around to find his field – go there… still no team or coach. Ask again, she sends me to another field.. Ummm totally wrong age group. Go back again – they tell me hmm well they should be playing on this field right now. No matter how many times I explain that his team is no here they still want to send me to another field. Finally after some investigation – I learned that their team already played…. an hour ago. I was given the wrong schedule. In fact, I was given the schedule for the whole month for the toddlers. Umm last time I checked, 7-8 years old group does not sound like 3-4 years old.  I turn around and my son has his big blue eyes all filled with tears ready to just break the dam open with a blink of an eye. I’m not going to lie, a few cuss words floated around in my head. When I went to tell him I was sorry, he was already walking in a full speed towards the car. When I tried to get close to him, he would just make sure there was a jump rope length between us. My heart was breaking for this kid and I felt terrible. When we got in the car, he decided that he was going to sit in the back, have no eye contact with me and give me the silent treatment. I began then to offer some sort of negotations. Bribery. Oh I was all over the bribery. ” I am so sorry kiddo, so sorry. Can I make it up to you?? How about McDonalds? Ice cream? Hang out with Nana? Toy? I can buy you something for under $20″?? I was pulling anything and everything that I had to offer that day.

His response… A deathly glare from the backseat with the hushed words of ” I am so mad at  you right now. You are making me very sad”.

Ouch! It wasn’t the words the broke my momma heart.. it was those eyes and those tears.. and that skipped breathing sound kids make when they cry hard and long. Gosh, I can not believe I got the time wrong. First game of the season. It was a beautiful sunny day. He had on all his gear, water bottle, his watch to keep time of the game. Crap, now I have to drag him around because I promised the other birthday child I had that I would take him out.

We get to Buffalo Wild Wings and as everyone else was eating, we are all trying our best to offer him something to order. Wings, fries, soda, cake, milkshake? Nope. that boy was MAD and he knew that it was driving me crazy that he wasn’t eating something.

( I have this thing that if you are sad, happy, good day, bad day, celebrating, tired, sick, hurt, lonely, hungry- I want to feed you. It makes me feel needed and loved if I can feed someone)

Everyone at the table tried cheering him up by sharing stories of the time they each missed a game of some sort. We all tried explaining to him that what happened was an honest accident. So I cracked again and asked him what I could do to make him happy. There was silence for a moment and then he tilted his head a little and you could see his wheels were turning. Aw crap – please lord don’t let be something I can’t afford at this moment.

“you know what would really make me happy… I want a four wheeler”

Yes, there was an awkward silence for a moment. But this time instead of cursing inside my head or feel like God was laughing at me waiting to see how I would handle this situation… I started thinking creatively. To buy myself some time, I had him look up photos of what he was thinking on my phone. Yup, sure enough, nothing within that $20 limit I mentioned earlier. Then a little light bulb went off above my head! We have a cousin that I believe had some 4 wheelers. Maybe I could message her to see if they do and see if they could give him a ride on one. Yes! That would be good. So he sat next to me and watched me type – my handsome little soccer player is an incredible reader so he was checking to make sure I was really asking. After sending that message, he finally opened up to eat some ice cream. Ahhh my momma heart is healing now.

I did get a reply that they no longer had 4 wheelers but I was going to try to keep that on the back burner till he came back from his birthday party he was invited to.

So now this leads up to my SECOND mom fail in just a few short days. One of the birthday stops on that Saturday was to Michaels. My birthday boy is an artist so he choose to stock up on markers. Of course I had to keep my end of the deal to my big blue eyed sad soccer player and he got to choose 1 item that was within that budget. And he chose a make it yourself volcano kit. Yippee.


Here is a short video I created- watch is HD and make sure you turn up your volume for the full effect of mom failure!

Mom’s Volcanic Fail from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.


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He was under the impression that there would be this explosion with flowing lava. I kept telling him to read the books. Finally after waiting for the rain to stop and his volcano had dried, we headed outside for his “explosion”. I have no idea why I didn’t think to tell him that there is going to be no EXPLOSION but hey, I am just a mom, what do I know. Maybe he did read the books.



By this time, our youngest has followed us outside to help but his brother loudly expressed that he was not going to help. Que in the screaming preschooler. I am grateful we live on 5 acres. That’s all I am saying.

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Things started off ok. There were some smiles from at least 1 child. He placed his volcano down and poured in the powder.

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Then he slowly poured in the water….


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… and no explosion. In fact it was like watching Alka-Seltzer fizz. And…. cue in the mom fail. Now I had 2 kiddos looking up at me, very disappointment.  They kept looking at me and then back at the tray being very open about how much they did not like what they just saw.


This mom was on a roll!


* Later, the day that I created the video, I had shown it to my 2 younger boys. Now, the younger one that was so opinionated in the video- he still stood by what he said, BUT, the other blue eyed boy, looked at me and gave me this sweet smile and said, “aww mom, you aren’t a fail. I love you.”

And to me… those few words meant everything.




  1. I love it! This post made me laugh out loud. We have all been there. Thanks for sharing:) - Jackie
  • I love it! This post made me laugh out loud. We have all been there. Thanks for sharing:) - Molly