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!

I have to first start this blog post with a story.

Since I could remember, my biggest fear was…. da- da- dummm. The Dentist. Holy wow. Just the mention of that word, would make my tummy hurt, my mouth water and pucker in fear and I would suddenly become itchy all over the place. It is safe to say, growing up and as a young adult, I never had a good experience at the dentist. I am that patient that never goes or if it is absolutely necessary, I must be drugged and put to sleep. No Joke. I am happily pay to go night-night during any dental procedure. The pain that if forever embedded in my head and that sound. Oh my goodness. that sound! The vibrating in my head, the echo of that drill. Seriously, can you feel that fear because that $h*# is REAL.

Ok scary story over- now let’s get to the good happy ending story.

Eariler this year, I happened to leave a post on facebook that a friend of mine was in need of emergency dental work and he was in a lot of pain. I had a few people leave comments on who they recommended, but, I was taken by surprised when an actual local dentist left me a message offering his care and services. My friend did actually go into see this dentist and told us how easy this dentist made his issue pain free and his tooth in better care. So… then my head started thinking.. and sometimes, my head thinks way too much and I admit, it can get a little dramatic in there.

Truth be told, I needed some dental care and I knew it wasn’t a healthy or pretty sight pass my big front teeth, oh but my fears and insecurities started taking over my head. I think after a few days, I got the courage to make a phone call to schedule my consultation.  I am sure that poor receptionist thought I was a fruit loop because I tried to be clear on how scared I was. When I finally made it to that appointment, I greeted very sweetly and knew my name when I walked in. They made sure I wasn’t sitting too long in the waiting room and the hygienist that came to get me was like my guardian angel.  She talked softly and gently to me and never once talked down to me. I cried a few times because my nerves were seriously clingly to the roof, but she kept a gentle hand on my shoulder and a smile on her face.

When the dentist came to see me, he too was kind me to anxiety and nerves. Even though my face was a little tear stained, I left the office with my next appointment and I felt like I accomplished a huge step! From then on, it has been an actual enjoyable and easy visit. Each time, he makes sure I am doing ok with my anxiety and even lets me wear the x-ray coat to make me feel secure. Sounds funny, but it helps a ton.

My fear of the dentist is actually … well.. I believe it’s gone. I know and trust that when I go in there that I will not be rushed or pushed away for my crazy anxiety. One of the other best things about this office is the staff. They really make you feel like you matter. My only wish now is that they accepted Medicaid so I could have my kids go there!!

 

Ok – so are you just itching to know who I am talking about??? Are you too so scared of the dentist, you rather just pretend those issues are there?? Are you looking for a place that you can trust and get some amazing care for yourself or your family??

 

Well.. Pine Street Dental is the place you need to call. Dr John Wilson is the dentist you need! Best of all, you don’t have to be ashamed to tell the receptionist or Dr. Wilson that you are scared or nervous.

 

During one of my appointments I had learned that Dr Wilson was expecting another baby soon and lucky me, I was able to do a newborn session for his family. I was so excited to meet his wife and his kids and of course hold and meet a new baby. When that session day finally came, I was all bubbly with excitement and nerves again. I always get nervous before a session because I want to do a good job for each family. I try to spend a few minutes in prayer before each session asking God to open my eyes to His beauty He created and for me to be fully present to capture all the beautiful moments.

When our session day arrived, I had moments of giddiness because finally I was able to introduce my REAL self – not the scared -look-like-a-crazed-lady, but a person who smiles with happiness and share my talent. This day- the tables were turned!

Dr Wilson and his beautiful wife arrived and all of their adorable kiddos. I had a girl crush moment there as her daughters had on these cute dresses and as a mom of mostly boys, I miss the dress days of a girly childhood. The girls are the sweetest and just smiled the whole time and loved the moments when they got to hold their baby sister. Baby Kendall is already so loved and protected! The Wilson family also has a spunky little boy who truly loved being a brother. I giggled as I watched him explore the studio and climb the chair and just play. He is going to show Kendall many adventures as they grow up together!

So… how about I stop my chatting and show you a sneak peek into their newborn session!

Introducing Baby Kendall

 

Kendall Jo from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.

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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.

 

 

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!

Pinks, purples, dresses, painting pictures, playing with momma and loving on sister…. these are things that tell their story.

This beautiful momma welcomed home a new baby girl for all to love and snuggle on and for their storyteller session, I was welcomed into their home for a little sneak peek and introduction of new baby, Miss Hadley.

While baby sister was able to get some rest, her big sister and I spent some time playing with eggs, puzzles, dress up and more! Here is a sneak peek into their storyteller session.

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