I have been terrible on keeping up with my blog lately… and I don’t even have a really excuse for it.

Not too long ago, I got to meet up with an old client, who now does AMAZING lashes, to do a family session for her including her kiddos and her parent and siblings. I was super excited to see her again since the last time I got to see her littles was when they were actually little babies!

Her dad makes Rat Rods and he has a very fun and photogenic truck in their yard that was perfect to include in their family photos. After the “traditional” photos, I had them get silly and play around. When I mentioned a chicken fight, at first the kids were excited and the adults…. had a little hesitation, but they happily jumped on each others back and had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs!

Capturing family photos can truly be a lot of fun and they should be. It makes me happy when families let their guard down and just love on each other. These moments are precious and they are great moments to tuck away in their memories.

Here is a sneak peek into their family session. Lots of love, smiles and laughter. And if you are looking to get your lashes done, this lady is AMAZING. I love my lashes and she is so professional and good at it!

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When I get ready to share a gallery with a client, I always sit and honestly have a few moments of panic. “what if they don’t like the photos?” “what if I didn’t do enough, or too much”? “will they ever come back?” I worry so much if I did a good job for my clients and I think it is because I truly want them to have a great experience and precious moments that they will cherish for life. I worry that maybe I haven’t share my “WHY” with them. So when a family shares their photos on social media or send me a quick note on how they feel about their photos, it gives me a moment of relief. I truly just want to be able to capture this small moment in their life and show them how beautiful they are and the blessing they have!

Here is what my client shared on her facebook about their experience.

Life gets busy and before we know it our little ones are moving on and out and having little ones of their own. Then there are those occasions where you wake up, look up and hope that all the memories of how things were will become memories for each one of your family members to pass on with happy thoughts to the next. Well I have to say that the memories we have from this day was SPECTACULAR and I personally think that all of you out there should take a few moments with Jackie Charlebois and create some of your own. In a world of technology it is STILL my favorite thing to sit down with some good ol fashion photos and reminisce. This woman made the day SUPER! She made us feel comfortable, was willing to work with our ideas, and captured our goofiness as well. Thank you Jackie Charlebois for being a part of our memories!!!!!!

Guys! Jackie Charlebois takes the stinking cake for most fabulous photographer of the year! We are not an easy family to capture. Add in my brother, sister, mother and father… things get waaaaaaaay more difficult 😎 No. but really. Jackie captured each of us in such a beautiful way. The session was FUN (almost unheard of for a mother…) and quick (could you ask for more?!). Get a hold of this woman for your family photos. Or. Any photos. I’m definitely not done with her

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!

It was a party fit for a princess. Pink and gold and stars decorated their home. And in the middle of the table sat the most delicious and glittery cupcakes I have ever tasted. All of the treats were incredible and all done by hand by this little girl’s momma.

Meet baby Clara. She is loved like crazy and smiles for what seems like all the time. She adores her big brother and creates the most adorable facial expressions.

For her birthday, I was invited out to document her big day. She was surrounded with many friends and family who each gave Clara a time capsule wish and blessing.

Clara’s parents wanted to do something memorable for her, so they created a time capsule box and filled it with keepsake items and special notes for her to open and read on her 18th birthday. This special video is a Pure Moments Film from her big birthday party but also a special film for her to watch as she grows up. What makes this video special is she will be able to hear special words from her big brother, her momma and her daddy.

The video touching and for me, even a little emotional. Take a moment to watch this Pure Moments Film – A Birthday Celebration.

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Happy Independence Day!!

Food on the grill, family and friends all gathered around, kids running and playing. Splashing in the pool, running through the sprinklers, watermelon sticky fingers. Catching fireflies, running with sparklers and being still to enjoy a spectacular light show in the sky.

So many fun memories that fill our summer. So many moments I hope my kids will cherish. Even if it the simple silly moment of us making smores, playing kick ball, making our own slip and slide or shoving our faces in piles of ice cream!

This season is one of my most favorite seasons to get out with my camera and capture wonderful moments in the making. It is the season where things are planned naturally and we have so many options available for whatever your family enjoys.

I kind of feel that Idaho had a slow start to nice summer weather, but we still have 2 good months before we get our heads back to the “back to school” mind set. In celebration of SUMMER, I wanted to continue the mini session offer to be used anytime for the months of JULY and AUGUST. If you missed getting in on that watermelon smash session, now you can book anytime for July or August and have some sticky fun.

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Mini sessions are $175 and include 5 digital images. If you have done a session this year with me, I would like to gift you an additional 5 images as my thank you.

To book a mini session, send an email with your desired date to: Jackie@jax-creations.com

Do you need some summer inspiration on what you can do to make some moments with your kiddos? Check out this list below for some fun, simple and easy ideas.

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The first year of baby life seems to go so fast. Maybe it is because the lack of sleep and the countless diapers we change or the many hours we are up feeding baby, that it just feels like one long month, but either way, that first year of watching your baby grow and learning new things, just is not long enough.

But, that time when baby is reaching their FIRST BIRTHDAY, we are over joyed and filled with so much excitement and moments of sadness – as this little baby you have been caring for, really isn’t that newborn we wished to hang on to for just a tad longer. This little one is now moving and exploring all sorts of different things, eating food, smiles, laughs, makes amazing facial expressions and is showing their personality in the most adorable way.

Some families plan a big celebration of this awesome milestone and some keep things simple and quiet. Whatever your style is – I pray that you also make time to celebrate yourself as well. You did an amazing job momma!! Take a slice of that cake, a fork, and have yourself a little time out to enjoy YOUR milestones in your baby’s first year!

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This sweet momma and her sweet baby, I first met at a women’s retreat last year. Baby A has these amazing beautiful eyes and just make you smile when you look at her and her smiles she gives you – you can’t help but smile back and say “aww”.

They came to see me for a cake smash session and it was probably the most fun I have had with a little one and their family for a cake smash. Baby A at first was not sure what to do – as most babies. As soon as we cheered her on, she dug into that cake and LOVED playing with the frosting. She wasn’t too sure about the taste of it, but she loved playing with it in her hands.

Here is a sneak peek into her cake smash session.

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Baby A was so sweet and giving as she tried sharing with all of us her yummy cake. But my favorite part is when she started rubbing cake all over her arms. I get that excited too when eating cake!

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