It’r Friday!! Hip Hip Horray – some of us made it through the week. If you are one of those moms- CHEERS to you… now give your friend a hug and some chocolate and let her know she has what it takes to make it till her “weekend” or her next nap time at home!

Summer and fall are the busiest seasons for photographers between fun summer activities,  senior photos, weddings and family portraits, it feels like 1 day lasts for 3 months – but don’t get us wrong- we love what we do!! I heard this song when it first came out, but it showed up again in my feed and I wanted to share. If you are a photographer I know you will think this is your theme song for the year – and if you are a client – just say a prayer for us photogs as we work our hardest thru this season!!

It was about 11 years ago. That is a hard statement to swallow – 11 years! WOW. But I remember it like it really was just last year. I was new in town and just started my photography business and put an ad in one of our local papers and to my surprise, she answered. A sweet and caring soul, Kali. She was getting ready to start her Senior year of High School and I was blessed for being able to document this stage of life in a senior photo session. Soon after that I would learn that her younger sister was also in the same class as my daughter and soon after that when she moved away, her other sister would become our babysitter. It sure is amazing living in a small town!

Years passed and she continued her life but as fate would have it, she fell in love, married and is now expecting her first baby. If you could only imagine the excitement I had when I heard the news. I can not tell you how rewarding it is to watch people and families grow. It truly is such a blessing! Even though her roots are now planted in Seattle, I was super happy when she asked me to do her maternity session.

Watching Kali enjoy her baby bump and having her mom and grandmother there was so beautiful. You could see the love and excitement in each of these ladies. During the planning of her maternity session, we planned on doing some simple studio stuff, a milk bath and do a belly cast – I have always wanted to do one and continue using a belly cast with baby for their newborn session, so I was tickled pink when she had time to do a cast here at the home studio. Here is a sneak peek into our session.

 

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Showing real emotion – I love this photo

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As we got near the end of her studio session, I asked her mom and grandmother to hop in a few images. There is always hesitation when I tell someone to jump in. I get it – I hate getting in front of the camera… at that moment, but every time I look back at it, I am so grateful that I have that moment. During any session I love for people to really take a moment and pull the focus on them or their children. I know in this era of life we always look for the perfection in a setting or situation, but I believe that perfection is true honestly, love and a second of a pure moment. When I had her special ladies join in, I gave them room and time to share their heart with Kali and as much as it was a personal moment that was full of emotion ( I got a little teary eyes), they were able to let their guards down and allowed me to capture their tender moments. Oh how blessed I am!!

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After our studio portion of the session, we headed upstairs for her momma milk bath session. These are always my favorite sessions- so different, calming and elegant. Milk bath soak is from Bebe de Luxe and it is the best milk bath soak you will find. All new maternity & newborn clients receive a free bag as my gift to you!

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I love this image too as it just reminds me of the beauty and struggle pregnancy can give us.

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And then…. The Belly Cast!!! Oh this was so much fun. So messy but so neat. I am so excited for her little guy to some!

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Kali – thank you so much for letting me be a part of this life with you. I really hope you are able to see all of your beauty – inside and out. You are going to be an amazing momma and I can not wait to meet your little one soon!

 

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Jax Creations Photography is a proud member of Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy – The Bump Society. If you are interested in documenting your pregnancy in a maternity session or to book your own newborn session, please feel free to leave me a message via email at Jackie@jax-creations.com

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I am not a very brave person when it comes to introducing myself to strangers/moms and handing out my card. I always feel like a cheesy sales man and sometimes I wonder if I am just a creepy weird lady because it is not often I am running errands looking all glam. But one Sunday, this momma caught my eye and I honestly couldn’t explain exactly what it was that drew me to her but I do believe God had a plan for us. During church service my hubby had motioned to me that I should give her my card since she was expecting. I gave him my usual look of eyes being rolled and shaking my head no. But I kept looking over at her- she had this glow and wonder around her. So after service I thought that if I ran into her on the way out, I would give her my card. And yup….. just as you thought… I bumped into her on the way out. I very awkwardly gave her my card and told her who I was- she was gracious and gave me a smile and a sweet compliment and as soon as I could I was out the door. Man, giving my card out is so hard for me. Not that I don’t believe in myself, I just hate that salesman feeling. Funny, because I can easily recommend a product and give anyone a card for someone else but for myself, I want to curl up like a rollie pollie!

I was surprised and excited when I received an phone call from this momma to schedule a maternity session with me. Since she was due very soon, we kept her session short, sweet and simple using my property as her canvas. She brought along her daughter who I just wanted to scoop up and carry around in my pocket. Oh her eyes are dreamy!!! I was super flattered during our session because she kept looking at me and every once in a while she would give me kissy face. Oh girl… I melted a times!! And this sweet momma was a pro in front of the camera. Without even trying she was just natural and loving on her baby bump. Here is a sneak peek into our session together.

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Isn’t she a doll!!?? The best eyes and best kissy face.

If you are interested in documenting your pregnancy journey, please send me a message – I would love to meet you!

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Jax Creations Photography is also a proud member of The Bump Society and featured photographer for Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy

If you are American, I am almost positive you have heard or seen something from The Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall – (my personal fave). Someone shared this video on their facebook page and it had me laughing. Maybe it was the tights or maybe watching grown adults trying to do gymnastics that had me rolling, either way, it was all super entertaining.

Here is your funny Friday chuckle.

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Speaking of gymnastics, did you know that Inland Empire Gymnastics offers open gym for kids on Fridays 2:00 -4:00 pm. First kiddo is $5 and each additional kiddo is $3. If you have active kids like mine, the cost is way worth it. They are free to roam the gym and play on equipment. Parents can play along or hang out to watch. Playing along is always fun!