I have known this momma for a few years and have been able to hold each of her little girls when they were babies and now I get to see her welcome her newest little “deer” into her home. Their little buck.

Did you like my little playing on hunting words with that?!

This momma has had her life filled with bows, princesses, pinks and purples but now she gets to enjoy the life of trucks, hunting, boogers, mud and all things boy. This little boy she is carrying is already so loved by 2 little girls that are going to take such great care of him! Just being around them during this session gave me bad baby fever as she was so adorable and had that beautiful baby glow and looked so amazing.

For her maternity session we spent time in my stomping grounds in Spirit Lake in the trees and then letting the sun snuggle them in an open field. I loved this session because it just was flawless- the colors, the weather, the sun, the expressions, the emotions. It brings me so much happiness when I get to just capture natural expressions and let my clients be who they are. I understand fully how hard it is to be in front of a camera – but those in between moments are the most perfect moments that I cherish – those are the perfect moments.

Here is a sneak peek into our session together for this momma’s maternity session.

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If you have recently been following my facebook page and the blog, you have heard me talk and get sappy over memories and why they are so important to me. This weekend I have a very special Pure Moments Film session coming up that will be about family Christmas and I can not tell you how excited I am for this. Today I was wishing how I already had shot it because I am just itching to creating it for this family. Now, hopefully, I am not setting myself up to failure by talking about it so much. But as the mom and I were talking about Christmas traditions and memories, it sparked one of my own favorite Christmas memories. I would love to share it with you.

First I want to get on my little pedastool quickly and share with you that memories do not always need to be captured “professionally”. There are reasons and seasons where the investment should be made, but the most important thing is that it is captured in some way. With your own phone, a camera, a video, with help from a friend, family or even a stranger. Because I promise you that one day, you will come upon that image or video again and all those feelers will come flooded back to you and you will be so grateful that you have that moment recorded in some way – even if it is blurry. If you have a question on how to use your camera during this holiday season, feel free to reach out to me, I will do my best to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. I will also try to throw out some tips throughout the month.

When my hubby and I got married, I quickly learned that this guy knew pretty much everything and needed nothing that I could afford. We talked so much about having children together and I knew it was just time that it would happen but I was filled with curiosity on WHEN it would  happen. I begged and pleaded to God that he would give me a baby for hubby’s birthday or Christmas. A date that would make an impact to him- something he would remember. It was 2005 and we lived in a cozy house in Cocolalla Idaho and for months we planned and we tried but the tests always showed negative. His birthday came and with fingers crossed, no pink lines showed up. I was heart broken.

The early morning of December 24th came. Still dark outside and hubby woke early and headed to work. He kissed me goodbye and walked out the door. As soon as I knew he was gone, I waddled to the bathroom, ripped open the ept package and prayed while I tinkled. I layed it on the edge of the bathtub- staring at it and then looking away- telling myself it was going to be negative and to accept it and that things will happen in God’s timing, but still deep down wishing I would see those pink lines. When I could no longer stand it, I turned to look at the stick again – holding it close to my face and there it was, faint but it was there… 2 pink lines. It was positive.

At first I laughed. Then I cried. And then I laughed again.

I knew that I wanted to give my hubby the gift of the pregnancy for Christmas so I plotted my idea, wrapped it up and topped with a cigar. Thinking of course the cigar would totally give it away, but hopefully he would not expect it. I tried to play it so calmly Christmas morning and the only one that knew was my mom and I have to give her credit for keeping quiet even from my dad – she did a great job. That morning I had asked her to record Charley opening his gift so I can forever keep his reaction and I am so glad I did.

The recording is not professional and my mom, bless her heart, has no camera recording etiquette, and my dad was ready for the comments,  but the moment is saved. And my little guy that I was blessed with in 2005 now has an early piece of his history.

This is my Christmas gift.

The Christmas Gift from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.

 

I would love to hear yours.

Before the snow fell, I got to spend an afternoon with one of my favorite families at Falls Park in Post Falls creating a Pure Moments Film.

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If you have never seen one of the pure moments film, they are so dear to me. Pure moment films are about the moment hearing your baby coo, the sound of your baby eating, the way he softly touches your face as you are snuggling…. It is that moment watching your little girl run in the field chasing a butterfly or the sound of laughter as the bubbles ticklers her nose…. watching the way your son sticks out his tongue as he concentrates so hard on his lego creations… it is about watching nana roll out the gingerbread dough carefully and see the details in her hands as she carefully transfers the cookies from the table to the cookies sheet to bake.

It is the pure moments of childhood – of life.

Jax Creations Photography is proud to offer a special collection ~ Pure Moments Film~ a collection of both print and video. Capturing not only the moment in time, but also the sound, the feeling, and emotion.

Capture your life moment in your own film.

 

The Cooper family had watched a few films that I created and they themselves wanted their own little Pure Moment Film for their home.

Turn up the music and take a peek at their Pure Moment Film and a sneak peek of a few images from our family fun day at Falls Park.

 

A Family Fun Day – The Coopers from Jax Creations Photography on Vimeo.

 

 

I would love to offer you a gift to celebrate our first real first snow fall and the coming of Christmas. Between Black Friday, Small Shop Saturday and Cyber Monday (crazy days) – let’s keep this going and for ONE week, I am offering $100 off any Pure Moments Session.

Are you thinking what would you capture?? There are so many things we can do. Christmas has so many options for us such as cookie decorating, craft making, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts. Or what about just play time with your kiddos. No need to stress over dressing perfect for the camera or fixing bed head- just gather the toys and play-doh and have some fun!

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Where there is hope – there is faith. Where there is faith – there is miracles.

I believe in miracles and I believe amazing things can happen, but honestly my faith in miracles was not strong before until I attended a church service at The Altar Church over the summer. My husband had been trying to get me to attend a church service, but I was dealing with personal anger at this time and I was not letting myself hear the plea of my hubby. I heard stories about a local pastor getting shot in the parking lot of his own church, but it took  me a while to put the pieces together that this was the church my hubby had been to a few times and that this was the pastor that had helped my hubby’s cousin in some personal things.  I remember hearing that the pastor was shot 6 times and was recovering in the hospital.

I really wish I remember the day I walked into the church for my first time because that day was so meaningful. By the end of service, I was faithfully hooked and wanted to make this church our home – especially since my hubby was enjoying everything about The Altar. We spent years divided on church homes. Truthfully, I am at a preschool level of bible education and I loved the worship/concert more than hearing a message, and he is like a scholar that enjoys purely a deep message and lesson. We honestly could not find a place that fit our family and our needs – and going to church to hear a concert was just not the right reasons to go. We disliked trying to be part of the pretty church crowd- trying to fit into that bubble and then there was guilt as we knew we needed to attend “church” on Sunday. What kind of an example were we giving our children?

But attending the Altar was different. We felt, from the moment we walked through the doors, that we were part of a family- that we were a loved just the way we were. It didn’t matter if we were dressed nice or dressed in work clothes or how man kids we had to fill up the seats. It is hard to explain how comfortable it felt to be there and how normal it was. I still am not 100% positive on how this church and their Good Samaritan Program works, but I did notice that on the left and right front sections of the church, it was divided with men on one side and women on the other. The Good Sam program, or as many members call it, The “ranch”, is a rehab program offering freedom from drugs and alcohol through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but you must be there and listen to these testimonies and just meet the church body – it is just so powerful. It really has changed my life – and many of my new friends I have made.

Anywho, I have heard so many talk about Pastor Tim and how amazing, sweet, gentle, kind, blunt, generous, he is and a little piece in me was jealous as so many has been able to know him before the shooting and now I sat there praying with everyone that God healed him and I too could meet him. I know nothing about guns, bullets, distance, etc so it took me some time to research his story to finally get the huge impact on how much his story was nothing short of a miracle. Actually it wasn’t until I heard his beautiful wife, Cindy, speak and physically show me where he was shot, that I understood how amazing God is. Each time I think of his story, all I can do is just shake my head because their are just no words besides “praise Jesus!”. Six hollow-point rounds from a .45-caliber handgun ripped into his back and shoulder. His right arm was shattered, a lung was collapsed, a round pierced his pelvis, and another skipped up to penetrate his skull, and Jesus saved him. There really isn’t any other way to describe it. Pastor Tim and Cindy have helped so many lovely lost souls and they are loved by so many. They themselves have a house filled of adult kids that are very talented and can be found blessing the congregation with their musical talents, but it wasn’t until recently I had a moment to meet them all and do what I personally love – photography!

They were in need of some recent family photos and they have heard my name (which – ok girl moment- that totally made me squeal) and asked if I was available to do their photos. I admit, I was a nervous wreck. I get nervous before every session – worrying I can’t produce the images they imagine I can do for them – what if they think I suck?! I always have fun but there is always this fear that I will disappoint them.

They invited me out to their property to do their family photos and we had great weather and perfect overcast sun. Here is a sneak peek into our session together. If you are looking for a church home or would like to come for a visit, I would love for you to come. I promise, no one will bite, but you will probably get hugged by someone – they are big huggers there!Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho Jax Creations Photography, Pastor Tim, The Altar, family, family photographer, coeur d'alene idaho

 

  1. Thank you for this beautiful article and pictures. Pastor Tim is a true man of God who loves people. I love that the focus of all this is about beauty and Gods mercy. Jesus came that we might have life and life everlasting. Pastor gives everything he has to that message. Bless you and yours. - Jackie
  1. Thank you for this beautiful article and pictures. Pastor Tim is a true man of God who loves people. I love that the focus of all this is about beauty and Gods mercy. Jesus came that we might have life and life everlasting. Pastor gives everything he has to that message. Bless you and yours. - Louis Bevans