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

June 29th SPIRIT LAKE

6:00pm

6:30pm

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.

Love.

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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Know Thyself.

Interesting topic to explore. I was surfing Pinterest this evening to see what I could pin and give me another bullet on “things to do” list.
I came upon a photo that read “Know Thyself” that listed 25 questions for yourself to journal or ask yourself. It peaked my interest because I find peace in writing and some day it will be fun to look back on and see my answers.

I grabbed my journal and chose just a few questions to answer and I thought it would be perfect for this Mother’s Day to share this all with you as well in hopes that you will take some time for yourself and answer some questions. Maybe one day you too can look back on your answers and smile. Or one day, maybe, your children will collect your journals and read about you with no filters.

I chose to answer the following questions:

Who are you most inspired by? Why?

I am inspired by moms that look organized and have amazing decor styling. I have a few friends on my list that I just look up to when it comes to house decor and organization. I am inspired by moms that have peace in their life. I am inspire by moms that have children that have amazing fashion sense- moms that have amazing vintage styling and keep God in their family life.

 

If life stopped today, what would you regret not doing?

My big regret if my time came would not telling my family I love them more. It comes easier to say and express to the younger kids, but I know I don’t express my love enough to the teens or to my hubby or even to my parents. Not because I don’t love them-  I totally do!! But some reason, I feel like I am more protected of being rejected. No reasons why I would fear that.. maybe I just assume that they know. That is a ridiculous excuse, reason and feeling. I want them all to know that everyday I love them a million times more then they know.

 

What practical skills do you wish you had?

Oh this was a good question. I wish I had more of the “housewife” skills. Better at laundry and the desire to put on a smile and just take care of the laundry, dusting, cleaning. I also wish that I had the desire and patience to garden and get my hands dirty and learn how to live off the earth. I admire the moms that can grow food for their family and don’t mind bugs, dirt, plants and a little elbow grease!

 

What do you love to do for, or give to others (not an object – something from you personally)?

My favorite thing to give others is a handwritten note. I love beautiful stationary and I love to send a letter – just because. I think the art and heart over sending a handwritten note has expired generally in society, but with my favorite pen, some pretty paper and a stamp… and I am happy to send something along!

 

How do you want to be remembered in life?

I want to be remembered for having a loving and giving heart. I want others to remember that feeling they have in their heart from their relationship I had with them. I want to be remembered that I was a faithful child to God.

 

Know Thyself is a post from Misty Sansom where she is trying to help other find their purpose in their life. To read more about her and to see the other journal prompts, check out her website!