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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day Moms!! I’m celebrating this Mother’s Day with specials to get yourself in your photos! Book a family session, a Mommy and Me session, a session for Dad or just the kids! But book it before MAY 14th for a June and July session NOW! (offer ends May 14th)

Call me or email me with what you have in mind and let’s create memories for you to cherish for years to come!! These days won’t last long and only come around once or twice a year! Book your session today to lock in your date!!



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Sometimes it’s all about perspective and living in the season you’re in. Today I’m sharing a personal perspective in light of turning another year older.

While brother is away the girls shall play! Yesterday was such a fun day with this girl. While the hubs was at work and brother was away for Spring Break we opted to play. Mondays for me are my day to catch up, do the photographer things, do the Momma things, really it’s one of my favorite days of the whole week! I get to do the things I love.

Yesterday I aged a year older and I feel just as young as ever, AND got to do all the things I love. Slept in, ate breakfast together with my girl (slowly enjoyed my coffee), colored, crafted, exercised, showered and got dressed in more than just workout clothes (even makeup!), little spa time for nails and then family dinner out with hubby and friends. It was truly a magical day.  (Even planned for a photo shoot that e rescheduled for Friday!) 🙂 

So why was I so down and out today?? grrrr!! 

I was literalIy in a funk! Like so grumpy it was ugly! 

Nothing was working, made a healthy Feast day breakfast, than got to work in the morning, trying to focus on my tasks, feeling defeated and uninspired to get done what needed to get done. 

So I  attempted a workout. But in doing so, I got super frustrated, I wasn’t feeling as energized as I needed to power through, I felt weak and unmotivated, smashed my finger, got mad and it all just came to a halt! In that moment I asked God, “What do you want from me today God?” What is my purpose today?” I sat down and just closed my eyes for about 15 minutes and just sat, with my thoughts. Tried talking myself out of finishing the workout “tomorrow is another day” or whatever, I don’t need this today. Instead, I prayed a short prayer asking to give me perspective and to be in the season I’m in in this moment and somehow turn it into praise. After all, yesterday was such a great day, what could possibly be so bad?

There’s 2 sides to everything and I KNEW i would feel better if I just powered through. So I did what I do. Power through. I am only in control of right now, cleared my head of distracted and got it done. 

This isn’t just about dedication to your workout, or taking time for yourself to exercise or eat healthy, and get it done, but more around your perspective. This little lady gives me perspective. My family and my friends give me perspective and when I lose sight, I will remember that.
(photos below taken with iPhone 6s)



In all things, there are 2 sides to everything. Ask what you can do better in this moment and don’t choose to see what the enemy wants you to see but rather what He wants you to see! Get rid of the distractions and just do you. Let yourself experience the different seasons but see both sides and don’t let the enemy win! Live in your season! 🙂 Thanks for letting me share! <3 #lifeauthentic #TruthTuesday

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Starting today, all 16×20 canvases are on sale for only $80! Canvases are normally $180, so that’s $100 OFF, this is HUGE! I love filling our home with canvases of our family portraits and anniversary portraits. This sale is one that won’t come around too often, but it will last until Friday February 12th!

All you have to do is shoot me an email (janel@janelgion.com) or through the contact form here on my website with the number of the image from your gallery you’d like to print on your 16×20 canvas!


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Hi it’s me. It’s been a while, a long while but it’s time I start sharing more. So here goes. Some of you who know me and some may not, but this is me. Janel. I do wife. mom. photographer. designer. and health.

I wanted to share something from my heart this morning, that honestly I wasn’t really sure how to put into words until recently that brought it all to light, and always in the form of tears down my face….cause, well that’s what I do. 

I feel. And I love pretty hard it turns out… something I’m not 100% sure I realized until lately more and more. I am blessed. So blessed, beyond words really.

I get to be wife. { to a man that would do anything for me. We’re not perfect. but it’s our perfect and we get to do it together. }

I get to be mom. { to 2 littles that make me laugh. and cry. and are just like me in so many ways & drive me crazy for those same ways and I wouldn’t change it for the world. }

I get to be photographer and designer. { a creative passion and journey I am crazy about and get to call my career, make people smile & who make me smile, create memories, be challenged & challenge others. }

I get to be healthy. { I wake up everyday and am grateful God gave me this body to put through the hardest tests and love the reflection I see in the mirror, not beat it up, a daily work in progress.. }

I get to be a wellness coach. { because I choose it and I know I love it, but WHY? And truthfully, I wasn’t truly able to define why into words until more recently. A friend who I have recently been getting to know better helped me define why I continue to work to make this something else I GET to do, it was simple really but opened my eyes to more. I aim for overall health in my life, what’s inside and outside, and I want to share this side of me with people that will take me for me and FLY! Plus….it’s SUPER fun and incredibly motivating for me in my own journey! 

Here’s a note I received from her: “Thank you! I appreciate how helpful you are. And how much you understand. I need someone who can say they understand and that they make mistakes too, and that it is okay to do so! So thank you, I appreciate it more than you know! 🙂 “

Then she went on to share this devotional from a book she’s reading (that I bought right away) called “Made to Crave Devotional.” The author shares a story about a woman, who lost 100 lbs and her son who when asked “Can you believe that’s your mom, doesn’t she look great?” With a confused looks says, “hmmm. She still looks like my Momma to me!”

My friend then comments to me: “I loved this little story because it shows us a different side. Yes, it’s important we get our health on track and get to where we feel comfortable, but the people who love us, REALLY LOVE us. I spend so much time dismissing my hubby’s compliments to me. When he calls me sexy, I always tell him to shut up. We don’t see ourselves as others do. A lot of times the people we love don’t even really see our appearance. We are just Momma, and that is what is important.”

WOW how I could relate! My own hubby would take me any old size and I often get upset with him about that. But why would I EVER dismiss that kind of love? And for ME, that is all the more motivation to LOVE myself even more and be healthy for me and all of us, WIN WIN for everyone, right?! SO! (if you’re still here and I hope that you are, thank you) But t’s very simple really.

I’m just me. Janel.
I do wife. mom. photographer. designer. and health.

I am a normal human being who makes and still makes a lot of mistakes in this life and can relate to people, and admit I’m not perfect. I simply want to share what I have learned about myself along my life’s journey with fitness and food. The healthy and unhealthy relationships I have with it. What exercise and wellness from the inside out has helped me to overcome, which have been some pretty intense & personal battles about how I see and treat myself & strive to apply to all areas of my life as a result.

I still have high expectations but I’m choosing to be present and doing this life as me and it feels good.

If you are wondering what I do or how I do any of of it, let’s chat. I’d love to celebrate successes and make mistakes right alongside you and learn together. I have a tribe of people that are on my side and that is the best feeling in the world and I would love to have you along for the ride too if you’ll except it! Email me at janel@janelgion.com or drop your email below. 💕🎉

Happy Weekend Friends!

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Winter Mini Photography Sessions in Sandpoint Idaho with Janel Gion Photography and Design! It’s official and happening. My customers have spoken!! And I can’t help but listen!!  Announcing Winter mini session this Saturday and next Friday and Saturday! Limited time only!! This only happens a couple of times a year so snag this offer while you can before 2016 is upon us!

REFER A FRIEND today and if both of you book by the end of the day tomorrow (Friday December 11th), mention this post and both of you receive $10 off your session!! (plus a special surprise on the day of your session!) I LOVE surprises!!

Call me or email today to book your session for you and your sweet littles or the whole family! Milk and cookies may or may not be provided… you will have to come and see for yourself!Winter-Mini-Photography-Session

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