Category archives: Lifestyle Photography

“Where the Wild Things Are” Birthday + Cake Smash

It has been two years since I entered this kind home to celebrate Brendon and Amandeep’s daughter’s first birthday. (You can check out Neelum’s Cake Smash here!) Now, there is a little ‘WILD ONE’ on the scene ready for his own cake smash! Friends and family gathered to celebrate Harlok (Loki)’s first birthday with a fun “Where the Wild Things Are” cake smash, incredible food, and nature themed backyard games. I think the photos pretty much capture it all so enjoy scrolling through! Keep an eye out for the raksha ceremony and an explanation of what it represents near the end!

CAKE SMASH TIME!

It took a little bit for Harlok to get going but with a little help from his mom and sister, he began pulling chunks off and taking some big bites!

FIRST GAME OF THE DAY!

HOPPING RACE!

WHAT DO YOU SMELL?

Don’t worry, its all essential oils!… well, almost!

CAKE TIME!

RAKSHA BRACELET

The raksha – traditionally a red string – is tied by a sister onto a brother’s wrist. It represents the affection and protection between siblings. Neelum tied one on all her extended ‘brothers’ wrists. She needed a bit of help at first but easily caught on and began to pull the knots tight on her own. Lastly, but most significantly, she tied a raksha on Harlok’s wrist, followed with a sweet kiss. You can see that beautiful moment in the photos at the very end!

BEAR BUM

Pin the tail on the bear was sketched by Harlok’s dad! (I think he also sketched the “Wild Thing’s” photo-op boards!) WOW!

THE RAKSHA BRACELET CONTINUED…

Harlok’s extended sisters tied raksha bracelets on his wrist. Hold on for just a little longer to see Neelum take her turn!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARLOK!

HazelIn-Home Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

I know I can’t take any credit… but I TOTALLY KNEW RACHEL WAS GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE GIRL!!!! I couldn’t wait to photograph my friends and their growing family. I photographed Rachel’s first maternity and newborn session with her son Felix (You can see Felix’s session here!) but with a little girl around, those family photos were ready to be updated! We had set aside a few dates for the session just in case Hazel arrived a little early or a little late. Well, she came early! And her mom and dad are thrilled!

So is big brother Felix who was so sweet, gentle, and affectionate. Giving his little sister gentle hugs and kisses, he was smitten. Also, he regularly asked “Where’s baby?” making sure he always knew where she was – it was actually the sweetest thing ever. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see Felix and Hazel hanging out in the toy room! There is a super fun basketball photo that you won’t want to miss!!

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…and playtime!

 

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… we had fun. 🙂

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Interested in a family, maternity or newborn session?
Message me at ashleydaphnephotography@gmail.com!

Family Hiking AdventureLifestyle Hiking Photography Session at Johnston Canyon, AB

These are the memories we make as we grow up. Hiking with dad, exploring and climbing, the promise of sweet treats at the end of the day… Why not bring a photographer along to capture these moments?  Photographs and photography sessions can be about so much more than remembering what you or your kids looked like at a certain age – it can be about capturing the adventure of your family. It’s the silly moments, the goofy playfulness, sincere hugs and kisses, simple walks and unexpected laughter. It’s life as you know it. It’s life as you want to remember it.