Category archives: Maternity & Newborn

JamesLifestyle Newborn Session

BABY JAMES has made his arrival!! Are you loving this mountain mural trend as much as I am? I can’t help but love it since the mountains are so much a part of life here in Calgary. I think that pop of blue is a perfect accent in this neutral nursery.

Also! Did you notice the photo below showing off this new mom’s necklace? It has Jame’s birthstone in it and was given to her by her mother! Such a sentimental gift idea to keep in mind for a mom you know!

Ok…so I have to share this. The photo below of their dog Gila is the best representation of this session. For the entire session she was on her BEST baby guard dog behavior. Apparently the clicking of my camera  is not very friendly! Haha! It was so sweet.

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LoganCalgary, AB

Welcome baby Logan Douglas.

I love these lifestyle newborn sessions because they capture more than the people. They capture the place you first called home, the playfulness of your big brother and his favourite little blue truck, and the not-so-posed moments that happen organically. These are the moments that reveal the life that you know so well – the life that becomes so normal we forget how special those little moments are. Those moments when you sit and watch a baby open and close their little hands and squint their eyes at the bright world, when a big brother can tell you where baby’s belly button is and gives baby’s belly a kiss, and when the dog hands out unexpected kisses resulting in giggles. But most of all, these lifestyle sessions create moments of pause – when the only thing that you have to do is sit in that familiar space, hold your family close, and let that moment sink in as though it would last forever.


…and then it does.

AylaBragg Creek, AB

It has been so wonderful getting to know the owners of the Riverside Chateau, Yvonna and Marek, and now I have met their little granddaughter! They gifted this lifestyle newborn session to Mike and Carissa and offered to host the session at the chateau where Mike and Carissa were married. It was sentimental for the whole family and I am so excited to finally share these photos with them!

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Jacqui & DarrenCalgary, AB

“So, what’s new Jacqui?”
“Oh, not too much. Just growing a baby.”


And now those nine months are almost at an end! The three of us went and wandered the area of Mission in Calgary, AB – a series of pathways where they often walk. Now this pathway holds one more special memory. Maybe one day we will get to for a stroll down these paths with their little one!! Even when that happens, these photos will mark the beginning of their journey to parenthood.

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Our Maternity PhotosSheep River Falls, Alberta

I am so excited to share these photos capturing my first pregnancy as my husband and I start a family together. I had dreamed of photos like these for so long and cannot thank my husband, mom, and friends enough for making it possible!

Photos taken by: Stephanie ( and my mom!
Edited by: Me! Ashley Daphne Photography
Location: Sheep River Falls, Turner Valley, AB

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AndrewCalgary, Alberta

This little unseen miracle is now in the arms of mom and dad, taking in this great big world! I arrived for this cozy lifestyle session and immediately noticed Andrew’s full head of dark, stylish, side swiped hair! Trendy little man already. Apparently his blonde older brother looked very similar when he was born! It is just fascinating to me how these little ones grow and change so uniquely from womb to newborn to toddler. The best surprises just keep coming.

Congratulations on your growing family. May you find moments in each day to treasure the miracles right in front of you.

Sleep Tip from Kristy: We wanted to grab some adorable shots of the little one on his own but he was just not falling asleep. We took a break for a quick feeding and calmed him with his soother just to pop it out and grab a shot or two before the cries began. Of course, Mom knew just what to do… turn on the hairdryer. It lulled Andrew to sleep in no time! I am definitely keeping that trick in mind for the future!

DeclanCalgary, Alberta

Amanda and Jonathan welcomed their second son, Declan, into their family on January 13, 2017! Just a week later I got to photograph this pleasant little guy who smiled for us and eventually fell fast asleep for his first portrait session.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see Declan in a crochet football outfit! Dad is a bronco’s fan so, naturally, both boy’s are fan’s as well… unless mom can teach them otherwise ;).


Nosheen & BenLake Louise, Alberta


I was absolutely THRILLED when Nosheen & Ben contacted me about a session at Lake Louise! They were hoping to use the photos to announce their pregnancy and now that they have made their special announcement, I can share with you these BEAUTIFUL photos!

If you can believe it, although I have lived in Alberta all of my life, I had not been the Lake Louise prior to this! Nosheen and Ben traveled to the Rocky Mountains for their “baby-moon” (honeymoon prior to having a baby) from the U.S. so we got to share the joy of seeing these views for the first time!

I hope you guys had a BLAST adventuring in the mountains.
All the best in your schooling/career endeavors but most importantly,
congratulations on starting a family!

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It’s A Boy!


Kristina & CoryForget-Me-Not Pond, Bragg Creek

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Where do I even start? Not only do I love this location (Forgetmenot Pond), and not only do I love every one of these images in their composition, creativity and emotion, but I love these two people more than I can express. Cory and Tina have been long time friends of my husband, Jeff, and I and we were looking forward to hanging out! We headed out early to catch the low morning light, enjoyed stunning views and a pleasant walk before heading back into the city for brunch!

If you would be so kind, send up a prayer for their little boy and for Cory and Tina to be surrounded by peace. There is so much joy in bringing life into this world, but sometimes that joy is tainted by hardships ahead. May your joy never be overcome by fear, may hope keep your spirits strong, and may peace be a force that embraces and does not let go. I can’t wait to meet the little guy. If he is anything like his parents, he’s gonna be a pretty cool kid.

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LucasCalgary, Alberta


Maternity and newborn sessions happen so close together. One day, we are photographing this little life that is mostly unknown to our visible world, and then we are photographing him in his parent’s arms. It seems a miracle to me that this little boy, just days earlier, was wiggling, stretching, sleeping, and playing inside his mother’s womb. But here he is!

In-home newborn sessions are great because the pictures document a family in the environment they will live, play, and get to know each other in over the years. We captured Lucas enjoying with cuddles on mom and dad’s bed, resting in the nursery and… posed in a basket of course! Wherever life takes this family, I hope they can always look back at these tender and fun moments and recall the beginnings of this immense love only parents can understand.

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Andrew & BethFoothills Hospital, Calgary

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This is a 25 week maternity session – something most parents never imagine needing to do so soon. My friends Andrew and Beth were facing complications and wanted to have family photos taken before the time for an emergency c-section arrived balancing timing that would save both Beth and baby’s lives. We started in their hospital room, capturing the honest moments of this story, before we ventured around the hospital looking for usable spaces. We courageously ignored the many nurses, patients and visitors walking by, knowing the significance that these pictures would hold. Baby Theo, “divine gift,” was born just days after. He is stable and fighting hard through every uncertain moment. There are still other complications in play and it will be a long journey for this little family so if you have a moment, send them some love and prayers.

Andrew & Beth, the way you support each other is evident in these pictures. The joy, the sorrow, the holding on to each other. I am praying that you will have the privilege of holding Theo in your arms for many years to come.

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Erin & JordanFish Creek Park, Calgary

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Erin & Jordan are awaiting the arrival of a little boy this December. The wait seems like forever. Yet each week of pregnancy is an incredible stage in the beginning of a life and a time worth remembering. We found a field in Fish Creek Park where I knew the sun would just glisten off the grass as the sun started to set! We snapped pictures as their dog, Cooper, raced around in the grass – a bundle of never-ending energy who surprisingly paused long enough for some great shots! There was this one moment when Erin & Jordan were sitting together, looking down, with hands by the baby who started to kick. Watching Erin & Jordan smile and share that moment makes me curious about the wonders of pregnancy and how incredible it would be to carry a little, growing, life inside of you. What a miracle.

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