{Niagara Newborn Photographer} Phoenix | Fresh Life

My littlest man and a collection of images I’ve taken along the way.

I am beyond thankful that we were able to have a full session done with him and our family so that anything I got of him was icing on the cake. Photographing your own newborn isn’t easy when you factor in your own lack of sleep, baby’s sense of smell for mummy’s milk and the busyness of life during this time of adjustment. As much as I often wish I could spend the day photographing him, there are other children to care for and naps to take and life to attend to, so the times I do get to steal into the studio with him are precious to me!

4 days old


8 days old


24 days old



{Niagara Baby Photographer} August Baby Co | A Giveaway

It’s Monday, which isn’t my favorite of days, especially when the weather is -23, HOWEVER it is bright and sunshiny outside and I am excited to share this giveaway with you all!

August Baby Co​ makes these gorgeous felt elephants in a variety of colors, and when I first saw it, I had to have one for Phoenix. It’s handmade by a local artist, Alyssha Scanlin, and it’s soft and so sweet. I love to incorporate natural organic items like these into my home decor and I especially love it when I can support local female entrepreneurs. Alyssha is so sweet, she has offered you the chance to win one in the color of your choice!


(photos are not mine, credit belongs to August Baby Co.)

I asked Alyssha to share a little about herself and her business, read on.

When did you start making felted products?
I started making felt products about 2 years ago as my daughter started playing with toys – I began making her toys out of felt. That led to making decorations and all kinds of felt stuff. It became what I would gift all of my friends kids and soon all my girlfriends began requesting different felt products. I then realized this was something really special and loved among many moms.

What’s your vision/goal for your company?
My vision is to be able to provide adorable high quality handmade items to Moms who are unable to make things themselves. My goal is to be able to eventually produce my own fabrics and custom prints to incorporate into my designs. I envision my products to have big city style while made with hometown love

What other products do you make/sell?
I also make beautiful handmade baby blankets and nursery bedding. I incorporate a lot of very mature patterns and color pallets for the stylish mom. I love the option to have something extremely stylish and unique and to not take your baby out with a blanket that every other mom has. Being a mom is all about being an individual so I love my baby blankets to reflect that.

Where can we find you? (Links to FB, insta, shop, etc.)


Instagram | @augustbabyco


To enter the giveaway, please click on the Rafflecopter link and complete ALL of the following steps! LIKE the Facebook pages and FOLLOW in Instagram!

{Niagara Newborn Photographer} Phoenix | The Birth Story

As a photographer, I see a lot of birth photography in my Facebook feed and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes. It’s raw, emotional, real, and captures a completely life altering moment. I was so excited to have Megan Byl of Megan Strating Photography attend our birth. She was so professional- easy to talk to in the quiet moments, and disappeared into the background when things started picking up. These images are just a few of my favorites, there are so many more personal moments that she captured that we will keep for ourselves. I am SO thankful that I have these, and I have to say, we really noticed that we were able to focus on each other and on Phoenix when we didn’t have to think about of capturing any of it on camera ourselves.

My water broke at 6:30 in the morning in the middle of a huge snowstorm, the biggest Niagara has experienced yet this year. Of course my husband was out snowplowing over an hour away and I was home with 4 kids and no way to get to the hospital any time soon. To say I was a little panicked was an understatement, considering the last 2 children arrived within a few hours after labor began, and I had never had my water break on it’s own. Thankfully, Greg was able to come home quite quickly, my mother in law walked over to be with the kids and we safely drove to the hospital in a big old plow truck- no safer ride out there! Phoenix decided to make us wait the entire day- but that extra time made all the difference in labor as I had time to dilate and the contractions were much easier to deal with than they had been in the last two (faster) births. The midwives were fantastic in helping me get through the contractions, I have never had such a great experience with a birth. Thank you Jen and Taryn! Finally, Phoenix Nile Donker was born at 7:08 pm (Monday, February 2nd, 2015). He was 11 days early. We were so excited to meet him and were completely surprised to see that he had red hair! All of our children have looked so different at birth and he was no exception. We are all head over heels in love with him and are settling in nicely. His big brother is so proud of him and his sisters love on him constantly. We are so thankful to our heavenly Father for watching over us, providing us with safe travels on the dangerous roads and making all things well with labor and delivery. I’ve been sharing a few images on Facebook but you’ll find a lot more over on Instagram if you care to follow me there.