Behind the Lens

All about Me, sessions & more

Choosing a photographer can feel like a tall order. Many factors can be on your mind when deciding who would best capture your beautiful newborn, older baby, pregnant belly or family. These include a photographer’s style & qualifications, session location and finances just to name a few. I wholeheartedly understand that choosing to have photographs taken is an investment. There are photographers out there for every style, budget & experience level. What is most important is that you find the one that is the best fit for you. I hope that when choosing the right photographer for your family you consider ALL the factors that are weighing on your mind, not just one. Most importantly, and specifically for newborn photography, I hope you choose someone with that has the experience and expertise working with newborns and who puts your baby’s safety above all else. It goes without saying that I hope that your choice includes me but if not, that’s okay too! Here is a list of my most frequently asked questions which will, I hope, help make your decision a little easier. If you would like to read what other parents have thought about their session with me, please visit 'client testimonials' under the DETAILS heading and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask!

 

 

WHO ARE YOU AS A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER & HOW ARE YOUR SESSIONS SET UP?

 

My focus during a session is to highlight all the angles & little details that make your baby uniquely special. I love to use poses & beautiful props that compliment the natural beauty of your baby, allowing your baby, not the prop, to be the main focus that is captured in a timeless photograph.

All newborn sessions are shot in my home studio. Upon your arrival, I will have your session setup using colors & props that you will love. I am open to any ideas & colors that you would like to incorporate into the session but if you prefer to leave it up to me, that’s fine too!

It is important to wear something cool because the studio will be warm. This is because newborns have just come from the womb where it is cozy all the time, so I do my best to recreate that same feeling for them. I will also have white noise playing throughout the session, which is something to newborn babies find quite soothing.

For baby & child sessions, they are mostly shot in my studio as well although I am open to meeting in one of my many outdoor locations that I love to shoot in. Maternity & family sessions can be done in studio or outdoors, whichever you prefer.

 

 

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AS A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER, HOW MANY BABIES HAVE YOU HANDLED UP TO THIS POINT & WHAT SPECIAL TRAINING DO YOU HAVE?

 

I have been working as a newborn photographer since 2013, having photographed 375 + babies to date as well as lots of older siblings, babies & children too. All my immunizations including the flu shot are up to date. I have taken numerous photography courses at the University of Saskatchewan as well as online newborn safety, posing & wrapping classes that were taught by some of the premiere newborn photographers from around the world. I have also taken courses on lighting & Photoshop which help me to create all the beautiful images you see on my website & social media.

 

 

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO LOCATED?

 

I have a beautiful, spacious studio located in Saskatoon, in the Northeast city neighborhood of Evergreen. If you'd like a peek inside, please visit 'inside my studio' under the ABOUT heading or keep scrolling to the bottom of this page.

 

 

DO YOU WORK WITH AN ASSISTANT OR DO YOU HAVE MOM & DAD HELP OUT DURING A SESSION?

 

A second set of hands is critical when creating some of the images that you see in my portfolio, namely poses using certain props & ones created using composite imagery. Composite imagery is when 2 separate images have been combined to make one with the use of Photoshop. Since I do not work with an assistant, I will ask mom or dad to lend a hand during a session so that the shot can be achieved safely. I will talk you through what to do and where to put your hands so that baby is safe at all times. I must emphasize that at any point if baby seems uncomfortable or unsettled, we will move on from the pose. Your baby’s safety is my number one concern and I know that not all babies will be comfortable doing all poses and I will never force a baby into a pose for the sake of a photo.

 

 

WHAT IF MY NEWBORN,BABY OR CHILD IS UNCOOPERATIVE DURING THE SESSION?

 

This is a question I get a lot. Although it’s possible that baby might cry, fuss or be uncooperative, please know that there is no rush at a newborn session. I allot plenty of extra time when scheduling newborn sessions for feeding, cuddling or to change a diaper so that baby is comfortable at all times. Also, my experience & expertise handling newborns helps to ensure that your session is a success. Once your session is booked, I will send you a link to my newborn prep guide. It will help you to best prepare for a successful session and covers things like what to bring with you and what you can expect.

This is also true for older babies or children too. I am completely fine to take a break during the session for cuddles, a quick snack or whatever it may be. I also try to coordinate sessions with baby's sleep schedule so that while in studio, we're shooting during baby's happiest time of day.

 

 

ARE SIBLINGS AND PARENTS ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN A NEWBORN SESSION?

 

Yes, absolutely! I welcome any parents & older siblings to participate in a heirloom newborn session but due to time constraints, parents & sibling images are not included in petite or keepsake sessions. If older siblings will be attending an heirloom session, I always start with those images first because the session can get quite long for young children. I would suggest, if possible, to bring separate vehicles so that one parent can take the older children home after their images are shot and then we can continue on with the remainder of the session. Of course if you don’t want to partake in the session, that’s okay too.

For baby, child & maternity sessions, mom, dad and any older sibling are more than welcome to jump in for a photo or two. If you prefer to focus just on baby, that's okay too!

 

 

HOW DO I BOOK MY SESSION & HOW DOES IT WORK IF I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHEN MY BABY WILL BE BORN?

 

Predicting when your newborn will arrive is tricky and they almost never arrive on their due dates. When you book your session with me, I tentatively schedule you for your due date and then when baby arrives, just let me know and we can coordinate our schedules to firm up a day & time for your session. Best time for a newborn session is within the first 14 days after baby arrives.

All clients for all sessions are required to complete a booking contract in order to secure a session with me. The form consists of a quick questionnaire & includes a link to pay the session retainer or the session in full, whichever you prefer. If you opt to pay the retainer only at time of booking, the remainder of the session fee is due at the time of session. Payment can be made using PayPal, bank transfer or cash.

 

 

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION?

 

Once you’ve passed the first trimester, it’s a perfect time to start looking for a newborn photographer. Since I only have time in my schedule for a certain number of newborns per month, if you would like me to capture your beautiful baby, contact me so that I can check my schedule for availability!

 

 

WHAT IF BABY IS BORN PREMATURELY & WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT YOU FOR OUR SESSION?

 

If you’re baby is born prematurely, let me know that baby has been born. Once they have been released from the hospital we can go ahead and schedule your session as normal.

 

 

DO YOU SUPPLY THE PROPS FOR MY NEWBORN SESSION OR DO I HAVE TO BRING MY OWN?

 

Yes, I supply all the props for the session and my collection is fully stocked (although I am constantly adding to it!). I have beautiful hats, headbands, wraps & tiny outfits all made with high quality fibers & materials. I have nearly every color in the rainbow, including lots of neutrals, so if there is a specific color that you love or a family heirloom that you want to use, let me know and I will incorporate it into our session.

I also have several beautifully handmade outfits for older babies, although you're welcome to dress in whatever best suits you. Or if you'd like to capture all those perfectly squishy baby rolls, we can do that too!

 

 

WHAT HEALTH & SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DO YOU TAKE IN STUDIO? WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE CASE OF ILLNESS, YOUR OWN OR OTHERWISE?

 

I take the health & safety of you, your littles ones and my own family very seriously. It is of utmost importance to me. As I work closely with vulnerable people - newborns, young children & pregnant mamas, I always practice good hygiene to minimize any risks including frequent hand washing, mask wearing & sanitization of all surfaces. Upon arrival to the studio, all visitors (including children over 2) will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. All surfaces are disinfected before & after every session, including props, and fabrics, towels & blankets are laundered in hot water.

In the event that myself or someone in my family is ill prior to your session, I will get in touch with you to reschedule. If you or anyone in your family become ill with symptoms of any kind prior to our scheduled session, please call or email to reschedule your session. Anyone who comes to the studio with signs of illness will be sent home immediately. Since I often shoot multiple sessions a week, I don’t want to run the risk of exposing other babies & families to potential illness.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SESSION?

 

After your session has taken place, I will go through your gallery of images and delete anything not worthy of editing straightaway. I will then create an online gallery of unedited images for you to make your selections from. If there are additional images that you love, above & beyond what is included in your chosen session, you may choose to purchase additional images. Unedited proofing galleries are typically available within 1-2 days from session date. Once you've selected your images, you can expect your edited versions in a few weeks. I will advise you on my current turnaround time for edited galleries once you've made your selections.

 

 

 

These are just a list of all my most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss in more detail, please send me a message through the contact form or directly at meganantoniukphotography@gmail.com.

 

 

My Studio

Welcome to my very own happy place! My studio is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in the city's Evergreen neighborhood. It's a warm, cozy and comfortable space where I welcome you to relax & put your feet up. It’s fully equipped with a comfy seating area, baby change & washroom. There are a selection of coffees, teas & cold drinks for you to enjoy during our session as well.

 

I have a large yet ever growing collection of beautiful bonnets, wraps and sweet little outfits made from the most luxurious, beautiful fibers & fabrics for both newborns and bigger babies. I have all the colors of the rainbow & gorgeous neutrals too. There are buckets & bowls, loveys and furs, in colors & textures to suit every taste. I also have lovely collection of maternity gowns for expectant mamas that can be used in studio or outdoors. To view the available gowns, please visit the Maternity Gowns page in the DETAILS drop down menu.

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