Winnipeg  · Manitoba

About Me

Maternity · Newborns · Family

We’re here to capture your life’s moments on all sides and turn them into memorable photos you can have forever.

Melanie Reimer

Owner | Photographer

Hey! That’s me, Melanie!

Family photos as a mom rank pretty high for important things near and dear to me, there’s something to be said about documenting your life as a family that your kids can look back on. I give way more photos than I promise only because I really truly love taking photos, interactions between you and your kids, or for your wedding of you and your new spouse are so important. I strive to be natural, unforced and the way you really really were… just good old snuggling on your kids or loving on your other half. In your gallery, you’ll find a mix of posed and smiling at the camera as well as many of just smiling, laughing and full-on belly giggles. I love working with kids, I have 3 of my own aged 5 and under, I know kids aren’t always the most reliable for good moods and listening.

My favorites: Little Bones Wings, peonies, summer dresses, navy blue and I have a new love for houseplants… let’s see if I can keep those alive, unlike our past goldfish! I love to spend my non-wedding weekends at our cottage with my family at the lake. I love the 1930’s era…. and The Notebook, or just anything Ryan Gosling, fortunately, I found my own sweet romantic Noah… beard and all! I hate cold but love snow and the holiday season. I’ve been to 7 countries, and I’m also a volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, this is an organization that provides remembrance photography for grieving families.

I spend every Sunday with family and attending church, my last name is Mennonite but I’m not… at alllll.  I used to be a nurses aid at Seven Oaks ER before I got married….. pregnant and while a new baby can keep you pretty busy, it wasn’t enough for me. I started in about 2013, by 2015 I had self-taught myself while dragging 1, then 2 and now 3 kids along for the ride (and now cooking number 4). My business has taken over my basement in the form of a newborn studio… we decided to move to be closer to my kids’ school and hunted out a house that would accommodate my studio needs. You’re now welcome to our new house with your little babies for newborn photos in my home studio! (All my family photos credit to Honey Deer Photography) I visit my family in Vernon BC often, I don’t mind seeing them 😉 and because of this I also do weddings in the Okanagan Valley and other Canadian destinations. Travel is so important to our family!

 

That’s me, all of me. I’m a heart on sleeve person, I’m extremely personable and not an introvert at all. Now that you know me and my story… let’s start documenting yours.

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General     Newborns     Maternity     Weddings

General

We upload all our images that you receive onto an online gallery, it’s private and password protected. The gallery program is called Sprout Studio. You can download all your images from this site, send the link to friends or family and they can download as well. Your photos will be on this ‘storage cloud’ for 6 months, we highly recommend that you download them and back them up in multiple places.
Yes we do! We do minor retouching and color correction to all the images. 
You get 20-30 images for family, newborn, cake smash sessions. I decide which images look the best at my own discretion, which images are the most flattering, whose eyes are open/shut.
Unless we state otherwise all regular sessions (not wedding or event) take 2-3 weeks. When sessions are booked during wedding season it may take longer but we will discuss that with you first!
As soon as you can! We are very busy and are booking well in advance for most sessions. Weddings we usually book most a year in advance, because of this our weekends are often full, especially during the summer. The most popular time for family session tends to be in the fall (not that that’s the only time), so we fill up our limited family session dates very quickly.
That’s entirely up to you? Rain won’t stop us! But… if you’d prefer no rain we can absolutely reschedule. We will chat back and forth on the day of if the weather is unsure also, or we can reschedule in advance if we see that the forecast is calling for rain.

Newborn

This is a great question, once you’ve decided to choose us we book a tentative date typically your due date. This way we can be sure to have you scheduled for that month. Once you have your little one you’re encouraged to call, text or email us as soon possible so we can get him/her and your family into the studio in the 6-10 day window if possible.
Earlier than 6 days typically mom’s milk (if nursing) hasn’t fully established, any later than 2 weeks babies go through a growth spurt and often cluster feed and are easily roused. They’re also still very squishy and curly from being in the womb in this time frame as well as very sleepy!
We love this one, we’ve decided that because there are so many props, lights, blankets, headbands, and backdrops it’s much easier for us and for you if we do it in our studio. Why’s it easier for you? No stress cleaning up your home, or making sure there is enough room and light for us! With that being said my most favorite sessions are in home lifestyle newborn sessions. Baby snuggling in moms arms on your bed, the baby wrapped up in the crib, mom and dad and siblings playing. It’s a great way to tell your unique family story.
Once you’ve decided to book your newborn session with us we’ll send you a prep email, it’ll be a bit of a rundown on what will happen, how long it usually takes and what you can do ahead of time (like give baby a bath or other tips) to help prepare!

Maternity

Book your maternity session as soon as you can! That way you’ve for sure got a date. We try to do maternity sessions during the 30-36 window, this is just before you’re uncomfortable but still have a good bump!

Family

Honestly, who doesn’t? But with my approach and the prep emails, I send you to help prepare you for your session you should be leaving your session having had fun and not dreading next years!
I LOVE helping my clients figure out what to wear, when you book with me you will receive all the tips, tricks and my feedback on what works for outfits.  Many a mom has sent me photos of themselves trying things on at the store!
A mom of 3 (almost 4) kids of my own ages 5, 4 and 1 1/2, myself, I know that their ‘window of opportunity’ isn’t always big, having kids of my own I’ve found helps me work well with other families kiddos. We play games, snuggle, tickle and play with mom and dad and when that 1 second of opportunity arises then we jump on the chance to do a quick everyone smile look at me picture. I can be fast and accommodate these littles!