About Lil' One

Newborn, Maternity & Milestone Photography

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Sofiya Gendelman


Photographer & Owner

People often ask me how I became interested in photography…and the plain and simple truth is this: I fell in love with it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my husband and our three kids more than life itself. But there’s just something about the feeling I get once the camera is in my hands, harnessing the emotions in front of me, and capturing the most precious moments in my clients’ lives.

From the moment I get to know baby while they’re still in their mother’s belly at the maternity session, to the first time I look in their eyes, and hold their little hand, at the newborn shoot, to 12 months later when they’re a full-blown toddler at the first birthday milestone session—I feel honoured to form ongoing relationships with my clients.



Studio Manager & Associate Photographer

Hey! I'm Melanie. I'm the one you reach out to when you set up your first consultation. In fact, my number one goal is to make sure you are happy and satisfied with your newborn and milestone photography experience.

I'm a graduate of Humber College’s Creative Photography program, and have been documenting life’s special moments for 15 years. I bring enthusiasm, fun and positive vibes to all of my sessions.

My love for photography and documenting special milestones has brought me to Lil’ One Photography, where I share a passion for photographing families who want to document what’s most important to them. I'm here to capture all of your special Lil’ Moments Milestone and Lil’ Bundle sessions, and am not afraid to get covered in cake (or anything else for that matter) in the process!

A Lil' About newborn photography

Newborn photography takes a lot of patience, talent and experience.

It’s such a special, yet short-lived, time for a new family so we understand the importance of this first shoot better than most. With more than 10 years of experience in newborn and family photography, you can be assured that your baby and your family’s memories are in excellent hands.

My clients love the personal relationship we build through each and every session. We capture stories, memories, emotions and transform these digital artifacts into customized, luxurious pieces of art.

Over the years, we have watched families grow, expand, celebrate milestones and special events. Capturing these moments in time gives us joy. It brings us tremendous pleasure and pride in what we do; and it drives our ambition to evolve, invest and continue doing what we do best.

In fact, being completely at ease is one of the things our clients always comment on. They always leave the studio with a big smile and a happy heart. It’s important to us that any questions they may have are answered—so we're available before, during and after a session. We end up getting to know each other exceptionally well, as part of our job is to bring your vision to life.

Want to learn more about what we do?  Visit the FAQ section of our website or feel free to connect with us.

Some stuff you need to know about Lil' One

Melanie's Favourite session music

Sofiya's favourite baby brand

Posh Peanut

Disney classics

Her favorite person is

Nothing makes me happier than

Lil' One Photography Logo

A messy milestone session

My hubby of 18 years

I started this business

I’m addicted to


At the age of 23

Best leisure time

My best friend

Vacationing with family

My dog Cleo!