Q&A with Sana Saqib of Sparkles Newborn Photography – Melbourne Newborn Photographer

Our Q&A series are a fun and fantastic way to find out more about the life behind the lens. We hope you enjoy this photographer feature today on the blog.


How did you get started as a photographer?

I spent years learning Photography and Image Retouching. But I needed to find a niche. Family Photography got my attention and I knew I could do something with it. But I finally found my perfect niche when I was expecting my 2nd baby, and suddenly I realised I really wanted to pursue Newborn Photography.

I am crazy about newborns and this would be an amazing opportunity to keep meeting these bundles of joy for the rest of my career life 🙂

What did life look like before photography?

Stay at home mom. I had a son, and I was trying to adjust with him in this new country. I moved to Melbourne when he was only 6 months old in 2015. With no family here, it was a struggle. But thank god he wasn’t a demanding baby at all.

Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …

I look after all the aspects of my photography business.
So on weekdays I work mostly around marketing, and creating content for social media and learning.
Weekends are for my sessions, which I usually wind up during the first half of the day.

Any memorable moments?

I don’t know about funny, but one mom came for a Newborn Session all on her own, leaving her other 3 kids with the husband. She was only 3 weeks post partum, drove more than hour to get to my place, and her bub was as calm as her mum! The baby slept through out the drive and the session after a quick feed. It left me in awe – I had never seen such a resilient mum and such a calm baby.

If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?


What is the best thing about your job?

You get to create art and magic with your camera. These memories will last the families forever, because newborns grow up so quickly. Mums are also very likely to not remember the first few weeks since they are recovering themselves.

So imagine when you can look at these photos a year later, with all the details of how beautiful and tiny your bub was. And remember them like that for the rest of your life.
It’s just magical and heart warming!

Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …

It is hard work! It takes years of learning, practicing and high level of investment in your equipment and learning before you reach the level of being a professional.
You can tell the difference between an amateur and a professional by the quality of their work. And that level of quality requires a lot of hard work.

So never think that anyone with a camera can become a photographer. It is more technical than you think.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

I would be an artist, making cartoons and illustrations for children’s books 🙂

Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?

I would rather give it back to the community. What I spend on myself, I need to earn through my own hard work 🙂










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