For me photography has always been so much more than a beautiful image. It is the story behind the image that I strive to show through my work. When I meet my clients, forming a relationship with them is so important to me for this relationship allows the shoot to be effortless, fun and most importantly, the photos end up having a unique beauty to them because they are authentic. Thanks for hanging out with me here. I would LOVE the opportunity to meet you!
 

A wife, mother of three girls, and a creative lifestyles photographer and internationally published dance photographer in Saskatoon.

 Tonya

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Professional Dance Photographer
and creator of
The YXE Dance Release

If you've been following me this past year you will know that I have decided to follow me heart and passion and do not only what I love but also so something which makes me feel is so necessary in the dance world!  I have created The YXE Dance Release, which is a safe place for dancers to fully express themselves and their love of dance while being captured in the process.  
It is my goal to not only provide dancers with images that they feel is truly showcasing themselves beautifully and naturally, but most importantly I wanted them to have an experience that simply makes them remember why they dance, what moves them to keep dancing, why they work so hard to reach their next dance goal and to simply increase their self confidence!  

                                                                        
As a previous ballet and ukrainian dancer myself, I wish I had an opportunity to have photos done in this way.  Instead all I have are a few studio photos of myself posing with a goofy smile on my face and a white washed out background.  Dance was a huge part of my life and that's all I have as a keepsake and to show my three daughters who all dance now.   To me that is sad!  I want to adorn my daughters bedroom walls with real dance photos of themselves that make them feel beautiful and that one day they can look back on and remember exactly how they felt when those photos were taken of them, because they were actually dancing during them.  It was my girls that inspired me to do this for every other dancer out there that would love to have the same.  

My WHY...

 Having a diploma in Professional Photography from The New York Institute of Photography provided me with the essentials of photography but honestly, in the past 10 years of being in this industry, I have learnt the most from my clients! Their beauty, relationships and authentic love inspires me every single shoot. 
As for my dance photos, I have the dance experience and background to not only help the dancer feel comfortable during their shoot, but I know how to capture them to showcase their best angles and abilities.

Now that you know a bit about me - my goal as a photographer is to get to know you to ensure your photos accurately represent who you are and the authentic relationships in your life. You’ll find me making a fool of myself just to get your kids to have fun and feel comfortable, so that they can be their true selves while I’m around. I’ll give you posed direction, but I’ll also let the candid moments run wild, because I want to capture you being YOU the most!
 
My goal as your photographer is to have you look back at your images years later and have the photos evoke the emotions of the indescribable love and happiness that was felt that day!

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