NICE TO MEET YOU
My name is Sonja and I’m a photographer based on the West Coast in the US. I’ve set a personal goal to try to travel internationally once a year when I can, because I love the learning and observing that can be experienced in different places and cultures. I spend a lot of my time running this business, but I also enjoy exploring design of all kinds, being active outside, sharing meals with people I love, reading, and hunting for the next best danish.
People-watching is one of my favorite past-times. I'm a listener, an observer. One reason I’ve always been drawn to photography is that it gives me an avenue to show some of the things I notice that I wouldn’t otherwise know how to share or communicate. I'm excited by the potential even just one photo has-- it can capture an entire novel's worth of story and also somehow force you to appreciate a singular, simple detail that would otherwise be lost in the noise. I do my best work when I'm given enough freedom to wander and capture things as they unfold, not as they're staged or forced. I love working with people who see our time as an opportunity to craft something beautiful together, because photos are about so much more than my experience or my artistic eye. While those are important and contribute greatly to my own personal style and ability to work well on a wedding day, what really makes me excited is what's on the other side of the lens, because after all, I'm documenting the magic that is you.
One thing I really love about my job is the complexity of a wedding day. There's such depth and extreme variety of emotions that occur on that one single day, and I'm honored to be included in the midst of it. Most often capturing beautiful and artful photos takes time, so be sure to allow plenty of it. Being organized on an important day when tons of people are involved is invaluable, and helps everyone relax, but strict scheduling or too many important moments catalogued on a shot list can hinder me from capturing the compelling shots you desire. My approach is
mainly photojournalistic, though I do make small suggestions and give some direction during portraits to help my clients look & feel natural and relaxed.
I am drawn to opportunities that allow me to document stories of raw emotion and relationship; showing reality in a beautiful, artistic way. Whether I'm photographing a wedding day or a styled conceptual subject, my work and perspective convey ideas that I find meaningful. Think our styles would work well together? Please, click on my contact page and drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you.