About Sonya…

Wedding and Portrait Professional Photographer Sonya Yruel in Palm Springs California with her Hasselblad

With a photojournalistic style and 15 years of professional photography experience, my passion is capturing authentic moments, finding beautiful light, and creating images that tell your story. I work in digital but also love the art of film photography.

My approach to wedding and portrait photography is simple; the day of the wedding is about two people coming together to celebrate their marriage with loved ones, and portraits are about connection and trust. I find inspiration in meeting couples, their families, and getting to experience all the great energy of love and fun of a wedding day. I am so fortunate to witness so many genuine and beautiful moments, and my commitment to quality is my gratitude. I would love to be a part of your day! Please see some of my reviews from clients below.

I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I love to travel! When I’m not out snapping photos, I love to work in my garden, cook, and play with our goldendoodle, @sequoiadood. I also love to contribute my photography to the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish foundation by capturing the wishes being granted to special wish kids.

Please contact Sonya for wedding collection pricing, as well as specific pricing for weekday elopements such as San Francisco City Hall weddings, and for engagement sessions. For more details you can also check out my FAQ's.


Rave Reviews!

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” - Annie Liebovitz


Carter said...
"Sonya was amazing, she photographed our engagement and our Indian wedding ceremony. Even without being totally familiar with the parts of the ceremony, she captured all the pivotal moments beautifully. she is very intuitive and made us feel very comfortable. We loved the slide show she put together with the photos from our day, and sent it to our families who watch it on repeat. We can't recommend her enough, she is not only artistic, but a really nice person which made it so much easier. She was also able to keep our rowdy families in-line for the group photos."

Tira said...
"Sonya was amazing, hands down! We LOVE our photos and our entire wedding experience was much better, dare I say even more magical, because of her. She took control of the room when she needed to, but mostly stood back and captured great moments of our day. She even gave me great tips before the wedding, things that I remember until now, 5 years later. For example, she told me to turn around and look back at our guests after the recession of the ceremony. I remember that vividly, seeing all the happy faces of the people we love. It was magical for me, and also a great photo opp. Sonya is the full package wedding photographer, an artist with experience, and also a ninja finding creative ways to take a photo. Working with Sonya was a 5 star experience from the very beginning, and since then, we have worked with her to capture our family's life moments. Highly recommended!"


Joanna said...
”Hiring Sonya for our July wedding was one of our best choices. From meeting her, signing the contract, doing our engagement session, communication leading up to the wedding, the day of, and seeing the wonderful photos, working with Sonya was so easy and comfortable each step of the way. My husband and I were so impressed with the quality of the photos, from the portraits to the candid shots. Sonya's photos are now my most cherished possession, and I can't thank her enough for her extraordinary work.”

Sona said...
”Really wonderful experience with Sonya for our 2-day wedding! As a couple who dislikes being photographed and posing, Sonya was really patient with us on our wedding day, sensing our anxiety to get back to the fun but ensuring we got great photos. Communicating with Sonya before the wedding was really easy, and she provided very helpful worksheets on the photo groups & types ahead of time, to ensure our events were efficient and we didn't miss crucial photos.”


Rena said...
"Wow! Sonya was amazing! My pictures are fantastic, she was a joy to work with, she was very professional and prompt. DO NOT SKIMP ON PHOTOGRAPHY!! You will regret it. We are so happy we went with her. Sonya is a rockstar and captured all the magical moments of the wedding. Any time I have a special event I will call her!"

Jeff said...
"Simply put, Sonya is awesome.  She was the photographer for our wedding.My wife and I could not be more pleased with our pictures. We got married at Fort Mason in San Francisco and the pictures perfectly reflect the beauty of the outdoor location.  Since we began showing our family the pictures, we have received countless compliments.  But, quite possibly the greatest compliment I have for Sonya I learned after attending several weddings after mine. I never noticed Sonya at our wedding. She had the amazing ability to disappear yet capture all the right moments.  Most photographers become part of the wedding. She never did. In fact, the only thing I enjoyed more than looking at the photographs was talking to her. She is so easy going that she makes the wedding experience more enjoyable. I would recommend her without hesitation or fear of hyperbole."


Julia said...
"I highly recommend Sonya! She's professional, patient, sweet and takes great photos. Sonya photographed both our engagement photos and wedding photos. At first I felt awkward having my photos taken but she made both myself and my husband feel comfortable. The engagement shoot and having our photos taken at the wedding became a memorable and fun experience in itself."