Frequently Asked Questions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sonya travels to weddings in the Bay, Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, and your destination wedding.
Capturing and creating photos throughout your wedding day engages different styles of photography that I have learned and developed over the years. My style is a blend of traditional/classic, photojournalistic, and modern. To get those stunning portraits, I will often go for a more classic style, but as I photograph candid moments, my style becomes more documentary. And I do see it as a collaboration: show me your personalities together and I will be sure to capture that! You’ll see me give you direction, but I also like to keep a low profile on your wedding day, which allows me to grab those wonderful candid moments. And I love to push my work creatively, so some images from your day may pleasantly surprise you!
Yes! Photography is my career and passion, and I've been photographing professionally for over a decade. The very first wedding I photographed was in 2004 on Mt. Tamalpais, and the bride was my teacher at the Academy of Art University. I continued to photograph weddings while I was studying photography, and began my wedding photography business full-time in 2009.
I am always your lead photographer, and depending on which package you select, I may bring along an experienced second photographer to supplement the photography coverage of your wedding.
I strive for quality over quantity, and my photographic coverage of your day is continuous. I have found that in general I deliver 75-100 finished photos per hour of photographing at your wedding."
Included with my packages is an online, password-protected gallery for your viewing, sharing, and enjoyment! Additionally, you can order prints directly from the gallery if you like. And it’s an easy way to share your gallery with guests that may be asking you how they can see your wedding photos. The gallery is available for one year, but I'm happy to extend that at your request.
I photograph weddings in mostly digital format, however I LOVE film and will happily add some rolls to your package if you so desire. The quality of film lends itself beautifully to weddings, and if you'd love to see examples, please just ask!"
Since I'm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, I include 100 miles of driving from San Francisco with my packages. If you are planning a destination wedding, I request my basic expenses of travel and accommodations to be covered, but I don't charge extra for travel or travel time.
When photographing digitally, I always shoot into a raw format to obtain the most detailed information possible from each photograph. However raw files are just the first step in my photographic process after your wedding. I spend time color-correcting, contrast-adjusting, and making minor tweaks to every photo so that they will look their best. When you receive your finished, high-resolution jpegs, these are the finished products that I'm proud to deliver to you. The raw files are unfinished, so I do not deliver those to my clients.
Yes, definitely. Many venues require proof of insurance from photographers, and if your venue needs a certificate, I'm happy to provide one.
Yes. However I include a photo release with your photos that grants full permission to use the photos for your unlimited personal (non-commercial or business) usage.
In our digital era, there is nothing like holding something tangible that you can enjoy for years to come. I believe it’s so important to see your wedding photographs in print! I offer 2 types of albums. One is a book style, the other is an archival heirloom wedding album. Contact Sonya for more details.