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What is Documentary Photography?


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What is Documentary Photography?


It's a permanent record of your family without all the fluff of posing and perfect outfits. 
It's allowing wedding days to happen without feeling like you're part of a ten hour photo shoot. 
It's the quiet moments and the mini-meltdowns. 
It's real. It's authentic. It's honest. 
And it's not going to suck. 
I was crying! So many of those photos are little snippets of our lives that are so little but so important - like Grace standing on her grocery cart to get her clothes - it’s exactly what she does everyday. And the pics of us putting together those pizzas - someday, I know that having those will be so significant since that pizza is such an important part of my family.


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Meet Sonju


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Meet Sonju


Hi, I'm Stephanie. (Sonju. Sonj. Just not Steph.)

I don't have a good story about my grandfather handing me a camera and instantly falling in love with photography. After living in almost 60 homes by the time I graduated high school, I was sucked into the restaurant business as I dabbled in photography. I swore I'd never photograph people, and preferred shooting landscapes and flowers with my point-n-shoot 2 MP camera. But those adventures led me to abandoned spaces and eventually to tossing a model in said spaces for practice. I learned about light, posing, and avoiding trespassing signs. Naturally, my love for portraiture grew and I started photographing families, children, and even weddings. Now that I've left the restaurant business and nurtured my business, I've fallen hard for the documentary side. I always struggled with posing and educating clients about wardrobe choices, so the transition to natural, authentic photography has been a welcome one. I freak out (like, get stupid-giddy) about light, grunt when I get THAT shot, and can't wait to show you how beautiful your life already is. 

Things I'm absolutely #obsessed with:  Yummy light, guacamole, brides that smile, genuine hugs, peppermint patties, TRAVEL, large vocabularies, iced coffee, anything lavender, the sound of my shutter, and my 17 year old cat, Moo. 

Things that creep me out #ew:  Butterflies. Shiny food. Khakis. 

 

 

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Products


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Products


delicious products

(albums, wall art, boxes, and metals) 

From luxurious wedding albums to perfect wooden boxes that'll hold your favorite prints, the products I offer will last generations.

Can't say the same about your online Facebook albums. Boom.

 

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Wedding Collections


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Wedding Collections


WEDDINGS

 

Your wedding day shouldn't feel like a 10 hour photo shoot. I'll document your day in a photojournalistic style, focusing on the moments, not the posey-posey stuff.

Flexible payment schedules, easy online booking, and a $500 non-refundable retainer is required to secure your date.

High resolution digital files with personal print release included.

No cheesy wedding party pictures. Ever. (like, why are y'all jumping?!) 


SIGNATURE COLLECTION (ooh. sounds fancy!) 

one hour engagement session | 10 hours coverage | two photographers | online gallery
digital download | 30 gift prints | custom 12x12 album with 15 spreads | photo booth
$3750

COLLECTION 1
(perfect for small, intimate ceremonies, vow renewals, or elopements)
5 hours coverage | online gallery | digital download | personal print release
$2000

COLLECTION 2

one hour engagement session | 8 hours coverage | online gallery | digital download
personal print release | 30 gift prints
$2500

COLLECTION 3

one hour engagement session | 10 hours coverage | online gallery | digital download | personal print release
30 gift prints | custom 10x10 album with 15 spreads
$2950


The engagement session was the perfect way for my fiance and I to get comfortable with the camera and get used to the hysterical noises Sonj makes when she gets the shot. Once she’s got it, she knows. The photos... they are natural, beautiful, perfectly lit and perfectly timed.
— Stoked Bride

Recent weddings...

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FAQ's


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FAQ's


wedding coverage faqs

Q: Do you work with another photographer? 
A: I will always have an assistant with me, and second shooters are available should you feel the need for more coverage. Adding a second shooter will yield about 20% more images, alternate angles, and can help alleviate the tight timeline of your wedding day. Rest assured if you book Sonju Photography for your wedding, you get Stephanie Sonju, and not some associate I've hired out. 

Q: Do you do video? 
A: Not currently, but I do have a list of trusted videographers and cinematographers that I love working with. I'm sure you'll be stoked with their work, too! 

Q: What type of gear do you use? 
A. I shoot with professional Canon equipment and bring back-ups with me. I prefer to shoot portraits in that yummy golden glow, but I do not call myself a "natural light photographer". I will use artificial light when needed, but my main goal is to not distract or interfere with the day's events. 

Q: When will we get our photos?
A: My couples usually receive the link to their online gallery within three weeks. Albums, prints, and wall art are delivered within two weeks of placing your order. Your online gallery will be live for 90 days. 

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What to Expect


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What to Expect


Documentary family sessions

Day in the Life Session - $950

8 hours of documentary photography shot in and around your home. I will photograph your family in the most natural, honest way without interfering. From morning cuddles to pre-dinner meltdowns, you'll finally have images that reflect the true story of your family. 
You don't have to worry about what to wear. There's no stressing out over natural smiles. These sessions are totally unscripted and FUN.

After receiving the link to your online gallery, you'll get to choose your favorite images to feature in a 9x6 keepsake album. Digital files are included. 

A $300 non-refundable booking fee is required to reserve your date. One week before your session, the remaining $650 is due. Payment plans are available.

Want in on a little secret? These sessions don't have to happen at home. Planning a day at the zoo? I love tigers. Visiting from out of state? Let's document your first beach day with kids. Finally signed your daughter up for that dance class? Let's boogie. First haircuts, play-dates, even road trips to visit grandma are memories you'll cherish forever. 


Documentary Family Session - $550

Up to two hours of documentary-style coverage documenting activities and moments shared with loved ones. No posing, no mosquitos, no rain dates. A private, password-protected online gallery to view your final images is included, as are digital files. You get the whole story. 

A $300 non-refundable booking fee is required to reserve your date. One week before your session, the remaining $250 is due. Payment plans are available.

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Travel


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Travel


Because the world is too awesome to just stay in florida.