Day in the Life | The Fischer Family

"If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph"

Growing up, we moved around A LOT, and as a result, I've seen the world and lived in over 60 homes. There's something so special about photographing a family in and around their home, especially around the holidays. I wish I had photographs of my mom helping me with drawings at the kitchen table, or dad watching me try to ride my first bike (it was a red BMX with white stars on the handlebars and I thought I was BAD.ASS.) I only hope these kids get to see these photos 10, 20, 30 years down the road and feel the love from their parents all over again. 

Obligatory "PRINT YOUR PHOTOS" plea.

But enough with the sentimental mushiness - the Fischer family let me crash a typical Sunday at home a couple weeks ago. From their "adopted" porch kitty, to a bike ride around the University of Miami campus, to Christmas crafts at the table - with lots of snacks and a couple meltdowns in between - here's a Day in the Life of the Fischer family: 

 

D & L Sunrise Session | Fort Lauderdale Vacation Photographer

Dawn and Lynn had a quick stopover in Fort Lauderdale on their way to a cruise. And being from Utah, they wanted a romantic session on the beaches of Florida to kick off their vacation. There aren't many reasons I'll wake up before the sun, but this morning was totally worth it. I had a blast with them splashing around in the ocean and sharing stories. Thanks so much for trusting me with your memories, Dawn & Lynn! 

Booking a Florida vacation? I'd love to document your memories! Click the button below to check availability for a sweet session of your own! 

Christina & Kellen | Wedding at The Addison, Boca Raton

I shot their engagement session a little over a year ago. Christina and Kellen still hadn't hired their wedding photographer, and after photographing them all over downtown Delray, I crossed my fingers and begged the Universe to get me this wedding. Christina and Kellen have such an effortless love - which was obvious from all the skipping and smooches during their engagement session. Not to mention, they were getting married at one of my favorite venues - The Addison. 

Fast forward to October of this year, and the big day was here. Their vineyard (WINE!) inspired celebration was perfect in every way. From the sweetest first look at the Boca Raton Resort, to cafe lights draping the banyan trees, to the most romantic last dance in an empty ballroom... Here are some of my favorites from their day: 

(Not feeling "scrolly?" Click play then HD for a short slideshow)


Venue | The Addison
Hair & Makeup Artistry | Brynn Wagner & Dominique Biancardi
Cake | Earth & Sugar
DJ | Custom DJ Services
Photo Booth | Juju Booth
Florals | Boca by Design
 

Limited 2018 Wedding dates are still available! Contact Sonju for a formal quote! 

Day in the Life | The Uchiyama Family

Creating memories for your family doesn't have to be an eight-hour ordeal. The Uchiyamas got a head start on halloween for their mini-DITL a couple weeks ago. Between backyard play, building blocks, violin practice, and the cutest "but I want orange juice" tantrum, we scored some real, genuine moments with this sweet Fort Lauderdale family on a normal Sunday morning. Here are some of my favorites from our time together... 

Kim & CJ | Wedding at Farmer's Table Boca Raton

Kim & CJ have that "forever kind of love". 

Their Boca Raton wedding was an intimate gathering of friends and family at the Wyndham Boca Resort, and dinner at Farmer's Table. I'm a big fan of smaller weddings, and theirs did not disappoint. From a candle-lit ceremony, a solo singer/guitarist for the dances, to a no fuss cake cutting, Kim and CJ's day was simply perfect. 

Doesn't hurt that Kim and CJ are literally two of the most beautiful people on the planet (inside and out!) Click PLAY for highlights in the slideshow below, and more of my favorites if you're feeling scrolly...


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Day in the Life | Love & Chaos

Nicole and Chris have four children under the age of four. 

Let that sink in. 

Basically, they're saints. Amazing, patient, hilarious, loving saints. 

Just a short time after Hurricane Irma made her way through Florida, this family signed up for even more chaos with a short 2-hour Mini-DITL session. Just a regular Sunday at home, packed with couch-jumping, dance parties, and NUTELLA. Here are some of my favorites from the day: 

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DJ & Niki | Fort Lauderdale Maternity Session

I photographed their wedding two years ago, and now DJ and Niki are just a few short weeks from welcoming a baby boy! LOVED hanging out with these two again, and I'm so excited to see them as parents!

Warning: RIDICULOUS light ahead. Like, OUT OF CONTROL. DJ even mentioned that whenever he sees pretty light he makes a point to call it out - "Yummy light" (If you've shot with me, that's totally a Sonju-ism, and I'm so proud.) 

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Boca Raton Birth Story | Baby Hudson

Just a few short weeks ago, Kris and Elon welcomed their second baby boy. In the weeks leading up to the birth, we were all crossing our fingers that baby Hudson would share a birthday with older brother Jameson. (I also shot Jameson's birth story four years ago!) 

I arrived to the hospital around 2:30 pm. In hindsight, I probably jumped the gun and got there way too early, camera blazin' and ready for action. But as a photographer, when you've been on call for days -  you're almost as excited as mama. By 8:00 pm, we were all wondering if Hudson was too comfortable to leave the womb. There was even talk about a C-Section if things didn't speed up... but something came over Kris and she pushed like the FREAKING WONDER WOMAN she is and half past 9 pm Hudson was born. 

I can't tell you how badly I wanted to throw my camera down and hold Kris' hand as she pushed those last few times. But with a camera to my face (and tears in my eyes hoping I can still see the red focal point in the viewfinder) I'm able to take myself out of the scene in a way and go full autopilot in the hopes of documenting those first few seconds of life. How lucky are these boys to have photos (and albums!) like this in the future. 

Hudson Parker Meles
August 4, 2017
9:29 pm | 8.13 oz

Due to South Florida's wedding season, I'm only taking birth story inquiries for deliveries in July/August 2018. If you're reading this post (hi future!) and looking for more information on having your birth story documented, please click the button below. 

Ellie's Moana Themed Birthday Party | Miami Family Photographer

I've been photographing this family since Ellie's Baby Shower! And now this sweet and saucy girl is two! I'll be honest, I know nothin' about Moana, but judging by the reactions of guests, I'd say Lindsay (mom) knocked it out of the park. My favorite part? The family also asked for donations for Project Night-Night, an organization that collects comfort items for homeless children. I love any opportunity to give back and by then end of the party, those tote bags were STUFFED with sweet books, stuffed animals and blankets.

Also, peep my toddler spirit animal sneaking a marshmallow treat from ET Cakes...

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Laura & Mitch | Fort Lauderdale Engagement Photographer

Laura and Mitch were literally on the way to the airport to catch their plane back home to Atlanta, when we squeezed in a quick hour at the beach for their engagement session. SO excited for their November wedding here in South Florida! If their wedding day is anything like their engagement session, we're in for an AMAZING time! 
(And here's to hoping their pup Cali can make an appearance too!) 

Engagement sessions are a great way to "break the ice" before your wedding day! For more information on these fun, not-so-posey sessions, click the button below! 

Francine & Jonathan | Wedding at Club at Boca Pointe

Four words that'll strike fear into any photographer's heart - July wedding in South Florida. But Francine and Jonathan's summertime wedding was nothing short of perfect. Francine and Jonathan opted for a first look since they had a hefty list for family formals. This of course freed up the timeline after the ceremony for delicious portraits, and still had time to join their friends and family for cocktail hour.
The Club at Boca Pointe is just as pretty on the inside as it is outside, so we had lots of opportunities for beautiful photos indoors. Also, it's such a joy to photograph a naturally side-lit indoor ceremony for once. Here are a few of my favorites from their day. 

Not feeling "scrolly"? Click play then HD for highlights: 

Big thanks to these vendors for their talents: 

Venue | The Club at Boca Pointe
Makeup Artistry | Color Kisses
DJ | Allan Reiss of Original FX
Florals | Oma's Garden Flower Shop
Photo Booth | Juju Booth

A Publix Proposal & Engagement | South Florida Engagement Photographer

 

While planning their engagement session, Mer told me they were down for anything, so naturally we had to start the shoot where it all happened... PUBLIX.

STORY TIME: Meredith is my former roommate, so I know for a FACT that she and Brandon are absolutely obsessed with Oreos. Brandon, being the clever dude he is, came up with a plan to hide the ring box as he sent Meredith back to "get that bread I like". Once she met him back in the cookie aisle, the great debate of "Regular or Double Stuffed?" turned into an even bigger question...

I thought it would be a great idea to start at Publix, get some cookies (duh), and continue their shoot at home then finally on the streets of Las Olas. Here are some of my favorites from their shoot:

"Way better than some park shoot!" Agreed, Mer! 
 

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