South Florida Wedding and Family Photography by Stephanie Sonju
 
 

INFORMATION & PRICING

“She listens to what you want and provides valuable feedback from experience”

 

“She made family and wedding party formal photos feel relaxed and easy going”

“She was there every time I wanted to capture a moment”


 

Making beautiful PICTURES on your wedding day is the easy part.

The real magic is in the experience: exchanging glances with you when your brother’s girlfriend of one month wants in on the family formals, communicating with your vendors so we can provide the best possible service, and answering all of your questions at our final timeline meeting so you can finally sleep well - That’s why I’m here.


 

Your wedding photographer is the one vendor that spends the most time with you before, during, and after your wedding day. Between meetings, your engagement session, and 8-10 hours on the actual day, hiring a wedding photographer is almost like hiring another bridesmaid. A funnier, less clingy bridesmaid, but still. I approach weddings with a documentary heart. I truly believe that the magic is in the moments, and that photographs are forever. Think about it, when someone leaves this Earth, what is the first thing we do as we grieve? We reach for photos. (Whoa. Got heavy there for a minute.) Photographs are proof we existed. And your wedding album will be your first family heirloom.

My pricing is based on my experience as a professional photographer for the past 12 years, the education I continue to seek so that I never get comfortable, and the quality of products I design and deliver to my clients.


Wedding coverage starts at $2500
Average investment - $4200
Special rates for elopements (please inquire) Engagement Sessions start at $500

 

Please inquire for my mobile-friendly Wedding Guide. It’s packed with more information about the Sonju Photography experience, transparent pricing, and details about albums and products available. $750 retainer and signed agreement required to reserve your date.

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Stephanie Sonju is a master of photography.

“I promise you I am not exaggerating. She has been the photographer for not only our engagement pictures and wedding day pictures, but also my mother's wedding pictures. Her photos capture so much emotion! They truly are artwork. I have received so many compliments. Plus, she is such a beautiful person both inside and out which makes it so easy to work with her. Needless to say she is the only photographer I am going to hire for every event.” Celina - October 2018 Bride

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I’m sooo excited that I got to work with Sonju

"...for my wedding this past weekend. I already got a sneak peak and they’re beyond perfection. I cannot wait to see the rest!!! I also have to give props to her for being able to wrangle a big bridal/groom party as well as a bunch of kids to partake in the portraits. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to hire a photographer- whether it be for wedding, or any other occasion!!!" Michelle, August 2018 Bride

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I’m not kidding when I say

...I planned the wedding date around a day she was available! Everything was amazing. During the day, she was there every time I wanted to capture a moment. She was able to get amazing pictures without having to do posing. With all the stresses of a wedding, dealing with Sonju was fun and easy and the product is top notch. Everyone she works with, as well as refers, were also extremely professional and I couldn’t be happier!" Arman - December 2017 Groom

Wedding at Margaritaville Resort Fort Lauderdale Florida Photographer

The day of the wedding, as we quickly found out, definitely tends to get a little crazy,

"...and we were so thankful to have Sonj directing the photos to make sure everything came out, and came out WELL. She found us some great light and all of my bridesmaids were obsessed with the Sonju grunt haha! They all said how much fun they had hanging with her all day too. It was so nice to work with someone who genuinely loves their job, and it truly shows in her work." Laura, November 2017 Bride

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She listens to what you want

...and provides valuable feedback from experience. On our wedding day, she was punctual and kept the entire wedding party in line, which was a pretty tough task. She's assertive, but graceful and knows how to make your portraits quickly come alive. Her assistant was also a pleasure to work with - I felt as if they were friends I've known forever!" Melinda, November 2017 Bride

Wedding at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

We elected not to do a first look…

"The hustle of the Day can sometimes get in the way of capturing the true emotion of the day. Sonju coordinated the entire day leading up to the moment we walked down the aisle. Sonju and the second photographer (Gigi) managed the timeline with our various vendors (and hair/makeup). She even coordinated and orchestrated the timing of the arrival of bride and groom since we elected not to do a first look. She made family and wedding party formal photos feel relaxed and easy going. But, perhaps most important of all, Sonju and her staff exquisitely captured the moment when the groom first saw his bride. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but that wouldn't be nearly enough to describe the photos that she took." - Maansi, October 2016 Bride

Wedding at Boca Pointe in Boca Raton Florida

She made us feel like models!

"From the start, Sonju was very quick to respond to any and all of my e-mails. She was super patient with my family portraits and made sure to get my entire list pictured (and I had a very, very long list). During the wedding, she made sure to capture every moment. During pictures with just my husband and I, she made us feel like models! The way she captures the light in her photos was amazing." Francine, July 2017 Bride

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There are no words...

"There are no words that could possibly explain how happy I am that I chose Sonju Photography as our wedding photographer. Sonju was recommended to us by a good friend and from the moment I met her (or was it stalking her Instagram?) I really wish I could put in written form all the feels and squeals going on with me today so this review could be longer!" Jomary, March 2017 Bride

Stilt House Engagement Photography Florida

"She has endless pride in her work and it shows.

"Her emphasis on printed photos was one of my favorite things about her. Social media comes and goes but an amazing crisp printed shot lasts forever... She is the type of vendor that pulls the rest of the event together. She helped me find my venue and plan all of the details. When I had a crazy idea for our engagement session at a house literally surrounded by water, she was in before I even gave her the details. The photos turned out to be an actual dream come true. 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. Come wedding day, Sonju is seriously the glue. Her outgoing personality keeps things light and her professionalism keeps things in order." - Leigh, 2015 Bride

Wedding at Gallery of Amazing Things

This woman is the creme-of-the-crop.

"This woman is the creme-of-the-crop. Truly a one-in-a-million experience working with her for my wedding and alongside her two very organized additional photographer/photographer assistants. I had thirteen bridesmaids to organize and keep quiet and focused, with 8 men with severe ADHD in my husband's groomsman party, alongside loudly opinionated family members and 132 guests. I haven't even seen the pictures but I don't need to. Sonju is professional, kind, hilarious and has a true creative eye. NO cheesy pictures. NO "standard" cookie-cutter experience. If you're looking to truly have an unparalleled experience, she's your lady." -Allyson, July 2017 Bride


FAQ

(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

 
 
 

Q: What’s your approach to wedding days? What makes you different?
A: I’m not here to “hey girl heyyyy!” you, or gift you dumb Mr/Mrs mugs once you book, or pretend to be an honorary bridesmaid. My job is to document an incredibly important day in your life, and to do it in the best light with minimal distractions and posing. While I do help my couples build a timeline to allow us ample time for portraits and family formals, I truly believe candid, natural photographs will be the images you value most, and that value will only increase as the years go by.

Q: How is your pricing structured?
A:   The easiest way possible - base coverage is 6 hours, and you can add additional time, a second photographer, Juju Booth, an engagement session, albums, prints, etc. You're in total control and get to build the coverage you need the most. Easy peasy. Wondering if you really need a wedding album? Check this out. 

Q: Wait, what's a Juju Booth? 
A: I may be biased, but I think Juju Booth is South Florida's best photo booth! For years, while photographing weddings, I saw big, ugly inflatable, aggressive photo booth units that produced muddy images and crap light. I thought I could provide a service to my couples that was on the same level as their photography coverage, and Juju Booth was born! We have custom print templates, big 4x6 prints (that make amazing guest favors!) and the funniest - and sometimes scandalous - props. Your guests will absolutely love it. Click here for more info on Juju Booth. 

Q: If we book, is Stephanie Sonju photographing our wedding? 
A: YEP! However, for dates Stephanie is booked, or for coverage that need a little more wiggle room budget-wise, one of my amazing associates may be available! I promise there will be no surprises when it comes to the person responsible for documenting your wedding day memories.

Q: Should we do a “first look”?
A: Short answer: Do whatever you want. Long answer: Check out this blog post.  

Q: Have you shot at my venue before? 
A: Probably. If not as a primary photographer, my experience as a second-shooter and assistant has brought me to the best wedding venues South Florida has to offer.

Q: Will you do a venue walkthrough?
A: It depends. Venue walkthroughs are typically a waste of time. The weather will be different on your wedding day, a room may not be available, or the dang catering van could be ruining a backdrop you had in mind. I do think it's best we go into your wedding day with fresh eyes and creative hearts. For clients insisting on a venue walkthrough, an additional hourly fee will be invoiced. 

Q: Do you travel?
A: YES. For weddings in Montana, Kentucky, The PNW, Italy, and Spain, I'll even waive the travel fee. There is no travel fee for venues within two hours driving time of zip code 33063. 

Q: Do you work with another photographer? 
A: I will have an assistant with me, and second photographers are available should you feel the need for more coverage. Adding a second photographer will yield about 20% more images, alternate angles, and can help alleviate the tight timeline of your wedding day. Out of respect for supporting staff, additional photographers, assistants, and booth attendants cannot be cancelled within six weeks of your wedding date. 

Q: How about video? 
A: Not currently, but I do have a list of trusted videographers and cinematographers that I love working with. Videographer referrals are given after booking. 

Q: What type of gear do you use? 
A. What's in my bag? Two Canon 5D Mark IV's, Sigma Art 35, 85 1.4, 135mm, 100mm, 50mm, some flashes. It's all professional-grade gear (and backup gear!) Oh and guava candies. If I could find a way to keep them from melting, I’d throw in some York Peppermint Patties, too.

Q: When will we get our photos?
A: My wedding clients usually receive the link to their online gallery within four weeks. The images are high resolution, original size, and non-watermarked. Clients are given a personal print release so they may print where they'd like. Albums, prints, and wall art are delivered within six weeks of placing your order. Your online gallery will be live for 90 days. Family sessions are typically delivered within ten business days.

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