Hey there!

My name is Sonya Katarina and I’m 20 years old. I was raised in northern Idaho (#northwestisbest #idahome #hashtag) but I’m currently a junior studying architecture at Princeton in New Jersey. Class of 2020!

I love all things artsy – drawing, writing music, making movies, and (of course) taking photos – although my absolute favorite thing is strapping on a snowboard and getting lost in the mountains.

This is where I post tidbits from all my random life adventures! Stay updated on my Instas: @incandescently.happy for photography and @sonyakatarina for art and design.




I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III (affectionately called “bébé”) and a 50 mm 1.2 f-stop lens. I occasionally use a 24-105 mm 4.0 f-stop lens as well, which is perfect for shooting architecture and landscapes.

When you see me in the frame, my mother is likely behind the camera. I first learned photography by taking self-portraits, which I still do, but more often than not I set up the shot first by taking a quick photo, then ask my mom to get the same angle (but with me in the shot). We spend our vacations finding the perfect photo ops, and I love her for bearing with me and my photo demands! <3

I use Lightroom to edit! My favorite photographers are @tezzamb for fashion and @helloemilie for landscapes.

I would LOVE to shoot you! Feel free to message me if you are interested and we’ll discuss the details. I have had plenty of experience shooting with a number of individuals and companies in Idaho, New York, and on campus at Princeton.


Why “Incandescently Happy”?

A few years ago, I was trying to think of a new username for my Instagram account… I was on the couch, watching  that scene in Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth says:

“You may only call me Mrs. Darcy when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy.”

So that worked out well! But ‘incandescently happy’ also represents me. I love laughing and enjoying life and smiling in the face of the world. Happy is who I am. God has given us this wonderful world to play in. How amazing is that?!


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