It’s me, Sonya. I’m a recent graduate of Princeton, where I majored in architecture. Although I’m an aspiring actress and screenwriter, I love all things creative — drawing, songwriting, playing piano, and (of course) photography, which is my side-hustle-slash-hobby! Follow my Instas: @sonyakatarina for photos and @sosiebeedosie for art and design. I also have an Etsy shop where I sell prints, cards, and coloring pages!
I would LOVE to photograph you! I have done over 300 photoshoots all over the nation for individuals, couples, parties, conferences, weddings, and brands. So you’re in good hands! Feel free to email me — firstname.lastname@example.org — to discuss the details.
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50 mm 1.2 lens for most of my portraits. It’s my absolute favorite and I don’t think I’ll ever consistently use anything else. For a super wide-angle, I use my 35mm – 70mm 1.4 lens.
I first learned photography by taking too many self-portraits, most of which are mortifying to look at now. I still use a tripod and self-timer occasionally, but most of the time my mom helps me shoot! I set up the shot by taking a quick picture of her as the subject, then she will get the same exact one of me. We spend our vacations and free time finding the perfect photo ops, and I love her for graciously bearing with me <3
I use my own Lightroom presets for editing! My favorite photographers are @tezza for fashion and @helloemilie for travel.
Why “Incandescently Happy”?
Several 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 (2005 — the best movie of all time) when Elizabeth says:
“You may only call me Mrs. Darcy when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy.”
‘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 and I am eternally grateful!