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Hey there!

My name is Sonya Katarina and I am 21 years old. I was raised in northern Idaho (#northwestisbest #idahome #hashtag) but I’m currently a senior 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.

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 would LOVE to photograph you! Feel free to email me at sonyaisenberg@gmail.com 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. I have completed over 150 photoshoots for parties, conferences, brand modeling, weddings, individual portraits, and promotional materials for a wide variety of student groups — so you’re in good hands!


I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50 mm 1.2 lens. I occasionally use a 24-105 mm 4.0 lens as well, which is perfect for shooting wide-angle.

When you see me in the frame, my mother is probably behind the camera… I first learned photography by taking self-portraits (which I still do if I’m at school!) but nowadays my mom and I have a different system: I set up the shot first by taking a quick picture of her as the subject, then she will get the same one of me. We spend our vacations finding the perfect photo ops, and I love her for bearing with me and my photo demands! <3

I use my own Lightroom presets for editing! My favorite photographers are @tezzamb 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 (the best movie of all time) in which Elizabeth says:

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

So that’s cute. 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!

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