Hey there!

It’s me, Sonya! I’m a recent graduate of Princeton University where I studied architecture and learned far too much about Bauhaus. I’m based in Los Angeles right now, working as a comedy writer and actress. I love all things creative: graphic design, songwriting, and photography (of course). Keep up with me on my Instagrams: @incandescently.happy for the real me, @sonyakatarina for photography, and @sosiebeedosie for design. I also have an Etsy shop where I sell artwork and prints! YES, I have a bad habit of spreading myself too thin.

I would LOVE to shoot with you and help your vision come to life. I have done hundreds and hundreds photoshoots all over the nation for individuals, couples, parties, conferences, weddings, and brands — so you’re in good hands! Feel free to email me to discuss the details.


I shoot with a Canon EOS R6 and a 50 mm 1.2 lens for most of my portraits, with my treasured Canon 5D Mark III as my backup. I highly recommend the R6 body and lens. For a super wide-angle, I use my 35mm – 70mm 1.4. I edit with my own Lightroom presets!

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 for my self-portraits, but if my mom is in the vicinity, she will dutifully assist me. 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. Et voila!

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 the 2005 Pride and Prejudice 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 blessed me with a wonderful world to play in and I am eternally grateful!

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