“In every ordinary moment, there is magic!”

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Hello my name is Sonja, I am a wedding photographer and have been taking photos for 25yrs and been awarded for my work. Thank you for looking at my website, I am glad that you are here and I can share a bit about me and my world of photography. My approach is fun and relaxed while I creatively tell your story through natural, bright and beautiful images. Please stay a while, have a look around, and if you like what you see I can’t wait to hear from you!

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My Approach

When taking photographs, I feel alive. There’s so much excitement and expectation at the prospect of taking wedding photos each and every time. Weddings give me endless opportunities for creating image; they are a tapestry of emotion, beauty, love, fun and connection all woven together in a single day. I search for moments that touch the soul and reflect the personalities of the people involved and I love that we are all different and unique. I don’t approach weddings with a formula in mind; I look for the in-between moments, laughter and happiness. I see these moments as opportunities to capture, moments I believe you will love.

I am drawn to simple and powerful shots that not only stand out in their own right but also go towards a strong portfolio of photographs. Telling the story of your day, the essence of everything, everyone and the environment around you. My off-the-cuff approach utilises my varied experience with photography from my background in fashion, food and still-life. Here is my other website with all that kind of work www.sonjaread.com.

For the portrait session I put you in the best light and locations, giving you an ounce of direction while capturing the fun, dynamic and intimate emotions between you. I draw from your energy, it is all about you when have just got married!

I want encourage you to structure your day in a way that is not at all centered around photos, because that’s not what this is about. It is about two souls becoming something more together than apart and what this means to you and your tribe.

I am lucky enough to live on Waiheke Island and know our venues and vendors well. Also I LOVE coming over to the mainland for weddings and because of this I include my travel over to Auckland in my pricing, there is no extra costs involved so bring me over! :)

I have a UK passport and often go back to England/Europe to photograph weddings, get in touch to see when I am next over in Europe.

Want to know more, here is my CONTACT FORM or email me: hello@trilbyandlace.com

Will be lovely to hear from you x

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Sonja is an artist and photographer with a creative and alluring style. She combines many years of photographic experience with a love for her craft and the desire for exceptional images to capture the engaging moments of any shoot. Sonja has a natural ability to connect with people in a way that allows her to document the real story of your special day by weaving a visual tapestry from beginning to end. A visual story you will cherish.

Sonja!

These are just phenomenal!! You captured not only the day, the details and the love. But you captured myself and Joel’s true characters and relationship so beautifully.

Thank you so much Sonja! Your art will be on display in our home for a life time! We can’t thank you enough. Blown us away is an understatement!

The most grateful newly married couple,
Mr and Mrs Williamson
— Brittany and Joel
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Thank you for making our wedding day so special. Sonja was so easy to deal with before the wedding and knew just the right places on the day to make the most of a stunning location, weather of all sorts, and a beautiful sunset transitioning into night. We love the photos and can’t stop looking at them!
— Glen and Jeremy
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From the first email we sent to Sonja enquiring about photography for our wedding, she was so helpful and responsive. She took the time to understand what our priorities were and she was very flexible in her approach. Importantly, as we are based overseas and didn’t have the opportunity to visit the venue with Sonja before the wedding, Sonja already knew our venue back to front and knew the best photo spots for different parts of the day, different weather, etc. On the day of our wedding Sonja had meticulously planned based on our brief so we were able to relax knowing she would capture everything we wanted. Throughout the day Sonja went about her business in a very calm, relaxed and unobtrusive manner, and we had many guests comment on how lovely she is. We love the photos of our day and would highly recommend Sonja for anyone planning a Waiheke wedding.
— Sally and Andy
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Hi Sonja,
Wow you are amazing! Your photos came out so beautifully I am absolutely speechless! Thank you so much we are both so appreciative of you for doing this, our hearts are jumping out of our chests!

Your talent is truly breathtaking! You never know in a few years a baby might be on it’s way and we need another shoot 😉
— Danni
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Sonja and her team were so professional in capturing so many memories on our wedding day - from first contact with her over Skype to the photography on our wedding day, to delivery of all our photos. We would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone. Sonja and her team made us feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera, unobtrusive as they guided us through the day. Sonja took the time to understand what our priorities were, and she was very flexible in her approach. It was so important having someone local to Waiheke Island as we are based overseas and didn’t have the opportunity to visit the venue with Sonja before the wedding, Sonja already knew our venue back to front and knew the best photo spots for different parts of the day, different weather etc. We have so many favourite photos to choose from. Thanks for making our choice so hard! 😊
— Stephanie and Marty
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Sonja was an amazing photographer, we couldn’t have asked for a more calm, chill and super nice person to do our photography for our wedding day, such a pleasure to work with! Sonja scoped out the venue before the big day and was super flexible with any changes made at the last minute. She kept us comfy with being in front of the camera and nothing was too hard for her! We love the outcome of our photos, especially the sparkler shoot! I’d recommend having Sonja a part of your day to capture those special moments  Thanks so much!
— Sheila and Glyn
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We recommend Sonja to anyone looking for a talented, kind and generous photography professional to capture the magic of your wedding day. She helped us work out what we wanted and delivered a stunning collection of memories that we’ll treasure for life. What we loved most was how relaxed she made us feel in front of the camera - giving us the space and freedom to let go and have fun. She’s also an absolute pro when it comes to dealing with kids, which made the experience extra special for our family
— Elissa and Ian
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Hi Sonja,

Firstly WOW! These pictures are more than we could ever have asked for. Thank you so much, you have captured everything so perfectly. We can not thank you enough.

We are so so happy with them!

THANK YOU
— Brittany and Isaac
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Wedding Galleries

Sheila and Glynn

Bridgewater Estate, Matakana

Nicci and Peter

Poderi Crisci wedding

Elissa and Ian

Mudbrick Wedding

Ruby and Jake

Goldwater Estate Wedding

 

Some of my favourite images…..