Lightbound Photography

About Lightbound Photography

I specialize in lifestyle photography for all of the special moments in your life. Whether you're getting married, buying your first house, having a baby, or documenting the growth of your family over the years, I want to capture those emotions in the most natural way possible. You won't have to worry about complicated poses or awkward smiles, I'll guide you through your photos in a way that feels totally natural and fun! 

People are so much more relaxed and natural when we are out in the real world, rather than cooped up in a studio with bright lights and fake backdrops. I love incorporating the beauty of Minnesota's outdoor areas. I play with angles and work with natural light during photo shoots to capture my clients in the most flattering lighting possible. We can even do sessions in your own home or backyard for a personal and natural setting. All sessions include location scouting in the Twin Cities metro area to find the best setting possible for your unique photos. 

New for 2017: I am starting to photograph weddings this year! Since it is my first year doing weddings, I'm offering 50% off all wedding packages! If you are looking for a wedding photographer for 2017 and you think we would be a good fit, please send me a message. I'd love to chat about your big day! Packages start at $1,025.


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About Sonja

I'm a photographer, world-traveler, dog-lover, and coffee-addict. My idea of a great weekend is spending time with my family, googling far-off destinations, and snuggling with my dog on the couch watching netflix.

I got into photography through travel. I never went anywhere without my camera, and more and more my trips began to revolve around the photographs I could capture. I won a few contests with my travel photography, but I never considered it to be a potential career. I was a chemical engineer.

It wasn't until part-way through my PhD that I realized engineering just didn't fit. I wasn't happy with the work I could do, and was beginning to see that I never would be, even with my PhD. I finished up my degree, and started Lightbound Photography to pursue my passion for photography and start a business of my own.

Since starting out, I've photographed engagement sessions, maternity sessions, newborns, kids, families, dogs, and even some backyard chickens! I love working with people one-on-one to custom design a photo shoot that captures the reality of their personalities, their relationship, or the events they are going through in their lives. My photographic style blends candid lifestyle photography with artistic composition to capture unique and natural images that aren't overly posed. My favorite images are the ones that tell a story. 

Starting Lightbound Photography from scratch has been a thrilling, terrifying, humbling, and rewarding experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything. If you'd like to meet to discuss your photography needs, let's meet up and see if we're a good fit. Perhaps over coffee. My treat.

Happy Clients

"Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures of our son - in and out of the belly! :) We will forever cherish these photos and look forward to looking back to this moment in the years ahead." -Hana C.

"I would highly recommend Sonja! She did a wonderful job with our engagement photos. My fiancé and I are relatively shy and don't enjoy getting our pictures taken, but Sonja made us feel super comfortable and we got so many great photos!! She sent a questionnaire beforehand and you can definitely tell she took that into consideration when planning our session. She found a perfect location for our photos that highlighted our personalities and worked great. I was also very happy with the edited photos at the end and the website to download the pictures afterwards is super easy to use. I would highly recommend Lightbound Photography for your next photography session!" -Carlie L.

"She was great with young children and was very passionate about her work. Her organization made our photo shoot go smoothly while capturing many great moments. We are hoping to do an annual photo shoot with her to have family photos to cherish forever." -Laura S.

"After my dog was diagnosed with a couple terminal illnesses I really wanted to make sure I had a good way to preserve his memory. Sonja agreed to help me do this by taking photos in some of his favorite places. She really captured his spirit in the photos, and I am so thankful to have these memories preserved. She also took a few shots of my backyard chickens so I can attest to the fact that she is very versatile! Highly recommended." -Andrea B.

"Sonja was excellent and really took her time with our kids and customizing our session to our family. She is definitely our new family photographer!" -Tiffany D.

"We love the photos Sonja took of our dogs. She was patient with them and played with them to get their trust, then started snapping pictures. She really is a talented photographer and we will use her again!" -Mary S.

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