This family of four is so, so special to me. Not only are the Henrys dear friends, their session was full of fun, love, and emotion. It’s simply one of my favorite evenings ever! Capturing their family every year (since Alex was born) is always such a treat!! Cat and Dan are the best parents in the world and the smiles on their babies faces proves it. They always show so much love and happiness. They are also such sweet friends to us. Love you guys & thank you again letting me capture your beautiful family!
Though I've dabbled in other areas of photography over the past few years, my primary focus has been on developing my skills shooting weddings and senior portraits. Lately, I've received quite a bit of positive feedback on my abilities posing my subjects. To capitalize on this aspect of my work and make more use of my home studio, I'm adding a new line of services to my portfolio; ZS Couture Portraits.
Working with an individuals, women and men of all ages and types is very rewarding for me. I'm able to learn about my subjects and capture their personalities in my art, much like I'm able to do with my high school seniors, but with the added complexities of their deeper life experiences. As I make my models comfortable with me, the setting, and themselves, their confidence grows and their personalities radiate. Sometimes my subjects are even surprised with the emotions I'm able to capture; they didn't know they had it in them! ;)
So, in exploring this specialization, I was fortunate to shoot Kelsey. Not only is she an extremely talented makeup artist, she is also a successful small business owner and strong, wonderful mother! I'm amazed at how different each shot turned out. She almost looks like a different person in some images; from classic beauty to mysterious and sexy, from focused to whimsical, from girlish to motherly! You can also see Kelsey's expertise in her trade with her own makeup application which made my editing work so much easier.
Was your last professional session your senior high school or college portrait? Why not celebrate your beautiful self and your accomplishments and allow yourself a few moments of self-indulgence with a sitting with me? You, your family, and your friends and colleagues will cherish these Portrait forever.
I'm very pleased to have met this charming, young lady who will be a Senior at Orchard Park High School in the Class of 2018. Riana was so natural in front of the camera, it was easy to make her look like a runway model. She is also tall and thin, which helps ;)
She even let me test my makeup and hairdressing skills and I was pleased with how it looked in front of the lens.
I specialize in High School Senior Portraits in an outdoor settings and seniors have their choice of great urban and rural locations in Buffalo and around Western NY. I'm able to quickly get to know my subjects and how to set them at ease before and during their sitting so that we can capture their personality in their portraits.
I'm already getting many requests for sittings for senior portraits! Contact me soon to reserve a time slot that works in your calendar.
Last year I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful wedding of a gentleman from the Buffalo Bills and all of his videographer colleagues we're working along side. During the reception Matt was standing next to me working while we were waiting and we small-talked about our professions. At the end of the reception, a group of handsome, young gentlemen were enjoying cigars at the Lafeyette Hotel, where I met Matt's lovely fiancee, Katy. I'm so happy I have gotten to know them so well since then!
Matt and Katy have been together for 8 years as of next month! They got engaged last year under the willow tree at the Botanical Gardens where Matt dressed up as Prince Charming! They met while they were working together at Tim Hortons. Matt thought Katy was teasing him the first time she asked him out, so she played it off as a joke too... but she was serious! Of course, we all know how that story ended; "Happily Ever After"! A perfect spot to revisit for some great post-ceremony shots.
This bride and groom were so entertaining; playful, funny, and adorable! If they didn't have to play host and hostess, they would have shaken their booties on the dance floor all night long!
Their wedding dance song was "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz which Matt used to sing that into a broom handle at work to Katy. I almost feel part of the family as I've been blessed to have been part of several marriages in this wonderful group of people. It was so nice to get reacquainted with their extended friends and family. Wishing long life and happiness to Matt and Katy! Please enjoy some of your images from a magical evening.
Second photographer: Halle
Ceremony Venue : Immaculate Conception Church
Reception Venue : Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
Florist : Hess Brothers
Bakery : Buffalo Pop Cake
Transportation : Giorgio's Limousine
My oldest daughter is BFFs with Cami's older sister, so I've known her since she was a little girl! Its hard to believe she will be a senior in high next year...
She has grown into such a beautiful young lady, and I'm so glad that I'm able to kick off the senior portrait season warming up and sharpening my skills with her as my Frontier High School spokes model.
Please enjoy these images we took at Buffalo Botanical Gardens. I specialize in natural settings and make my seniors feel at ease so I can capture their personalities in my photographs.
I'm just beginning to schedule sessions, so please contact me soon to reserve your sitting date. I will offer incentives to the "early birds" that have their sessions in the month of June!
Zula Sonner Photography is now booking Class of 2018 Senior Portraits!
Spring has sprung! Flowers and blossoms are everywhere and that make me so anxious to begin working with class of 2018 seniors.
I've been fortunate to have been able to watch my first spokes model of the class of 2018 mature into a stunning young lady! Taylor was a junior bridesmaid in her aunt's wedding in 2013 when I was first getting started in photography. I've developed wonderful relationships with many of the people from her extended family, keeping in touch on FB, and appreciate them returning to me to capture some of the most memorable events in their lives.
Taylor attends Frontier High School. She is so outgoing and easy to get to know. We had a great time during our first session. Taylor has a passion for fashion and photography, so we also work very well together. She started her own blog recently.. bardashionblog.com I'm so impressed that this young lady has already has ambitions to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. I'm confident that Taylor will be successful in the field or whatever she chooses to do!
I cant wait to capture her senior portrait session in the summer!!
Please contact me soon to schedule your senior session.
When you work with me, your portraits will be natural and unique. I take pride in making my clients feel comfortable so that I can capture their personality.
I offer great discounts to students who book in early June! I'm also looking for class of 2018 SPOKE MODELS from high schools in the North Towns.
Contact me for more info : firstname.lastname@example.org 716.696.2619
Makeup and hair :TAYLOR BARTOE;
Dress : FREE PEOPLE
Hat : JCREW
What should I say...? "Happy New Year!" or "Congratulations!" Why not both!?!?
Johnny and Lauren's New Year's wedding in Hyatt was absolutely perfect. I love New Years Eve weddings. The guests have not one, but two reasons to celebrate and they pull out the stops .. Buffalo weather can be so unpredictable when it comes to shooting wedding outside BUT WE DID IT and we got some fantastic shots!
Lauren and bridal party beautified in Lauren's Salon Elle Aire Buffalo Blow Dry Bar in Williamsville .. Even though she is the bride she couldn't resist the temptation to work and make sure everyones' hair and make up was spectacular. She is such a easy going and sweet person to work with and she looked AMAZING; her hair and dress were jaw-dropping and i was constantly telling myself how beautiful she looked.
After the ceremony we went to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. It was freezing cold outside! The bridal party were troopers; the moment they stepped out of the limo into the bone-chilling wind for their reveal, they had a big smiles on their faces and just rolled with the punches.
Then we went to First Niagara Center to take picture on the ice rink! The electronic score board has a personalized sign for the bride and groom. What a nice touch! It was NOT easy to walk on the ice many people kept falling. I was relieved nobody was hurt (but I did get some great shots, LOL).
Right before midnight, everyone poured champagne over the tower of glasses and kissed to ring in the New Year! Lauren and Johnny, thank you for trusting us with your wedding memories! We wouldn't want to spent our New Years any other way than celebrating alongside you and your amazing guests! What a fantastic couple you guys are and I hope your honeymoon in Europe was amazing! Big hugs to you and both and enjoy reliving your day through a few of my favorite photos!
xoxoxo Zula and Halle
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Second shooter Halle
Ceremony : St Marks ( 401woodward avenue )
Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center
Hair and Makeup : Elle Aire Salon
Let's Go Buffalo!
This afternoon, the Buffalo Bills host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mario's only specification for their photo shoot was it had to be done in time for the game! My first mini-session of the Christmas season went so well! Gina and Mario's children are adorable and they were fantastic models today. Without a snowflake in sight, we brought our own and the kids had a blast. Now the swimming pool at Brierwood seems sooooo far away, but it was nice to spend some time with the Pinnellis. Happy Holiday, guys!
It has been a wonderful senior portrait season this year and I was lucky to have worked with so many charming, young ladies and lads. Last night I had my final session and it was well worth the wait! What a way to wrap up the year. The leaves at the Albright-Knox Gallery set a perfect backdrop for Melissa (who happens to live around the corner). Please enjoy these beautiful images and I look forward to working with the Class of 2018!
BFFs for Two Generations