Why Sonder?

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own - populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness - an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you'll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background; as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Narrated, written, directed, edited and coined by John Koenig. THE DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS 

Hi! My name is Ashley and I am the owner and photographer of Sonder Portraits. 

I chose the name Sonder because I wanted the name of my business to convey the nature of my photography. My goal is to provide images that create those moments of sonder, where the viewer realizes something about the people in them. More than the subjects style or the shape of their face, the viewer realizes their relationship, connection, intimacy. 

Photography for me, started out as a small flicker of passion at seven years old running around the backyard with a disposable camera finding animals/things to take pictures of. I still have the album with all of the photos. Over the years I went through a few digital cameras but up until 6 years ago, it had been just a treasured hobby. Then my first son was born and I wanted better quality images of his life. I got an amateur DSLR and started documenting my son and as the years started flying by I began to realize the importance of GOOD photography. I also realized that a nice camera doesn't always equal correctly cropped/exposed/white balanced, sharp and focused images! (I learned the hard way that Auto Mode only works in ideal situations) But you learn! Or you don't. And if you don't, that's what I'm here for!

If you have watched the above video and have read this far down, we should be friends.

Check out my portfolio and the FAQ's page to learn more about my lifestyle and documentary sessions. Don't hesitate to shoot me an email at sonderportraits@gmail.com if you have any other questions!

I look forward to hearing from you!