"Not only do you smile when you see your photos,
but you smile knowing the people behind the lens
were smiling while taking the photos."
When we started planning our wedding in June 2016, we knew that selecting a photographer was one of the most important decisions during the process. We "interviewed" 3-4 photographers over several weeks, and none of them impressed us as much as Miki & Sonja. Not only was the quality of their work head-and-shoulders above the other photographers we saw, they were incredibly personable and easy to get along with. One of the key differences about Miki & Sonja was that there are 2 photographers, who could capture multiple angles of the same moment AND streamline the portrait parts; you don't really appreciate that until it's happening and see the final results. We pretty much had the deposit written ready before we left their studio.
As part of our package, we also included an Engagement Session at the Disneyland Resort. We met up and spent several hours with them, pretty much covering the best locations at both parks. The photos from the Engagement Session were perfect for our Save-the-Date cards.
When the big day came, they were already on the scene taking photos all over the venue that did not require people. The only time we recall seeing Miki or Sonja were the pre-ceremony and post-ceremony portraits. They were like ninjas during the rest of the event.
Sonja reached out to us a few weeks later to let us know that our proof book was available, a flash drive with everything, as well as an online gallery. All of the photos were color and light corrected and with over 1800 photos taken we couldn't believe some of the shots and angles they were able to capture. It took us quite a while to select the ones we wanted for the "official" book. When it did come time to select the photos, it was a simple online process. Then the magic happened...
The final book took a few months, but it is stunning and the quality is unsurpassed. We had previously looked at the album from our parents' weddings (from 40 years ago) and the technology available now made those look like an antique.
The photos from the flash drive were perfect for prints up to 11x14 and photo books for the parental units (Costco is awesome!).
Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of quality wedding photos. If your budget is finite, cut back on everything EXCEPT photography. In 10 years, you're not going to care if there was an open bar, how many tiers were on the cake or what was served for appetizers. Photos last forever and can remind you of the day for years to come.
Miki & Sonja are true artists and provide you with only the best-of-the-best-of-the-best. If we could rate them more than 5 stars, we would and we hope to stay in touch with them in the future.
~Michelle & Doug
"Finding a photographer is probably THE MOST important element of the wedding planning process. They need to fit your style and, ultimately, you need to feel so comfortable around them because they’re with you in the most private of moments, both as a couple and surrounded around your loved ones.
I love that they are a husband/wife team. You feel like they just get what marriage is about and you can see how passionate they are about their field. They have a special, classic eye, which comes from their past training with film, which is obvious is the photos they take. Their shots are clean, intimate and they find those special candid moments. They just made us feel so welcome and comfortable. My husband isn’t used to taking photos (neither was I particularly) but they ease you right into the camera in such a natural way. I can’t recommend them highly enough. There’s something special about them, which I feel is exuded in the stunning photos they take and their warm and happy dispositions. Not only do you smile when you see your photos, but you smile knowing the people behind the lens were smiling while taking those photos."
~Ashley & Eyal
"I cannot say enough about Miki & Sonja!! I really did my research when looking for wedding photographers, and was thrilled to have found these two. The lighting they are able to capture in their photos is unparalleled and brings the pictures (I did engagement and wedding pictures) to life on another level. Not only were Miki & Sonja extremely professional and well-priced, but they were also easy-going and fun. Sonja also worked with me endlessly when putting together the final product in album format, which came out beautifully! I walked away from the experience truly sad not to get to talk them so often. If I had it do over, I wouldn't change a thing!"
~Allison & Ryan
"Miki & Sonja were such a joy to work with! They were so professional and made us feel very comfortable and natural for people that are not very comfortable in front of a camera. We did engagement photos with them that turned out amazing and then also had them the full day at the wedding. We had multiple locations and they handled the transitions beautifully. My biggest pet peeve is when photographers seem in your face at weddings and Miki & Sonja were virtually invisible. You never noticed them around, but they were somehow able to capture all of the wonderful moments throughout the day. We had so many great photos that it was hard to pick a handful for our album that Sonja helped us design. The album turned out amazing and we get compliments on it anytime someone comes to our house. Highly recommend!!!!"
~Alli & Isacc
"Miki & Sonja were a dream to work with and our pictures turned out more incredible than I ever could have imagined. They paid attention to the littlest detail, that you would never even think about, and created the most stunning and amazing pictures. You never even knew they were there and they captured every great moment that happened. There are not enough words to express how wonderful they are and how wonderful their finished work is. I will, without a doubt, recommend them to everybody."
~Denise & Lance
"I cannot say enough about the service we received with Miki & Sonja. We met at our engagement shoot and I instantly felt at ease. They took the time to make us feel comfortable and captured some great shots. During our wedding, they were able to use their eye to capture shots I didn’t even know I wanted! They work seamlessly as a team and are so professional! I fell in love with my wedding all over again seeing their pictures. I have so many great ones to choose from it is hard to pick the best ones for the album. You will be so happy you chose this team for your special day!!"
~Kristin & Sara
"We spoke to a few photographers, but once my fiance & I met Miki & Sonja, we knew they were perfect. We had a small wedding in Santa Barbara at San Ysidro Ranch. They knew the property and understood the small intimate wedding we wanted. Although they have done very large weddings, they were also perfect for our small nine guest wedding. They are so personable and likable. If you pick Miki & Sonja as your wedding photographers, you will be very happy you did!"
~Megan & Bob
“Miki and Sonja are the absolute best!! Wedding photographs are such an important element of your wedding because these images last forever and you want them to be perfect. Well Miki and Sonja took such amazing photos and when it came time to choosing what pictures to put in my album, it was so hard because I liked so many of them! Most importantly, they really listened to what was important to me to have in the photos (locations, angles, style). Also on the day of, when it can be stressful, they were so calming and made you feel at ease. I cannot stress enough how amazing this team is and highly recommend them.”
~Ashley & Brian
“I could not recommend Miki and Sonja of Miki & Sonja Photography enough to any couple looking for beautiful, flawless and perfect wedding photos. Miki and Sonja, the dynamic husband and wife team, are truly amazing to work with.
I am not the type to write reviews, and in fact never have before for anything or anyone, but felt I must, so that future couples would not miss out on the opportunity to have such a wonderful couple on their team on the most important day of their lives. So much planning and precision goes into planning one's dream wedding and the only way it will live on forever is through your photos. In my opinion your photographer is on of the most important vendors you will hire and I just can't recommend Miki & Sonja Photography enough.
I first met them when they were the photographers for my brother's wedding and liked working with and being around them so much I couldn't wait to hire them for my own wedding which occurred 6 months later. I hired them without even seeing how my brother's photos turned out because I loved them as people first. I wanted, and in fact, did receive the same time, care and attention to detail that my brother did. They were so easygoing, focused and worked hard to be creative and get what I knew would turn out to be great shots. Since there are two of them, they truly miss nothing. Sonja stayed with the girls in the bridal suite while getting dressed and Miki went to the grooms suite. When trying to get difficult shots they work together as a team, and it is invaluable to have them together instead of just one person who cannot capture all alone. They were invisible, yet ever present all at the same time. They were sensitive to family dynamics and made sure that everyone was happy and comfortable.
My photos are breathtaking and perfect. I could not recommend these photographers more to anyone who wants to have a flawless wedding day experience and receive amazing images with which to relive the day forever.”
~Michelle & Kurt
“Miki and Sonja are a great team in every sense. From the first meeting they made my husband and I comfortable and answered all our questions. They were so easy to work with from contracting to wedding day shooting. I really wanted to have our engagement shoot around downtown LA and they knew all the great spots. During our session they got us comfortable in front of the camera. On the day of our wedding, Miki and Sonja arrived on time, got all the shots we asked for and when we got our proofs back they were SO beautiful! All the while being kind and friendly. You cannot make a better choice than Miki and Sonja.”
~Katrine & Greg
"Every photo was amazing and so artistic - they captured the true essence of our wedding day, from our emotional joy, to the brilliant floral outdoor setting, to the little moments with the flower girls, the guests, etc. Looking through our beautiful album truly makes our memories come alive. Miki and Sonja work together so perfectly to be everywhere and cover every moment, and they are FAST! No sitting around posing forever. They are worth every penny and more."
~Rachel & Lee
"Wow, we have been so impressed with the fabulous collection of wedding photos you have sent us. I have hired many professional photographers in my career as an ad agency art director, and in my opinion the body of work you both produced is top-notch. We love the depth of field with the focus on certain areas, the rich colors, and the variety of angles. The coverage you both provided was terrific - you two work well together.
We were hopeful that details were covered, like the garden altar, unity candles, details of the flowers and chairs, guests arriving, the ceremony participants and we saw what we were looking for. Then the cocktail hour, again the guest shots, our family remembrance table, the first dance, the dining room, place settings. the dancing, and again more people shots. Gail was especially pleased because you caught many of the details she worked so hard to get."
~Gail & John
"We were so honored to have the sweetest, most talented photographers shoot our wedding - even in the intense heat they never were without a smile. Always guiding us kindly, and with humor, on the most flattering poses that would give us the best light and photo.
We interviewed a lot of photographers, and were most impressed with their ability to work so well with digital and film photography. The day of, it was amazing watching them switch back and forth - never losing time or energy while switching between memory cards or film. They work really well together and make you feel like you are in great hands. I would give them 10/5 stars if I could. You won't be disappointed! THANK YOU SO MUCH MIKI AND SONJA FOR MAKING OUR WEDDING DREAMS COME TRUE!"
~Laura & Will