Sonya Stone is an on location photographer in Western North Carolina specializing in portraits of all kinds, especially children and families. You can see more of her work and find information about booking a session at her web

Thursday, February 19, 2009

more family love

Let me introduce you to another awesome family...Jaime, Robbie and Gideon. When I tell you the bond among them was so obvious, there was such a pure, endearing love that came through naturally with no direction from me! Jaime suffers with fibromyalgia, a condition that can be debilitating and elusive. I know first hand, my mom also suffered with fibro for 15 years. And the irony is that now I'm married to this amazing doc who treats fibro with great success, but my mom never got to even meet him. But I digress.

So, I have a soft spot in my heart for Jaime and her family. Robbie is a green builder, a great one from what I hear, and I'm sure I don't have to even explain about job security for builders in this market. But what their friend who nominated them couldn't express enough, was the love and compassion they have for others. It was such a pleasure to meet them! Hope you enjoy getting a peek at them too. And can you tell it took a few minutes for Gideon to warm up to me...but I think I won him over! : )

WNC Parent March ad preview

Since ya'll were so good to give me feedback, thought you might like to see the preview of my next WNC Parent ad:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

which one do you like better?

I am designing my ad for the next WNC Parent magazine. It's the camp guide issue. Which one of these do you like better for the ad?

I love my job...

As promised, here is one of the wonderful families I met through my holiday giveaway. If I didn't know better, I would never have guessed the turmoil this family went through over the past 6 months. This active, adorable little boy was fine one day and then woke up the next day stumbling. By the following day, he was almost completely unable to walk unassisted. The doctors couldn't find an answer to this rapid decline and it continued for months. It wasn't until the parents found a doctor in IL who was treating children with a condition called OMS that they found an answer. A week after beginning treatment, there was a dramatic improvement in his condition. And now he is a running, jumping, playing little firecracker.

This is Walter and his family. You can read more about his story and OMS on his web site: His improvement is the good news, the bad news it the insurance company is denying the claims for Walter's the tune of $300,000. Please consider donating to help Walter and his family. It's your turn to share the spirit of giving.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I am busy editing photos from my shoot-a-thon last check back soon and I'll have some photographs of these great families to share.

I just thought I would take a quick break from my editing to share this little bit of sweetness from my daughter, Sacred. She came over and hugged me over and over very excitedly. She is also sure to give the baby in the belly lots of hugs and kisses too! Then she says, "I have the best family in the whole world. I like you so much!"

melt my heart! Add that to the very creative, homemade Valentine's Day cards my kids gave me, and my hubby taking the girls out with specific instructions that I take at least 15 minutes away from the photography "to do" list to just enjoy myself...and I would say it's been a good day!

Hope yours is too!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Asheville's Holiday Giveaway in action

Today was my day to block sessions for the nominees of the holiday giveaway. It was amazing to photograph these families and get to know them a little better. 4 families in 4 hours...I didn't realize how tired I was until I got home and sat down! Of course, I couldn't do anything else until I looked at the images, which took me 3hrs. Yes, 3 hrs. just to LOOK at the images! There were 1310 frames from today's sessions!

And we're not finished yet...I still have 3 more families plus our grand prize winner to photograph. So there should be lots of activity on this blog in the next few weeks. And if there isn't, well, I won't be able to blame it on no images to post!

Here's just a fun family photo...Savannah enjoying some homemade beeswax candles given to her by one of her school friends.