Winter shoot promo: June/July

family (297)All Photoshoots booked and paid for in the months of June & July will receive a stunning free 7 Inch square Acrylic Block with your favourite image – to the value of $110. Family photoshoots are $250 and include a location shoot and 7 enlargements or digital files of your choice.  More images may be purchased. Private or public online viewing gallery for at least a month. Enquiries: info@sonjawrethman.com

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Lovers Lane

When scouting for this shoot I came across this backlit lane of trees meandering down to sea. There are so many sandy corridors just like this one waiting to be explored on the Sunshine Coast. This time of year brings a warm delicate sun on your back, and cold soft sand under your feet. I had a particular idea in mind for the shoot – a warm, vintage see more from this post!

Wisdom like a crown of flowers

Wisdom like a crown of flowers

Love that Hermes are on the same page, probably without even knowing it…
“Hold on to wisdom, and it will take care of you.
Love it, and it will keep you safe.
7 Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom.
If it costs everything you have, get understanding.
8 Treasure wisdom, and it will make you great;
hold on to it, and it will bring you honor.
9 It will be like flowers in your hair
and like a beautiful crown on your head.”
– Proverbs 4:7-9 (& morning Vogue read…)

#500 Project #coloursisterhood #sherescue #A21 #humantrafficking

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The power of going to a humanitarian conference like Colour Conference  is that it profoundly mobilizes masses (when I say masses I mean like 60 000 women across the globe each year) of women to bring change to major atrocities and humanatarian issues in our world today. What one woman can accomplish may or may not become substantial but what one company of women can do, as I have seen first hand (particularly a company of 60 000!) can, in fact, change the world. Can you imagine being on the same page, literally of the same heart, mind and cause with 60 000 other women? Phenomenal things happen.

This year all attendees were given a challenge to create projects that raised $500 at a time t0 donate to a handful of selected causes, providing already established organisations with the financial clout that is so necessary for them to actually do their work on ground zero level. One of the causes which always grips my heart is the plight of the victims of human trafficking. Partnering (yes they do actually need money – and lots more of it) with organisations like  www.thea21campaign.org and thecoloursisterhood.com/projects is a privilege as they have proved faithful with what they do and their effectiveness on the world stage.

Inspired by a fellow photographer who is doing the same – http://rivbennett.blogspot.com.au/ – I decided to make my 500Project two family photoshoots to donate $500 to the She Rescue home in Cambodia through The Colour Sisterhood website. This home provides rescue and enables little girls (some as young as 4……) to stay in school, and stay off the streets and out of the prowling hands of the pimps and brothel owners.

This issue continues to move my heart, and I will continue to expose myself to the atrocities of this industry as long as it moves me to action.

I would love to inspire and stir up any other photographers out there to do the same. Do a couple of shoots and donate. At the end of the day it really can come down to money. Organisations like the A21 Campaign are doing such great work and if you just open your heart to some of the stories (http://www.thea21campaign.org/content/videos/gjfaix) on their website you will never be the same again – and in a good way. Life’s too short to live only building a little insignificant empire for ourselves. Harsh? True though right? They rescue and restore traumatised and broken women and children who are just waiting for people like you and me to wake up and do something about it.

SHOOT – DONATE – LOVE.

Photoshoot Promo Dec/Jan

Don’t miss out this holiday season on these two AWESOME  discounted (or free!) photo shoot options, with a quality, experienced photographer. Are you ever saying you need to take more photographs of your loved ones?


“Good Times” promo – Usually $299, now only $89

Location shoot for your family and friends & 3 free A5 prints. This is a holiday season promotion – these shoots are usually $299. If you refer another friend or family to book and pay for their shoot before the end of January, you get your $89 back. Wow. Easy as pie. Come on, make some memories! Includes a studio viewing of all the pictures taken from the shoot. Print, digital files, canvases, books and more can be ordered at really reasonable rates.


“Memories of a lifetime” promo –  $99 per person

Location shoot for you &  3 or more friends to capture memories of a lifetime. Includes hair and make up. $99 per person. Unlimited pictures. Whoever makes the booking gets the shoot & hair and make up for free! Subject to availability. Lets pick an awesome location together, bring your outfits and lets get styling! Whether its a schoolies shoot with you and your best guy and gal pals from school, or a crowd of Uni friends, or just a group of old friends, this is the shoot for you. Includes a studio viewing of all the pictures taken from the shoot. Print, digital files, canvases, books and more can be ordered at really reasonable. Limited time only, book now.

For portfolio & photographer info go to http://www.sonjawrethman.com

Baptism in the sea

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I have seen people being baptised before. To witness it on this particular day, up close and personal, was an incredible privilege. The atmosphere was tangibly joyous – people were running back to the beach exuberant, shining and some even giggling and skipping like children. It was the real thing, a genuine moment of spiritual transformation.

Truly blown away.

Abolish slavery in the 21st century

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A friend recently said something profound. Paraphrased, it was something along these lines;

‘Use what has been placed in your hands’.

We all want to do something to make the world a better place, and on our own we can do amazing and incredible things. But when women unite, with a single heart, and a single cause, they can truly change the world’. I totally believe this.

Human trafficking for the purpose of enslaving women and children (as young as 4) to sexual servitude is the 2nd largest global criminal industry in the world, taking in profits of over 3.1 Billion USD per year. Growing up in Africa I thought poverty was the big low in this life, but if you look a little closer, you will find a much more sinister, dark evil at work in the world we live in. If you want to do something beautiful, if you want to use what is in the present moment in your hands, go to http://www.thea21campaign.org/and see what you CAN do. TODAY.

Live life loved. 🙂