Hi, I’m Sonal. Pronounced “saw-null”. Don’t worry, most people don’t get it right the first time. You already know the story. Girl meets camera. Girl photographs family vacations and sometimes reluctant friends. Girl goes to college (War Damn Eagle). Girl decides to be practical and study graphic design and marketing. Girl works in marketing for several years. Girl attends Art Institute, moves to Houston, and pursues lifelong dream of becoming a photographer. You know, that story.
I love traveling and I love food. Point me in the direction of a great, local restaurant and I’m all set. From India to Hawaii to France to Costa Rica, I plan to eat my way across the world. Sure you can visit museums, churches, and even castles, but how do you experience a culture in a short span of time (because we never get to travel as much as we’d like)? The food! It’s not just the taste. It’s the smells of curry wafting from the kitchen. It’s the sound of traditional Mexican music playing quietly overhead. It’s the quirky portraits hanging on the walls of a small town diner. A seven course French meal isn’t about stuffing yourself, it’s about experiencing the food. Slowly. Savoring each bite. Sipping the wine (not too much… OK, maybe a little too much). Enjoying the company of your companions.
A lifelong southerner, I call Houston, Texas home these days. I’m convinced Houston is the food capital of the world. Fancy some Italian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Greek, Indian, Japanese, Venezuelan, or yes, of course, TexMex? Houston is amazingly multicultural. Living in Houston during the era of “foodporn”, well, it’s a great time to be a food photographer. I love my job and I’d love to work with you.
I’m Sonal. A Food Photographer. I’d like to work with you. You can reach me by email or phone. (Or owl)
I am a board member of the American Society of Media Photographers serving as the Communications Director for the Houston chapter.