What we can do for you
When working on photographic assignments Christine and Marc aim at covering the topics from as many aspects as possible producing diverse photo-portfolios. They have a focus on wildlife, nature and species conservation topics. Producing pictures or picture series that tell „the whole story“ belong to their prime goals. Most of their projects run over a longer period, enabling them to literally "dive" into different subjects and get the best from it. The stories they are working on are regularly published in magazines and newspapers. Up to now Christine and Marc have published more than 250 stories and articles, such as features in National Geographic Magazine to several cover stories in Austria's Universum Magazine.
They consider their work as PR for nature. Their famous lynx image captured in November 2016 in the Austrian Alps has reached more than 1.6 million Austrians through media and TV.
So far Christine and Marc have produced more than 250 stories on nature topics, contributing images and/or texts, ranging from wildlife tourism to reintroductions of formerly exctinct species, from nature conservation ambitions to scientific findings, from her own wildlife adventures to species portrays.
Their stories have appeared e.g. in National Geographic Magazine, Servus Magazin, Universum Magazin, Bell'Europa, NaturFoto, Wiener Wildnis Magazin, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, Salzburger Nachrichten and others.
Over the past years Marc and Christine have spent countless hours on working with DSLR camera-trapping systems, producing HIRES wideangle images particularly of big predator species in Central Europe (Brown bear, Eurasian lynx) and in the USA (Florida panther). They were the first to produce high-res camera trapping images of brown bears in Central Europe. Check out their brown bear gallery to explore some of the camera-trapping results.
Their images have been awarded at some highly prestigious photography competitions such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.
For many of their projects the both of them also employ underwater photography, portraying species and underwater landscapes in fresh and creative ways.
Christine is also a certified scientific diver.
Filming & Drone footage
Besides still photography Marc and Christine gained a lot of experience in filming wildlife and natural phenomena while spending time outdoors. They have contributed footage to big TV productions such as the Austrian production "Land der grünen Grenzen / UNIVERSUM" in 2015 and recently to the famous Austrian series "HEIMATLEUCHTEN - Thayatal" in 2017 produced by SERVUS TV.
Furthermore, they also produce shorts, image-films and trailers for clients. From 2012 onwards they have produced several trailers/films for Thayatal national park in Austria and many shorts on specific wildlife topics for Austrian national parks and other institutions. In 2017 they produced a short film series with a focus on kids about the importance of Austrian national parks for the next generation. In 2018 they worked on an educational video for kids about poultry keeping and sustainability.
Sonvilla-Graf OG implements all sorts of camera technic such as HD and 4k resolution cameras. They can deliver HIRES video material in 4k 4:2:2 10 bit, use slider dolly systems for tracking shots and both Christine and Marc are Austrian certified video drone pilots.
Over the course of roughly 10 years of producing images and video for their own projects and for clients they have gained a lot of experience in different fields of photography. One of those "specials" is the usage of professional timelapse techniques. Marc and Christine have produced some exciting timelapse material that has been widely used for imagefilms and TV productions.
They implement dolly systems and other devices to produce smooth panning motion timelapse videos.
Both Christine and Marc share their timelapse knowledge as trainers of the Canon Academy Austria and host a few workshops each year to give insights into their timelapse workflow.
Live talks & exhibitions
Marc and Christine regularly get on stage and present their projects on a large screen. They take part as presenters on stage at international photography festivals such as MontPhoto Fest in Lloret de Mar in 2017, "Naturfototage" in Fürstenfeldbruck 2014 and 2018 and they regularly present at Austria's biggest photo event - Photo+Adventure. Presenting on stage plays a major role in their approach towards communicating certain topics such as big predators and nature conservation in the Alps. They also present their topics in schools, sharing their best pictures and telling their most exciting stories, in order to hopefully inspire the next generation.