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.
Filming / Film-Making
4K 4:2:2 10bit & Drone & Editing
Besides still photography Marc and Christine are experienced in handling professional filming gear. Since 2014 they have contributed and worked for many big TV productions, filming for ORF, ARTE, ZDF and SERVUS TV.
Furthermore, they also produce shorts, image-films and trailers for clients. From 2012 onwards they have produced several films and shorts for Austrian nationalparks (Kalkalpen, Thayatal, Gesäuse & Nationalparks Austria). 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. In 2019 on educational films about pig farming.
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.
Reveal the unseen
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.
Photo/Video-Trapping & Underwater
Over the past years Marc and Christine have spent countless hours on working with HIRES camera-trapping systems, producing HIRES/4K 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.
Magazine articles, books and more
So far Christine and Marc have produced more than 300 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, Terra Mater, Servus Magazin, Terre Sauvage, Universum Magazin, Bell’Europa, NaturFoto, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, Salzburger Nachrichten and others.
In 2019 they published their highly acclaimed book on European brown bears. It is not only a coffee table book but much more a recent comprehensive publication on the recent status of brown bear in Central Europe. Since 2018 they are also working on their next book about wilderness and big predators in Central Europe. It will be published through Knesebeck Verlag in early 2021.
Live talks and exhibitions
A picture taken is not enough
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, Montier Fotofestival in 2019 as well as Lowland Fotofestival in 2019 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.
In cooperation with Canon Austria and Technicomp Austria they also regularly exhibit their photographs in public. So far this cooperation resulted in quite a few exhibtions, the highlight being a large format outdoor exhibition about brown bears that is since touring different venues in Central Europe.