Photography is my language of life, my creativity, my vision.

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Somerset West

Photographer Somerset in West - Sonja Grünbauer

Fabric Prints

get your own printed design on tablecloths and cushions

The stuff that dreams are made of ...

The Collins English Dictionary describes the meaning of the word dream as being  "an imaginary series of events that you experience in your mind while you are asleep". Well, my dream was not just imaginary; it actually brought to life another word, namely imagery, conjuring up pretty designs printed on beautiful fabric for decoration and furnishing - scrumptious fabric prints on textiles. I always wanted to design prints on cushions, table cloth, sets & runners. Finally, my dream has come true.

My passion for fabric prints actually started last year when I searched for a textile for an exterior decor that would accentuate my garden furniture. Driving from one shop to another, I could not find the ideal fabric to suit my taste, except exorbitantly expensive textiles. Disappointed as I was, and with my mind in overdrive, it suddenly dawned upon me that I should take a bold step and do my own thing. "Why not? You can do it," I said to myself, and that's when creativity stepped in.

Customized Tablecloths

I immediately searched the World Wide Web for answers and soon made contact with a local company, in Cape Town nogal, that facilitates the reproduction of one's artworks on textiles. All I needed to do was supply them with the artwork on disk and they did the rest in no time. Fascinating stuff, indeed! And the end product: my own printed design on my tablecloth and cushions.

Place mats Protea

Place mats Protea

Get your place mats with your own design here!
Place mats Poppy

Place mats Poppy

We design individual place mats with your own design.

Happiness starts at home, but it doesn't stop there, I quickly discovered. As soon as my friends laid their eyes on my new adornments, they immediately placed their orders. "Oh Sonja, make me one too," or "have you something similar in blue?" So, that was not only the last of my drab garden furniture, but the birth of Sonni-Design.

But then, Sonni-Design came with challenges. After all, Rome wasn't built in one day; my new designs neither. There are still lots to be done. From planning to labelling, printing, packaging and a lot more. Every new design takes approximately 10 days from planning and providing the artwork on disk to the printers, to signing off the prototype - a combination of photography, digital photo manipulation and paying meticulous attention to detail - thanks to my Photoshop skills that I have developed over the years.  

Watch this space

Soon my line of decorative products will include place-mats, tea towels, cushion covers and my personal favourites: tablecloths ... yes, also one in blue ;-)


Sonja Grünbauer

Photographer by Profession and Passion


University of SA

Starting my Career


At Transnet and SAA

Running a Studio

Working in Germany

Property Photography

Estate Agent Photography

Wedding Photography

Unforgetable Wedding

Sonja Grunbauer is a qualified photographer based in Somerset West near Cape Town / South Africa.
The intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected.

Photography is my language of life, my creativity, my vision.

Wedding Photography

Fine Art Photography

Portraiture Photography

Sonja Grunbauer - photographer

Architecture Photography

Industrial Photography

Aviation Photography

What Our Clients Say

For Sonja Grunbauer, photography was always a passion. Whether it was the beautiful landscape, people or dogs that she captured with her camera,she always surprised you. She was dedicated and it showed. She had such patience with people, animals and of course the weather! The light and mood had to be just right! That way she always captured the essence of the moment.
Gabriele Hohl
Somerset West - South Africa
I asked Sonja if she would take photos for my husband and I while we were down in South Africa 2017. Our family is very diverse with many different looks and personalities and she was wonderful in arranging and placing everyone to produce the beautiful photographs. Even working with Children, she found fun ways to allow them to play while grabbing those good shots. Sonja has a great imagination and manages, using objects and the environment, to produce natural and amazing shots. She listens to your ideas and works them into the photos.
Tamar Smit
Lexington - Kentucky, U.S.A
Photographic Fine ART

Photographic Fine ART

Seeing by doing or was it learning by doing? I would take both sayings. Thank you to the Internet, Thank you GOOGLE!
Without you, my photographic world would not have exploded. I could never have come further in my photographic art.

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Comic Photo Art

Comic Photo Art

I'm always in search for new photo scenery! Interested in new places to take photos and so on... This is how I came up with the idea of Comic Photo Art. Love at first sight!

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Portraiture / Life style images

Portraiture / Life style images

Exterior can always be fun. Out and about in the fresh air can be a much better option.
No hassle with electric cords running on the floor of a studio for photographers and for the sitter trying to relax in claustrophobia Studio….

If one has eye one can find quick ideas for backgrounds. Available light is in the trend today, as camera's of today are so great were one can adjust the colour temperature easier and also setting one's ISO/ASA.

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Shooting for SAA and Transnet

Shooting for SAA and Transnet

Mr Van der Veer was one of a small galaxy of executives in the Transnet group - an impressive array of dignitaries that all posed for my camera, including Dr Anton Moolman, the Head of Transnet, and Mr Mike Myburgh, SAA's CEO in the 90s, to name a few. I photographed them all in the same informal way - from dropping their pose to floor level, to sitting in a chair with closed shirt, tie and jacket.

And, might I add, through digital-photo-manipulation techniques, I went as far as placing Mr Myburgh in his executive chair on the airport's main runway with a Boeing 747 approaching on landing. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! And they had just as much fun as I did - all in a day's work.

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I'm looking forward to assist you.