Sonia Villalobos started her company Onlyone Photography so that people would remember moments later.
In her photography, she often captures intimate moments between friends and family. Her professional portfolio also includes maternity photos, newborn photos, family and pet portraits. Prior to launching Onlyone Photography, Villalobos often captured images of his children on a flip phone.
“We would do it all the time. I love taking pictures of them, ”she said.
However, Villalobos said the images she took on her phone were never clear and difficult to see. In 2010, she moved to Madison from California with her three children. She then decided to improve the quality of her phone and camera.
“When I moved here I got one of these new phones and started taking pictures. After that, I was the one taking pictures at the family reunion and parties. I could see everyone’s face except mine, ”Villalobos.
But moving to a new city with three young children was not without pitfalls. She held several jobs to make ends meet before settling down.
“I was going through a lot of personal issues. I was a single mom with three small children and part of my family was here in Madison, ”she said.
She found it extremely difficult to juggle multiple jobs and raise three children. Her youngest child was just over a year old at the time.
“The first few months I moved here I started working at McDonald’s, literally whatever I could find because I was a single mom. I had to feed my children, ”Villalobos said. “… I had to pay the babysitter so that all my checks were used to pay the rent and the babysitter.” “
Villalobos now has two teenagers and a preteen. She would reflect on those moments after a conversation with her eldest son.
“We were talking about pictures from when he was younger and a baby. I was so sad because I couldn’t find any pictures to show him when he was a baby, ”Villalobos said.
She said to herself “how is that possible? Then she remembered when she first moved to Madison.
Villalobos also asked other family members and found that no one had good baby photos. She wanted to do something against this trend so she bought her first camera, a Nikon. Villalobos never planned to start a business but became interested in opening a studio.
“I’ve always been one of those people who if I don’t know how to do something I’ll go to Google to find out,” she said.
Onlyone Photography captures a wide variety of photos from family and motherhood to pets, weddings and special events. Villalobos said she really enjoys taking beautiful photographs of babies. She said it was one of her favorite things to do.
Sometimes clients are uncomfortable towards the start of the shoot, however, they open up towards the end of the shoot.
“There are a lot of moments that are priceless, you can see people’s expressions,” she said.