Fashion & Commercial

I have enjoyed working on lots of EXCITING projects over the years, including FILMS, CELEBRITY photo shoots, magazine EDITORIALS, commercial ADVERTS and FASHION shows.

I absolutely LOVE working at the highest level and getting the opportunity to collaborate with fellow ARTISTIC MINDS, adding my own CREATIVE twist!

My most recent TV work includes working with BBC presenters Anita Rani, Ellie Harrison, Linda Barker and Amy Garcia. I have recently done hair and make-up for the soon to be released film ELEVATOR GODS.  In the world of FASHION, my work has been seen on catwalks, photoshoots and film.  I have recently enjoyed working with Lady Victoria Hervey (Ladyship Swim) and designer Scott Henshall on their most recent shows.

I am proud to hold the position of Head of Hair and Make Up for YORK FASHION WEEK which involves photoshoots, designing, planning and co-ordinating and managing the hair and make up teams.

I have done hair and make-up for designers and clothing companies such as AvieCopper and White, Design by Hummingbird, Thimbalina of York and Amanda Field Millinery.

I have done make-up for shoots with Ross Charles Hairdressing for his latest collections. I worked with him on the shoot and catwalk show for the L’oreal Colour trophy award and on the shoots for the BRITISH HAIRDRESSING AWARDS, in which they have made the finals!

My hair and make-up work has been published in:
Picton Magazine
Estetica Magazine
Rock N Roll Bride
Yorkshire Life
The Yorkshire Post
Belle Bridal Magazine
Mail Online

I was also thrilled to assist with hair backstage at LONDON FASHION WEEK 2019, working with the Charlotte Cave team on a 1920’s theme for major designer Malan Breton. (I was trained in EXPERT blow-drying, curling techniques, and how to work with afro and textured hair at the Kevin Fortune Hairstyling Academy in London.)

I have built up a close network of TALENTED professionals that I have worked with over the years from PHOTOGRAPHERS and DESIGNERS to STYLISTS and MODELS. I have a real PASSION for researching design projects and sharing IDEAS with fellow creative minds – and of course spreading my LOVE for my job!


“Skill, creative flair and eye for detail. Sonia is a consummate professional and joy to work alongside. Following our initial brief, we were impressed with her ability to translate our ideas into the AVIE Campaign. Sonia diligently researched our intended looks and brought her interpretation with great success. In addition, were able to bounce ideas between one another to achieve the perfect eye-catching look. Her engagement and attitude to the project, before, during and in post-production was meticulous and we appreciated her going above and beyond what was expected. We have continually worked with her on multiple projects and we would highly recommend Sonia for any MUAH needs. A true professional and a pleasure to work with and we would not hesitate to work with again.”

Sonya Bachra-Byrne, Founder & Creative Director, AVIE

“Sonia has worked on a few of my photo shoots and shows doing amazing makeup. Her attention to detail amazing. She is good at working to a brief and adding great suggestions too. Friendly and professional, Sonia is a real pleasure to work with.”

Ross Charles

“Sonia did my makeup for a recent TV advert shoot.  I always get worried when people do my makeup for TV as sometimes I can loose my confidence in my job as I don’t feel I look like me but Sonia listened to what I wanted and gave me a fab natural look with a touch of glam she also talked through the products she was using and allowed me to take pictures.  Can’t wait to use her again!”

Lynsey Queen of Clean