I’m Back!

Excuse me while I dust off the Bonnie B. blog and remember how to write posts! Wow, I mean wow. So much has happened in that silent period since my last post. We have one happy, squishy, hilarious, loud, special, smart 11 month old ruling our world right now. I wish this post was full of photos of her. (Trust me, I have gigs and gigs of photos on my hard drive and I’m constantly backing up my iphone to make more room!) Brian and I are discussing how we will handle online exposure, and since the adoption will be finalized any day now, we will probably wait a bit until she is officially a Horton. Crazy times, God is so surprising in how He works out the glorious details.

Many of you have asked if I’m still doing photography, and the answer is Yes! I took the summer off (though I still did the sessions already on the books) and I’m back behind the camera! Juggling mom life and wife life and small business life and church life is quite the interesting thing, but we are slowly making it all work out.

I recently did a session with the sweetest senior girl, have I mentioned how much I LOVE senior portrait sessions? So much freedom to really take some risks and make the session unique to the client. Mary and her mom contacted me through the brilliant Angey Price, and we scheduled a face-to-face consultation to chat about who Mary is and what kinds of things bring her the most joy. We ended up in a super fun (secret) location and Mary brought along her vintage typewriter. I was basically in heaven. Here are a few of my favorites, and stay tuned for a full post of Mary’s session!


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Savannah’s Sweet Sixteen//Wake Forest Photographer

These Sweet Sixteen sessions are quickly becoming some of my favorite sessions ever! They have all the fun and freedom of a senior session without the pressure of yearbooks and senior projects and college applications. Savannah’s parents gave her this portrait session as a surprise for her birthday, so they set it all up without her knowing anything about it. I made her a cute little gift certificate to open on her birthday and she was sooo excited!

Savannah is in my small group at church, so I already knew how fancy and stylish and adorable she is. We skipped around downtown Raleigh with her mom and our friend/assistant Lily and basically caused a big ol’ ruckus everywhere we went. In case you were wondering, I did insist that she pack some flat shoes and avoid tripping all over the streets of Raleigh in those amazing heels. Safety first!

So here is Savannah: Sweet Sixteen and so full of life and joy. Love you Vannah!Savannah16-9420.jpg



Friday Favorites: Alison’s Sweet Sixteen

This week’s Friday Favorites are some frames from Alison the Intern’s Sweet Sixteen Session! We had a TON of fun just running around Wake Forest and being silly and as creative as we wanted to be. These are some of the last images from the session, right when the sun was peeeerfect.

I’m off to downtown Raleigh to do another Sweet Sixteen session this afternoon. Hope your weekend is a good one!

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The Adorbs: Lucy

Just because it’s Thursday and I’m officially on SPRING BREAK….here is some cuteness to get you to the Easter weekend.

I took these photos of my adorable husband and dog while on a photo session in downtown Wake Forest. I can’t help myself sometimes.


Adorable, right?? So happy to be outside wif her daddy and mommy and her puppies. (She thinks all the kids at our church belong to her…cries when they leave…it’s all very precious)


Oh wait..let’s zoom in a little bit…


You are welcome.

Happy Thursday!

Bonnie B

Alison the Intern

I often have brilliant ideas, but I have to give myself a pat on the back for this particular one. Bonnie B Photography proudly presents to you…

Alison the Intern!!

I couldn’t be happier to have Alison join TEAM BONNIE B. This girl already has a passion for photography and a love for creativity, not to mention that we share a similar tendency to make huge messes while simultaneously longing to organize our lives so we can make more messes and create awesome projects.

For Alison’s first day on the job, we made a post office/Sonic run, organized millions of receipts for tax time, and then had some fun with my brand new chalkboard wall.

Alison and I can’t wait to start the Spring portrait session! We are done with winter, ready for some Spring weather, and ready to spend a golden North Carolina afternoon capturing your families, your senior year, your “We are Engaged” season, or just any good excuse for beautiful photos.

PS Alison is really really good at chasing screaming toddlers…just sayin’…it’s a special skill.

-Bonnie B

Senior Session: Annelise

Why yes, I have been randomly changing the look of this blog. I’m in a spring cleaning, “I’m tired of everything,” changey kind of mood lately so while it’s nowhere near perfect, the colors make me much happier. But honestly friends, the more I look into blog design and pixels and CSS and the interwebs……the more I just want to run away screaming to the nearest field of flowers and forget that such things as computers even exist!

Thankfully, computers do exist so that I can share these delightful portraits of a delightful young lady. I present to you….


Class of 2012. All-Around Awesome Girl. Dr. Who fan. World Traveler. Missionary Kid. Future Nursing Student at Cedarville University.

Annelise is part of a small group I co-teach at my church. When I first met her, I kept forgetting her name and then worrying that I wasn’t pronouncing it right when I finally learned it. Thankfully, Annelise stuck around long enough for me to get it right and we’ve had fun times and gotten to know each other pretty well since then. Last year at camp, she was my suitemate in the dorm. I remember that Annelise wrote me a really sweet, encouraging note, and in turn I kept accidentally locking her out of the bathroom….

Still this girl has stuck with me through my blatant mistreatment of her, and now she’s graduating!!

Annelise chose my “Spicy Chai” senior session package (2 hour session, wardrobe and hair consultation, and choice of mini photobook or wallet prints) so we enjoyed a wonderful evening with a whole crew of girls picking out clothes, braiding hair, making props, and practically hiking all over Wake County wearing rainboots and TOMS.

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Annelise’s friend Serena came along for the session and made this class of 2012 sign for her! I’m going to have to keep her around to make more props.

Below is one of my favorites!

Annelise plays the viola, and we even talked her into playing for us a little bit.

The last photo of the session! Had to get those rainboots!

Congratulations Annelise! I’m so thankful for you and how you serve the girls in our small group. I’m sad to see you go but so excited to watch how God directs your path.


Bonnie B

Senior Portrait/Inspired Session: Kevin

This is my first senior portrait session of 2012! Introducing Kevin, one of the coolest people I know. My husband and I volunteer with the student ministry at our church, and through that we meet some exceptional young adults. I’ve known Kevin for a while, and when it came time to schedule his senior portraits I pitched a few outlandish ideas to him to make his session personal (and awesome), all of which centered on our ability to somehow magically remove his piano from his house and place it into the forest. After Kevin, my husband, and the laws of physics shot down my awesome piano idea…. I pitched another one…

I wanted to do a photo session inspired by the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

Kevin was on board, I knew it was one of his favorites and we had several conversations about why it’s an incredible book. I zeroed in on the character of Atticus Finch, and decided to use him as inspiration for Kevin’s session. I’ve never seen the 1962 movie adaptation, so I looked at stills from the movie and grabbed some ideas for wardrobe from  Mr. Gregory Peck himself. Hopefully sometime in the future I can write more about how I storyboarded this session and where I got the inspiration from. This was my first Inspired Session, so I kept it simple and used a few simple props, a couple wardrobe pieces, and pulled one dominant character trait from the pages of the novel to focus on.

This session was a lot of fun! We started with some more traditional shots for the first half of the session. Kevin is an accomplished pianist and has been teaching piano for a while, so we were delighted to find a small chapel where we could get some shots of him at the piano.

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Next we went headed back to downtown Wake Forest.You probably can’t even graduate high school in this area without having your photo taken in front of a brick building in downtown Wake Forest. =) The bottom right is my favorite.

We began our Inspired session about halfway through after a quick wardrobe change. Downtown Wake Forest has so many interesting spots just waiting to be discovered. This location never caught my eye before, even though I have probably passed it a thousand times!

In the novel, Atticus Finch is usually reading a court case or a huge legal volume, and the love of knowledge  is one of the sub-themes. PS those books were heavy!!

True story, the train hardly ever comes through here (which is why I decided this was safe place to shoot!) so the appearance of the train made this photo about 150% more awesome!

The Gregory Peck inspired glasses were actually prescription glasses owned by my assistant and Kevin’s friend Rebekah. (Hence the squinting)

The next two photos were taken by Rebekah. Great job!

As we ended the session, I asked Kevin for one word to describe Atticus Finch.


Courage in the face of blind hatred and ignorance.

Courage with the awareness that his community, his family, and his children are watching his every move.

Courage with the awareness that he must act with integrity, even if no one is watching.

I love these last images, how he brings elements from the past and the present together.

Living a life of integrity demands courage, whether you are Atticus Finch trying to save an innocent man, or a brand new adult about to experience the world for the first time.

Congratulations Kevin! May you have that kind of courage as you follow God’s path for you.

Bonnie B

A Thrilling Update

In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately…

(You probably aren’t, and that’s ok.)

I’ve been going non-stop.

Taking a 30-hour licensing class in preparation for this.

Keeping these out of trouble:

A little bit of artsy craftsies:

Drank a TON of this:

Took the night off for some Labor Day culture, courtesy of the NC Symphony:

Went to a fashion show with these lovely ladies:

Photos with this cutie and his fam for the second time:

My first senior session of the Fall:

Weddings, weddings weddings!

And those waiting to be married:

I do my best to update the blog, but you can always keep up with me via my Bonnie B facebook page and my Google + account!  Click on “Find Me” in the top menu and stay connected!

Coming soon: more wedding previews!

Bonnie B

Lisa-Senior Session

This is the portrait session that almost didn’t happen. Back in August, Lisa and her mom and I had set up a session in Raleigh at my (favorite) arboretum only to be chased back to our cars by a pretty violent thunderstorm. Lisa was brave, however and the first couple shots you see are of her risking life and limb for that perfect shot I just HAD to get before inspiration left me.  We waited out the storm at Neomonde and instead had a very pleasant Mediterranean dinner together. =)

We rescheduled of course, and below you will see one beautiful girl! Lisa brought some classy, fun clothes and her oh-so-perfect “serious” face and I’m giddy with the results.

Yes, check out that black sky behind her! Love that serious face.

















I’m so excited to share these photos of a very special young lady! Victoria is a dear friend and a member of my church. She recently graduated high school and I was so happy to be able to take her senior portraits! We had a blast wandering all over downtown Raleigh and putting together her outfits. This is one spunky girl, and I love her to death!! Congratulations Victoria!