Now is the Start

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I feel that familiar “I’m such a failure at blogging” feeling as I just looked at my last post from OCTOBER 2014. Granted, there has been tragedy and upheaval and sadness and joy and stress and traveling all stuffed into this 5 month silence. There is a giant lump in my throat as I try to type words about losing both my paternal grandparents 49 days apart. The holidays were tough and joyful and fun and somber all at the same time. We just bought our first house, and I’m literally having regular nightmares about it. My little brother recently got married to his perfect match, and I smile and laugh out loud as I edit those photos. Our little Emmaline Jane is growing and talking and learning and defying the odds every day. YOU GUYS, SHE IS SO HEALTHY! There are more words to say about her, and I am working on writing our story. She needs me to write it, and every day I become more sure that God wants us to be very vulnerable and share the story he wrote for us. The photos above are from Easter Sunday, and like every other poor child in the Southern United States….she was forced to take photos outside instead of being allowed to eat and take a nap. It’s a long and glorious tradition. Look at those curls! We didn’t know they existed until the good old North Carolina humidity set in last week. The dress kills me, and she loves her disco shoes and the way they throw sparkles on everything. She’s a mess. I love every bit of her.

I opened an Etsy shop, and I’m still doing sessions and weddings and events! Running a small business and taking care of a family is a hard balancing act, and I’m ok with working less and pouring energy and creativity and love into fewer sessions and events. Many of the people already on the calendar for 2015 are those who have stayed with me for years! I love getting calls and emails and texts from clients who have become friends. They are the heart of Bonnie B. Photography and I could not stay at home and watch my little girl grow up without their loyalty and support. It’s an honor to watch their children grow up, to document their memories, and to be a tiny part of their family history.

I’m dreaming up new ideas and projects! The need for foster families and adoptive families in the US is so great, and I’m looking for ways to advocate and share and hopefully use my words and any influence I have to encourage families to bring home these sons and daughters. I’m also hoping to branch out and help families preserve their memories by offering a photo archiving service. It’s hearbreaking to sort through a loved one’s belongings and find photos that we will never know the story behind. I would love to help families tell those stories, preserve them, and have a family narrative to treasure and read and look at and show to their children and grandchildren.

Well, that is a random assortment of what I have been up to! How about a song?

This song is one of my favorites from A Fine Frenzy. The lyrics are all about a fresh start and renewal and pushing forward. I love the line that says “Unafraid you can name your scars.” You can watch the video if you want! Thanks for being a pal and reading all this.

Bonnie B.

Catanzaro Kids//Wake Forest Family Photographer

I spent last weekend in Atlanta with my BFF and her ridiculously good looking family. We ate way too many cookies, went to the mall, stopped at Starbucks, went to the grocery store, stopped at Starbucks, watched Netflix, stopped at Starbucks….and oh yeah we did a family photo session! Sometimes you simply need to go around the corner to your favorite park and play and be goofy. Thankfully, we had a key to the tennis court! Unfortunately, JoJo and Elli are really really serious kids and they couldn’t really let loose in front of the camera…

Just kidding. Love them to pieces. ::smooch::

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I insisted that they are not allowed to grow up, but they both told me that I could still be THEIR baby…except I’m too big. I’m still not sure what that means, but they are adorable so I just laugh and give them candy. 🙂 Can’t wait to share more!

Bonnie B.

Hello 2014!

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Really, 2014? I feel like 2014 is a number that makes more sense in some futuristic sci fi movie where everyone wears grey jumpsuits and we all have a flying car and robot butlers. (Pretty sure I just mixed up The Jetsons and that new tv show Almost Human…the one with Eomer from The Lord of the Rings… but now he’s a cop with an android as a partner.)

I watched a ton of Hulu and Amazon Prime shows over break, so anyways…

It’s pretty natural to look a shiny brand new year and either be excited about the possibilities or kind of discouraged about the failures and perceived setbacks of the previous year. I think it’s been a bit of both for me. Instead of jumping on the New Year Resolution bandwagon, I’ve decided to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider some personal and professional goals for the year. I’ve been following these goal setting steps from Lara Casey and I love how the very first step is celebrating victories and what worked in 2013. I was amazed at how this exercise really began to spark visions for this year, and how it gently revealed what has been lacking.

So what can I celebrate?

Giving, sharing, serving others.

What is lacking?

Giving, sharing, serving others.

Hmm.

As I have been working through this process, this is basically what God has been saying to my heart:

Look, look at what I accomplished through you when your eyes were fixed on me and not yourself. Look at friendships that deepened and people who became dear to you. Look at those times when Love demanded more than you thought you could give or even wanted to give. Look at the portraits of clients you truly invested yourself in. Look at your marriage and how I’ve transformed it. Look at those risks you took, sharing when you could have been silent, giving when you knew it might get thrown back in your face, reading stories of orphans and praying over them, knowing that they are lost in a system of bureaucracy and paperwork. Look at what I have done and will do if you will simply let me have your heart.

This sharing thing, it doesn’t come easy to me. There are times of sharing to celebrate, but it is still lacking in my life and work. I think this little blog is a great place to share, so I hope to not only share my photography with you, but also the big and little things that make up my whole crazy life. For instance:

Did you know that I teach preschool part-time during the week? Well I do. I spend most of my time there teaching 2 year olds how to-

Yes, you guessed it…

Share.

I hope you can look back at your 2013 list of Victories and Defeats and see Grace scribbled all over the page. God is so good to give me another year to do the work he has for me. I hope to see all of your beautiful faces in front of my camera, and I’m excited to be a part of your story!

Bonnie B.

Book Me for Your Next Session!

Book Me for Your Next Session!

Hey guys! Just a quick post today! I’m slowly updating the site, so check out the “How Much?” tab at the top if you are interested in investing in a Bonnie B. session. You can find the basic info on that page, and I will be glad to email you the entire file that walks you through how to book a session with me. I also have packages for maternity-1 year, and of course wedding packages to fit your needs. Email me at hellobonniebphoto@gmail.com for more info!