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Meet Bonnie Durham of Bonnie Durham Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Durham.

Bonnie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I remember toying around with it back in junior high, taking portraits of my friends, but my real introduction to photography started during college. I didn’t take it seriously at that time.

I took a film photography course and learned how to make prints in the darkroom. It was the science part, the chemicals, the instant picture that seemed so far away from what I wanted to be doing at that time in my life. I wanted to take the time to make paintings and sell them in exhibitions, and for many years I did that.

I also worked for many set designers, prop stylists and photographers on magazine shoots in New York City.  I got to immerse myself in the world of advertising and fashion photography.

Some years later, when I became pregnant with my son, my mind gravitated towards making photography again. As an art form, I needed it at that time, to produce work composed quickly and emotionally charged. I was suddenly (and still am) obsessed with photographing. People are my favorite subjects, but I shoot everything really.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I can’t really complain. I enjoy what I do, I have a loving and supportive family, I get to meet new and inspiring people all the time, and they let me capture them and what they’re passionate about.

I’m happy for my clients, and their trust in my aesthetic. It’s a big deal. But, a forever struggle is not having enough hours in the day. It’s a limitation, the time constraint. It’s annoying sometimes.

Please tell us about Bonnie Durham Photography.
I photograph people and their stories. I shoot a lot of portraits, and some interior and objects, like jewelry and food and drinks. I work with brands and artists, and all types of people. My intent with my clients is to make creative and honest portrayals of who they are and what they do.

I love pushing myself to see different angles and compositions, and to make something new each time. I love a challenge and often seek this out, and welcome ideas from my clients. We truly are creating something together. It’s a beautiful thing.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My family took a trip to Australia via Michigan, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and New Zealand when I was eight or nine years old. I swam in a saltwater pool somewhere in Australia or New Zealand, and can still remember how it tasted and how strange it seemed compared to the chlorine pools we have here in the states.

I have a large family and we traveled down the eastern coast of Australia squeezed into a small RV, stopping at covey beaches along the way. I tried something called Marmite and I held a koala bear at a zoo. I don’t pick favorites, but this trip holds a special place in my heart.

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