BonnieJ Heath Photography, LLC

BonnieJ Heath Photography, LLC

5.0
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

When I enrolled in a basic black and white photo class in college, I was hooked. I loved the creative freedom of capturing beautiful images with a camera. While finishing my degree in architecture, I took every photography class North Carolina State offered. Moving toward a career with a camera, I attended graduate school at Ohio University to study photojournalism. While I worked as a newspaper photographer for several years, I dreamt of running my own business.

I continued to work as a photographer for over a decade, but I was always "working for the man." It wasn't until my husband and I adopted our son Sebastian that I made a break from corporate life to pursue my freelance photography full time.

Since the inception of my business, I've photographed hundreds of weddings and documented other important steps in a family's life... pregnancies, first birthdays, mitzvahs, graduations, marriage proposals and reunions.

Portraits are my current passion. Helping my clients feel beautiful and strong through photography is an experience I hope to continue through the rest of my career.

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Atlanta, GA 30317
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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

My goal is to please every client with a personal approach to their project. After they've contacted me, I reach out to find out more about what their photos will be used for.

For wedding photography, that's easy! Couples usually want to document their day with both posed and candid shots that express their personalities and style.

For portraits and head shots, the motivation for photos can be more nuanced. Is the portrait going to be used for Linkedin or another business web site? Or, is this a portrait for online dating? Or, personal branding for a web site or brochure? Will this be used online or for a print publication? Does the finished image need to be horizontal or vertical?

If my client is interested in glamour or boudoir photography, I try to find out why she is doing the shoot. Is it to celebrate an important milestone? Like turning 40? Or, is this a gift for a partner?


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I discovered photography about half way through college. I loved it so much that I took every photography class North Carolina State offered. Moving toward a career with a camera, I attended graduate school at Ohio University to study photojournalism. I worked as a newspaper photographer for several years. I continued to work as a photographer for over a decade, but I was always "working for the man." It wasn't until my husband and I adopted our son Sebastian that I made a break from corporate life to pursue my freelance photography full time. Since the inception of my business, I've photographed hundreds of weddings and documented other important steps in a family's life... pregnancies, first birthdays, mitzvahs, graduations, marriage proposals and reunions.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

I try to keep my pricing simple. I charge $300 an hour, with edited digital files included. For larger weddings, I charge $50 for a second photographer, and for boudoir and glamour session I include hair and make up for $125.


How did you get started in this business?

When I enrolled in a basic black and white photo class in college, I was hooked. I loved the creative freedom of capturing beautiful images with a camera.


What types of customers have you worked with?

I have worked young couples who are recently engaged, and couples who are celebrating their marriage with anniversary photos.

I have worked with ladies in their 20s taking boudoir photos for their fiances, and I've taken photos of ladies wanted to celebrate their 60th birthday with beautiful glamour photos. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently did a boudoir session for a woman who was feeling like she needed a "boost" for her self esteem. Even though she was very fit and lovely, she rarely liked any photos of herself. After about 15 minutes of taking photos, she warmed up quickly while working with me. This client loved her photos and I think the session helped her see herself as feminine and beautiful.


What advice would you give a customers looking to hire a vendor in your area of expertise?

Take some time to talk to your photographer, in person or over the phone to see if you "click" with them. Please come visit my studio! :)


What questions should customers think through before talking to vendors about their needs?

Price and time of delivery are important. But, feeling comfortable with your photographer is the more important than either of those things!