In her thirty plus year career as a professional photographer, Bonnie St.Pierre has certainly acquired all the skills necessary to be an award winning camera shutter operator, however, her passion leads her over and over again down a more challenging road...
No matter what the subject, Bonnie strives to utilize a technique that manually introduces the play of light and shadow, defined as chiaroscuro and tenebrism in painting terms, in her photographs. Doing so provides dimension and mood in the image, the goal being to draw the eye directly to the story or message that is then revealed to the viewer.
This expressive and often dramatic style, and her own personal experiences with family, love and loss, is at the root of every one of Bonnie's creations. She passionately desires to provide a photographic image that is specifically meaningful to each of her clients today, and , to their descendants tomorrow. Often, this also involves setting a stage to support the story that is being told in the image. This makes Bonnie's work stand apart in an industry flooded with the mediocrity that is the result of automated point and shoot technology.
The attention to detail in photography, plus her years as a business owner herself, also provides a great advantage to companies that hire her to produce images for their marketing, to help them stand out from their competitors.
Over the years, for the sake of good business practice, Bonnie tried to include other more economical and trendy, marketable, works in her portrait services. Time and again though, her deepest satisfaction was realized when she knew that she'd created something of lasting value to her client in the form of a visual masterpiece. These were the moments when her clients displayed their highest emotional response, which was in turn inspiring and motivating to continue to reach for beyond the ordinary. This struggle for general business success warred with her compulsion to put the time and effort into producing extraordinary images, until she finally reached the day where she realized that trying to compromise was holding her back from both. She took a deep breath, and decided to follow her muse. Now, Bonnie accepts commissions only from those who find joy in the emotion and depth that comes from art, who want a custom creation in one of her photo illustrated and authored storybooks or on their wall.
Bonnie's portrait work is provided in three classifications, StoryBooks for a limited number of clients annually, plus StoryPAGE and Seasons Wall Portraits. The stories in the images range from fantasy to childhood whimsy, and snippets of real moments, relationships, and interactions in all stages of every day life. She uses the memories of special moments in her own life, for which she is so extremely grateful, and conversation with her clients as inspiration for the timeless portrait that she wants to provide to them and their families.
The beauty of the image is orchestrated in an art form reminiscent of the oil painting masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Renoir, with a distinct influence of humor and warmth from American illustrator, Norman Rockwell. It's no wonder that her photography is often described as looking like a painting. They share the same essence, using today's limitless photographic tools in place of oils and brushes.
This may all sound so artsy-fartsy, but the good news is that Bonnie St.Pierre is a real, down to earth person, just like you. She is high energy, personable, loves life, with all the new experiences it presents, and loves to laugh. She has similar interests, the same hopes, fears, family values and devotion to pet that you have. Your children will be at ease with her and have lots of fun. The experience of working with her in the creation of your StoryBook or one-of-a-kind portrait is one you will hold onto in your heart as one of your own great memories.
For you business people, you and your staff or co-workers will be pleased that you chose to step up to the next level and hire Bonnie for creating the words or photos you need for your company's marketing. The detail she applies to her portrait work is the direct result of her skills in commercial photography, and her passion for the creation of effective written copy and images for companies runs just as deep. She will turn on the full force of her enthusiasm of these services from B. St.Pierre Studio towards your project, creating exactly what you need to attract your next customers.
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