We had the good fortune of connecting with Bonnie Sizer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bonnie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in Boulder, CO by two parents who were more than happy to encourage interest in the arts. My sister and I were lucky enough to have access to art, dance, and music lessons growing up. My parents also helped put us through college with Liberal Arts degrees. My parents also instilled in us a sense of confidence and the knowledge that we could do anything we wanted. Gender was never a limiting factor in our household. I feel extremely grateful to have grown up in a family, time, and community where women starting their own business is nothing out of the ordinary! All of this led me to eventually embracing photography as a career. To start a business like this you have to recognize and embrace the value of art in our society. You have to live and breathe art. You also have to have confidence in yourself. Having an extremely supportive family is a huge bonus as well! I would not have gotten here without the support of my family.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Building a creative business is hard. It takes a ton of time, commitment, and passion. My goal since starting my business 4 years ago was to build something unique, and I think I’ve done that. My business tagline is BOLD & VIBRANT. This also describes my photo-editing style. My photography is all about celebrating what makes people unique. Inclusion and diversity are key values to my business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a tough question, I don’t think I’m a very interesting person to hang out with! I would probably bring them to a couple local breweries (dog-friendly ones), and maybe for a stroll on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. I’d also take them to Rocky Mountain National Park, especially for a drive on Trail Ridge Road (if it’s open).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, Tania and Bruce, my sister Hillary, and my husband Mike all deserve a ton of credit for helping me get to where I am. They helped me become a creative person, brave enough to start my own business. They also helped my financially while I was still starting out. I am also extremely lucky to have two of the best photographers in the world as friends and business/photography mentors: Moira and Jesse La Plante. Almost everything I know about running a business and taking rad photos I learned from them.