White Mocha Obsessed
Disney Ride Addict
True Crime Enthusiast
Heliophilous (yep, its a thing)
Artist - Photographer
The first thing you should know about me is that I believe in sarcasm and optimism. (Is that considered an oxymoron?) Plus, I'm often quoting movies and I sing... terribly and often. (You were warned.) Beyond that, I've been married to my best friend, Ron, for more than half my life and we have three grown kids, an Australian Shepherd named Shadow, who speaks in full sentences, and a sweet old cat named Bully, who was born under my daughter's bed. I also love Disneyland in December, and I'm somewhat obsessed with true crime, travelling, binge watching ALL THE SHOWS, and answering social media comments with GIFs.
I've always been an artist; drawing, painting, ballet, theater... As a second generation photographer, I still have the first fully manual photo that I photographed and developed in my dad's dark room at the age of 9. But like a lot of kids who want to be their own person, I fought it. I wanted to do anything BUT photography simply because that was what my dad and brother were both doing. I rebelled away from photography as much as I could. But my imagination and drive to learn about people, cultures and discovering beauty eventually brought me back to photography. And so I eventually returned... to the dark side. Now, I'm in my 10th year of business and I'm an award winning artist who's work has been published in photography books, blogs, magazines, lifestyle publications, as well as book covers.
I love to have fun and laugh a lot. I also prefer your images to have a more natural, truly authentic feel. So you'll discover that I like to give light direction and ask questions to help bring out your personality and create moments instead of poses. I'd love to hear about your photography needs! So lets talk and have some fun!
Fun Fact: Two years after establishing Bonell Photography, we discovered that Ron's great, great uncle, Frederick Bonell, had been a portrait photographer in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in the late 1800's. I have since collected several of his print cards that also contain his own logo of "Bonell Photography" on the back and I proudly display a few of these in my studio and home. Cool huh?
Fun Fact: I was born near Cape Canaveral, in Melbourne, Florida the same year Disney World opened just a few miles away, the same town that Jim Morrison (lead singer of The Doors) is from, and two of my grandpas worked for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. My parents moved our family (including a cat) to Washington State a week after my first birthday... by car... I can't even imagine!
"We love, love, love them!
Thank you so much. These are more beautiful than we even hoped for.
Thank you for photographing our destination elopement and for taking such gorgeous photos of us.
You have a gift in capturing people."
Heather & Ken
"Wow! There are no words to thank you enough for how fabulous you were at our wedding last Saturday.
We appreciate your flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm.
You were absolutely amazing!”
Kelly & Chad
"I LOVE them!! And I just love
the Little Black Book!
I can't wait to do this again!
...I had so much fun, I'm
doing this EVERY year.”
"Thank you so much for being there to capture our day!!
We are loving the photos!
So many great photos, hard to pick just a few to share!
Thanks Bonell Photography”
Jordan & Stephen
"My boudoir session with Juli was one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my life. The photos are beautiful and Juli is the best person to work with! You can't find better when you've found a great photographer who's become a fantastic friend.
Thank you Juli!"
"Eekkk thank you soooooooo much!! They are beautiful! Gosh, I totally want to just do it again! Our wedding could have been straight out of a magazine.
I love them all!”
Jamie & Bob
"I think this is the beginning of a