Professional Homegirl of the Week: Silvie Bonne
1. Social Handles (personal and business)
2. What do you do and what does a day of your work look like?
I am a Belgian Photographer an I'm living in NYC, with my husband and teenage son, since July 2017.
This summer I finished my book 'NYC Guide for Instagrammers'. The guide is a combination of photographs, background information, Instagram tips, and fun facts. It's the book I needed when I first came to The City, but since I couldn't find it in stores, I decided to make it myself. I worked full-time on it for four months: research, photographing, editing, writing ... When I first launched the idea to my publisher it seemed so easy, but it turned out a lot more work than I thought! Despite the tight deadlines and the underestimated work, it still was a lot of fun and now I am quite proud of the result. Since a couple of weeks, the book is for sale in bookstores, museum stores, and online stores.
Since the book is finished, I went back to focus on photographing people. People who visit New York can book a 'Photoshoot Walk' with me. Visitors (individuals, couples, families, friends) can contact me to do a photo shoot during a walk in a photogenic neighborhood. . I take them on a walk, show them the most photogenic places and do a photoshoot. As a result, they have a lasting memory to their visit to this amazing City. These photo walks give me so much energy! It combines everything I love: people, photographing, NYC and walking! Click here to book me
I'm always on the lookout for new projects, collaborations, workshops, possibilities: I worked together with a copywriter who made stories on some photo series and now I have a photo project with two other women I never met IRL: @6eyes1story : a visual dialogue crossing the borders (NYC x BXL x R'DAM).
3. What motivates you?
I'm passionate about photography and I get inspired very easily by people, art, books, and places. I see beauty in everything and everyone. If I could I would photograph 24h a day!
With my book, my photo walks and photo projects, I hope I can inspire people to look in a different way or from a different point of view.
4. How do you balance with your career, side hustles, and your social life?
I don't think I'll ever find the perfect balance! It seems like a day always has too little hours to do everything I want to do. I'm mostly very restless and at the same time in need of rest. I learned to embrace the chaos and ride the waves. The more deadlines I have, the more new ideas I get, so it's a never-ending (fun) story. :)
5. What does Professional Homegirl mean to you?
Connecting with other people who have the same vision, but also with people who are (at first sight) very different from you. A difference in age, origin, color, sex, ideas ... gives you an incredibly broad view of the world and helps you to permanently develop your own vision and creativity and being a PHG means giving each other the help, appreciation, and inspiration to grow professionally and personally.
6.What advice would you give to young women that want to pursue their dreams?
Find your passion and go for it! And most of all: don't compare yourself with others, but follow your own path at your own pace. When I just started I got overwhelmed by how perfect other peoples work looked, but now I know they all put a lot of work and a lot of efforts into it. The good thing is: if you're passionate about something it never feels like work! :)