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Boudoir Photography

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Boudoir photography is an expression of feminine sensuality. This experience has been life changing for many of my clients. It celebrates a God-given part of a women' being, that's often suppressed. It builds confidence in women when they see themselves from a different perspective, perhaps that of a lover. My mission is to show real women of all ages, shapes, and sizes their sensual beauty with this self-love experience. I will help them gain a new appreciation for their wonderful gift: their body: as it is today, right now, not 20lbs from now. I have several male clients who've also wanted to appreciate and document themselves at this time of their lives.

Family Portraits

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Moments are fleeting, but memories with precious loved ones can last a lifetime in a family portrait. Capturing that wonderful day when your entire family was together and having those portraits on the walls of your home, become the most valuable heirlooms you own as time passes. Make it a tradition, at least once every few years, to purposely exist in photographs with your family, to be passed on from your generation to the next and so on.
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The Photographer


I'm Bonnie Donovan.
I love to document that bond of love that families share with one another through passionate documentary style images, as well as portrait sitting to create art that becomes a family's heirloom over time. I specialize in Boudoir/Glamour Portraits. I love to empower real women and men, with a sense of confidence and beauty, through intimate portraiture. My areas of expertise are portraits of any kind, including Corporate and Acting Head-Shots, Grad Photoshoots and Mermaid Portraits on the beach. I also love to shoot Engagement and Maternity Portraits.
It brings me great joy to serve my clients in providing these lasting memories of special times of their lives, shared with special people. I have almost 40 years experience in photography, having invested many years of study in photography and digital post processing.
I would love to hear from you about how you would like to be photographed.
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Portraits & Headshots

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Virtually, every professional needs an impressive head shot at some point in their career. Portray your brand and professionalism with a great image on your website, business card, or sign. Indoor and outdoor head shots are done all year round.
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Mermaid Styled Photography

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Capture a Mermaid this summer with a very special portrait session! Are you looking for a great gift for little girl, (sized 6-8), a high school senior girl or would you like to have a Mom and Daughter Mermaid Portrait? Look no further! A mermaid styled photo session can be for any mermaid aged from 5 -65 years!
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Project Mermaid Okanagan


Project Mermaid Okanagan was founded in 2014, as an environmental awareness campaign where my photographs of mermaids seduce visitors and residents to take a look at the threat of invasive mussel species and to be watchful to keep them away from our lakes. I’ve been pleased with the reviews and support I’ve received from the community on this project. If you'd like to become a mermaid, contact us for more information on how you can take part in your own photo shoot this summer! This is a great way to draw attention to some of the ecological threats facing our valleys lakes, and an even better reason to become a mermaid in art!

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Word on the Street

  • ~ Sherry Cote
    I can not express how grateful I am to Bonnie whose expertise and eye for detail completely captured the essence of the evening, incredible photo's that I will cherish forever. All of my guests commented on how absolutely beautiful her work was, she made us all look like movie stars at the Academy Awards!
    ~ Sherry Cote
    March, 2014
  • Amanda Niicole
    Working with ​Bonnie​ has been a blast each time; she is encouraging and really makes you feel so good about yourself and your body. She is adept at providing a comfortable and judgement-free environment. Her photos are masterful; I would describe her style as whimsical realism. Bonnie is personable, open, and very honest in a way that isn't overwhelming nor aggressive. She has such an eye for that magical, ethereal lighting and can make any woman feel like an absolute Goddess - because we all are!
    Amanda Niicole
    May, 2016
  • ~ Katie Kirk
    Finally, I can look at myself from the outside how I thought people saw me, and how I felt I looked from the inside. I am ready to feel it all and be fully alive and present to the joy and challenge of being a woman in this body in order to more fully become myself and I will never be able to repay Bonnie for working to shine her light through my darkness to feel beautiful and sensual again. I strongly recommend that EVERYONE go through this process for self awareness reasons, themselves and give yourself the gift of looking at yourself in a new perspective and in the ways others see you that you might not see
    ~ Katie Kirk
    November, 2016
  • ~ Dr. Mark Fromberg
    I have never done a formal photographic portfolio before, but, having just ended a 30-year professional career, I thought the time was right--to celebrate my accomplishments, to essentially document, in photographs, that I have lived. Although I was aware that most of her work was with women, Bonnie had no hesitation in taking me on, collaborating with me, and getting me comfortable with her suggestions for some great shots. We spent several hours together taking hundreds of images, and I am proud to say that the results were extraordinary--easily the best photographs of me I have ever seen. Just having them to look at and share has empowered me in ways I did not expect; I would highly recommend Bonnie's experience and professionalism to bring out the very best in you. You will never feel more proud of yourself!
    ~ Dr. Mark Fromberg
    January, 2016
  • ~Donna Sheppard
    The photos Bonnie took, when I first viewed them, were absolutely mesmerizing. Talk about an out-of-body experience!. They revealed a side of me I haven’t met or consciously thought about for years (I’m 72). Instead of preparing myself to cringe or feel embarrassed, I saw the woman I secretly have always wanted to see... poised, radiant, beautiful... I was 100% satisfied with my purchase and cannot wait to pick up the rest of my package (I already have my phone app, which is awesome!) Thanks Bonnie, you’re the best."
    ~Donna Sheppard
    October, 2016
  • - Carrie zu Putlitz
    I had an incredible experience at Bonne Belle Boudoir Photography. I felt so at ease which even surprised me because usually I need to warm up to people first. Bonnie was extremely professional and made sure that I felt comfortable right away. She is a genius with makeup and her studio was beautiful. I recommend her to anyway one who wants to take a step out of their own skin and see themselves in a completely different light. I am not a small girl and i was quite worried that my chubbiness would overtake and I of course am my own worst critic but when i saw some of the shots, my breath was completely taken away. Best experience ever and definitely a keepsake in my time line to look back on when i'm older. Much love
    - Carrie zu Putlitz
    October, 2016
  • ~ LauraMay Demitor
    As a birthday surprise for my love; I did a photoshoot with Bonnie of Bonnie Belle Boudoir. I was so nervous and self-conscious going in, but that didn't last long! Bonnie is amazing, she set me right at ease, we laughed, we joked, we collaborated and the end result was...to me...shocking! I had no idea I could be so beautiful, sensual, sexy and confident! Thank you Bonnie, not only for helping me gift my husband the most beautiful photographs and video (for those times he works away!), but for helping me to see my own beauty. I thought I would never show anyone but him, but honestly, they are so tasteful and pretty, I would (and have) shown girlfriends who I hope will do this too. What a boost for a gal's self-esteem!!! Thank you Bonnie Belle Boudoir, you rock!!!
    ~ LauraMay Demitor
    October, 2016
  • ~Dr. Mark Fromberg
    I really did enjoy the experience.... it felt like I was a movie star in my own movie for a day! I felt very comfortable throughout the afternoon of the shoot, and more relaxed as the day progressed. It was easy to collaborate with you on the fly to get the best shots in areas of my home you had not seen before. The number of really great photos you were able to provide me was unprecedented--I have never seen so many from one afternoon. The photos have done me a great service--both improving how I see myself, and now, how I can show others of what I have become. I feel great about them! I really like the philosophical point on your website, that underscores that pictures show that we have lived, really lived.
    ~Dr. Mark Fromberg
    October, 2016
  • ~ Brittany Trombley
    We thought you were a fantastic photographer! You made us feel comfortable and at ease and you were very accommodating and helpful as we were picking out our wedding date and location for pictures. We were extremely pleased with our pictures... more than we had asked for; with a variety of poses and unique ideas. Not to mention the fact that you provided us with a beautiful slideshow that went above and beyond what we had expected...thanks again! We have referred you and have only positive things to say about having you as our photographer.
    ~ Brittany Trombley
    April, 2016
  • ~Deborah Betts
    I have always mentioned your name and always say how pleased I am. I use your photograph for all my business advertising and have no intention of changing them for awhile. They captured me on a day where I look rested, polished, professional and feminine. You are sweet to deal with and I definitely would use you and still want you to do some shots of my daughter and I if and whenever she comes to Kelowna.
    ~Deborah Betts
    March, 2016
  • ~ Judy Jones
    Bonnie you are an amazing photographer and absolutely loved working with you. Yes I felt super comfortable and relaxed and it was really fun doing our photo shoot with you. I was thrilled with my photos and loved loved loved them. I've been using them for my head shots for my acting portfolio and auditions. I feel really beautiful and I have received my complements as well as tons of likes on Facebook when I used them for my profile pictures as well. You were very easy to work with and I liked you right away. You have a beautiful energy and spirit and I loved working with you
    ~ Judy Jones
    April, 2016
  • ~Amanda Niicole
    ​MAGICAL. The photos are beautiful, tasteful, artful, and mysterious. They are a fantasy brought to life, and into light. They were better than I could have hoped for and I literally CANNOT wait until we do the next shoot!! And to post them online; my friends are going to go nuts. I just had so much fun I am champing at the bit to get back in the saddle. Or I suppose to get undressed in front of a camera once more because I LOVE the feeling that it gives me. Love, love. It is empowering and fantastical and spiritual in a way. It helps me connect to me - a meditation of sorts.
    ~Amanda Niicole
    March, 2016
  • ~Sarah Thompson
    I loved having you as my photographer, I was really relaxed and enjoyed myself a lot. I felt empowered when I saw my photos, they made me feel that I am worthy and beautiful. I kept saying ‘’wow, that’s me!’’ lol. I have already told people about you and I will tell more. I will tell them that you are very professional and kind, super fun and that you made me comfortable. And that there’s no way they would be disappointed. Thanks Bonnie!
    ~Sarah Thompson
    January, 2016
  •  ~ Rose Sexsmith
    Bonnie is smart, has a great eye, she's creative and focused and I have no doubts that Bonnie is going to do great & wonderful things in her new venture and I wish her all the very very best.​
    ~ Rose Sexsmith
    December, 2015
  • ~Sue Willis, Director of Marketing, Pets and People Visiting Society
    Bonnie's ​photographs truly captured the spirit and compassion of our organization and we were so very appreciative of her time and talent. Many of her photos are on our website as listed below and are used in our promotional displays. We would be very happy to recommend Bonnie as a photographer and would be delighted to work with again.
    ~Sue Willis, Director of Marketing, Pets and People Visiting Society
    December, 2014
  • ~ Jan Woolsey, Swinging with the Stars Coordinator, Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    ​I ​am pleased to recommend Bonnie and know that she will give 110% in everything she takes on.Bonnie is a true professional and her photographic skills are evident in her work she has done for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. I can not express how grateful I am to Bonnie whose expertise and eye for detail completely captured the essence of the evening, incredible photo's that I will cherish forever.
    ~ Jan Woolsey, Swinging with the Stars Coordinator, Central Okanagan Hospice Association
    December, 2015
  • ~ Debra Terry
    I had an amazing experience with a true professional, this New Year has been a challenging one for sure and I needed something to help with my self esteem and wanted to do something for me, this was by far the best decision I have made, Bonnie even said I resemble Raquel Welsh. Try the black outfit for curvy women!!
    ~ Debra Terry
    May, 2017
  • ~ Barb Ferrier
    Bonnie - thank you for an amazing photographic experience. I'm so glad I followed through on this bucket list item. Your creative flair, warm personality, sense of humour and professionalism made it a day to remember. Thank you! I will be recommending you to my friends, especially the ones my age! What a great way to celebrate middle age!!
    ~ Barb Ferrier
    March, 2017
  • ~ Roy Kunicky
    A wonderful experience. Bonnie is a real professional. She spent a few minutes getting to know me ans was able to capture me in a photo that upon posting in my social media receive over 30 compliments. I will gladly recommend Bonnie to all my business as well as personal relationships. I now consider her a friend. Thanks a million Bonnie
    ~ Roy Kunicky
    October 2016
  • ~ Chris Gibson
    I just reviewed a full photo album that Bonne Belle did for Kelownas largest fundraiser "Swinging With The Stars" and Bonnie's work is bordering on brilliant! The colours and clarity are simply amazing. I would highly recommend her for any photography job!
    ~ Chris Gibson
    May 2016
  • ~Deborah Betts
    I have always mentioned your name and always say how pleased I am. I use your photograph for all my business advertising and have no intention of changing them for awhile. They captured me on a day where I look rested, polished, professional and feminine. You are sweet to deal with and I definitely would use you and still want you to do some shots of my daughter and I if and whenever she comes to Kelowna.
    ~Deborah Betts
    March, 2016
  • ~Alexandria Kane
    Absolutely loved this shoot! Bonnie made me feel so comfortable and welcome. It was fun trying new ideas and then seeing the amazing end result. I loved the photo shoot. I felt extremely comfortable. I would say it was an amazing experience and she is crazy talented. I can't wait to work with her again in the future
    ~Alexandria Kane
    May, 2016
  • ~ Sheri-lee VoigtNewcombe
    Thank you soo soo very much Bonnie! Absolutely love all of them! Thank you for taking the extra time with us that you did and for guiding us along the shoot! It was perfect and so much fun! So excited!You are amazing! I will take the time to down load after clients as well as vote for you for top in Kelowna for photography.
    ~ Sheri-lee VoigtNewcombe
    April, 2016
  • ~ Amanda Niicole
    The mermaid shoot was a fantastic experience. It was so cool to fulfill that fantasy that I feel like so many girls grow up having if they've ever seen The Little Mermaid! The photos were absolutely stunning; it made me feel like I was the star in my very own grown-up Disney movie! I will 100% do it again if I was ever given the offer. It was so amazing and I had the most wonderful time.
    ~ Amanda Niicole
    May 2016
  • ~Laura May Demitor
    Oh Bonnie, what a great gift that was to give my husband!!! David was absolutely thrilled and so happy that I did the photos for him! He's going to take his time and choose which one he would like to have enlarged for our bedroom. The video just took the whole thing, right over the top!!! Thank you so much for taking such beautiful pictures of me!!!
    ~Laura May Demitor
    October, 2016
  • ~ Bobbi Moger
    What a fun experience it was doing my boudoir photos! It was like playing dress up in all of Bonnie's beautiful lingerie. She was very professional and made me feel comfortable . I had no idea what to expect ,but the pictures and slideshow turned out amazing ! My husband thinks so too!
    ~ Bobbi Moger
    November, 2016
  • ~Patti Larsen
    Bonnie...I have been brought to tears lately with some of your amazing photo shoots and posts!! Thank you for making women embrace their absolute beauty and the greatness of who they were made to be. I absolutely adore you and the work you do. Finally ... a place where women can be totally encouraging for other women!!
    ~Patti Larsen
    May 2017