Photographer Visits News Writing Class

Professional Photographer Ingrid Bonne was a guest speaker in English Professor Paul Gaszak’s ENG 114 class: News Writing on Tuesday, January 24 at the Chicago campus. Students had an opportunity to interview Ingrid about photography tips and her career before engaging in a photography activity.

The News Writing class not only got to learn helpful tips, but also got to interview Ingrid. Ingrid visited the class to explain what her career is like. Photography can be an important part in news writing. This is a chance to show a visualization of what the article is discussing. Having Ingrid in class gave the students an opportunity to learn from a professional and hear her tricks. She told the students, “If you learn what is unique to your couple/subject you take better pictures, but the real trick is lighting.”

Ingrid’s photography interest began when she got a new pet and began taking pictures of it constantly. Soon enough, friends asked her to photograph their pets and eventually she made it her career and quit her job as graphic designer. After realizing there wasn’t a market in pet photography, she decided to do wedding photography as a second shooting. What she loved about wedding photography was all the romance. She said she’s always been a romantic type of person who loves love and hearing couple’s unique stories of how they fell for each other. Now wedding photography is her career focus.

Ingrid says her photography style could be described as colorful, silly, and goofy. Her most important technique is the lighting. She either looks for the light or creates it because it is definitively a fundamental. When editing pictures, she tries to avoid using a lot of filters so that the images look sort of timeless and they don’t look antique as the years pass by. Usually she adds contrast, adds saturation, and makes the whites look whiter and the blacks look darker. Basically, whatever is better to make the image look at its best. The editing process usually takes her an average of 8 hours a day she must deliver her work 4-6 weeks after shooting under contract. As for how many pictures she shoots per wedding, it depends on how long she is hired for. Usually, she is able to shoot about 1,000 pictures per hour plus the ones that the one or two other partner photographers shoot. To make the images more interesting Ingrid aims to find cool, distinctive places that she could shoot pictures at. Her favorite spot is an empty street on Grand and Milwaukee where there is great graffiti, since it’s very urban and different than most places. She likes to take couples there to shoot pictures that are adventurous enough.

When asked to describe her style, Bonne said “fun, vibrant, silly, carefree, wacky, colorful, and romantic.”

Ingrid makes a point to make each couple feel like a friend. To her, this is one of the most important factors when photographing a wedding. She’ll have drinks and food with her clients to make them comfortable and get to know them. As a photographer she is capturing a moment in time and making it timeless. Ingrid Bonne’s favorite wedding day shot is the speeches and toasts. These shots are the most organic, because the couple is actually reacting to their guests. These are the most authentic moments. “Weddings are such an intimate thing. I am quite a hopeless romantic and when it comes to love I bought it” Bonne expressed to the class.

Ingrid likes to be a part of the most important day in people’s lives, but she wants to see her family more. Ingrid really seems to love her job and falls in love with each relationship. She took this hobby and built it into a lifestyle that she gets to enjoy every day.

Ingrid said that if you truly believe in yourself, you can do anything and with that she is now shooting around 25 weddings a year. She still finds it difficult to run her own business. During the interview she revealed what her favorite and least favorites parts are to owning a business. Her favorite part is getting to make her own hours. She likes how she can take off when she wants and work strange hours. Her least favorite part is the business side. She loves photography, but having to do the finances and marketing gets hard.

After the class interviewed Ingrid, they were then told to write words on the whiteboard that were abstract ideas. Then Ingrid went on to pick a few words that she thought would work for the assignment which was to go off campus and take pictures that describe the word that each student chose, examples of words were “adventure” and “hope”. Students were then told to post their pictures to the classes Google community so that they could discuss once they all came back to campus.

If anyone is interested in talking to Ingrid Bonne, you can contact her through email at, by phone number at 773.991.2400, her website, or her facebook page at

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