Bonnie Edelman was born in New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College on an academic and athletic scholarship.
Having been raised in a family of artists and architects, Bonnie was always creating. Whether it was sculpture, painting, jewelry making and interior design, she has always had an intense need to express herself through creativity. Fashion was an all encompassing self expression so it was because of this idea of materializing thoughts, desires and inspirations that she decided to devote her career to the editorial side of the fashion industry.
After an internship at Rolling Stone Magazine and then formally starting her career as the assistant to the Fashion Director at Seventeen Magazine, Bonnie moved through the ranks at Glamour Magazine and MTV. She then settled into the position of Travel Editor at Sports Illustrated, where she navigated the world producing exotic and inspiring photo shoots for the magazine’s annual Swimsuit Issue. It was during this time spent in The Islands of the Maldives, Ecuador, Venezuela and Kenya, to mention a few, while working closely with pho- tographers like Sante D’Orazio, Russell James and Fransesco Scavullo, that Bonnie realized she was on the wrong side of the lens.
It was at that moment that photography replaced all else in Bonnie’s life. Following her marriage to John Edelman in 1998, she moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut where they still live with their two children. Bonnie started her fine art portrait photography business out of her home, juggling motherhood and her passion for photography.
Now, residing between New York City and Connecticut, Bonnie’s photographs have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the north east, while being privately collected by celebrities such as Heidi Klum and Rob Thomas and a diverse, loyal fan base around the world. She continues to do black and white portraits for others, while living out her own visions during her frequent travels and in her own back yard.
Photographers from whom I’ve learned through classes and workshops….
- Mary Ellen Mark
- Sylvia Plachy
- Keith Carter
- Joyce Tenneson
- Francesco Scavullo