During this time of social unrest I thought it would be good to revisit and reemphasize my mission statement as a photographer and business owner.
My goal as a business owner has always been to support minority communities and try to emphasize the voice of those who have been ignored and underrepresented.
Our mission statement is pretty simple and it has appeared on the footer of every webpage on this site since its inception:
Bonnie Photo is a hate-free business where clients of all backgrounds, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and origins are welcome.
Bonnie Photo serves Boulder, Erie, Lafayette, and all surrounding areas of Colorado’s Front Range.
I and my business are anti-racist, anti-homophobia, and anti-fascism.
Having an open mind and truly listening to folks with different backgrounds and experiences than me has always been an important part of my life. I hope this is true for my business partners and clients as well.
I also recognize that as a white person, this is not my moment and my job is to place other voices above mine.
The following are some of my favorite resources for learning about a variety of issues, and some of the organizations I give to whenever I am financially able to (and I encourage you to as well):
My favorite video for explaining why reverse racism is not a thing, it’s less than 3 minutes, and it’s funny.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a fantastic resource with articles, stories, and actionable tools for fighting against hate in your area.
The American Civil Liberties Union has always fought for the underrepresented and is a great resource for seeking to correct injustices you may see firsthand.
Black Lives Matter is another fantastic place to find stories, resources, and updates.
A Google Doc that is recent, updated, and has tons of resources, especially for white allies for how (and why) to support the BLM movement.
An article form 2014 that is (sadly) still relevant: “Why Do They Burn Down Their Own Neighborhood?”
Another older, and still very relevant article: 7 Racially Coded Phrases That Everyone Needs to Stop Saying About Black People
My favorite resource for learning about LGBT+ topics, this includes articles, a glossary of terms, and great, easy to understand infographics: It’s Pronounced Metrosexual
The Trevor Project is a fantastic place to learn about and donate to in order to support the LGBT+ community