Hello! An early thank you for considering me to capture the beauty and magic of your wedding day! I have loved photography from the moment I picked up my dad’s old film Nikon at age 11 and started photographing the lilies in the garden. Since then, I’ve had a lot of practice and experience, and my passion has blossomed into a career.
I love shooting weddings – there is no singularly greater and more meaningful day in a couple’s new life together. I want to capture your wedding in its most beautiful and true form, shooting in a photo documentary style that blends the real emotions as they happen in the beautiful surroundings without intrusion or staging. I’ve been shooting weddings since 2002, and have fine tuned my style into a photo documentary approach with a knack for great timing, a solid sense of composition, and an ability to see the fine details that make your day unique. My favorite wedding work is made up of images that capture emotion and genuine moments happening in real time, in a way that doesn’t impede on your day.
Susannah’s Experience in the Field
I’ve been blessed with the most incredibly adventurous life so far. I am based out of Colorado Springs, CO, but have traveled all over the globe to cover wedding days. Some of the most memorable locations have been a mountaintop lodge in the Swiss Alps, a 1500 year old village in Provence, France, a beautiful estate in Holland that was once the summer home of Napoleon, and King Henry the 8th’s summer castle just south of London. However – what makes weddings so wonderful is not necessarily the location, but the LOVE felt from those present! (One of the best weddings I ever covered was a simple back yard BBQ in Fredericksburg, VA)! I have been incredibly lucky to cover all types of weddings, big and small. They are each unique, beautiful, and special in their own ways.
I started my career in photo journalism. I learned to photograph on-the-go, in the moment, and proudly, with our US soldiers. I covered President Obama during his inauguration with the White House Press Corps while working for CBS News in Washington, DC. I traveled with the Presidential Motorcade, speeding at 80 miles an hour throughout DC, from one location to the next while people watched from the sidewalks in awe. The morning after President Obama’s inauguration, he walked right up to me in the Green Room of the White House, saying “it’s so nice to meet my media folks, the ones who will be taking care of me for the next few years. What’s your name?” I stumbled a bit, (what WAS my name, again?) but got it out. This was about the time that I interviewed with National Geographic at their headquarters in DC. I sat down across the desk from the guy who produced David Attenborough’s “Planet Earth” series and was stared down by the six (!) Emmy Awards sitting on his desk in front of me.
As it turned out, I didn’t deliver the reel of video he requested to assist the videographers at Nat Geo. Nor was I going to take care of Mr. Obama, as he indicated when asking my name. I left within several months for my assignment abroad living in England while traveling frequently all over Africa to cover US AFRICOM and NATO affairs. This job sent me throughout Africa for weeks at a time, covering US and African political and military engagements. I gained invaluable experience while in Africa – both working under serious political pressures as well as difficult environmental conditions. I’ve lived behind check points and armed military members in African hotels through some not so pleasant times during Ghadafi’s rule, and I’ve been served dinner by men donning AK-47s. I’m also proud to say that my images have been used in briefs to Congress to help continue funding for training programs of African military by US military. I’ll never forget the time I was in Morocco and received the phone call saying, “the 4-star General and Commander needs access to your images to brief Congress tomorrow!”
And now? The last year has been the most exciting time of my life to date: I got married, planted roots in Colorado with my wonderful husband whom I met while working in England. And we are new parents to a darling little boy! It’s a totally new chapter for me, a 180, a life changer! Parenthood is an entirely new ballgame, and I’m loving all of its complexities and simplicities. It’s been the happiest, most fulfilling time for me yet in life.
Anyone has the ability to show up with expensive camera equipment to cover your wedding day.. but those beautiful shots will only be available for one day, one time. I believe my unique experience with the military around the globe has given me a well trained eye and quick reflexes to capture your greatest day in natural moments of interaction and love. And I believe one is either born (or not) with the ability to compose and frame a scene happening in real time, and turn it into art. As a past bride of mine stated, “Susannah was able to meticulously involve herself in the most important moments, and yet, we never noticed that she was there – that’s amazing!”
I strive to capture all of the wonderful things that make a wedding so special. It’s a responsibility, and an honor to record those moments that you will share with generations to come. I cannot wait to tell your story, and capture this incredibly meaningful and special time for you!