When I started my journey of photography years ago, it was my goal to plan perfectly detailed and intricately staged shots. I would overly prepare, stress and cause myself so much anxiety because I thought my photography had to look "perfect". Newborns had to be soundly sleeping with smooth skin, children had to be smiling and posed just right, families had to be having fun and full of love. Well, we all know that just isn't reality. Newborns can be fussy, children can be unpredictable, and lets face it families aren't always having a ball. Life is messy and unplanned most of the time! You can prepare all you want, but more times than not we all just have to humbly go with the flow.
As I've matured not only as a photographer, but as a person as well, I've learned that the moments which provoke the most emotion reside in the unplanned and spontaneous instances in our lives. Of course it is lovely to get "the shot". But, for me, the magic is in between the staged shots when things are unplanned and flowing naturally. When these magic moments are captured and viewed, it is then that my client FEELS their session went perfectly.
It is my goal to provide the contrast of beautifully posed images, as well as unplanned and real. Catching authentic expressions on little ones faces, while trying to grab big smiles. Real moments, as well as those fun planned shots. Striving to get the perfect shot, but capturing real life in the meantime. When this is achieved, my clients and myself as the artist are most satisfied.
"Suzanne is an extraordinary artist with the camera. She recently conducted an outdoor session with my 2-year-old granddaughter and the results were simply OUTSTANDING. She captured her personality perfectly. Suzanne instinctively builds a rapport with her subject, gains their trust and produces an array of stunning pictures ... overcoming all the challenges of working with one so small and unpredictable. Ultimately, the biggest challenge was ours which was, simply, to decide which photo to choose for the large, framed portrait in our front hall!"
~Client, Gary Schmidt