I have been lucky enough to have been photographing people, and especially women of all shapes sizes and ages for almost fifteen years. I love creating an experience for my clients where they can celebrate who they are now, as well as who they want to be, and let their inner beauty and personality shine through. I strive to create exceptional contemporary portraits, inspired by fashion, beauty, and sculpture.
A photo shoot experience should be a fantastic fun filled confidence boost as well as a relaxing pampering experience.
I work from my private, welcoming, fully-equipped studio in a picturesque seafront square in Hove, East Sussex. I also have a number of Sussex venues I use for location shoots, along with studio spaces in London, and Toronto, Canada. I travel extensively and I am available for commissions anywhere in the world.
Born in Canada, I moved to the UK in 1998 after studying sculpture at York University (Toronto, Canada). I originally took up photography to capture my own art - however, after working in a studio for a couple of years, I developed a passion for combining sculpture and photography in photographing people. I love making people feel good about themselves and took up photography full time in 2002. Since then I have had the pleasure of creating many beautiful images of many beautiful people.
Throughout my career, my work has been published widely in national and international press and I have worked with numerous celebrities, musicians, actors, authors, performers, designers and stylists .
Why shoot with me?
I create exceptional stylish and tasteful portraits and portfolios, and I pride myself in making my subjects feel comfortable, confident to get the best from them. I'm a perfectionist and am passionate about what I do.
It may come as a surprise to you but a photo shoot can be a really liberating and enjoyable experience. We are all beautiful, but sometimes this is hidden to us. I thrive on the challenge showing people how great they can look and to hopefully see themselves in a more kind way - and feel good about what they see.
You don't need to know how to pose, or what to wear, or how to be a model. I will be there to help you throughout the shoot with lots of encouragement and direction so you get the kind of stylish flattering images you were hoping for when you walk in the door. I have years of experience working with everyday people as well as with professional models.
We’re all sensitive to our fears about how our bodies look (yes, me too!) and a lot of people are uncomfortable of having a camera turned on them, but the photo shoot experience and seeing your finished images can be an incredibly empowering confidence boost. What you get with me is not just an amazing pampering day, but an experience with which you can learn to love your body – whatever shape, size or age you are.
“I Loved every minute of my photo shoot, and I love my photographs! I wish I could do it all again! I have been raving about Susie to all my friends. Every woman should do a boudoir photo shoot at least once in her life!” Marie P. Hove
“Would I recommend doing a photo shoot with Susie? YES!!!I had a really fun time and ended up with some really great photographs, which I am very happy with. Susie was really professional and made me feel at ease and good about myself, which really helped. She was fantastic and I would recommend her to everyone!" Sarah N. Hampshire
"My experience was amazing, made me feel special and glamorous for a few hours...The hair and make up was excellently done and I love my photos! They have had so many 'likes' on Facebook and are really causing a bit of a stir!! I'm booking my best friend in next year for her 40th birthday!" Jen J. London
If you have an idea that isn't listed here... drop me a line. I love challenge, so it is worth asking!
STYLED PORTRAITS (includes make-up and hair styling)
Make-up and hair styling can really add to a woman's mystique and charms... Working with your best assets we will transform you and find your inner diva. What an amazing experience it is to see how great you can look. I am trained in make-up myself and also work with top stylists and other make-up artists. Together we can work with what you have and teach you how to bring out your best features. We can do a femme fatale or an natural ingénue... Great for all ages from teenagers to the mature woman it is a great chance to explore your femininity and boost your confidence.
I believe every woman at some point in her life would benefit from a boudoir photo shoot for so many different reasons. It will be empowering, and great for your self esteem and you will treasure your beautiful photos forever. We start with a pampering hair and makeup session before the shoot where you can be as shy or as daring as you want to be. I have loads of props, feathers corsets and millions of ideas so we can come up with some images you will love from whether your style is sexy, fresh faced and simple or you fancy conjuring your inner femme fatale.
FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY AND MODEL PORTFOLIOS
Fashion is as fast-changing as the times in which we live. To get your image noticed you need to have an edge whether you are new to the industry or updating your portfolio. I love to sculpt the body into forms to reflect and complement the current styles and capture different aspects of a model’s individual look.
I am experienced and patient in working with new models and am happy to give lots of encouragement and advice about how to pose. I'm happy to share my experience and give you some tips on the industry. The shoots usually start with make-up and hair styling and we will aim to shoot between 4-6 outfits.
I am love producing inspiring look books and working on other commercial commissions and publication projects.
CORPORATE OR PROFESSIONAL PORTRAITS
For individuals who need professional images for their websites, Linkedin, Spotlight or other numerous other social media blogs. In the past I have done profile images for CEOs, dentists, architects, designers, surgeons, psychologists, authors, yoga teachers, to pastry chefs and many other professionals as well as numerous commissions for dating website profiles and personal blogs. Every profile is different so we can discuss what might suit your personal requirements.
CD COVERS AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL FOR ARTISTS
I particularly love working with other creative people and understand how important and how challenging it can be to capture your image and get it ‘just right’. Often, publicity and promotion can be a chore – you just want to do your music, your art, right. I get that and so I make it as easy and as fun as possible. You tell me your concepts, I work out how we create them and we capture some awesome images..
PORTRAITS FOR COUPLES, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
Everyone loves capturing moments in time, both for posterity as well as for, let’s face it, for sharing on social media! A professional photo shoot is a great idea to mark an engagement, birthday, graduation, or just getting the family together. A lot of my portraiture clients are women who have done a boudoir shoot or a makeover with me and now want to look fabulous in a different style with their children, partners, or families. We can discuss what kind of shoot would suit your needs (whether it is on location or in the studio.)
BURLESQUE, PIN-UP AND VINTAGE GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a chance for a woman to revel in her femininity, to feel like the femme fatale of our fantasies. This style of photography is timeless and, although it leaves a lot to the imagination, it is smolderingly sexy. Look to Hollywood sirens of days gone for inspiration, or maybe to vintage fetish queen Bettie Page, or modern retro divas like Dita von Teese. I have a full range of vintage, boudoir and burlesque props in my fabulous dressing-up box and I’m always open to hearing about your own ideas (and fetishes!). You can keep it kitsch and cheesecake, or be sultry and seductive – it’s entirely up to you. We do cater for transgender community and boylesque shoots too!
A fantastic girly day out and loads of fun, Makeover Parties are great for adolescents and teens and women of all ages. Bring along your own refreshments, each guest will receive a makeover and hairstyling session before an individual photo session. Finish the shoot of with some fun and silly shots of you all together. A makeover party is a great way to capture the love and laughter between you and your closest friends. Book a session to celebrate a birthday or other special occasions. Call me for details.
T E S T I M O N I A L S:
Here is what some of my clients have said about their photo shoot experiences!
"I can wholeheartedly recommend doing a photo shoot with Susie. The whole experience was fantastic! My daughter in law and I did a photoshoot together a few months before her wedding. It was a tremendous day for both of us and a great bonding experience. I would like to thank you for putting us at ease so masterfully and creating such beautiful photographs which we will treasure always. You even made my very shy and daughter in law really come out of her shell and really built her confidence up about her body image.”
Catherine M. Tunbridge Wells
"I heard about Susie from a friend who had done a Burlesque photo shoot previously and had been raving about the whole experience as well as showing off some really amazing photos. I booked a boudoir photo shoot as a 40th gift for myself. I was very nervous, but Susie made me feel totally at ease with her lovely personality. I would definitely do it all again! My pictures were amazing, and it was such fun dressing up!”
Ellie D. Eastbourne
“Would I recommend doing a photo shoot with Susie? YES!!!I had a really fun time and ended up with some really great photographs, which I am very Happy with. Susie was really professional and made me feel at ease and good about myself, which really helped. She was fantastic and I would recommend her to everyone!"
Sarah N. Hampshire
"I really enjoyed the experience, and was made to feel at ease with Susie. The photos are by far the best photographs ever taken of me. I love them!"
Debbie R, London
"My experience was amazing, made me feel special and glamorous for a few hours...The hair and makeup was excellently done and I love my photos! They have had so many 'likes' on Facebook and are really causing a bit of a stir!! I'm booking my best friend in next year for her 40th birthday!"
Jen J. London
"I bought boudoir photo session for my wife for her 30th and I'm so glad I did. She loved the whole experience and it really made her feel sexy and confident (which is obviously is a ‘win win’ for both of us. It was great to see her all done up as being parents of young children we don't have much time for ourselves these days. She is stunning anyway, but it was great to see her so happy.”
Mark R. West Sussex