A little more about the person behind the lens!
I have always had a creative side, which I am sure stems from my wonderfully creative Mam.
College was a slightly confusing time in life. I fancied myself as an art teacher, a physical therapist, a psychologist, quite possibly as an astronaut at times. So, to say I was born with a camera in my hand would not be a fair statement! However, the road I took, allowed me to discover said camera. Four years on - I left Wolverhampton University with an Honours Degree in Design Studies & Digital Media, having studied Television Production, Radio, and Photography. Photography won out! That is, I presumed I would be the next National Geographic phenomenon – after all who wouldn't want to work with David Attenborough. Not what happened! However, I was fortunate enough to experience amazing adventures whilst travelling to various Countries around the World. Along the way I fell in love with people. I set out photographing them.
Establishing my own business, a little over 6 years ago. I have had the privilege to be included in the most special, intimate days of people's lives. My own Mam and Dad, who were married some 50 years ago, were sadly without a photographer on their wedding day, as he failed to arrive. A tale that instilled in me just how important photographs are. They bring back to life the moments that have meant the most to us and that will mean the most to generations succeeding us.
Along with chronicling wedding stories. I work with gorgeous families, capturing their portraits, milestones & beautiful new arrivals. I also, collaborate with small creative businesses, helping to grow their authentic brand content. Taking them from careful consult to images which depict their passion and creations in their best light. In recent times I have also worked on projects with larger commercial companies, such as Guinness Storehouse.
I continue to study and grow within my career. In recent years travelling to London and Spain to train with world renowned photographers. Whilst also taking part in various online webinars and conferences on a regular basis. It has been a privilege to see my work featured in some of the most respected magazines and blogs, including those in Ireland, The UK and America. I am very grateful to work with wonderful people and I feel very honoured to call this my job.
A few things I love; the outdoors - rambling up hills, & blowing the cobwebs away on windy beach walks, kayaking, a crisp sunny day, fresh bed sheets, chocolate (of course), minimalism, my family & friends, reading, 80’s music! the secret life of Walter Mitty, travelling, adventure, Scandinavian interiors, a good notebook, a closet poetry fan, a yummy roast chicken dinner, cocktails with friends...
My beautiful Mam, Breda left this world just as I was setting up my business, her heart is in all that I do.
I look forward to documenting your story, Susie x
Photography at its very core means, drawing with Light.
We, as a society look at carefully curated magazines, newspapers and books every day. Our eyes and minds are forever filled with visuals. Photographs, graphics, and illustrations. It bodes the question, what is reality and what is fiction. What are we subtly manipulated to see? When I look through the lens of my camera, it too is from my own world perspective; I bring my own influences and inspirations from all that I have been exposed to. More than anything nature is that spark of inspiration for me, it’s simplicity, tones and textures, wild beauty and ever-changing seasons of light. It doesn’t deceive, it doesn’t try to be anything, it just is! It somehow feels like a painter's canvas, awash with possibility.
I endeavour to photograph your wedding day with nature’s lens attached, telling your story with honesty and allowing it to flow naturally. Quietly watching for moments of magic unfolding between you and your loved ones. It is a thing of beauty to see, each moment unique and so fleeting, it cannot be replicated
Enjoy the fun, be yourself, laugh when you want to laugh, cry (happy tears) when you want to cry. Don’t hold back, immerse yourself into every part of it. This one day will be the day you remember for the rest of your lives. Try not to fret the small things, focus on the bigger picture and the love surrounding you.
I will be with you every step of the way, in a very unobtrusive, relaxed manner. Offering you support and guidance when you might need it. I would like you to view me as one of your friends on the day, someone you can trust and be at ease around. The most valuable piece of advice I can offer, is to trust, embrace and enjoy the process. It will shine through in your photographs. We are a team, we create together.