Shewanders I love you

Hello December,Besides eating gingerbread cookies, planning parties, and watching Elf,  this December means a lot to me.  Shewanders made it 10 years.  I have worked full time as an artist for 10 years.  Do you know how many wonderful people you have to meet along the way to stay in business for 10 years?  Holy cow have I been fortunate!

10 years ago I met Kaleb Scott at the Zoro Gardens in Balboa Park.  He was a groomsmen at Victor and Scott's Balboa Park wedding.

He told me I would be crazy not to introduce myself to Kimberly and Jenn from CAKE.  They had a booth at a bridal show for gay couples.  I of course took a deep breath and introduced myself.  Kimberly said she adored Kaleb and we became fast friends.

I've met so many cool people over the years.

 

 

Sometimes people reached out to me.  Jenny came and introduced herself to me at my studio one day.  Like Eric says: it takes 2 minutes to fall in love with Jenny.

Sometimes I reached out to them.  I blog stalked Courtney on the internet and then emailed her to see if she would be my friend.

Sometimes you don't even remember how it started but you are happy it did.  I don't even remember meeting Sharon, we have just always known each other somehow.

I feel really grateful to have met so many inspiring people over the years.  As a photographer I stand on all of your shoulders.  I'd have nothing to photograph without friends.

So not only is December our 10 year landmark, but on December 7th 5 years ago I opened a door and was met with a pair of handsome blue eyes.  Mike Ofeldt's handsome blue eyes.

I have to confess when I first started my business I was mesmorized by the beauty of the moment but I didn't really know why so many people were getting married.  I didn't know how to hope or dream big enough to want to marry someone.  I couldn't believe that there were so many people who were willing to take such a big risk with their heart.

Being in this industry has melted my heart like the Grinch who Stole Christmas. You could say it grew 5 sizes.  I always had a lot of love for friends and all the people in the world but what I was missing was hope.  Year after year I photographed weddings for some of the best people anyone could ever meet.  Year after year I watched their families grow.  Some of my couples already have 3 kids.  Some of my couples have kids that are already 8 years old.  Watching their strength and love over the years gave me hope.   Hope enough to fall head over heels in love with Mike and fight for us year after year and dream big enough to want to be his wife.

So this travelling photographer is blogging today a 10 year business landmark and a 5 year love landmark.  Who would have ever thought.

Thanks to my amazing clients, super talented colleagues, and Mike Ofeldt for getting me this far.  I'm speechless.

On top of everything else, Jenny from Luxe created this magical day for us.  Sharon from Organic Elements crafted sweet bright happy flowers.  Courtney from Brightly Designed made paper amazingness with peace, joy, and airplanes.  Kimberly and Jenn from CAKE made the most perfect cake.  Audra from Audra Rene Studio fancied me up with hair and make up, it was so exciting!  Kaleb took the most beautiful pictures that make me hold my breath when I look at them.  As if we weren't lucky enough.  Our friends Scott and Jenny created an amazing engagement video. It was a long time dream of mine to have a cupcake fight with Mike.  This whole event was more than my wildest dreams.  Hanna, Zander, Kristen and Eric joined our epic battle. See more on Style Me Pretty today.

I'm humbled.  Thanks friends.  Thanks clients.  Thanks Mike.  Thanks for loving me on this journey of a lifetime.  Here's to you.

Love, Suzanne

Photography: Kaleb Scott of Shewanders Photography / Event Planning: Jennifer Minns of Luxe Events / Floral Design: Sharon Mintz of Organic Elements / Cinematography: Scott Hoops of Quixotic Pictures / Cake: CAKE / Paper Goods: Courtney Scowby of Brightly Designed / Styling: Audra René of Audra René Studio

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About

In 2002, Suzanne Hansen created a boutique agency so that people would not have to sacrifice peace of mind when preparing for their wedding or special event.The company has grown to specialize in global wedding and event photography meant for a special niche market of creative-type people who see things a bit differently.

WHO IS SUZANNE?

Suzanne is a traveler. For more than ten years, she has wandered the globe to capture the spirit of people through engaging portrait, wedding and travel photography. She is a lifelong student of sociology and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. By combining people with her passion for travel and photography, Suzanne delivers more natural, personal and always engaging images. Through the eye of her lens, she has captured the people who color her life's work. Through her own eyes, she sees the personalities and landscapes that fill her life with love and laughter.

WHO IS MIKE?

Mike is a musician, philosopher, film buff, runner, and car lover. He has an eye for the cinematic. He has started a serious collection of stamps in his passport that feeds his passion for great portraiture. Mike's work really shines when finding the fashion edge in off beat moments. Whether it is a trash the dress shoot in Sydney or a fireside ceremony in a ski lodge in Minneapolis Mike's vision shines through. He is a lover of the arts, Spongebob, and the way he wears his pants. -just kidding.

WHO IS KALEB?

Kaleb appreciates beauty, whether it be a woman in love or a majestic palace in a foreign land.  At the age of 7 he began a sixteen year career as a dancer, singer, actor.  Then his visual eye took over while exploring the world and all the arts. Passion for detail - sleek, sexy and fun are Kaleb’s photographic style. Capturing those magic moments for his clients as well as creating his own vision keeps him continually intrigued and inspired.

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Our Story

Shewanders Photography is made up of two guys and one gal. We have passports and we’re not afraid to use them. Our passports have stamps from all over the world: Australia, France, London, Argentina, Peru, Egypt, Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Spain, New York, Minneapolis, Alaska, Turkey, Kenya, India, Phillipines, San Francisco and beyond. We each have a unique perspective that we bring to our photos.

We love having the opportunity to get to know our clients and having a chance to reflect their wonderful story through photographs. We take tremendous pride in capturing every moment... authentic candid moments, all of the fun, the location, the beauty, the laughter, the sense of love and family.

At Shewanders, we think we tend to see the sweeter side of life. We think it’s a powerful feeling to show someone else how beautiful you think they are through film.  Where words might fail us, photographs let us express how we feel. We are happy and we like happy people. We love to capture joy on film. Our photos help to recreate your special day over and over again. They tell your story. We try very hard to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. We do the hard part, so you can stay relaxed and enjoy your totally spectacular day.

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Manifesto

We believe that art is everything. shewanders.1003 copyWe believe in inspiration: matisse, david la chapelle, gehry, sydney, prince, baz lurmann, barcelona, avedon, nara.We believe that celebrities should pay full price. We believe in making you look like whoever you are and whoever you want to be. We believe in compassion, buying locally, supporting the arts, and supporting each other. We believe in photography as an investment in your life. We believe that 30,000 feet above sea level is a magical place. We believe in pablo neruda when he said, "(el mundo) es una copa llena de agua." We believe in pictures telling us a story. We believe in dress up and make believe. We believe in pictures of cocktails and pictures of people with cocktails. We believe in wanderlust, passion, color, adventure and endless summers. We believe that pictures should make you happy.

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