A photo walk around North Park with the Estrada family

Every time this crew says they are ready for pictures my heart explodes.  I was at a party at Eddie and Lindsay's house a million years ago and Lindsay was gushing over her new girlfriend.  The smile on her face was the real deal.  Then later that night her new girl walked in and ... it turned out to be my friend Justina.  Yup.  It was a moment.  So fun.  And in between this day and north park and that other day in Hillcrest over a decade ago there has been the sweetest most inspiring day and so many other loved ones that have joined their story.  Here are a few gems about how much I love them.

xoxo Suzanne

The whole family at grandma's house : Coronado family portrait

Alexis has a giant heart.  For her family portrait this year we went to grandmas house and Finley played with her cousins.  I photographed Alexis's brothers wedding years ago so I felt pretty warm inside to get to share in Christmas 2017 with baby Finley and the whole gang.  I also want to give a shout out to some rad ensembles.  It's always hard to figure out what to wear and how to be in the same "season" in San Diego and she nailed it. 

Tara and Jason Equestrian engagement

Tara and Jason won me over on a rainy Sunday in San Juan Capistrano.  I loved meeting their family and getting to walk the property where their wedding will take place.  Donna Urban introduced me to Tara, Jason and Tara's mom and we went to scout the ceremony and reception locations.  I loved taking the backroads on Tara's family property and getting to envision what the big day will be like.  I even got to meet Tara's grandfather.  Although it sprinkled and sometimes downright poured we made the best of it and got some beautiful images.  How cute are their dogs!  I couldn't be more excited to meet the rest of the family, see Tara in her wedding dress, and watch how Donna transforms one of the most lush green spaces into something perfect for Jason and Tara.  xoxo Suzanne

waterworld : Sam

My underwater adventures became one of the highlights of my individual projects this year.  I feel as an artist in order to stay relevant you have to continually evolve in your craft.  These underwater adventures have helped me evolve this year.  I enjoyed working with all of the individuals who inspired me to create a series of work that makes me smile.  I have always loved the water and I have always loved photography.  Now I have images that capture two of my greatest loves.  I look forward to new waterworld adventures next summer.xoxo,

Suzanne

Waterworld : Daniella and James

When I started experimenting with underwater photography I knew instantly that I wanted to incorporate a familiar aspect into this new work. I am fortunate to get to capture the dynamics of so many couples in love each year and was excited to combine that with this project.  I wanted to experiment with how love would show up in a new and unexpected environment.  What was born from this combination of interests was an intimate and special set of moments.  It seems like people getting photographed underwater tend to forget they are being photographed. What happens after that is a series of real and passionate emotions. They close their eyes, reach for each other, and get lost in the middle of the water as if no one else is around.xoxo,

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Waterworld : Daniella

As an artist I believe in continuing to study your craft, improving your skills and searching outside of your comfort zone for inspiration.  I wanted to seek inspiration outside of the norm and challenge myself with a new skill this year, so over the summer I started experimenting with underwater photography.  I have always loved being in the water, the feeling of being weightless, carefree, relaxed and floating in a dreamlike state.  I wanted to use this underwater exploration as a way to not only practice something completely different than what I am use to, but to visually create the freedom I feel when I am in the water.  I'd say my summer project was a success and this is the first set of a mini series of images inspired by the blissfulness of being in the water.xoxo,

Suzanne

4 things...hello fall

The first week of fall is here and although it still feels like summer is lingering, mostly because of the weather, I am ready for the beauty of Fall.  I love how new season's seem to bring new adventures. Summer to me always feels full of bright, happy and fun times where Fall always feels full of intimate, special and personal joy. Mike and I have begun feeling that special joy of Fall with the move to our new place. It is the perfect time of year to create a new personal space.  Now that the big move is coming to an end I was fortunate to get some time to enjoy the things that come around this time of year.Moved by: SD film festival.  I went to the world premiere of a film about Chelsea King from Poway, Ca.  It was a touching documentary told from her brothers point of view that brought a mixture of emotions out of me.  I would highly recommend it.   Chelsea's Light: A Brother's Journey.

Noticing: signs of fall in San Diego.  Ghee the weather doesn't seem to change but...TV shows return.  Hello Scandal!

Watching:  Scandal along with the rest of my fall line up.  Watching new shows, drinking warm drinks, and snuggling up in blankets on the couch with Mike sums up some of my favorite things to do this time of year.

Dreaming of: my brothers wedding next weekend.  I am ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the wedding as a bridesmaid instead of a photographer.  I am looking forward to every bit of it.

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone.

xoxo,

Suzanne

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Meg, Ty and Harper : A sweet family portrait

"Family: Where life begins and love never ends."  -UnknownIt is always special when I have the opportunity to photograph past bride and grooms children.  Meg and Ty have become dear friends since their wedding years ago at Estancia and watching their family grow is wonderful.  I especially love following Ty on Instagram where he tags pictures of Harper with #harperhasmyheart , the Easley family certainly has mine.

xoxo,

Suzanne

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Musings : Three Generations

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves"- William ShakespeareWe are forever learning from our mothers and grandmothers. They are the strong, beautiful women who mold us into the people we have become. For those lucky enough to still have grandparents able to attend your big day, you might want to consider a three generations portrait.

xoxo,

Suzanne

Jen & Kombiz : Del Mar Powerhouse

“And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.” -Beth RevisIt was a pleasure to photograph Jen and Kombiz on their wedding day. Their love for each other is beautiful and sincere, it's difficult not to get swept away with them. Sending them lots of love in the years to come.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

Venue: Del Mar Powerhouse

Design and Coordination : Luxe Events

Rentals: Archive Vintage

Rentals: Concepts

Hair & Makeup: Audra Rene Studio

Florist: Root 75

Photographer: She Wanders

Caterer: Miho

Beverage Services: Please & Thank-You Bar

DJ: Still Listening

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Seeing Each Other for the First Time

While I was editing Leah Ahn and Michael's wedding I came across a few images of the reveal and I just had to share.  It's hard not to fall in love with their story.  The reveal was so beautiful that even now I can feel my heart in my throat.  Leah Ahn did not want Michael to cry because she knew she would start crying.  So instead, after he collected himself, he started making funny faces and she of coursed laughed.  I felt honored to be a witness and kept photographing through my laughter and tears.  Even though I'm sitting at my computer now, I feel like I'm standing a few feet away from this moment.I often get asked if reveals are as emotional as seeing each other for the first time when you walk down the aisle.  I think that it's lovely to have this private emotional moment by yourselves and still have the walk down the aisle, but ultimately the choice is yours.hotel palomar wedding photography, shewanders photography, hotel palomar san diego, reveal, black and white