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  • Well, hello! Welcome to fresh.simple.true. I create unusual portraits for unusual beings.

    I've just moved from Southern California to Kalamazoo, but I've brought my style with me. I live for The Quirk. Funny faces, silly expressions, and personal interactions that are like wonderful inside jokes to your family. Babies and dogs are my specialty; I love them individually, but when you put them together...bam! Awesomeness happens.

    My clients like portraits that show who they are, not just what they look like. They want the important stages of their lives documented, but in a genuine way. No soft focus for them; no awkward family poses and definitely no matching turtlenecks.

    I also shoot small weddings; after 5 years of shooting the full-blown events, I decided that I like the smaller, intimate kind. If you're looking for a few hours of wedding coverage, drop me a line.

    This site is a combination of my portfolio and blog. Blog posts are right below this introduction, and links to my portfolio work are directly above. I love to blog, but honestly, I'm on Facebook probably more than I should be, so find me there and say hello.

    I donate my time & art to many nonprofits, and starting just this September I've started to photograph shelter dogs at Kalamazoo Animal Care Services for the rescue group, Save Our Strays. Rescue work is close to my heart and I offer session discounts for those with rescued/shelter animals and also senior or terminally ill animals.

    I'm a big fan of community. I make my artwork available to nonprofit fundraisers at no cost; if you have an event coming up and would like to auction some of my work, don't hesitate to drop me a line and let me know what you've got going on.

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If you Google “I hate my weird pregnant belly,” you’ll come up with over 2 million hits.  If I just enter “my pregnant belly is…” the choices that comes up are: crooked, too fat, and flabby. The fact that so many women are unhappy with the way their pregnant bellies look is new to me. In […]

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  • November 10, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Todd - Sorry,but I just don’t see a problem with your pregnant belly!Looks quite NORMAL from what I see!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • November 11, 2014 - 10:12 am

      susan sabo - Thanks, Todd. Exactly my point. I’ll pass that onto Megan, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it. 🙂

  • November 11, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Brandy - Stumbleupon’d this blog entry, appropriately, as I’m sitting here with this stretchy t-shirt tucked up under my too-big boobs to allow my weird, pregnant belly to breathe. Somehow, I’ve avoided stretch marks despite my first weighing almost ten pounds (though in some cultures I would be prayed over due to my lack of “stripes” and their absence indicating my apparent inability to bear children) and this time around I’m also missing the linea nigra, so my 30-weeks-life-forming tummy resembles a giant peach (complete with the fuzz and I don’t even CARE)and when I’m pregnant is literally the only time that I’m truly comfortable with my body. I mean, obviously this childbirth thing is taken pretty strongly for granted in our culture, along with the SERIOUSLY impossible standard women are up against, but I just wish that if there was ONE TIME in a woman’s life she felt beautiful was when she had a weird, pregnant belly. The perpetuation of life, man!
    Thanks for your thoughts on this. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • November 11, 2014 - 9:18 pm

      susan sabo - Hey Brandy, Thank you so much for weighing in. And yeah! A pregnant body should be the most beautiful thing in our society! Why are we letting women feel bad about themselves? Dang!

  • November 11, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Brandy - Oh, duh, seriously heartwarming photos, by the way. Lots of love and happiness, and one beautiful belly.ReplyCancel

I started this chalkboard series with my dog, T, about 2 months ago. It’s been a lot of fun drawing, but also shooting with T. We work closely, and he’s gotten so so good at knowing where his mark is at and how to stay there. He’ll also stay put on his mark while I […]

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  • October 25, 2014 - 9:28 am

    louize - I love these, I love that your dogs all have jobs, and I especially love jack’s expression here, you can see him wanting to check “is this how you want me?” xxxReplyCancel

    • October 25, 2014 - 3:11 pm

      susan sabo - Hi Louize! I think having a job is important to a dog, at least that what I’ve noticed about my dogs. I know that sitting for light testing and focus etc really makes Jack happy and if I start shooting without him, he gets really upset.

      I love that he was part of this shoot. He didn’t lay out at all (which he usually does as soon as he gets onto the boxes). <3

  • October 27, 2014 - 6:20 am