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  • Well, hello! Welcome to fresh.simple.true.

    October 30, 2014: First off, I'm redoing my portfolio galleries, so the Portfolio links above won't work till I finish. The slideshow on the Home page, however, does, so feel free to look through those images in the meantime, or visit me at Facebook, where I post loads of photos.

    I'm a portrait photographer based in Long Beach and I love The Quirk in beings. I like capturing the 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.

    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. 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.

All the photos of me with my parents, when I was a child, are universally dorky. In most, I’m standing very straight (commanded to do so) and looking right at the camera. On page after page in our family albums, that’s me  in my hipster bell bottoms or horribly mismatched sweaters, standing next to a […]

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  • November 19, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Sarah Reed - Reading this made me cry. I wish I had the same. I very very few photos of me from when I was a kid. I think it has a lot to do with why I am a photographer. I take the photos that I wish I had growing up.ReplyCancel

  • November 19, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    susan sabo - :( I know how you feel, Sarah. I’m sorry it made you cry.ReplyCancel

  • November 19, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Joy - I hope my girls appreciate you as much as I do someday!ReplyCancel

  • November 19, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Becky - Thank you for capturing these special moments. We will cherish them forever!ReplyCancel

  • November 19, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    susan sabo - ohhh, thanks Joy :) I hope they do too (but I hope they appreciate YOU even more).

    Becky, it was totally my pleasure. i <3 the men in your life: all three of them.ReplyCancel

Why do so many of us feel we’re not photogenic enough, or pretty enough, or thin enough or whatever not enough of something we should be? I meet women all the time who feel this way and who, despite having a slew of accomplishments and a wicked sense of humor and plenty of smarts, are […]

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  • November 12, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    Sandi - I agree! We must stop. I love taking photos of others but hate to have mine taken because I always think I look terrible. :(
    I guess what we MUST start telling ourselves over and over that we are so much more than our looks and that the people who love us, love us because of our insides, not our outsides.
    So easy to say, but hard to do! I will give it a try, though!ReplyCancel

  • November 12, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    susan sabo - Sandi, I totally agree with what you said, every word. It’s hard work, and I’m not a vain person, but the changes my body has been going through as I age have really been working a number on me. I struggle daily to accept myself, and I think I’ll get there eventually :)

    A month or so ago i was speaking at an exhibit/fundraising for my work, and when I said, “thanks for reminding me that the value of my work is not measured by how much money I make,” the crowd cheered and interrupted me. Same thing, right? There’s so much to us, yet we pick apart the tiniest things.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting; I really appreciate it.

    Keep at it!ReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2012 - 6:03 am

    Melinda - Susan, thank you again for everything – you flatter my family with your talent and your words.

    In reading this so kind post, I couldn’t help but think…well….heck, yes! As I crested 40, reality smacked me hard and I, too, have been struggling with the effects of gravity as a consequence rather than just a concept.

    That being said, I am trying to embrace the idea that if Girls Scouts wear their badges of achievement with pride, so should I. That wrinkle…..that’s from worrying if my son would be born healthy of a mother of “mature maternal age;” that frown line, from concentrating while working for many years; those crinkly bits at the edges of my eyes…..that’s my happiness road map.

    I am taking your lead from this point forward. The beauty in being “middle aged” is that I no longer feel like I need to live my life the way I or others think it should be; I have earned the confidence and self-knowledge to live it the way I know I want it to be.

    Thank you again for spending your time with my family, for the beautiful pictures and for the inspiring and so kind words.

    With respect, admiration and affection,

  • November 28, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    susan sabo - You know, Melinda, it’s no wonder that we all struggle so much with aging. Our culture is so youth-centric! And in Los Angeles you can take that anxiety and triple it. Just two years past 50 and I’m just starting to feel comfortable in my skin, however wrinkly or poofy it may be. The fact is that in our heads, growing old FUCKING ROCKS! For all the reasons you stated and more.

    So if our brains know it’s so great, why do we let our bodies get away with bringing us down?ReplyCancel

Man, we haven’t done a jumping series in a long, long time. I think because the summer was way too hot for any kind of activity except the laying down and napping kind. But I just picked up a couple of new seamless rolls and we needed to break this one in. So, we jumped […]

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  • November 10, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Cynthia - bite your toes, they will.ReplyCancel

  • November 10, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    susan sabo - never! they may kiss me to death but never bite :)ReplyCancel