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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.

    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.

(so sorry to inject that FG reference) It was so great seeing the Impossible Project folks up in LA this past weekend! They always host a great show (we missed the opening because of LA Friday night traffic–boo!) and great, fun workshops. For this exhibit I had one piece shown; one from my dog/Polaroid project […]

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I have a confession to make. I haven’t been entirely truthful. With myself, I mean. What I’ve said to all of you, about aging, about weight, about embracing all of that and rocking it and loving it, all that has been true. But when I’ve said those things to myself, I’ve lied. Until now. I […]

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  • March 24, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Sarah - I really really adore you.
    Thanks for this post. I’m certain there are words in it I needed to hear.
    Hopefully I’ll let them sink in over the next few days. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    Cindi - Well you made me tear up a bit (again) because I can so relate to what you are saying. Yesterday when my husband hollered up to my studio and asked if I wanted pancakes I quickly responded, “Yes!” A bit later I realized that I’ve been saying yes more often to foods that I have denied myself for so long. And yes, I’ve gained weight ~ and I know I have to be careful to not let it get out of control. But I’m happy. I’m happy eating pancakes and mashed potatoes and all the comfort foods I didn’t allow. I guess the key is moderation.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Lynda Folwick - This is beautiful, Susan, and so are you.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    Kim - I sooooooooo love your fabulous attitude! Good post!ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    susan sabo - Sarah, thank YOU! You’ve always been one of my inspirations. It’s so funny how we inspire each other, all of us, and never even realize it.

    Cindi, I’m totally there with you. Acceptance is divine. Just, divine.

    Thank you, Lynda <3 You're so sweet, and I really appreciate you reading this.

    And thank you, too, Kim. My attitude is a bit up and down lately, but today it's pretty high. i'm glad I went with it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    Jennifer Konig - Bingo.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    susan sabo - Thanks for everything, Konig. I <3 you like a big bad mofo.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Laura Buchwald - Wow Susan, I haven’t met you yet and I already adore you. This was beautiful and you are truly beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    Andrea - I love ths. I think you are beautiful and I am glad you can see and feel that now.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    Katie - I couldn’t respect, love, or agree with you more.ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

    Gabi - Excellent words. You get it.ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2013 - 7:48 am

    Cynthia Zulla - <3 I love this. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2013 - 9:01 am

    Cyndy - My favorite line so far from GIRLS. Of course you loved it too.

    You look beautiful and amazing and tough and fun. Body image is such a nasty piece of work for most women. I’m so lucky that I’ve always loved me and even more lucky that Tracy learned to love herself at a very early age.

    Every women could use a little inspiration now and again- so thanks for this!

  • March 25, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Betty - softer. sexier. happier.
    Oh yeah.ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    Jennifer Zwiebel - Love this! Someone posted it on FB and I’m so glad I followed the link. What a joy, what a relief, and that’s not just because I’ve been going through some strange 3-month phase where I’ve eaten everything that’s not nailed down and just want to let myself.

    Thanks for sharing this truth, and more power to your beautiful self!ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Angella Johnson - Love this! It’s so true! Thank you for being real with this. We need more of this in the world. Thank you for being a powerful voice.ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Trisha GG - I fucking love you.ReplyCancel

  • March 26, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    susan sabo - Wow. Thanks so much ladies for your words of encouragement; your empathy and support. I know I’ve made a lot of noise about this particular issue in my life during the past year or two; and I’ve come upon more than a couple “epiphanies” about how I feel about myself. But if anyone asks how many more I need until I’m really “good” with everything, I’ll just say as many as I need to.

    I feel totally great and totally liberated, which is really the opposite of how I thought I would react to this change. It really is funny how putting a few pounds on my belly can take so much weight off my shoulders.

    Thanks again, loves.ReplyCancel

  Small dogs vs. big. If you’re a dog person, you’ve been in one of these arguments, haven’t you? If you’re a big dog person, you’ve likely started one! (Come on, it’s true, it’s true! Big dog people just don’t get our passion for the ankle-biters. Almost everyone I know who has (and loves) a small […]

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  • March 24, 2013 - 2:25 am

    Angela Ward Brown - So, if you are coming to the UK, that means I can hire you to shoot my smalls, yeah?

    Which in England means underpants. So that’s funny, too.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 9:52 am

    susan sabo - Just like you Brits to muck it all up, isn’t it? You know “smalls” is my nickname, right? Just watch yourself, and if you really really want me to, I’ll shoot your smalls. But not Jams’.ReplyCancel