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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.

  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

Ok, I have to tell you this story. It’s the cutest story ever (and even if you have to be me to think that, I don’t care, I’m going to tell it!). Home studio. Dogs at home. Ok, you get the set up. About 6-8 months ago, Jack started doing this…thing, out of the blue. […]

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I photograph a lot of older dogs, sick dogs; dogs whose photo session is one of the last really awesome experiences they can share with their person. I mean, we’ve cut it close before, but never so close as we did with Buddy. Just the day after he bounced around my studio, acting like a […]

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  • March 19, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    susan sabo - And thank you again, Teri Rambo, for providing these amazing vocals for my blog. <3ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Cynthia Zulla - oh. sitting here smiling through tears. that one of the two of them kissing Buddy. awesome.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Becky Lane - Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful – from beginning to end. Thank you so much for sharing.

    PS: That song is killer.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Karan - yes, i needed a good excuse to cry… this is so beautiful… xReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    greg - Susan, this made me smile and it broke my heart. What a face, what an absolutely wonderful face.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Kim - This is so touching. Say hey to little Jimmy for me Buddy.
    Thanks for sharing this SusanReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    susan sabo - Aw, thanks you guys. I’m sure that Maggie really appreciates you taking the time to read about Buddy. We’ve all been there before, yes? And we’ll likely all be there again.

    The song is “True Love Will Find You in the End,” written and originally performed by Daniel Johnston; covered beautifully by Beck, and here, covered by my amazing and talented friend, Teri Rambo.

    Thanks again for your lovely thought and heartfelt words. <3ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2013 - 8:33 pm

    maggie - Oh, Susan, thank you so much. I am sobbing at my computer. I got your email earlier, but knew that I couldn’t watch it at work because I would totally lose it. Just seeing the subject line, and the sweet picture of Bud’s tail, made me cry. Words cannot capture how much this means to me. I’ve never seen anything more beautiful: the pictures, the beautiful music…the love. You captured my perfect day, my last day, with Bud. I will be eternally grateful (truly) to you and Louise for making this possible for me. Thank you for your incredible talent, for loving Bud, and for capturing our love for each other so perfectly. This is, paws down, the absolute best gift I’ve ever received. (And, yes, Bud totally got it. I was talking about the photo shoot nonstop after Louise surprised me; he absolutely knew how important it was to me. He stayed with me just long enough to share it with me. And, yes, my favorite nickname is Mags, but of course you would just know that). A million thank you’s. And, thank you to everyone for your loving, beautiful comments. I love experiencing Bud through other people’s perspective. All my love. xoReplyCancel