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

    I'm based in Long Beach and 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.

When we become teenagers (and later, adults), it’s easy to forget how much our parents love us. It’s easy to forget how much they loved on us. We don’t remember being tossed up high over and over while our squeals of delight rang through the air. We don’t remember our dads blowing raspberries on our […]

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  • January 20, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    Edward Pien - Every word of this rings true. Perhaps your photos will change the dynamics of this group of kids. I have a theory. All children want unconditional love from their parents. But you know, all parents want unconditional love from their children.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    susan sabo - It’s nice to think of change like that, but the older I get, the more I think that if you want unconditional love, you should get a dog. :)ReplyCancel

Aarrrgghhhhh…I’ve started a dozen topics for this post and deleted them all. There are tons of things to talk about, but I’m not in an especially chatty mood, so I’ll just show off Jessie & her siblings. They’re the kids who hired me to take their portrait for their mom and dad as a Christmas […]

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  • January 16, 2013 - 9:49 am

    dot - LOVE this set – and how nice to see 7 sibs who clearly enjoy each other’s company!ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    susan sabo - Thanks, Dot :)

    They’re such a sweet bunch; I want to adopt all of them!ReplyCancel

Tonight I’m laying in bed with my two (very healthy) dogs, alone for the week and watching a movie. Looking back on the fright I had this week with Jack, and missing Mr. Susan something terribly, I’m in a funny sort of place. I’m also, coincidentally, taking a look back, literally, at my work over […]

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  • January 12, 2013 - 10:28 pm

    kd - I like the wide shot. :) I think it’s way cool and tells much more story than a close-up would. Now I have to go google “Dybbuk box.”ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    susan sabo - thanks, kd. I like the wide too.

    You’ve been warned: you can Google “Dybbuk box,” but do not ever, under any circumstances, open one!”ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2013 - 5:05 am

    Chris Bonney - Hadn’t realized you’d stepped away from weddings. You did such a nice job with them (something I’d never have the patience to do). But your love of doing these personals and dogs shows through. And you do such a swell job of them!ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2013 - 10:10 am

    susan sabo - Thanks, Chris. I stopped about halfway through the year for lots of reasons. I’m very happy in my studio, maybe that’s where everything was leading me all along.ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2013 - 6:03 am

    sarah reed - You forever inspire me in the sense of not being so scared to evolve and change as an artist type. <3ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    susan - Awww, thanks sawahReplyCancel