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

    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 an honest, 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.

A Truly Embarrassing Confession From a Film Addict

Anyone who knows me, even just a little bit, knows that I shoot loads of film. Seriously, loads. 120, 35mm, original Polaroid and The Impossible Project film, and Fuji instax film. Some new, lots expired. I have much, in fact, that my film stash was recently kicked out of the vegetable crisper in the fridge. So […]

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If You’re Ever at the Roosevelt Hotel….

Had a really fun job today photographing Edwin Cruz’s portrait and vintage barware for The Tasting Panel Magazine. Our location was The Spare Room (a lounge and BOWLING ALLEY!) in the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. That area on Hollywood Boulevard is one of my old stomping grounds; I was the Managing Editor and Features […]

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The Case of the Skittles and the Pregnant Woman

Ha! That titles makes me snort; mystery writers out there: this is your plotline! So not exactly a mystery; more like a puzzle. My clients, S & K, were talking about different concepts for their maternity photos while I was touring their house and looking for light. When I think back on it now, K […]

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December 2, 2013 - 11:56 am

John Waire - …I love this Susan. Great job!

December 2, 2013 - 1:08 pm

erica barraca - AWE.SOME.

December 2, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Christine Walker - Brilliant..I absolutely love this shot!

December 2, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Angela Ward Brown - I cannot even say how much I love this. So visual, so impactful, and so freakin’ cool.

December 2, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Maria-Thérèse - Lol :D
Cool shot. It’s a good thing chocolate wasn’t her favourite sweets, especially with all that sunshine, I think?!

December 2, 2013 - 5:03 pm

susan sabo - Thanks so much, John.

Erica! We have to cook up something fun for Milo & DJ’s photo when you get out here!

Thanks so much, Christine!

Oh, Ange, I <3 you. You’re a constant inspiration and one of my favorite photographers. And you know I mean it cause I email you all the time. :)

haha, Maria, good point! While we were shooting we were saying that it was a good thing the mom-to-be wasn’t obsessed with M&Ms. Would have ended up being quite a different kind of shoot.