Meet Susie and Becky, two of our most recent Washington, District of Columbia wedding photographers. With a united goal of producing inspired photography for modern day brides, these two wedding photographers, who comprise Photography by Susie, are excited to give you the wedding photos of your dreams!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Susie: Photography by Susie is owned and operated by me, Susie, but I also partner with my sister-in-law, Becky, who is an invaluable asset to everyone we work with! We are sister-in-laws, who married brothers. We both love our families and photography, so it works well to be in business together. We love working together and making sure all the weddings are covered from two different angles and perspectives.
Becky: Hi! I’m Becky, the associate photographer for Photography By Susie. I am 100% dedicated to the growth of the business and regard it as my own future in the photography industry. Susie and I work together beautifully because we are embrace the same core values for our business: generosity, humility, and professionalism.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
Susie: I started working with my sister about 8 years ago, when she was getting into photography. I must admit, at the time I was more interested in taking care of the business side of things…but the more I was picking up a camera and taking photos, the more I fell in love with what photography could do. Since I got my Digital SLR [yes, I learned on film], I have become passionate about producing inspired images for everyone I’m around.
Becky: This opportunity came to me entirely through other’s generosity. When we brought our third child home from the hospital, my older brother and sister-in-law gave me a DSLR. I didn’t know if I could learn to take good pictures, but I admired photography enough to know that the camera was capable of producing beautiful, emotional images. So I turned the dial to M (for Manual) and started shooting. During nighttime feedings over the next couple of months, I read my camera manual, then all the photography books I could find from the library. Meanwhile, I was taking 200-400 pictures a day. A few months later, Susie offered her time and experience to mentor me. Pursuing photography professionally became the best way for me to continue learning. I’m so, so grateful to Susie for giving me the opportunity to join her in Photography By Susie!!
How long have you been a photographer?
Susie: 8ish years.
Becky: About one
How would you classify your style of photography?
Susie: Our style is clean, real, with a bit of fashion thrown in. We work hard to capture real moments between couples.
Becky: I’m increasingly perplexed by the distinction made between “traditional” and “photojournalistic” wedding photographers. As far as I can tell, the best wedding photographers do both well throughout the day – and that is certainly our aim.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
Susie: My sister, of course, has influenced me a lot. It’s so great to have someone who I learned with to talk to at any time. Becky, too, with her passion to learn and pursue higher things. For business: John Jantsch, Tim Sanders, and Seth Godin have written some books that really changed the way I think. I also have a great network of other photographers that are always inspiring me to be a better me.
Becky: Well, obviously, Susie’s been my primary and best teacher of photography and the industry! My brother and sister-in-law have showed me what a precious gift pictures are to a family. My husband taught me to try things for myself instead of sitting on the sidelines critiquing. My faith informs everything I do personally and professionally, especially a Bible verse that says, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
Do you have any good wedding stories?
Susie: Once I was shooting a wedding where a unity candle just wouldn’t light. One of the groomsmen gets his pocketknife out, hands it to the groom, who tries to dig the wick out, but it still wouldn’t light. The guests all found this very amusing, as did the bride and groom. :)
Becky: I’m a romantic and I cry at every wedding. They’re all good stories.
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
We shoot with Canon. :)
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Susie: Your wedding photographers are the people who will be working the closest with you on your wedding day, and will be there the whole day. Meet your potential photographers and make sure your personalities will have a great time throughout the day. You want to have fun, and the right photographer can make that happen!
Becky: My husband and I had a *terrible* wedding photographer and I’ve always regretted my poor choice. I highly recommend that you ask for samples and go with a photographer whose work moves you. You want pictures of yourselves that will make you smile daily.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
Susie: I’m left-handed, love to read, and can’t get enough coffee. When I sleep, I sleep like a rock. In fact, when I was six years old I broke my arm, fell asleep, and didn’t wake up until the arm was set and the cast was on my arm.
Becky: Oh, I’m actually terribly boring! I like to pray with my husband first thing in the morning, go for a little run, read with my kids, and work on something photography-related. My day never goes like that, of course, but it gives you an idea of just how easily amused I am.