Susan Strawbridge Photography

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Welcome to Susan Strawbridge Photography!

I emphasize color candids to capture the emotions, fun, love and energy of children, friends and families. Often borrowing humor from my two daughters, Elise and Westie, I have an energetic, creative and friendly approach to my sessions. Instead of relying on traditional poses, I prefer to watch and wait for the special moments that define a child or who you are as a family. Luckily for me, my awesome clients tend to have an incredible amount of love and laughter -- it's just up to me to capture it in a genuine way that is powerful, vibrant and moving.

A sitting should be fun for you and your kids! Let kids be kids. I let children relax and feel comfortable, enabling me to capture not only a moment but also an emotion. One of my greatest professional compliments came from a four year old boy who blindsided me with a huge hug at the playground weeks after our photo shoot and exclaimed "Hi camera lady! Can we have another playdate soon?" I am happy to report that I have yet to meet a child that I can't get to burst out laughing.

Time really does fly by -- I love to capture these phases of life with children and embrace the essence of each age. I would love to create timeless pieces that you too will cherish forever.

My work includes newborns, christenings, kids, families, dogs, birthday parties, corporate headshots, product marketing, you name it.

That said….toddlers are my favorite subject to photograph. They might not listen to instructions, pick their nose, keep moving all the time, run away, and think my ideas are nuts, but they make me smile. They are wild, full of energy, their personality is exploding… and they are authentic and natural because they don’t know anything else. My dream come true! It's that energy and personality that I love to capture.

Maybe that's why I also believe that every day deserves a good laugh!!

$250 sitting fee advance payment appreciated to hold the date. Fee includes not only the photo session but also a password-protected online gallery of the best images (available for 90 days), a private ordering consultation, as well as my personal -- and highly useful! -- framing recommendations.

Please contact me at or 202-537-6646 for more details.

Great products for 2014 include:
Modern Mount Collections: Very thin, frameless photos mounted in customizable shapes and sizes. An instant, unique arrangement of favorite portraits transformed into an amazing modern art gallery for your home. Endless numbers of sizes and configurations available to fit your space.

Acrylic series: Mount a series of photos behind a thick piece of acrylic to create a striking, unique piece of art that adds incredible depth to the color and personality of your children. Work with me to create a 4/5 image series that is customized to fit the perfect spot in your home.

Photography Class for Mom: Ever wondered how to take better photos of those moving targets we call kids?! This fun session will teach you how to make the most of that fancy camera you own (or want to put on your Christmas wish list). Photographing children is what I know best. This personalized lesson will teach you how to move beyond the standard snapshot with a handful of tips. We will cover your camera settings and basic photography (exposure, composition, light, etc.). Dig even deeper with an extra hour on your computer to learn how to transform your photos with basic editing tricks.

The photos in my gallery below reflect my candid, playful style. Thanks for looking!


Susan Strawbridge Samples

Updated: Jan 16, 2014 12:45pm PST