Susan Stripling never knew that she'd end up a wedding photographer. Though she purchased her first camera in high school she went to college to study theatre and dance, obtaining a BFA in 2001. Shortly upon her move to New York City after college graduation Susan realized that the life of a starving actor was not for her and went on to consider several career paths. She waited tables, was a receptionist at a failing dotcom, worked in a Broadway theatre casting office, and finally found her love for Photoshop when she began studying digital and graphic design.
Upon her move to Florida in 2001 Susan picked up her camera and looked at it seriously for the first time. She photographed her first wedding that fall and was in love. The fantastic theatre and emotion of weddings moved her in a way nothing had before and her business was born that year.
Susan has photographed weddings all throughout the US, the Caribbean, South America, Finland, France, and the Bahamas. She's been published in Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Bride and Bloom, Modern Bride, the Knot, Professional Photographer magazine, Rangerfinder magazine, Capture magazine, Elegant Bride,in trade publications for Nikon USA, and Town and Country Weddings. Susan's teaching career has developed as well; she has been seen at past Digital Wedding Forum conventions, gives private and group workshops throughout the USA, and has spoken at for WPPI and PPA.
In 2009 Susan won Third Place in the Bride and Groom Together category of WPPI's international yearly 16x20 competition. in 2010 she won first place in the Wedding Photojournalism category and the Grand Award in the Photojournalism division.
Susan lives in Brooklyn, new york with her two wonderful daughters.
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Lucy · Getting married on 09/21/2019
Susan and her team are a must hire group of wedding photographers! We hired her for our rehearsal dinner and wedding in June 2018 and were absolutely blown away by the whole experience. Susan has set up a true photography business and as a result, will offer far more than just great wedding photos on your day (although these are a given). She will help you set up your day of timeline, will help connect you to other vendors if you need recommendations, and will help keep you on track with other planning processes that you're working through. On the day of, she will be attentive, but not intrusive, will be behind the scenes but also able to direct a crowd, and will do everything in her power to capture the absolute best wedding photos you could ever imagine.
I would HIGHLY recommend Susan for anyone looking for a wedding photographer and can honestly say, I could not have imagine working with anyone else on my big day. She is a true and rare talent....and a must use for any big day!
Amanda Lamotte Estus · Married on 12/09/2018
Hire her now!
Susan is a dream. Hire her now. Seriously, take my word for it and just do it. I feel like the luckiest bride in the world to have had her as a part of our day. First of all, she’s a photography genius (no seriously, google her awards and accolades- she’s a genius). Second, she is the most lovely human to have around you on your wedding day. And while that may seem secondary in choice of photographers- it’s a huge factor. She was with me from the moment I put my makeup on to the second I drove away with my new husband. And she made us feel comfortable, made us smile, laugh and also never made us feel on display. She captured beautiful candid images of us and our family and friends, while also (very quickly and efficiently) making beautiful portraits for us. We love absolutely every image she created, she kept us on schedule allowing us to have some alone time before our reception, and she returned images to us SO quickly. She answered every question I had big or small leading up to our wedding day incredibly quickly. I could go on for days about how much I love Susan and her work- but chat with her, look at her gallery and see for yourself!
Jean · Married on 10/20/2018
Susan Stripling is Splendid & Special
Susan Stripling is a sensational photographer.
She has brilliant artistic vision and creativity, and the technical genius to make it work. Susan is also a very lovely person to work with. She and her two colleagues photographed our son's wedding day, from getting ready in the morning to the last dance of the evening. The photographers were everywhere, yet very discreet. They were full of energy and enthusiasm, yet very calm. What a marvelous decision it was to have Susan as our wedding photographer!
While our two families planned the wedding, I forwarded Susan's website to our son, his fiancée, and her parents with a comment: "Fasten your seat belts for this one!" SusanStripling.com is dazzling to look at, and helpful to read. Her extraordinary talent, her buttoned-up professionalism, and her warm personality are reflected in her website. Susan has the process of wedding photography down to an art, of course, but also to a science. She has vast experience, and is well organized, so we knew the wedding day would proceed smoothly and the photographs would be spectacular. And they are! WOW is a word used by everyone who sees them.
A week after the wedding, we received a sneak peek of some of the photos, which Susan presented in a blog posted on her website:
We are absolutely thrilled with the photos! Both Susan's stunning photographs and her descriptive writing vividly capture the highlights and the essence of our joyous, glorious day.