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!
Kimberly · Married on 06/09/2018
Susan & Sandra were amazing to work with for the entire time leading up to, day of, and after our wedding day. Leading up to the wedding Susan was the most in touch vendor we dealt with, checking in on me and how I was doing every step of the way, even beyond just photography. Her survey covered every question of what we were looking for out of our photos for the day, and Sandra had our responses with her on the day of to make sure everything we asked for was covered. We had only met Susan and Sandra in person at our wedding day, and they were so personable and amazing to work with. My husband and I, as well as our families, were so comfortable with them that our pictures really portray no one even realizing they were there. Our wedding photos are filled with pure emotion, happiness, smiles, tears and attitude, that was an exact capture of our day. We received our photos back within a few weeks, which we were too excited for, and we were blown away. Susan & Sandra were still in touch and extremely responsive to ensure we were beyond happy, even editing faces, squints, and blinks to make sure we had photos where everyone looked their best. If you are considering Susan look no further. Your wedding photos will perfectly capture the emotion and fun of your day that you can relive forever. Thank you Susan!
Abigail · Married on 05/27/2018
I am so incredibly happy that we got to work with Susan and her team at our wedding. She was so knowledgeable, kind and enthusiastic, and I couldn't have been happier with the result. We got all of our prints in a very timely manner, and are currently in the process of creating our album. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone who wants someone who is both 100% professional and 100% fun.