our way of doing things

"What will happen working with Susan?"

Before we begin, we need a plan for how your images will be displayed in your home. Then your photo session creates those images. The entire portrait process takes place in several different meetings. The pre-session consultation (by phone or in person), your photo session, the preview & ordering appointment and delivery.

“What do you want to do with your images and how do you want to display them?”

This is the important question.


We offer a few different ways to create your photo session to fit your needs and those of your family!  Sessions can be at an idea destinations, on locations, at our beach or yours (sand matters!), your home, our waterview studio or Bay Head gallery studio, just about anywhere!  The place depends upon that important plan!! 

The Process 

  • pre-portraits consultation
  • photo session
  • ordering appointment
  • delivery
  • future plan


What final result are we shooting for and how will we plan it? From what to wear, to how images will be displayed, color, location - the look and feel of your photo session.  

The pre-consultation answers your questions and helps us get to know you and what you want. Your shoot is not luck. It is carefully planned and fully designed. Pre-consults can take place on the phone or in person. Great portraits begin with a great relationship. Tell me about your home and your vision and we’ll add in our creativity to make it happen.


Sessions at the beach, your home, on location, at our waterview studio, your pool or our heated salt water pools

Our sessions are fun. We do not want you to worry about if it will go well, will the kids will behave, to agonizing over what to wear and convincing dad or teen agers that it won’t be “that bad.”  It may have been challenging for you in the past but this will be peaceful, relaxed, enjoyable.  You may want to do again very soon! Sessions with Susan are anything but stressful. 

Susan doesn’t care about crazy kids or teens who would rather do something else! We can find ways to work with everything, even a toddler who doesn't want to anything!! We want the real personality (the one you love most) to come out.  Susan's over 30 years of experience with babies, kids, teens and people (even ones not quite excited about  this) makes it comfortable. When you work with Susan, with a plan, you’ll feel confident. Even dad will marvel at how “easy” it really was.

Most family shoots take place at the beach or your home or a special location. Susan loves the ease of natural lighting although her knowledge of using good direction with this lighting is wonderful. This is something she studied and spent years understanding.  Artist have always known the strength and direction lighting holds.  Her works tend to be on the monochromatic side so relationships and people shine.

Our waterview studio is wonderful for newborns, babies, children, boudoir and PR portraits sessions. It is a quiet, peaceful, beautiful space, a place where time can be taken to put a newborn to sleep or allow some one to have a cup of tea and relax. We also have heated salt water pools in both SWFL and the jersey shore - love the ability to be in the water and see a body of water - to feel like a mermaid!  

The beach and scenic spots make for some amazing and unique images, especially if the location is special to you. Often your home is magnificiet or we can make it look that way (lol).  So consider where you’d like to have your session or we can recommend a place for you. We focus the portrait experience around just that, an amazing experience. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and a commitment to each family’s relationship and the creation of unique art for their home.


The ordering appointment

This is where the fun finishes! It is the time when you get to see all the planning pay off. Your images are projected onto our projection screen and we take the time to design the right art piece for your home. This is the time when you will finalize your portrait order, so be sure to pick a time where both mom and dad or whoever needs to be there can be there.  We’ll help you sort through the images and make final decisions on what will look best with your decor. We’ll show you actual size and pair images together for a stunning album or wall gallery.  Specializing in wall series and heirloom albums, some of the products we offer are one-of-a-kind. 


Delivery and Installation

About 3-4 weeks later, your art piece will be ready for pick up, delivery or shipping. We’ll call or email you to let you know it’s here and make arrangements for you to display your artwork. And if you need help with installation, we will gladly provide someone who can help. And once those portraits are hanging, you can sit back and enjoy them every day.


Future plan

Often our families often come to us year after year. As your family grows and changes, it will be time to update your portraits. So right from the start we plan, knowing that more may come. And we design around that! The next time you work with us, we’ll create art that coordinates with your artwork, so you can build on to what we’ve already created for you.