A Wedding Photographer Reminisces on Her 15th Wedding Anniversary

Today my husband, Chris, and I celebrate 15 years of marriage (22 years together total!), a feat I am quite proud of. Our marriage is not without the normal stresses and pressures that most married couples go through in everyday life, yet time has brought us closer. I feel more bonded to this man than ever. I feel that when someone gives you the gift of sharing their one and only go-round in this life with you, it is both a true honor and a leap of faith. I meant every word I said when we made promises to each other and exchanged vows on the beach at sunset that evening in 1999…but how could I fully know? How could I know exactly what those words meant? Now, after experiencing 15 years of raising a child together, buying homes togethers, moving from one part of the country to another (several times), changing jobs together, graduating from undergraduate and graduate school together, laughing and crying together, struggling to balance finances, taking trips together, celebrating all of life’s accomplishments together and supporting each other through life’s disappointments, I know. I know what it means to have a true partner in this life. Someone who “gets” me. Who has seen me at my lowest moments and still loves and respects me despite it (and because of it) and knows in return that I feel the same way. I treasure our life together so far and celebrate the wonderful years I know are coming.

Photo courtesy of Heather Feraro Photography

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About Susan

My wedding and portrait photography business is located in the heart of South County, Rhode Island close to URI and the scenic, south coast beaches. I grew up here and feel so lucky to be able to work and create in such a beautiful location! My approach to photography is much like my approach to life: creative, relaxed, natural and fun. I would describe my style as a blend of candid & photojournalistic with traditional & artistic images. I love taking the time to create some beautiful, romantic portraits of my brides & grooms, but also the spontaneous moments throught the wedding day. 

I consider my website and blog a place where I can visually journal about the amazing people and places I get to photograph. Not only do I consider myself exceptionally lucky to be making a living taking photographs for people at important moments in their lives, but I also get to meet an amazing cross section of people I might not otherwise get to know. In the ten years I have been in business, I have had the chance to photograph couples riding high on the excitement of their recent engagement, on their wedding day, parents-to-be waiting to meet their new child, newborn babies, children marking milestone birthdays and families who want to remember a certain time in their lives by capturing it in a photographic portrait.  

In more recent years, I have had the opportunity to photograph the weddings of younger siblings and friends of previous wedding clients, and the maternity, newborn and family portraits of couples whose weddings I photographed in years past. It feels amazing to know my creative vision of these occasions is a part of their lives and their family history and I am grateful for each and every one of them. When I say I love what I do, it is from a genuine place. I can't imagine doing anything else and feeling as creativly satisfied and pleased to make my clients happy.  

I studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for undergraduate school and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

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