Class of 2019, Girls: Rhode Island High School Senior Portrait Photographer


I know I am repeating myself when I say how much I LOVE taking high school senior portraits. Not only did I just go through this exciting time with my own son (who will be heading off to college this fall), but I vividly remember my own high school experience and how thrilling and emotional ing this time of life was. Searching for colleges, exploring my developing passion for art, sports and music, the friendships & relationships I treasured, working a part time job, and the myriad of ideas that you begin to consider on a deeper level as you grow and expand your world.  I always enjoy meeting my senior portrait clients and hearing their stories about where they are currently in their lives, and thoughts for the future. I encourage the sessions to be a reflection of who they are at this time in their life – whether that is simply the location they choose for the session, or if we include props like the musical instrument they play, a piece of equipment or gear from their signature sport, or their fashion that shows their unique qualities. My main goal (aside from giving their parents wonderful keepsakes and printed memories) is to make these teens feel comfortable with me and in front of the camera, so that their genuine smiles, body posture, and personality comes through in their portraits. Everyone wants to look good in their portraits, which is completely understandable. But I also want my portrait clients to feel good being photographed as well.

Below are some of my favorite senior portraits of the amazing, beautiful, diverse and intelligent young women I had the pleasure of photographing last year. I’m sure they all are finalizing their plans for where they will study, work or travel to after high school graduation, and I wish them all the very best in all their endeavors!

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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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