Jillian + Doug are Engaged: Newport, Rhode Island Engagement Photographer

Planning Engagement Sessions in the winter in New England can be tricky. Especially when you are a natural light photographer like me. So, when Mother Nature decided to provide us with some truly wintery temperatures on the day of Jill & Doug’s session, we quickly decided to meet at 41 North (a fantastic location choice suggested by Jill!) which turned out to be perfect. It’s a fantastic contemporary setting on the water, with wonderful light and furnishings. Most importantly, it is the place that Jill & Doug celebrated on the day they became engaged in Newport last year.

Jill had scheduled her makeup trial with Jennifer Hodge of Spectrum Makeup Artistry for that morning, and I think she looked stunning. Just look at those eyes!

Doug had proposed to Jill on one of their favorite streets in downtown Newport where they had spent time walking and admiring the historic architecture. Of course, had to revisit the spot for a few photos.

Congratulations Doug & Jill – I can’t wait for May!

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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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