New Mini Sessions Thursday, 2/22 and Friday 2/23!

Personal Styling Offer and New Mini Sesh

 "My new dating profile pictures have been a hit so far! ❤️❤️ This gal is lining up some dates and hopefully someone will be worthy of some of my free time and sexiness ;) " ~ Client, February 2018

Come see what the fuss is all about this Thursday 2/22 and Friday 2/23. I'm back at mini sessions this week at Echo Park Lake! 

I'm still running the February special for $45 for a 30 minute shoot (plan for 45 minutes total) through the month of February. The caveat for this special is that I'll be hitting one specific neighborhood on one day of the week.  To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites.  You'll get up to 2 edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE CALENDLY LINK BELOW TO BOOK.
*This special does not include appointment times outside of the availability times and location on the Calendly link.

https://calendly.com/suzannestrong/eastsideminisesh/02-22-2018

I am also opening up a few longer appointments this month that are not as restricted by day or neighborhood, offered well below my normal rates at this super low introductory price of $65. To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites. You'll get up to 6 edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each.  Please contact me directly to arrange a date and time at suzanne@suzannestrong.la

AND! HOLY SMOKES, you guys!!!

My good friend, Betty Barajas, aka The Rock and Roll Stylist, is offering a CRAZY low styling rate to go along in conjunction with my dating photo special. Betty is a WHIZ at styling for any look: from vintage to contemporary.  

BOOK HER NOW for in-person styling when you book a mini session with me this for this Thursday, 2/15 for ONLY $25!!! When you sign up with Betty for this special, please bring 2-3 outfits for her to put together into ONE amazing fit--because we want you to look as fly as possible in these photos.  You guys have NO idea what a bargain you're getting! Betty is so excited to help me help you find authentic connections in LA, that she is offering this at a crazy discount. 
Contact Betty at letsrockmensvintage@gmail.com to book!

And if you want to shoot another day with me this week (click links below to reserve your space) and are not available to have her assist in person on Thursday, Betty is offering her virtual styling expertise via Skype or FaceTime at $25 for 1/2 hour or $40 for 1 hour. She can also assist you with virtual styling for the mini shoot on Thursday if you'd like to get a jumpstart before your shoot. 

As women who have been involved on the internet dating scene, Betty and I know how important it is that one looks like their best self in their photos...through the images and how they choose to express themselves through their clothes.  WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

***Styling services are an add-on to the photo shoot and are not required to do the shoots :)

Crazy Special on Styling!

Personal Styling Offer!

Holy smokes, you guys. 

My good friend, Betty Barajas, aka The Rock and Roll Stylist, is offering a CRAZY low styling rate to go along in conjunction with my dating photo special. Betty is a WHIZ at styling for any look: from vintage to contemporary.  

BOOK HER NOW for in-person styling when you book a mini session with me this for this Thursday, 2/15 for ONLY $25!!! When you sign up with Betty for this special, please bring 2-3 outfits for her to put together into ONE amazing fit--because we want you to look as fly as possible in these photos.  You guys have NO idea what a bargain you're getting! Betty is so excited to help me help you find authentic connections in LA, that she is offering this at a crazy discount. 
Contact Betty at letsrockmensvintage@gmail.com to book!

And if you want to shoot another day with me this week (click links below to reserve your space) and are not available to have her assist in person on Thursday, Betty is offering her virtual styling expertise via Skype or FaceTime at $25 for 1/2 hour or $40 for 1 hour. She can also assist you with virtual styling for the mini shoot on Thursday if you'd like to get a jumpstart before your shoot. 

As women who have been involved on the internet dating scene, Betty and I know how important it is that one looks like their best self in their photos...through the images and how they choose to express themselves through their clothes.  WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Please check her work below! This is a dream opportunity for y'all!

***Styling services are an add-on to the photo shoot and are not required to do the shoots :)

What's so great about these February mini sessions?

February Mini Sessions Are Killing it!

"When someone is able to capture your happiness and your true self in a photo, this is who we call a true artist behind the camera. Thank you Suzie!"  ~ Client, February 2018 

The first round of mini sessions for dating photos were SO MUCH FUN! I met with 4 new clients in the arts district in DTLA to kick off the special.  Two of the women I shot said they're already getting tons of new likes on their dating profiles! Check it:

 "My new dating profile pictures have been a hit so far! ❤️❤️ This gal is lining up some dates and hopefully someone will be worthy of some of my free time and sexiness ;) " ~ Client, February 2018

We had SUCH a great time chatting and wandering around the arts district! And oh yeah, we ended up shooting a bunch of amazing pictures too ;)  One really cool moment was when  two of the women crossed their appointment times over by a few minutes and they ended up connecting and networking for their jobs!

"A HUGE thank you to my amazingly talented friend Suzanne Strong.  We shot last Friday, and I am telling I have never felt so comfortable in a photoshoot until this day. Suzie has a way to make you feel comfortable, she made me feel like I could shine just the way I am and she captured my happiness like no one else has.

"These are some of the shots for my dating profiles, and I am really excited to start sharing them there. She is having a great introductory price right now for these kind of shoots. I highly recommend her! So any of you guys and gals that would love some photos that capture your true self, your magic, and your energy, contact her for more information! <3"  ~Betty B., February 2018 client

I'm still running the same special for $45 for a 30 minute shoot (plan for 45 minutes total) through the month of February. The caveat for this special is that I'll be hitting one neighborhood on one day of the week.  To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites.  You'll get up to 2edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE CALENDLY LINK BELOW TO BOOK.
*This special does not include appointment times outside of the availability times and location on the Calendly link.

Book ECHO PARK mini shoot on 2/15 or 2/16

I am also opening up a few longer appointments this month that are not as restricted by day or neighborhood, offered well below my normal rates. Please check the Calendly link below to book an hour session, now at this super introductory price of $65. To book at this low rate, the photos must be used on your dating profile. The photos can be posted elsewhere on your socials with the agreement that they are posted on your dating sites. You'll get up to 6 edited selects with the option of buying more images at $10 each. 
*Westside clients, please note that the rates for this shoot will be $85

Book ONE HOUR mini shoot on 2/13 or 2/14

Check my work as well as some of the new shots from last week.

I LOVE THIS PROJECT and can't wait to make magic with more of you! 

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions :)
Let's bring more LOVE to LA!

xo Suzie

February Photo Special!

SUPER $45 dollar special running now!

I started online dating about a year and a half ago after the dust settled from my divorce. I was surprised by how seemingly inauthentic a lot of the photos I was seeing were. I know that a lot of the people I was swiping through were probably way more interesting than how they were coming across in their photos.

I was also surprised at how many people are looking for authentic love and connection in LA. I want to help more people find the connections that they’re looking for in this big ass city. If you’re participating in any kind of online dating, I believe it all starts with using photos that really reflect who you truly are, inside and out! And one of my main talents is taking photos that reflect YOU!

SO! I’m running a photography SUPER special right now for all the single ladies and gents! I want to help you manifest your goals in love and connection by capturing your true essence with the perfect picture of you.

I’m currently booking 45 minute mini-sessions for only $45! For this super sweet $45 price, you’ll get 2 beautiful and edited selects to use on your dating profile. Please use the images on your other socials as well (with the agreement that you’ll use them on your dating profile)!

If you’d like to book more time than the allotted 45 minutes please register for consecutive slots, priced at $45 per ½ hour. Please contact me directly if you’d like to discuss a shoot with a broader scope.

I’m running one day Eastside and one Westside. Please follow the links for info and to sign up. If there is enough interest, I will open up more days and times for this special.

Westside: https://calendly.com/suzannestrong/veniceminisesh/02-08-2018
Eastside: https://calendly.com/suzannestrong/dtlaminisesh/02-02-2018
After securing your spot on the calendar link, I’ll be sending you a very short survey.

Samples of my photography work here in the photos. You can also check my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/suzanne_strong/ or my site at https://www.suzannestrong.la/


And PLEASE pass the info for these mini sessions along to your single friends. I want to help as many people as I can!

South Africa & A Zulu Wedding

 
 The lovely bride &amp; groom

The lovely bride & groom

 

Late April, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for my dear friends' traditional Zulu wedding.

I met Luyanda here in LA before she and her hubs, Jerry, moved back to her childhood hometown of Johannesburg, SA last fall. Luyanda and I met on a women's Facebook group when she was looking for a photographer and I was looking for a model. We became instant friends and not only that, we worked on a few projects together. Among them, I shot the lookbook and catalog for her clothing line, Revolt and I hired her to model for the campaign for the launch of Zenzee shoes, designed by another good friend, Sharon.  Luyanda is one of the funniest, strongest, most badass women I've known. When she told me about the wedding in South Africa and she asked me to be a bridesmaid, we did all the things we could to plan and prep for my first trip to SA to be such a special part of their day. 

Luyanda is Zulu and her husband is Mexican-American. Lu's parents wanted them to have a traditional wedding in the village where they have a family farm, about 4 hours from Joberg.  The wedding was absolutely incredible. The whole village came to the 4 hour ceremony which filled with dancing, singing and a presentation of gifts. At the reception, Lu's parents (founders and owners of Native Rhythms record label) fed every single person who was in attendance, from the village guests to the other wedding guests. After the wedding, everyone of all ages danced to the sounds of Kendrick Lamar and South African gqom music. It was a day I will never ever forget. 

Scroll through above for pictures from the wedding <3

We spent the days before and after the wedding exploring Johannesberg and Soweto. I stayed in Maboneng, a recently revived area that now draws young people and artists. The fashion in Joberg was off the hook! I saw a lot of very fashion forward threads mixed with vintage and dandy vibes alongside beautiful local fabrics. It definitely inspired me to start looking for more color in my very dark-colored wardrobe. And yes, I recognize the irony that I'm talking about all the color and these photos are all in black & white. Ha!

Scroll through above for fashion pics from Maboneng <3

Lu and Jerry brought his family and me (also in town from LA), to the Hector Pieterson Museum, which documented the Soweto uprising in 1976. It was a beautiful and sobering tribute. We later went to Nelson Mandela's home, now also a museum, which was incredible and inspiring as well. Human rights are still a huge issue in South Africa as racism is very rampant. Visiting both museums was a huge reminder that we still have so much work to do in our humanity and compassion for each other, as well as continuing to stand up for all of our rights. 

Joberg is an incredible city. I absolutely loved it. I was overwhelmed by the graciousness of my hosts, the people I spoke with on the streets, the beauty, the LIFE that is lived wholeheartedly, despite many challenges. The food, fashion and music were sublime. It was an inspiration and will continue to be so for the rest of my life.  I'm ready for my next trip back! 

xo
Suzie

 

Looking Ahead

 
 

As I've been moving through this journey called life, I've experienced some major changes in the last few years.  Honestly, I'm guessing we all have. It's been a crazy road for many of us replete with both challenges and joyful times to celebrate. I can't say it's been boring!

Along the way, I've discovered how to be vulnerable, how to surrender, how to honor myself through self-care and through setting boundaries. I've learned how to healthily give and receive. I've learned how to say yes to myself and I've learned that if your heart is not screaming "f*ck yeah" to something, it's a no.  Last but not least, I've learned to let my own light shine. I've started sharing some of my journey more publicly, after "hermit-ing" away for a while.  As I've become more open in sharing my experiences and lessons,  I've had friends and even people that I don't know reach out to me to let me know that my vulnerability and sharing more of myself on a personal level has been inspiring to them to do the same. 

And so, I've come to a place where I am no longer willing to hide behind my camera and my work. It's not enough for me anymore to simply display what I've created.  I want to continue authentically and vulnerably sharing with you on both personal and work levels: lessons I've learned along my journey, silly stories, art, fashion and music that inspires me, spiritual musings, BTS stories from shoots, systems that I use for success, and last but not least, photography tips, tricks and resources.

As I've been working on my re-brand and launch to better encompass my new intentions, I've also realized that the new driving goal behind it all is that I aim to serve as many of you as possible through my business. In addition to my regular photography and directing work (and side hobby of music!), I'll be offering more workshops in person (available soon online and streaming), free downloads, digital products, print purchasing, and specials.

Let's share this beautiful journey together. 
xo Suzie