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 :)

South Africa & A Zulu Wedding

 
 The lovely bride & 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