When I was in my portraiture class with Heidi, one day I thought to myself, “That girl seems cool – I think she and I should be friends.” So I told her we should grab a drink sometime. We did. And I was right! She is cool! And we’ve been friends ever since. Never did I imagine I would be photographing her engagement and wedding to Jonathan. I got two friends out of the deal! I will say, it isn’t always easy to photograph your friend. It’s even harder to photograph a friend who you respect as a photographer and artist. Did I mention Jonathan is also a photographer?! On the other end of that, I think it may be even harder to trust your friend to photograph one of the most important moments in your life! I couldn’t be more grateful that Heidi and Jonathan put their trust and faith in me. We had such a fun day and once we all got past the photographer/client stage and became friends again – it all fell into place. I am so honored to be photographing their October wedding and I am equally honored to call these two people my friends!
I had so much fun with this couple and their playful golden retriever. Together they brought out the best in each other and I loved watching them interact in such a natural and loving way. Their baby is about to join a very happy, joyful, and love filled home. I look forward to meeting the newest member of their family this fall!
I was so grateful to be invited to this wonderfully unique wedding. A backyard wedding always seems to have the potential to carry a special quality, simply because the place itself has so much history within in. And this wedding did. However, the bride and groom, along with their family and friends, brought so much love and sincerity to this place that they added extra meaning to an already meaningful location. The couple married under a beautiful climbing tree that generations of children, including the bride and her siblings, have climbed. The children in attendance didn’t hesitate to do the same. It was a beautiful day. I was honored to be a part of it.
I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, WA. this July. It was a truly unique and magical day. It was an elegant event filled with family and friends celebrating Allison & Jesse’s marriage.
Sometimes things don’t turn out quite as we planned. I certainly never thought I would live in Seattle. I never thought I would become a photographer. I never imagined loving any other art form as much as I love music. But all of those things happened, and more.
Today I took down my first fine art photography exhibit. I thought I would be sad or disappointed that it had to come down. To the contrary, I feel proud and accomplished. I did it! I did more than I ever intended to do when I first decided to move to Seattle to pursue my new found passion for photography. I have grown leaps and bounds as an artist and have enjoyed the evolution of my work. With the help of the incredible staff and faculty at PCNW, I have found a way to be inclusive of all creative parts of myself and figured out how my love of music can live simultaneously with my love of photography. I have so many new ideas and am eager to get started on the next project.
I feel an enormous amount of Gratitude for the endless support that I have received. My family and friends (old & new) have shown up for me at every turn. I have had a steady stream of visitors fly in from NY and LA to see the work that I have done. I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s an overwhelming feeling to have people believe in you in such a proactive way. Even strangers have trusted me to use their cars, homes, props, and whatever else I dared to ask for, to make this project come to life. Those strangers, turned friendly neighbors, then showed up to see the final exhibit. Near and far I have received words of encouragement, assistance to make it all happen, and so much love. I thank you all! My friends and family who have been showing up for years, and the friends I have made here in Seattle who have decided to support me and believe in me without much history between us…..I am forever grateful.
For this particular project, I owe so much of my gratitude to my Grandparents. To my Grandfather for leaving a legacy of such beautiful photographs of my ancestors, and to my Grandmother for sharing her stories about their life together with me. This project was, in many ways, a celebration of them as well as a reminder of what a significant gift it is to capture, and eventually leave behind, our life stories for those who will follow us.
Sometimes things don’t turn out quite as we planned, and I’ve learned what a beautiful gift that can be!
Love to you & thanks for taking the time to read my blog.
(Below is documentation of the gallery space where my work was exhibited. Feel free to check out all of the images, sound clips, and musical pieces in the gallery and home movies sections at suzannefiore.com)
I couldn’t be happier that my first blog post is showing off the love between my dear friend Laurie, and her beautiful mother Sharre. They bring out the absolute best in each other and their bond is incredibly strong. It was such a pleasure to be able to spend the day in their energy and an honor to capture the love and respect between these two ladies.