Suzannah received her first camera when she was 15 years old, as a birthday gift from her parents. Once she got the Mamiya 35 mm in her hands, she couldn’t let it go!
From following her parents around, [who were folklorists and writers], to cemeteries and old churches in Alabama, to photographing her brother’s Little League teams, she began to hone her skills. A science project on native flowers and plants kickstarted her high school career with the high school and local newspaper.
She was selected one of 100 Top Young Photographers by the Kodak company during her high school years as a member of 4H and continued her journey in college at the University of Alabama, working for the Crimson White, editing and doing photography for the United Methodist Wesley Foundation at the university, and working for a professional photographer. Her senior thesis was “A Study of Southern Women.”
When Suzannah graduated in 1985, she chose to come home to Tallassee. She decided to open her own photography studio, and in October of 1985, she opened up shop in a small building on Sistrunk in downtown Tallassee.
It’s been a wonderful experience since then, and she has progressed from that tiny, narrow building that didn’t even have a bathroom to a much larger building around the block, and now to her own studio on James Street.
From 35mm to medium format film cameras and now to the digital world, she has seen many changes in photography. But some things remain constant, her eye for the subject, her love for her work, and her desire to do the best work she can for her clients.
“I have the best job in the world. I have such good clients and it’s a privilege to share those precious moments in life with them. In the end, all you have are “photographs and memories’ and I am so fortunate to be able to document their lives.”
Suzannah’s training is in photojournalism and traditional portraiture, but she can also “mix it up” with some contemporary ideas. “I always want to strive for new and fresh and creative, but I also want my client to know that sometimes the traditional portrait is exactly what you need. I am constantly thinking about my work and what is next on the horizon.”Suzannah is a member of Professional Photographers of America, is active in the community, particularly working with other downtown Tallassee business owners, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tallassee Housing Authority. She and her husband, Darrell, are members of the First United Methodist Church, and he currently serves as a councilman of Ward 4 in Tallassee.