Susan Sabo is a wedding photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Learn more about Susan in our feature interview with her below!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a self-taught photographer, and started with 35mm film (way before digital cameras came out). I left photography for a long time, I was a single mom and worked in magazines and advertising and was also a published author. I never lost my love of photography, and several years ago, as digital camera got better and more accessible, I started up again with a Canon.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
I’m an observer, not a joiner. I always know what’s going on around me, and there is usually something that interests me, aesthetically. I love capturing things that others didn’t notice. I love my job! There are only 2 things I wanted to be when I was growing up (aside from a cowboy); a writer and a photographer. I’ve been a writer and I love this new chapter of my life as a photographer.
How long have you been a photographer?
In all, decades. My all digital full-time business has been running about four years.
How would you classify your style of photography?
Photojournalistic, definitely. But portraiture makes up about half of my business, and even in my portraiture, I use a more detached, non-posed style. My portraiture is often kind of quirky; it’s something you would see in a magazine.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
Everyone, everything influences me. I do believe I have a particular style, but I am totally influenced by seeing how other people approach a shot.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
Yes! My husband, who is my assistant/2nd shooter is known in my “online world,” only as Mr. Susan (there’s a story behind that, but it’s a whole other story). So he’s always referred to as just “Mr. Susan” and that’s what my clients know him as. When I get to a wedding, the brides are always very anxious to meet him. They’ll come rushing up to me asking, “is this Mr. Susan? Oh, I’ve heard so much about you!” LOL. They can’t wait to meet him. He’s creating an odd sort of cult persona.
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
My preferred is a film Hasselblad because the images that come from it are just remarkable. I do still shoot film with a Canon 1v, and I love it. There’s no comparison between continuous tone and pixels. As far as digital, I carry all Canon gear.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
I would start and end with style. I strongly suggest all potential clients to pick a photographer based on their style; not on their location or price. This is my spiel: “after the reception, when the cake is eaten and the guests have left; when all the decorations have come down and you’re now a married couple there’s just you and your husband. And your photos.” I think couples should find a photographer who they could see themselves hanging out with; someone who can make them laugh (they’re going to need it, believe me!).
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
I’ve been married three times, which is kind of ironic considering what I do. But brides find that funny, and it makes for great conversation while I’m shooting them getting ready.
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc?
Yes! There is so much needless stress put onto a couple getting married, that it’s easy to get swept up in the hype over trivial things that, in the end, don’t matter. When I’m hanging with the groom, or the bride, right before the service and they start to get nervous about the napkins, or the caterer, or something like that, I tell them, “look, all that matters is that today, you’re getting married. nothing else makes a difference.”
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