Grief

I enjoy thinking about “the human experience” (surprise surprise, counselor lady) and spend my days talking to people about the ups and downs of their lives. Often my photography serves as an escape for me into the lighter, more beautiful or sweet or adorable sides of life. But I believe there is also reason to photograph the darkness. I took these particular photos years ago and am currently not grieving. But I pull them out periodically and find great comfort in reminding myself of what my grief looked like. I began simply wanting to destroy… or at least render something unrecognizable. I wanted to take the chaos that was churning inside of me and impose it on the world around me. After debating the usual possibilities (shave my head? get tattoos? go skydiving?), I decided to… paint my apartment. And what began as a (feeble) attempt at destruction slowly changed into an act of creation. What started out literally in darkness (I couldn’t sleep and began painting only at night) was found by light. I am beginning to think that, out of all life’s travails, grief comes closest to looking and feeling like pure chaos. Our moments of grief are the ones when we begin to think that the center cannot hold. And yet we have reason to hope. Perhaps we should tell our stories of grief a bit more often. In my experience, the chaos doesn’t win.

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Take heart.

Happy (Late) Father’s Day!

I love that we have a day to celebrate Dads. I can speak for myself in saying that my Dad has earned my deep love and admiration and I am thankful there is a day when I have an excuse to remind him of that. This year, I had the fun job of taking a couple of kiddo photos as Father’s Day gifts. I wasn’t able to post them until now because they were (shhhhh) a surprise. So now I have the freedom to say Happy Belated Father’s Day to the daddies of these little ones :-)

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Zoe Kitty

It’s not often that I get the chance to do pet photography. But I believe pets can be a huge part of their humans’ lives. I have always loved my own pets (which have ranged from cats and dogs to horses and lambs) and have so valued the role they have played in my life. So I was quite sad when one of my friends called recently to let me know that her precious pet of 10 years, her cat Zoe, was diagnosed with cancer by the vet. Since Zoe is still active and seems to feel pretty good, she wanted to get a few photos of her acting like her normal kittenish self. We also got a few of her housemate Zack, a big ole Siamese cat with blue eyes. I had such a fun day in the life of Zoe and Zack. And am hoping for many more good days like this in Zoe’s future.

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New Packaging!

This summer, Sarah Sue Photography will be four years old (can you believe it?!). So when I recently began running low on CDs and jewel cases, I decided it was high time to upgrade my packaging. A huge piece of this decision is my recent purchase of a new printer!! With this baby, I am basically now a self-contained photographer/designer/print shop. I am able to make customer prints in-house, giving me total artistic control of my product from beginning to end. This is helpful in my recent attempts to branch out into the realm of fine art photography (more on that another day) as well as my ability to create pretty packaging for my customers. All of the inserts, tags, and logos were designed and printed by yours truly. So without further ado, feast your eyes! Next time you place an order with Sarah Sue Photography, this is the delightful gift you can expect to receive in the mail:

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Welcome Baby Joseph!

Two weeks ago, my heart got a little bigger when my newest nephew was born. Baby Joseph, as it turns out, is just a delightful human (much like his parents and siblings). And this Mother’s Day week, I am feeling very grateful for my sweet sister-in-law, who is such a fantastic momma to these kids who I love so dearly. Happy (late) Mother’s Day!

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V Family Mini Session

Okay I might have a new favorite location. For this spring’s mini sessions, I went to the lovely brick walkway on South Blvd. Yes it is a median in a residential area. And yes, it is totally beautiful. I can’t get over the size of those oak trees! And of course it doesn’t hurt that the V Family is also beautiful :-). Little Knox is a pro in front of the camera (remember when he was this little?). We got a TON of photos in our short session. As always, V Family, it was a delight!

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Bentley is 2!

Old friends are precious ya’ll. I have been so lucky to have a number of friendships that have stood the test of time. Bentley’s mom is a great friend of mine from college who now lives close-by once again. And as a result, I got to join in the fun at Bentley’s Brown Bear Birthday Bash!! There was so much fun to be had, it was tough to decide what to enjoy first. From the cute decorations to the bubble machine to the bouncy castle to the beautiful cake, that little boy was in two-year-old heaven. Such a fun day celebrating a sweet boy :-)

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B Family in Hermann Park

It is finally spring in Houston! And along with the rising temperatures, we have had a sloppy month (which is good and bad for photo shoots – muddy locations but lovely light). The B Family was so gracious on a wet Saturday morning, trudging through Hermann Park after a heavy storm. And the resulting photos are just precious! Their son was totally ready and willing to interact with his surroundings, which made it a joy to follow him and watch his reactions through my lens. He was especially excited about the train, the ducks, the playground, and (best of all) his very own pup. Thanks so much for braving the mud with me B Family! Enjoy!

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Josh and Dorothy are Married!

My dear friend Dorothy has married the love of her life. Awhile back I had the honored of taking their engagement photos at Forest Park in St Louis. And just a couple of weeks ago, I stood up with them in their wedding ceremony after photographing the pre-wedding prep and the bride and groom’s first look. What a day. The joy and the tenderness were palpable. Congratulations Josh and Dorothy!

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