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Press & Accolades for Susan Stripling Photography

I have been deeply honored to be able to share the press and accolades that Susan Stripling Photography has accumulated over the years. While my greatest joy comes from making my wedding clients happy, it’s always lovely to be honored by your peers and industry. I have been truly fortunate to have been published in wedding magazines, featured in a national advertorial for Nikon USA, listed as one of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the world, taught for Creative Live, spoken at conventions, been published on wedding magazines, been written about in industry magazines, and many other sweet distinctions.

One of my greatest honors has been educating other photographers via Creative Live. Creative Live is an online platform for learning that broadcasts live classes. They have an international audience learning everything from photography to Photoshop. Founded by photographer Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson, Creative Live operates out of both San Francisco and Seattle. I’ve been honored to teach several times for them out of their Seattle studio. My first class with them was Creative Wedding Photography, a three-day course that began my path of teaching wedding photography with this illustrious company. The three-day class covered everything from shooting, posing, marketing, business, workflow, and everything in between. The course was so successful and well-received that I was invited back to speak at Photo Week 2013 on Creative Composition.

Early in 2014 with Creative Live, I launched my favorite class series yet, 30 Days of Wedding Photography. This thirty-day class took the principles introduced in the three-day class and expanded upon them, going from business to marketing, shooting to workflow, in extraordinary detail. I followed one wedding from start to finish, describing every aspect of how I shot the entire day - including video footage of the actual wedding itself. This course was also wonderfully successful, and I look forward to my next collaboration with Creative Live!

In 2012 I had the great honor of being named to American Photo Magazine’s Top Ten Wedding Photographers. I was humbled to be considered worthy of being part of such a list of my esteemed colleagues, and it remains one of the biggest distinctions of my career.

My friends all know that I’m a highly competitive individual (which might be putting it mildly!), and so it comes as no surprise that print competitions really fuel me creatively. I love seeing how my work stacks up to those of my friends and competitors. The biggest competition that I enter yearly is the WPPI 16x20 International Print Competition. I’ve been a competitor - and winner - since 2008, but I was a terrible record-keeper back then! My awards and scores have been:








Other Notable Recognition

In 2014 I was also named a Double Master of WPPI, one of only two women to hold that honor as of the time of the convention.

I have been published as an industry leader in several magazines, one of which is Rangefinder. I was profiled in Rangefinder after my move from Florida to New York, and I discussed the difficulties of moving to a new market as well as the new opportunities the move afforded me. I was also featured in PDN Magazine for their 2008 Wedding Issue.

My work has also been chosen as features on many popular wedding blogs. In 2011, one of my images was chosen as the best of the best by Junebug Weddings, published alongside forty-nine other beautiful wedding images. I’ve been featured on Style Me Pretty several times, as well as on Green Wedding Shoes.

I hope this list of accolades and press help you to understand my place in this world of wedding photography. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to please my clients as well as help teach wedding photographers to perfect their craft! It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers as an industry leader, but it’s more important to me to be recognized by my clients as an honest, trustworthy, talented photographer providing them with not just stellar images but stellar customer service.

Epson Finish Strong

I was so amazingly, crazily, humbly honored to have been featured in an ad for Epson. That’s me, on the left, clinging precariously with my best yoga strength, to a bridge in Venice, California. Below are our charming models, trying to not float too far afield. Above me is the powerhouse talent of Joe McNally, taking the aerial shot. All around us are the incredible people from Joe’s team, Epson America, and M&C Saatchi. I remember seeing these Epson Finish Strong ads before, but never knew the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating the finished product. I was incredibly blown away when Epson called and asked me to be the featured photographer in this ad. Not only did I have one of my photographs featured, but I was also personally featured, something that was so overwhelmingly cool that I could barely fathom it. I worked alongside Joe McNally, Joe's team, Epson America, and the M&C Saatchi team to flesh out the concept of the shoot, all the way down to the tiniest of props and colors of shoes. It was amazing to see it all come together on one gorgeous afternoon in Venice. I am also so proud to see the Nikon camera and lens that I used to shoot this image so prominently shown in the ad. I was working with the Nikon D4 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. That camera and that lens are huge workhorses in my bag, and I take them to every wedding that I shoot.

Location: Venice, California.