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You believe in your story. I surrender to it. Capture it. And hand it back to you in a way you can remember forever.

You're about to embark on the most wonderful of adventures. Because you're here that tells me you value epic, mind-blowing photography. Well done!

I'm fortunate, and sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about how much I love what I do. I illustrate every story you trust me with.

Incredible photographs result from a trusted relationship between us. This comes from a friendship, and from time invested in getting to know you, and why you have chosen the different elements that will make up your wedding day. Think of me as a visual biographer of sorts, a narrator, telling your story through the images of your day.

I want you to be blown away by how beautiful you really are, by how beautiful I see you to be.

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Indianapolis Indiana Wedding Photographer :: The Father Daugher Dance

by April 18th, 2016 2 Comments »

Bride dancing with her father

I always tear up during the Father Daughter dance. The symbolism of the dance, even though the father has already given away his daughter by this point in the day, means more to me now than ever.

As time marches on, I’m forced to realize that we won’t always have our fathers. Or that the passage of time may change our fathers in ways we never imagined. Could it really have been 25 years ago that I danced with my own father on my wedding day? What I remember the most was how we glided across the dance floor together in big sweeping motions. I’m sure to the guests watching us it didn’t appear as graceful as it felt, but for that moment in time we were Fred and Ginger. The thing that puzzles me is I can’t find a photograph of us dancing. Was it that one wasn’t taken or for some reason did I not order one?

And so, as a photographer, capturing this moment in time for every bride and her father is almost as important to me as the bride and groom shots. Sure, it’s great to have an artistically composed photo of this moment but more than anything it’s something to jog the memory long after the cake has been cut and the flowers have been thrown. What did you talk about with your dad during the dance? Could either of you really dance or did you just have fun faking it? Maybe your dad took that opportunity to tell you something very meaningful, like how proud you’ve made him over the years or how much he loves you. Or maybe you didn’t talk at all, but just shared the moment together.

And what is your father thinking as he dances with you? As he holds the hand of his grown daughter during this dance, does he reflect back to a day when he held that same, but much smaller hand as you and he crossed the street together? Can his strong hand still protect the woman that little girl has grown into? And where did the time go?

I’m the mother of two daughters. I imagine someday I’ll be watching my girls dance with their dad and memories will come flooding back…their father holding them as a new baby, teaching them how to ride their bikes, pulling their first loose tooth, teaching them how to drive and moving them to college. And I realize not only will it be hard for me to let go of them, but watching my husband symbolically “let go” may be almost as difficult if not more.

So, take it from me, even if you don’t see the value in it now, make sure you keep a photo of you and your dad dancing. Someday, it will mean the world to you.


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Maternity: Brittany + Ryan

by January 10th, 2013 No Comments »

One pose (seriously would I ask her to move more than necessary?), two different looks. Brittany and Ryan chose their home to set the stage for their maternity photographs and it was there I learned that not only did both Ryan and Brittany serve our country (Ryan served in the United States Marine Corps and Naval Academy, Brittany in the United States Army), but that this momma-to-be deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn where she served as a line pilot, Battle Captain, and a Flight Company Platoon Leader. Pretty impressive Brittany.

I love the peaceful look on Brittany’s face in this shot. She looks totally at home with Ryan.

As of this post, little Eli hasn’t made his way into the world yet (any moment now), but when he does he’s got two great parents ready and waiting.

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Richmond, Indiana Wedding:: Dave + Jie

by November 29th, 2012 No Comments »

Relationships, it seems, are more about our similarities than our differences.

If glancing, you might see Dave and Jie’s differences…one taller, one shorter, one Caucasian, one Chinese, people from different parts of the world and different cultures. But dig a bit deeper and the commonalities become more apparent.

Jie discovered this the first time she visited Dave’s apartment. She pushed play on his CD player and the sound that came out was one of her favorite pieces of music. She was intrigued. And before Dave ever met Jie he had visited her hometown, Xianyang, Shaanxi, on a trip to China. Leave it to the gods of fate.

Jie studied English literature for her undergraduate work, then moved to the United States to obtain her master’s degree in linguistics at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Dave was studying actuarial science at Ball State. Now, here’s where the story starts to take a turn. Jie realized linguistics wasn’t her true calling and decided to pursue actuarial science at Ball State. And that’s how Dave and Jie begin. Taking the same classes, working on projects together, and badminton outings with several classmates.

Even though they had a traditional U.S. wedding, there were elements of Jie’s culture woven throughout the day. Red is considered a lucky color in China, so splashes of red were seen throughout. One of the most important things to Jie was that her parents traveled to the United States to be with her on her wedding day. With limited English language skills, different customs, and not knowing many of the guests, her mother helped her dress and her father walked her down the aisle and delivered a wonderful speech spoken in Chinese, translated by her uncle.

Jie says that Dave is very sincere and honest person. Dave thinks Jie is a lot of fun, very open, and kind. Their differences compliment each other, and their similarities make their relationship strong. I couldn’t have been more honored to be the one to photograph such a special day full of hopes, dreams, and elements from the Far East.

Ceremony: First Christian Church

Florist: Flowers by Carla

Reception Venue: Lamplight Inn at The Leland

DJ: Brian Benedict The Singing Fireman

Cater: Hometown Deli

Photography: Susanna Tanner Photography

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Billboard Photography::Susanna Tanner Photography

by September 27th, 2012 No Comments »

Another home run for the team! The folks at Irongate Creative, along with First Bank Richmond and Susanna Tanner Photography put their collective creativity together for yet another awesome First Bank Billboard.

What an absolute treat to meet and work with Charlie for this project. We had a great afternoon on stage; Charlie in costume, reciting lines for us from his previous performances. He absolutely made the afternoon for me.

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Ft. Wayne IN Wedding Photographer-Kate and Aaron’s Perfect Balance

by September 7th, 2012 No Comments »

Get ready for some wedding deliciousness! I’ll warn you, I had a tough time deciding what to share so grab your favorite latte and sit back.

Kate is very energetic and full of life. She tends to move at a rather fast pace – between work, life, and friends she takes on a lot and is very busy – always talking, and talking fast. Not to mention smiling. She’s an idea person, a planner, and she has an entrepreneurial spirit.

Aaron is the opposite. Her parents joke that he’s Kate’s little Prozac. But that’s what she loves the most about him – the conversation has yet to stop between them, yet he is the only person she can sit in a room with and not have to say a word, or feel like she has to talk. Aaron is able to do the one thing no one else can do– get Kate to slow down and B R E A T H E when she needs to. He is the perfect balance for her, he’s her voice of reason. She can always count on Aaron to give an honest opinion.

They are in love. Period. We know how the story ends, but how did it come about?

They were introduced by mutual friends who were dating at the time. In Kate’s words, “Aaron, his roommate and my friend were just hanging out that night and my friend convinced me to come out with them since I was in town that weekend (home from college). She (my friend) wasn’t exactly trying to set us up per se – I had just gotten out of a relationship and neither of us were looking to date anyone at the time – she just knew I would click well with the guys and their group, and that it would be a fun time. When I arrived at the house, Aaron was sitting in the kitchen. He didn’t come out to meet me right away. Typical guy thing, trying to pretend like he wasn’t interested. We ended up going out to the local bar and he and I just hit it off – we couldn’t stop talking.”

A Ft. Wayne wedding isn’t complete without the trolley.

Both IU fans, they were on the same page about a lot of things. They credit the weekend of the IU/Purdue game as the moment when they realized they really, really liked each other and joke that it was the weekend they fell in love.

Always part of my internal dialogue shot list, the father daughter dance is one image not to be missed. Kate and her dad had prepared quite a show!

For the reasons they appreciate each other, I also appreciate them. Kate is one of my most organized and enthusiastic brides. And I love the aura of serenity that accompanies Aaron. Put it together and you have the perfect balance. Thanks you two, for allowing me to be a part of such a special moment.

Wedding Venue: Ft. Wayne Country Club

Wedding Ceremony: St. Joseph United Methodist Church, Ft. Wayne, IN

Floral: L & H DeZinez: 260.705.1480

Photography: Susanna Tanner Photography

Trolley: Club Car Limousine

DJ: Doctor Feelgood’s Inc.

Cake: Made by the Mother of the Bride (isn’t it amazing?!)

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Girls Inc Wayne County :: Commercial Photography :: Susanna Tanner Photography

by August 27th, 2012 No Comments »

Keep your eyes open as you drive around the Richmond area. This billboard art was inspired by our Mother/Daughter Girls Inc. photo shoots. Simple black and white photography that allows emotion and messages to come forward. Not muddled by distractions, color, or chaos. I really enjoy creating these images, and am even more inspired by the fact that Girls Inc. does such great things for girls of all ages in our area. Strong, Smart, Bold…oh yeah!

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Richmond, Indiana wedding photographer :: Forest Hills Country Club:: Sally and Vish

by June 23rd, 2012 1 Comment »

She was quiet, almost pensive, as friends helped drape her sari around her. I could feel the quiet buzz of busyness in the air as clothing and jewelry preparations were happening all around. Sally’s clothing was a rich tapestry of color. Bold colors such as red, burgundy, and gold were woven throughout the layers of she and Vish’s wedding attire.

Intricate patterns were drawn with henna on Sally’s hands and feet, symbolizing the deepening of bonds with her future husband.

The ceremony took place under a Mandap, a symbolic four-pillared canopy that’s decorated with bright and vibrant colors under which burns Agni, the sacred fire that is witness to the ceremony.

The next ceremonial functions include Pratigna Karan, Shila Arohan and Laja Horma – in which Sally and Vish drop an offering of puffed rice over the sacred fire – and Lawan Phere, which legalized their union as they walked around the sacred fire four times, touching a stone on each turn, representing the ability to overcome the obstacles they will face ahead.

Sally and Vish decided they wanted to combine traditions and beliefs of Indian culture and western tradition. After a brief cocktail hour (while they went home and changed) a second ceremony, Christian ceremony, took place.

I love, love, love the smiles and happiness that radiated from everyone. From here on out, it was dancing (and I mean DANCING!), laughing, and lots of toasting.

I love this father/daughter moment.

Sally and Vish, your wedding was an amazing experience. Thank you for inviting me to share in something so special for the two of you and your families.


Venue: Forest Hills Country Club

Coordinator: Franklin Brown Floral Artistry and Design

Photographer: Susanna Tanner Photography

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Billboard Photography::Susanna Tanner Photography

by June 20th, 2012 No Comments »

Some images bring a smile to your face to look at, and this is one of those for me. Maybe I’m partial because Chandler was such a great model for our photo shoot. Or maybe I’m partial because I was lucky enough to be part of a great creative team, partnering with Irongate Creative. It was a fun photo shoot, a happy occasion, and a beautiful day. What more can you ask for when it comes to photography.

If you live in Richmond, chances are you’ve seen this billboard too. Doesn’t it make you smile?

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