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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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Indiana Photographer:: Co Sponsor for Local Art Exhibits

by March 30th, 2013 No Comments »

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to become part of a powerful story telling initiative. For a couple  years I’ve been photographing mother and daughter pairs during a Girls Inc. annual event. The idea of the event is to have a variety of activities for mothers and daughters to interact in together. It’s a fun morning for the pairs, trying new things, meeting new people, and spending time with each other.

While the images were enjoyed for those photographed, we thought about how else we could share them with the community, and came up with the idea of a traveling exhibit. What I’m especially excited about is that our mother/daughter pairs have contributed their thoughts about each other, the experience, and what they see in the photograph through a written statement that accompanies their image, making for a powerful presentation. (Bring a Kleenex if you read these statements!)

And now, after months of planning, the exhibit will launch at Reid Hospital & Healthcare on May 6, 2013. Just in time for Mother’s Day.

This collection of images helps illustrate the complex, on-going mother daughter relationship. There are moments of intimacy. There are moments of laughter. And yes, there can be moments of anger. Our mothers define our seeds of origin. These women who gave birth to us are the ones we can thank for the curve of our nose, our clear skin, our ample waists, our gentle or quick tempered personalities, and our humorous idiosyncrasies. And whether birth is given or not, a mother influences our initial view of the world, how we treat others, and how we envision ourselves fitting in to society.

So, here is the official press release if you want to get the 411. Hope to see you at one of the shows! And make sure to watch the video teaser!

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As We Are: A Photographic Exhibit of Mothers and Daughters

Girls Inc. of Wayne County, in partnership with Susanna Tanner Photography and sponsor Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, announce As We Are: A Photographic Exhibit of Mothers and Daughters.  This exhibit highlights mothers and daughters from across our community who participated in one of Girls Inc.’s Mother-Daughter workshops.  As We Are opens at the MacDowell Gallery in Reid Hospital & Health Care Services on May 6, 2013. 

As We Are captures the unique relationship between mothers and daughters.  The exhibit explores universal themes of love, tension, care and emotion as expressed through the intimacy of each portrait.  Mothers and daughters were invited to share statements about their relationship and what they saw in the photograph.  These statements add another layer of meaning and depth to the powerful exhibit. 

Reid Hospital Foundation Director Jason Troutwine describes his strong interest in the exhibit and their sponsorship, stating “Girls Inc. does a wonderful job of teaching, empowering and inspiring our young ladies. Hopefully, as folks see these photos displayed in MacDowell Gallery, they are reminded of women who have influenced their own lives. Reid Hospital is proud to sponsor and host this moving exhibit.”

Girls Inc. Co-Executive Director Beth Harrick is enthusiastic about the exhibit: “Susanna has a gift for capturing the deep connections of these mother-daughter relationships.  You can see the strength and uniqueness of each relationship in the photographs, in all kinds of different poses and expressions.  It is a great tribute to these mothers’ and daughters’ love for one another, and it is great art.”

As We Are opens at Reid Hospital and Health Care Services in the MacDowell Gallery before traveling to six additional exhibit sites.  Sites include Roscoe’s Coffee Shop, Morrisson Reeves Library, Centerville Library, Hagerstown Library, Indiana University East and the Women’s Fund of the Wayne County Foundation Luncheon.  As We Are is made possible by the generous support of Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, Girls Inc., and Susanna Tanner Photography.  Indiana University East will host a closing reception for the exhibit before its final display at the Women’s Fund’s 2014 Luncheon. 

  • The MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital and Health Care Services: May 6th-June 14th, 2013
  • Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room, July 12 – August 30, 2013
  • Morrison Reeves Library, September 7 – October 10, 2013
  • Centerville Library, October 18 – November 22nd, 2013
  • Hagerstown Library, December 6, 2013 – January 8, 2014
  • Indiana University East Art Gallery (includes closing reception), January 20 – February 28, 2014
  • Women’s Fund of the Wayne County Foundation Luncheon, TBA

About Girls Inc.:

Girls Inc. of Wayne County is a member of the national nonprofit, Girls Incorporated, a youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.  Girls Incorporated of Wayne County, formerly Girls Club, has been serving girls in our community for over 40 years.  Each year Girls Inc. provides a variety of after-school, summer and school-based programs that prepare girls to lead more successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.  Girls Inc. serves over 1,400 youth annually in on-site and school-based programs, promoting positive messages about girls’ intelligence, strengths, and value.  Challenging negative social messages and stereotypes, Girls Inc. inspires girls to realize their full potential and become the women they truly want to be.

About Reid Hospital & Health Care Services:

MacDowell Gallery, a component of Reid’s healing environment, is located on the second floor of Reid’s Outpatient Care Center. The space was named after retired Reid President/CEO, Barry MacDowell, and features rotating exhibits created by local, area and regional artists.




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The Family Documentalist

by November 25th, 2010 No Comments »

It affected me more than I expected. Mothers and daughters expressing themselves so freely in front of me. A photographers dream, of course, but also a mother’s dream. To have a photo, a moment captured, of just you and your children. No one else. It’s rare.

Mothers are wonderful at documenting the life of their families. They’re the first ones to pick up the camera or video recorder to forever keep the momentous occasions. First steps across the room. Birthday parties in full force. Faces aglow on Christmas morning amidst discarded wrapping paper. But what about evidence that mom was there, present in the moments of her family? That she existed, and what she looked like. Years from now looking back and discovering the true color of her hair. Or one day finding that photo so full of love between and mom and daughter that it repairs a relationship tear that occurred over teenage strife or something else that now seems silly.

When Girls Inc. contacted me to see if I would be interested in capturing portraits of the women attending their Mother Daughter event I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Every mom should have an image with their children. Just them. No one else. And so should their daughters.

Mothers and daughters share this odd sense of space. Many mothers completely give up their personal space. Most of the time it’s okay. Some days it can be overwhelming.

And then again, there can be a sense of separation. That small amount of space that says, “We’re still connected but we are our own people, and I will be back”.

There is a complete safety when enveloped in the arms of your mother. Your back is covered (literally and figuratively), it’s warm, and there is always, ALWAYS a place to lay your head.

The beginning of the push-pull of growing up. “Pleasseee don’t kiss me in front of other people” and in the same breath asking for you to come tuck them into bed. It’s bittersweet.

Every pair (or trio)  has their own dynamic, own way of interacting and showing love.

And even through difficult times of discipline, it’s important to remember that MOM IS FUN!

Thanks to ALL the moms and daughters who so generously revealed themselves and their relationships with the camera. You rock!

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Indiana State Fair:: Susana Tanner Photography :: Indiana Photographer

by September 9th, 2010 No Comments »

On a personal level, I have a tendency to capture a moment then file it away. I’m always thinking I’ll process the images LATER. Of course LATER never comes so I have lots of images waiting for attention. I went back through some of my August photographs and found a few I like and thought I would share.

I’m not a great lover of local fairs, but it seems rather unHoosier-like to not spend one evening at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Even though it was evening time, I love how the light from the midway shines through the windows of the barn.

And of course, my love of repeating patterns… ;-)

Deep fried BUTTER? Deep fried COOKIE DOUGH? And chocolate covered BACON? This image seems strangely ironic.

And to end the evening, what’s a trip the fair without riding the Ferris Wheel? Too bad it only went around three times.

More later

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Derby Party

by May 31st, 2010 No Comments »

The Kentucky Derby is one of the USA’s oldest Thoroughbred horse races. And to celebrate the event, Reid Hospital hosted it’s first Derby party. Held in the facilities of local veterinarian Lance Alexander, the party gave new and long time doctors at Reid a chance to meet each other and their spouses. This party was thrown in typical derby style from the high fashion big hats for women to the traditional drink of the derby, Mint Juleps. Everyone seemed to have such a great time and it was a blast to photograph!

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Art Competition Excitement

by November 22nd, 2008 1 Comment »

A quick update on what’s been happening lately. The fall offers several art competition opportunities in the local area. I’ve always viewed entering these competitions as a way to nurture my creative side as well as gain feedback on my work from a juror distinguished in the field of art.

A successful venture to say the least, I was lucky enough to earn the distinction of “top five” in the Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition. The juror this year was James Yood, from the Art Institute in Chicago and the director of New Arts Journalism program. What thrilled me the most though was the fact that he writes regularly for the well known photography publication, “Aperture”, which makes his kudos all the more meaningful and exciting for me. The photograph I entered is titled, “Going Green” and is available as a giclee print.

Going Green

Going Green

I also entered two images in the Richmond Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibition Competition this year. Although I didn’t receive any sort of distinction, I consider it an honor to be chosen to participate in the exhibition. (You may recognize one of the images from an earlier post!)

Both shows are still hanging until mid December. If you’re out an about, I urge you to stop by IU East and Richmond Art Museum to see some great art. Both shows are beautifully hung and offer a mix of mediums to view and appreciate.

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