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  • Susannah and Josué

    She's the artist, he's the tech guy.  She's the dreamer, he makes it happen.  She's sporadic, he's grounded. 

    We are Josué and Susannah!  Husband-wife, bilingual {spanish-english} photography team.  We love art.  We love travel.  We love pictures, people and moments. 

    Glad you made it to our blog, please browse!  Read a little about us, check out our work and drop us a note! 

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What to Wear: Hues of Blues (and Grays) {Alexandria, Va Family Photographer}

Today’s what to wear is inspired by the Ferenc Family!  For Henry’s 1 year photo session they picked a *perfectly* coordinated set of blues.  Not surprising as Kelly is the owner of the adorable Old Town shop on King Street, Bishop Boutique.

Great attire for photographs is about coordinating, but not matching.  I know you’ve probably heard not to wear patterns for photos, but sometimes a little pattern adds the perfect pop!  When I sit down with clients before the session for our planning appointment, I often encourage them to pick a button down or dress with a pattern for one of the family members and use that as the basis of the color scheme for the shoot!

 

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Wedding: Daniel and Flo {Denver, Colorado Wedding Photographer}

This day…well, it was as close to perfect as possible.  The Denver sun rose high into a deep blue sky pouring down rays of warm sunshine on the city as we scrambled around a cozy (but perfectly landscaped) backyard and set up the final details of the wedding.  This wedding was extra special as it was my big brother’s wedding.  My fun-loving, kind-hearted, always-smiling, best-hugger big brother married the ever-sweet, amazingly-creative, surfer-chef, Flo.

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I will never tire of seeing the look on the groom’s face when he first sees his bride.

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these two have such a fun relationship.

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this one is FOR THE WALLS.

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I pulled out my old film camera and shot a few throughout the day…this one was by far my favorite:destination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographer

None of our spouses were able to travel for the wedding, so we skyped them in!

Flo is from France, so we also had her dad and dear friends watching via webcam too! destination wedding photographer

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Byron: keeper of the skypers :)destination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographer

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My parents and my siblings (new sister included)!  There aren’t words to describe how blessed I am by this group of beautiful people.  I’m honored to call them my family.destination wedding photographer

Flo is a designer…she is incredibly handy, organized and creative and she managed to put together every last detail of this wedding beautifully.destination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographerdestination wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographer

My brother has been in the restaurant business for around 17 years…needless to say, the food was ah-mazing.denver colorado wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographer

The sun set, music played softly, and we celebrated with cake, dancing, and toasts.denver colorado wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographerdenver colorado wedding photographer

Cheers to you, Daniel and Flo.  I’m overwhelmed with joy for you…we love you both so much and are so so glad that we get to call you family.

-Susannah (+Josue and E)

October 21, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Anna Alliston - Beautiful, beautiful wedding.
You always capture it perfectly.
And i love your new website!!!

Family Portraits: The Elliots {Alexandria Va Family Photographer}

This sweet family…I’m so glad I know them.  Nina and Chris are the most incredibly kind, hard-working people I know.  They are such sweet parents as well as amazing trainers; they own Health and Wholeness Personal Training Studio in Arlington.  Go check them out!

Oh, and did I mention they have the cutest little tow-headed kiddos?  This is Noah.  He and my little Elise actually had the same due date so we have an extra special connection.  And tell me those blue eyes aren’t spectacular?

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Big brother kisses = adorable.

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This was a unique family portrait session in that we shot almost all of it in my Old Town Alexandria studio…I love the clean white feel of it all!Alexandria Va Photography StudioAlexandria Va Photography StudioAlexandria Va Photography StudioAlexandria Va Photography StudioAlexandria Va Photography Studio

Elliots…thank you for allowing me to capture your sweet family.  I’m excited to continue photographing you as you grow!

38 years later…

On our wedding day a guest (I wish I could remember who) greeted Josue and I with a big hug and told us how happy he was for us.  Then he went on to say that he wouldn’t be congratulating us that day.  Because the wedding is the easy part…it is a marriage that stands the test of time the deserves the congratulations.

I’ve photographed and witnessed countless weddings, and there is so much symbolism and beauty in a wedding.  But it pales in comparison to a marriage.

I’ve thought a lot about that over the years as I approach my 5th anniversary with Josue.  There are highs and lows, celebrations, hard conversations and challenges along the way, however working through each one of those brings a deeper level of trust and appreciation.

Today my dear parents celebrate 38 years of marriage.  38 years!

I’ve watched them serve one another, encourage one another, work as a team, challenge one another and bless one another through the years, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the example the have set for me; for us.

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the 5 kids

the crew including spouses and kids as of last summer (we’ve since added little miss Elise and another little fellow to join in September)!

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If you’ve spent any amount of time with me you’ve heard me talk about my family…and how much I love them.  We laugh until our faces hurt and stay up way too late when we are all together because family is precious.

Thanks Mom and Dad for teaching us that.  For making family a priority and teaching us to cheer one another on in life.  Thanks for the sense of adventure you gave us (probably linked to the many motor-home trips and backpacking excursions).

I love you so much…Happy 38 years!

 

All photographs by the immensely talented and super sweet Whitney Neal Photography

June 13, 2014 - 8:48 am

Sandra Marlowe - What a beautiful anniversary tribute! Thank you, Susannah, for these kind words. You, and all the family, bring us so much joy! We’ll keep cheering each other on, always.

Family Portraits: Ji Family Spring Session {Alexandria, Va Family Photographer}

This sweet family…I’ve been photographing them since little Mr. Mason was born and now he’s almost a year and a half old!  You might be thinking I’ve seen a lot of them on this blog…it’s because we are creating (together) the Heirloom Family Yearbook!  Many  more details to come on that later, however if you are interested in more info just shoot me an e-mail and we can chat!

 

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Mason…and that hat.  He’s the most stylish one year old I know!

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