Capturing Memories

My passion for photography allows me to capture moments and memories for my clients and create pieces of art that will last a lifetime and beyond. I also encourage everyone to take pictures of everyday moments as well as the big events and gatherings in their life. To print them so that they can look back and remember adventures big and small. What moments do you enjoy capturing?


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The Big Picture

Double Rainbow Over Summit LakeA year and a half ago, I was happily posting on two WordPress blogs. I had my Suzi Smart Photography blog where I showcased my favourite nature and landscape photographs. I also had ‘The Big Picture’ blog where I wrote about getting outdoors, having adventures and seeking happiness and balance in life with a spirited toddler. I really enjoyed both blogs and loved interacting with the associated communities.

Then in the new year 2013, I decided to focus my photography on fine art portraits and form my own business. I knew that I needed to integrate a blog into my updated website.  I also knew that maintaining multiple blogs would not be possible while starting my own business. So I integrated my photography blog into my website, changing the focus to portraits and I let The Big Picture fall to the wayside. The problem was that since I only take a select number clients, I don’t have enough material to create a consistent presence on my blog only writing about recent sessions. I also missed the writing focus of The Big Picture – it inspired and motivated me in new ways.

The solution came to me in twofold, inspired by two creativeLIVE photography workshop instructors. The first was Lori Nordstrom who said that your blog should reflect who you are and what’s going on around you. The second was Julia Kelleher who advocated defining your purpose and why you do what you do.

This led me full circle back to ‘The Big Picture’. Getting outside, having adventures and living life with my family (with my camera always close at hand), is a huge part of who I am as a person as well as a photographer. It’s a huge motivation behind Suzi Smart Photography. I want to capture and preserve memories in fine art photography – both for my clients and my own family,

Maternity Portrait PhotographySo welcome to my new blog, appropriately called ‘The Big Picture’,  where not only will I showcase my sessions, but where I’ll share my life outside the studio. As I write about everything from outdoor adventures to tips on photographing your children, I invite you to follow my journey as a photographer, an outdoor enthusiast, a wife and a mother of a spirited little boy.


Focus in 2014

It’s the new year. With the new year, come the inevitable question “what New Year’s resolutions have you made?”. However, resolutions rarely work. They are great at creating guilt and who needs more guilt. However, there has to be something said about thinking about your goals and aspirations for the coming year. A few years ago, I was recommended One Word. You thoughtfully choose one word to follow for the year – it could be anything from acceptance to fun. Some years I did well, other years I forgot completely what my word was. This year, 2014, my word is


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I want to focus on what is important to me and my family. I want to focus more on my son when I am with him instead of being endlessly distracted by “stuff”. I want to focus on spending quality time with my friends and family. I want to focus on my goals, my business and my work rather than to compare myself to other photographers in the industry. I want to focus on creating the best photography I can. I want to focus on creating the best client relationships I can. I want to focus on working efficiently so I have more time to do fun things. I want to focus on creating adventures that will create memories that last a lifetime.


There will be some changes to make and some habits to break, but they will be a byproduct of focusing on what is important. If I focus on what’s important, the rest will happen naturally.

What do you want to do in 2014? I’d love to hear what goals and aspirations you have for the coming year.