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• fresh | modern | authentic •

Artistic lifestyle photography for the modern family.

While big smiles and blue skies are always welcome, I capture quiet details and honest expressions of peace and joy, thought and contemplation. I enjoy unexpected moments between people and nature. It is in this way of seeing that my storybook-like images aim to genuinely stand out from the every day.

A picture records a smile. A photograph reveals a state of mind. 

Real moments, minimal posing, maximum fun.

Genuine human connections, color, patterns, textures and natural, outdoor settings bring my images to life. I use minimal posing and props in favor of helping people feel comfortable, beautiful and natural. 

Sometimes the moment is more important than the pose. I work hard to help people feel relaxed and look their very best to achieve beautifully rich, authentic, magazine-quality lifestyle photography with minimal fuss.

Hand-crafted, film-like quality.

Each custom photograph is meticulously evaluated, gently enhanced and quality-assured one image at a time. For final polish, I render each image with a timeless film-like quality which has become my signature style. Using a combination of classic and nostalgic styling to create unforgettable portraits.

I exclusively use industry-standard professional series equipment and software from Canon, Apple and Adobe, in addition to photo printing services with labs trusted by professional photographers.

My story.

I love serving the Hampton Roads community of Virginia. Largely self-taught in full-frame digital photography, my serious study of lifestyle, environmental portraiture and fine art photography began in 2012. I have mentored under professional photographers in Europe, Asia and North America including Syl Arena, Brad Hays and former National Geographic Photography Editor, Taylor Gregg. In addition to commissioned portrait sessions, I am passionate about helping non-profit organizations tell their stories through photography. Career milestones include serving as a contributing photographer for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and being selected for a gallery photography show during Dutch Design Week 2014 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Thank you for taking the time to discover my work today.

Susu Liu Kulow
Founder and Photographer | Thunder & Kite
[email protected]
858-232-8647

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