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Interview + Studio Tour with Suzuran Photography


The second you step into Cleveland-based photographer Suzanne Price’s studio, you get an overwhelming feeling of wonder, and you just know that this is where the magic is made. Suzuran, a name that refers to the Japanese term for Lily of the Valley, (and also sounds like an amalgamation of Suzanne + Dan, the two lovebirds that run the joint) is not only a photography studio, its an experience.

The breadth of her work increases by the minute, and I can’t help but admire Suzanne’s signature style throughout each genre. Whether she’s exploring another country, documenting a road trip, shooting a fashion pictorial, or collaborating with her husband on a wedding, her photos feel ethereal and soft, but at the same time, incredibly poignant. You can’t help but wonder about the secrets and surprises each subject is holding. Every photo is like a scene in a very good dream that you feel like you need to know the meaning of immediately.



Suzanne took this horse portrait during her travels in Iceland

Describe the path you took to get to what you’re doing now: Well, I have a BFA in photography and after graduating I really wanted to start my own photography business, but I didn’t yet have the confidence. So I went to back to school and earned a degree in Art Education. I was really passionate about it, and moved to Japan to teach Art and English to preschool, an experience that completely changed my life. It was in Japan that I truly developed my photographic voice and honed my craft. I moved back to Cleveland from Japan just as the market was crashing, and it was really tough to find a teaching job, let alone any other job, so I decided to embrace my destiny and start making photos full time.


Photos taken by Suzanne Price

How would you describe your aesthetic? It’s emotive, moody, narrative, and empathetic, if that makes sense!

Which photographers and artists inspire you?  While I respect the work of many photographers who primarily shoot weddings, I don’t draw much inspiration from wedding photography itself. I love film – especially the catalog of Francois Truffaut, The Sprit of the Beehive by Victor Erice, and anime film Pricess Kaguya by Isao Takahata.

Do you aspire to create work on a level of a particular artist, or do you have other personal goals that you base the arc of your work on? I try as much as possible to photograph moments that can be imagined as film stills; you can daydream about what may have happened before and after. Photographer wise, I love the work of Shomei Tomatsu, Deborah Turbeville, and many, many more.



What’s the most challenging thing about owning your own business?  The most challenging aspect of owning my own business is the BUSINESS end of things! Taxes, accounting, tons of email, etc. I’m a pretty right brained person, and rigid mathy tasks don’t come naturally to me. I don’t have many regrets in life, but it would have been nice to at least minor in business. I think that understanding that framework can give you a leg up if you are a creative. I asked for a lot of advice and in a few cases reinvented the wheel.

What’s the most rewarding thing? The most rewarding thing is interacting with a huge variety of humans and bringing them joy! I’m naturally introverted and can be PAINFULLY shy in groups. My camera has always been a safety net/buffer in social situations; it helps me to interact on a level that wouldn’t normally be possible. I’m incredibly thankful for that.



Coral and volcanic rocks from travels. She uses them as a meditation.


Painting by Douglas Max Utter



Blue wicker chair from Heck’s Revival


There are so many choices when it comes to wedding photographers, why do you think people are drawn to Suzuran? I think it’s because we’re a kind pair who aren’t afraid to be a little quirky in our creativity. We aren’t afraid of a little imperfection – in fact, a little blur here and a silly face there in perfect spontaneity can often tell a story much better than a staged, stiff portrait. We really value natural moments and strive to help our clients stay present. There is so much beauty in that honesty.


Viewmaster was a gift from a wedding client – contains her fave photos 





Suzanne also weaves, draws, and paints. Many of the items in her studio are her own works of art.




I want to thank Suzanne for this interview and her brilliant work. I recommend following her on Instagram– it’s one of my favorite feeds.

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Artist Ryder Henry


A few months ago, Quelcy and I had the chance to visit Ryder Henry’s home courtesy of the Mattress Factory 500 tours. Ryder’s creative endeavors include paintings, murals, sculptures and spaceships. Yes, on his site, he lists spaceships!

The Victorian house is beautiful with stained glass windows, dark wood trim and pieces of furniture that make you feel as though you’re in a different era. We were able to wander through each room, look around and listen to stories about the home.

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Interview + Studio Tour with strawberryluna

It’s kind of crazy to think back a few years and I remember stumbling on strawberryluna’s posters while I lived in Bethlehem and emailing Allison through flickr. Since returning to Pittsburgh I have had the pleasure of getting to know Allison and Craig and seeing their studio continue to grow each year. They have a unique and simplistic style with their creations and whenever they release a new print I find myself wanting to own it. We finally got the chance to stop by their space where we took some photos and had the opportunity to interview both of them.
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Wood Type Revival Studio Visit

A couple months ago Matt Griffin and Matt Braun were better known as the designers at Bearded Studio until recently when they kicked off Wood Type Revival! This is a pretty brilliant idea, especially for typography geeks and designers like me. It was all born out of a Kickstarter project and completely took off from there. The idea seems simple; find historical wood type, print it out and then turn it into digital fonts.
Well, after talking and spending some time with these two guys, it’s really not that straight forward as one might think. I had the chance to see the initial set up of the letters, which is very intricate in itself. This didn’t include their research time, finding the type, traveling to get it and the many variables that go into this entire project. It’s time consuming but they are pretty passionate and excited about it. All their hard work is paying off and the creative industry is definitely noticing! It was great to visit the studio and see some of this process up close. Take a peek:

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