I wanted to write a blog post to talk about my new adventure with my partner Chris Sue-Chu. Earlier this year, we announced that we are now going to be photographing together under our new name Suech and Beck We are super excited and can’t wait to show the new site and everything we’ve been keeping under wraps.
So, the name Suech and Beck was born last fall. We really wanted some place to combine both of our work together because we found ourselves naturally working together on everything. It didn’t matter if I was shooting portraits, Chris would be there giving input on lighting and composition or if Chris was shooting still life I would be there art directing. After more and more shoots, we realized how well we work together with each of our combined strengths. We both find that people have difficulties with our last names so we decided to butcher both and put them together, therefore Suech and Beck was born!
We had already decided together that this was going to be a thing, but how would it work? We needed time to figure that out and work together on jobs as a team. In Sept. 2016 we headed to Ireland for a photography vacation, we really wanted to try and develop a style together and explore what interested us. I attended the Lens & Larder workshop with the legendary Gentl & Hyers and Chris traveled solo photographing fishing communities and farmers and telling their story through a lifestyle narrative. We both came back with such different perspectives and yet something that really flowed in showcasing the beauty of Ireland. Fast forward to this year and we’ve worked with so many amazing creatives building a book together that we really love. We are really excited about what’s coming up this year and look forward to sharing it.
Here’s a sneak peek into the work we’ve been creating together
Make sure you follow us on Instagram @suechandbeck to find out when our website goes up!
It’s really terrible that the time in-between these blog posts keeps getting longer and longer. As someone thats just coming out of a crazy few months I hate to admit that my blog has been a little neglected. This months 15on15 seemed like a good time to recalibrate and focus on something I love to shoot; shadows. I love bright and airy as much as the next girl but there is a secret dark side that pulls me into the moody and rich tones of a great black and white. I have always wanted to shoot an entire wedding in B&W and really take that challenge of creating amazing compositions and utilizing the light and shadow to create the look.
This is a random assortment of things I am currently working on, things that keep me working and Chris and I working together. I hope you enjoy this month’s 15on15.
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There are a handful of photographers participating – if you loved my blog post and wanted to see another #15on15 / #ADayInTheLife… follow over to Sarah’s blog or IG and follow the loop. Sarah is from Calgary, she is a wedding and portrait photographer, she has an adorable boxer and her travel images will make you want to get out there and travel asap!
We will be doing this every month on the 15th so stay tuned for the next one on January 15th and for an even BIGGER train of participants. If you are a Canadian photographer and would love to participate, let us know! 🙂
Community is a beautiful thing, we want to shine a light on all of the incredible photographers here in Canada. We are all unique, we have different stories, practices, visual eyes, post processing techniques and that is a beautiful thing. We are better together. We can love each others work, style, and business successes, we can be supportive, loving, and confident as a community, as artists. #CommunityOverCompetition///
I’m sitting in my living room writing this blog post with so many thoughts and ideas going through my head. As I turn 27 tomorrow I feel like there’s a lot that can be said for this last year. I feel like I’ve done the most growing and soul-searching in the last year then I have in a long time.
Sometimes it’s not the crazy adventures or the exciting trips where you find yourself but in the quiet moments doing the most mundane.
Here are some ramblings of this last year..
Don’t worry about others
Not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay. Coming from a people pleasing mentality this one was tough. There is always going to be someone somewhere that has something to say. You are going to come across these people all your life so you may as well just keep doing you! Social media is a great way to get down on yourself and start the comparison game but really all you need to do is focus on YOU.
Finding what feels good
I have spent a good portion of my life dieting and I finally realized it just doesn’t work. Restricting and deprivation only lasts so long before you’re knee-deep in the carbs again. It’s taken a long time but all the clique’s are true, you do have to start from a place of love and kindness towards yourself before you will get anywhere. Over the last 6 months have been practicing a healthy lifestyle through intuitive eating, which means really tuning into my body and eating for what I need and not functioning on guilt. It’s an ongoing project but coming from a place of love rather than guilt has been so freeing.
Work hard & Be Nice
The most successful people I have encountered are ones that are genuinely nice to everyone, not just potential clients, but everyone. Life is so fragile and there isn’t time for grudges or drama, just be a nice human.
Own your success
…But not in a cocky way. I feel like I have spent a lot of my years downplaying my successes and excitement about certain things. There’s always been that fear of showing off or coming off overconfident (god forbid) So I have made it my mission to own my successes and not feel like I need to hide anything. This year has been amazing and I can’t WAIT to see what this year has in store.
Thank you for all the b-day messages, and texts and calls I am so lucky to have such amazing family & friends
Cheers to another year!