Ashley + Sean

This party was all smiles on June 16th for a wedding at OLPH in Glenview followed by a reception at nearby Sunset Ridge CC. The firetruck was a special guest of the groom's family, the Sutphens, who have been manufacturing, refurbishing, and supplying firetrucks for over 120 years. We experienced all sorts of weather that day which made for a great sky and everyone had fun with the opportunities at hand!










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Scott Bolin  commented on  July 24th, 2012

Beautiful Susan!

Eileen at Lake Forest Flowers  commented on  July 24th, 2012

Fabulous pictures of an amazing couple! Such a pleasure to work with!

Vickie Kuhr  commented on  July 25th, 2012

Beautiful pictures of you and your bride. Hope you are enjoying married life. Love to you both.

Kathy Paleczny  commented on  July 30th, 2012

Ashley and Sean, Congratulations! I loved looking at your wedding photos. What a gorgeous, happy bride! Good luck with your new class in Columbus and here's to a happy life together! Sincerely, Kathy Paleczny

Categorized In: firetruck wedding | olph | sunset ridge

Dream Job!

Last week I was fortunate enough to photograph, partake in cooking lessons and dine with 20 of the top event planners in Chicago! At The Chopping Block (Merchandise Mart) the shop, kitchens, and dining areas are just spectacular. This would be a GREAT place to have a bachelor/bachelorette party! The beer, champagne, and wine was flowing. Guaranteed fun for your group, especially foodies.



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Nina Geishecker  commented on  May 29th, 2012

Wow Susan...lucky you!! I love the Chopping Block (in Lincoln Square) and Sara is a foodie (takes photos of her food)...looked like fun.

Categorized In: event photography | food photography | the chopping block

Full Moon Wedding

When Jon & LIsa planned their wedding last fall it was kismet that the full moon would show up that night. Particularly since their reception was on the shores of Lake Michigan. I really enjoyed designing their album!

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V. Jean Trefes  commented on  May 21st, 2012

Beautiful photography, your concept of a really get to the heart of it all, girl!!!

Categorized In: chicago wedding | lake michigan | sherwin on the lake | st. ben's chicago

200 Kids Portraits in 2 days

 Proceeds from the session benefit my children's school. It was a fun and rewarding project! I love these kids.



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Mary C. Nasser  commented on  March 26th, 2012

Great meeting you this weekend! Your photography and website are wonderful!

Categorized In: kid's portraiture | school photography | studio portraiture

Susan Ryan been rated by local brides and voted The Knot "Best of Weddings" 2012 pick

We are honored to be recognized in this way. Thank you lovely couples for your support and appreciation of my work!



Engagement Season!

The Morton Arboretum is a lovely spot for portraiture (not to mention weddings). This outdoor nature area boasts 16 miles of trails interspersed with ponds, artwork, gardens, and a plethora of trees and other structures to use as backdrop. Congratulations to all the engaged couples out there~





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"Susan Ryan is the BEST!"

An unsolicited testimonial from one of my lovelies...many thanks for appreciating my work! As seen on and

Susan Ryan is the BEST!   
I don't know how she did it but Susan took over 500 pictures at my wedding and I can't find any bad ones! I'm usually very critical of pictures of myself but I have nothing bad to say about the photographs Susan took. The angles are so natural, the images are not posed and the lighting is perfect in all of them. It's difficult to get a good picture of my husband but she managed to make that happen too. I am extremely happy with the photos. Everyone I sent the link to was overly complimenting me on how great they are and, in particular, how great my photographer was. Susan also took our engagement pictures which are just as fabulous as the wedding pictures! Susan is so easy going and comfortable to be around. She takes care of everything. I didn't even know she was there half the time. I can't say enough about how much I love the pictures! For a day as important as your wedding day, I highly recommend Susan Ryan for your wedding photographer. Susan, thank you!!

Wedding: 6/26/2011 Galleria Marchetti

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