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August 11, 2014#

I gave her a Napkin . . .

I gave her a napkin at a restaurant. I was nervous – approaching strangers is hard.  I talked about her and watched her for about 10 minutes before I got the courage to walk over.  I didn’t have a card (I know business rule 101 ) “would she think I was some hack, unprofessional or some weirdo” the thoughts all went through my head.  I said Hi I am a photographer my name is Sue Bryce I would love to photograph you, I am embarrassed to say I do not have a card on me right now but I have put my details on this napkin if you are interested please call me.  She said she looked at my website and thought she would call me to say thank you but no thank you.  She called and I answered she said “Why do you want to photograph me I’m old” I replied you are one of  the most beautiful Women I have ever seen” She told me on the day why she said yes.  She is the mother of Anton Yelchin a very talented young actor here in Hollywood and one day she was offered by a very famous photographer who was shooting Anton He asked can I photograph you and she said no, part of her always regretted it so this time she said yes.  She also told me as we were walking into the studio “you do realize Sue I will not like ANY of these photos” I turned to her and smiled you see that single sentence is all I need I said “OH I’ve heard THAT before”

We spent a little time talking and telling stories she talks of her beautiful talented son with pride and complete joy she talks of her Husband and their beautiful story of triumph moving from Russia to America learning a new language and then her story comes forward Irina is nearly 64a famous Russian Ice Skater her journey is something that could be a movie or a great book.  This woman is sitting with me telling me her beautiful story and there is so much power and light coming out of every pore. I dream about a day when I am in my 60′s and her hair cut is something I will be brave enough to do one day.  She talks about growing older and changing  and then she stops and says “You know I don’t really care what people say about me any more.  Sometimes people say Oh look she’s got no hair maybe she has cancer or she’s too thin or look at her clothes and her makeup and I just think I dress how I want and I like it so I don’t care’ I admire her strength her charisma but mostly I love her power.  She said I will let you photograph me on one condition you let me teach you how to ice skate.  So I did today I skated with this incredible lady she twirls around the ice like she is dancing on air and I admire and envy every part of her. I wanted to photograph her because I wanted to talk to her, because when you photograph people you see their real truth not the sometimes truth that comes out of peoples mouths but how she feels about herself and how she holds herself in front of the camera and of course how she deals with the vulnerability of having the camera turn towards you when your soul is quite bare. I wanted to know what her secret was so when I go towards 50 and 60 I can take part of that with me.  Sometimes you just see someone that you just HAVE to photograph.

I showed her her photos today she loves all of them.

Warming up, telling stories

Warming up, telling stories

Me doing my pitch There are very few certainties in my life Irina but I can quite comfortably say you WILL like your photos hehe

Me doing my pitch There are very few certainties in my life Irina but I can quite comfortably say you WILL like your photos hehe

Traditional Portrait a simple soap box and an Oliphant back drop

Traditional Portrait a simple soap box and an Oliphant back drop

I love this Portrait because it represents elegance and sophistication and pride

I love this Portrait because it represents elegance and sophistication and pride

Mirror me, note Studio Mascot and Producer Cookie Bryce she sat on Irina's knee for a few photos of course

Mirror me, note Studio Mascot and Producer Cookie Bryce she sat on Irina’s knee for a few photos of course

Simplicity is always the best One light

Simplicity is always the best One light

Phase One 55mm lens 1/500 s f/4.0; ISO 200 Charcoal Oliphant backdrop One strobe through Scrim Felix Style

Phase One 55mm lens 1/500 s f/4.0; ISO 200 Charcoal Oliphant backdrop One strobe through Scrim Felix Style

Phase One 55mm lens 1/500 s f/4.0; ISO 200 Charcoal Oliphant backdrop One strobe through Scrim Felix Style

Phase One 55mm lens 1/500 s f/4.0; ISO 200 Charcoal Oliphant backdrop One strobe through Scrim Felix Style

Phase One 55mm lens 1/500 s f/4.0; ISO 200 Charcoal Oliphant backdrop One strobe through Scrim Felix Style

Phase One 55mm lens 1/500 s f/4.0; ISO 200 Charcoal Oliphant backdrop One strobe through Scrim Felix Style

As always I am barefoot

As always I am barefoot

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

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Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

This outfit blew me away Leather pants WOW

This outfit blew me away Leather pants WOW

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

Phase One 1/500 s f/3.5; ISO 100 One Strobe through Scrim Felix Style simple soapbox on Black Vflat

This incredible Woman has taught me so much about what I want to be

This incredible Woman has taught me so much about what I want to be

 

 

June 1, 2014#

Amy – Behind the scenes of a Sue Bryce Shoot

People feel vulnerable mostly when they are about to be photographed.  They apologize A LOT! Sorry I cut my hair. Sorry I’ve put on weight. Sorry my skin has been so bad lately. Sorry I didn’t know what clothes to bring.  That list goes on and on.

I started filming all my sessions last year and interviewing them asking them everyday questions about themselves.  This is one of the first of about 30 videos I am editing.  This is Amy’s shoot behind the scenes, her feelings and her seeing her photos for the first time.  A very real and enjoyable insight into my daily life as a portrait photographer and the complete joy I get to experience watching these women unfold. Enjoy.

Photography Assistant: Nikki Closser
Hair and Makeup: Kendra Springer
Filmed & Edited by Shaun Levra
Music by TripleScoopMusic

May 15, 2014#

Your Best Beautiful

About 10 years ago I dreamed that video was the next big thing for Photographers I have experienced the invention and growth of the DSLR and the impact of Social Media in all it’s forms.  The ability to share stories and empower and connect through this media is one of the greatest tools we have.  I dreamed one day I could tell real stories of uncompromising beauty and strength from the Woman I meet and Photograph every day.  I hear their stories, so filled with beauty and hope and yet all with same underlining fear “Am I good enough” and “I hate this but I love this” How do you focus just on the good stuff and let the bad stuff fall away.  I dreamed I could share a message of Self Love and acceptance regarding physical appearance and self esteem that would change a way a woman looks at her self.  For the last 25 years I have watched this grow and take shape and this year I was asked by Olay to capture stories for their Best Beautiful Campaign.  How could I not say yes, we share the same message.  What an honor to get to share my life’s work and the thousands of stories I’ve heard and learned from.

It starts with Hillary 25 years old is two young to be faced with Skin Cancer a mother of two little girls and now a spokesperson for both Olay and Suncare Hillary talks about burning to fit in.  Just wanting to be the blonde tanned beach babe in fashion, the part that got me was when Hillary said “I really wish I had grown up with better self esteem, I maybe would have accepted my pale freckled skin” and that she always hoped as a little girl that all of her freckles would join up and make the perfect skin.  Hillary is a three time melanoma survivor and teaches a message of sun care that can save lives check out her website here if you are interested www.palegirlspeaks.com

Hillary what a beautiful woman you are.  I loved capturing you and your story thank you for all you do.  Olay thank you for this remarkable opportunity I am so blessed to be working with you on this project and sharing these beautiful stories and I cannot wait for more to come out.   To the women of the world EXIST IN PHOTOGRAPHS be comfortable in your skin, love and accept who you are, share and embrace your best beautiful stories and never stop loving, respecting and honoring who you are.

Share your Best Beautiful Story using #olaystories or visit olaystories.com

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March 26, 2014#

50 & Fabulous Movement

The question is “Are Women over 50 invisible in our media?” They are part of the largest shopping demographic and the biggest internet users, yet they are the most unmarketed to demographic in the world. We live in this fountain of youth society and as we get older, we are more and more ignored. This makes me annoyed and I want it to change.  So I am starting a movement.  Join me in starting a 50 & Fabulous movement #50andfabulous. Let’s show the world the true beauty of these magnificent women.  As a photographer these have always been my favourite shoots.  I remember looking at my Mother thinking that she was the most beautiful woman in the world and I still do. Woman over 50 are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughter, friends and wives. They are the matriarch of families. I love to photograph these women. They are magnificent, beautiful, and confident.

I want to tell Women to GET IN PHOTOGRAPHS.  To celebrate their beauty and most important of all to exist in Photos for your children. One day they will be priceless.  Like you are to the people who love you.

50 & Fabulous from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

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I photographed  Kathleen Clemons as part of my 50 & Fabulous campaign. She has a beautiful story and I wanted to tell it.

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57 is Fabulous from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

February 5, 2014#

A Personal Post – My 30 day Juice cleanse

30 Day Juice Cleanse - Not Photography but much asked for.  Sorry if this doesn’t interest you but everyone is asking on FB so I’m putting it here.

Why? yes to lose weight and get my cholesterol under control (219) I thought Thats it, my beautiful Nana had a stroke when she was 42 it was the year I was born and the year I am now.  She lost the use of her right side her speech and had to learn how to walk again talk again and never regained her right hand so she had to learn to write with her left hand.  I adored her.  She was disabled with this stroke until the day she died at 83.  Lovingly at peace in my arms. When I turned 42 I went to the Doctor and got a full medical.  She said Sue Bryce you are in good health except you are still in the Overweight range and you have a cholesterol of 219 screeeech BAD. I have been on a weight loss mission since October 2012 after Jill in Paris.  Jill made me realise here was this beautiful young woman with a body parts getting cut away fighting for life and here I was with a perfectly healthy body I was not treating very well.  I cannot give Jill my body parts and I cannot give her the one thing she wants in all the world and that is a baby.  But I can honour her every day by looking after what I’ve got.

After Paris I cut out Wheat and all processed substitutes meaning no gluten free bread just NO bread no processed food at all and I was half vegetarian meaning white meat only Fish and Chicken.  Over the first year I lost 34 pounds / 15 kilos its was slow around one kilo per month but it was consistent. Then it STOPPED so I knew I either had to up the exercise or change the diet more.  Jamie Stephenson is one of my dearest friends she was in the crew that took Jill to Paris and this month she is opening Las Vegas’s first cold pressed juice bar.  She has studied and studied like no one I have seen before her passion for juicing and changing people lives is extraordinary.  You can check out Jamie’s new business here The Juice Standard like them on FACEBOOK till there website is full and live.  She was the reason I agreed to do this I believe in her 100 %.

Jamie Stephenson My friend, Founder of TheJuiceStandard. Kick Ass WOMAN

Jamie Stephenson My friend, Founder of TheJuiceStandard. Kick Ass WOMAN

I called her and I said I’m ready.  Mentally I had to do the prep work no 7 day Juice Cleanse for me I had to smash my cholesterol and I was prepared to give up eating to do it.  Jamie made me watch Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead you can watch it free it will change the way you see juicing.  You will watch really over weight sick guys change their lives get off medication for cholesterol, blood pressure and skin disorders and drop phenomenal  amounts of weight.  Another great source of inspiration and education I found was  Eat, Fast and Live Longer by Michael Mosley I really enjoyed watching this too its a perfect reminder that food is medicine and we simply eat to much.

My Before November 22nd & After photos December 24th, lost 13.5 lbs (6 kilos) in 30 days not glamourous but really telling.  That Belly fat just melts off.  I have been off my cleanse for 6 weeks and now have lost another 4 lbs (Total weight loss in 19 months is 51.5 pounds / 23.4 kilos) I am maintaining by eating vegan and working out and I’m still losing weight I am following Dr. Fuhrman Eat to Live (is the Doctor on Fat, Sick and nearly Dead) and has a video that you must watch on youtube if you are interested in his Eat to live plan its a great way to come off the cleanse Dr. Joel Fuhrman

The best news is My cholesterol is under 150!

After 30 days of Juicing Sue Bryce Juice 4

You have two choices buy or Juice. I don’t cook I would prefer to not walk into the kitchen I’m not going to lie I suck at cooking and don’t enjoy it.  When I cook I think about work.  So I would rather work and buy my juice so this is what Jamie did for me and her recipes are just unbelievable.  However most people opt to invest in the juicer so you can get all of that info at fat Sick and nearly Dead.  This is what a day on a juice program looks like.

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Am I really a Vegan YES never in a million years was I going to give up Diary.  Since my cleanse I haven’t craved it in fact I’ve been eating again for 6 weeks and I juice every morning still.

Did I cheat.  Yes Thanksgiving a glass of red wine and squash soup while everyone was chowing down on good ole American Thanksgiving I struggled with the wine and carried on as normal the next day.  In fact in week two I even hosted a dinner party and cooked for everyone.  When did I struggle: Oh boy yes I hit a wall.  Day one was hard but I was prepared I took the day off a whole lot of movies to watch and I thought yeah I can cope.  Week one I was a little uptight I definitely didn’t want to be near anyone eating! Nikki and Katie came to work every day and didn’t bring lunch they fully supported me and no social life was the go, so I stayed at home. Week two I had completely normal energy so I started going for walks and going to the gym hosting dinner parties etc I thought this is a breeze.  Week THREE I struggled during week 3 for starters I felt house bound work live sleep same place.  Everyone was going to pre holiday December parties but not me (BTW there is no good time of the year) and it dawned on my I don’t have many joyous activities that don’t involve food so I made a pact to find more and I have.

Best tips: My biggest lesson was during week three it was freezing and I was just so sick of cold juice then everything stopped (if you know what I mean) including my weight loss I went 6 days with nothing passing through and no weight loss so I called Jamie and she said are you still drinking your water and the answer was no I had become dehydrated.  If you are not going to the toilet you are not losing weight and you are not detoxing. Keep it moving keep drinking water.  Another tip is If you buy your juice make sure its Pressed never heated you can ask the experts why I just do as I’m told.

I had so much support because I asked for it and my friends were amazing they really prepared and so did I and Oh and the icing on the cake (excuse the pun) The Cashew nut dessert the Creme of all cremes Jamies incredible recipe which by the way when you are juicing is equivalent to eating a decadent icecream but its not and that along with the support got me through this.  But finally I have to say the mind is so powerful.  I believe when you WANT something you WILL achieve it.  I would repeat multiple mantra’s like

I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT - I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT – I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT  and My Kungfu is strong which is a funny reference to the years I trained in martial arts.   I was never hungry not once I know you think you will be but you are not.  Mind hungry yes but never physically hungry because I was getting as much micronutrients as possible.  I made a decision I believed in the result I believed in my self I loved Jamie’s Juice.

The best news is My cholesterol is under 150! I’m the slimmest I’ve been in 15 years. I don’t want to talk about my body or my weight.  I want to talk about why I put on 100 pounds all those years ago and why I held on to them for so long.  Weight loss it seems is a pretty basic science.  Eat this much – lose this much.  So why why do we find our identity in being unhealthy or overweight or not good enough.  I don’t want to try to preach to you about juicing this is just something I needed to do.  This was for you Nan because I know you wouldn’t want me to be hurting with a stroke like you were at my age.  There is a different diet out there for every person.  Different needs different life style different taste buds.  Just love being you and look after what you’ve got the best you can you are worth feeling good looking good and sleeping good.  A vowed after meeting Jill I would live a fuller, richer, braver life. I just needed to let go of some emotional baggage.

 

January 26, 2014#

Have you created a Clear Vision for 2014

A lot of people ask me about The Secret. I read it when it first came out but I don’t quote it or recommend it because there are other books that had a more profound effect on me like Wallace Wattles ‘The Science of getting Rich’ But I guess people associate The Secret with me because I talk a lot about Clear Vision. So today’s blog is all about how I make things happen. I built my business on this quote:

“What we vividly imagine, ardently desire, enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.” Colin P Sisson

I believe what you think becomes true. I believe what we focus on becomes our reality in fact I have seen it in practice over and over again. I believe in forming a Clear Vision and taking action towards that everyday. It is to me ‘The state in which you dwell’ spend all your energy thinking about debt and you create more. Manifesting is such a nebulous word so is visualizing I prefer Goal Setting. I don’t create a ‘Vision Board’ I create a THIS IS WHAT I WANT board then I set about putting it in to action every day.

Stress is so physical you become sick with worry you attract more. Start to think of creative ways to get out of it and you create more ways and so on. So easy to say once your are on the other side. But trust me I used to walk up to my letterbox with so much fear and pain in my gut knowing there was debt collection and bills I could not pay.

How I changed my thinking and got out of debt. I added up all my debt my living expenses and my bulging visa and worked out I needed to make 1400 dollars per week to pay it off get out of trouble and start living a life. At the time I was earning about $400 per week and paying the minimum on everything. There was no option to earn more in my job so I got a part time job and was earning $13 an hour getting nowhere even faster. So I had to seek self employment it was through this time that I learned about valuing my self.

I read a quote by John de Martini to convert your debt into service. When you work from an energy of service you are giving. When you are working from an energy of scarcity you are taking. Trust me giving attracts a lot more. I converted my debt into service. I was making $400 on my shoots at the time. I needed to book three to four shoots per week or three shoots and some retouching tuition. I went home that night designed a retouching card and printed it on art paper. Then I went to a photographic event asked them if I could do a free presentation on photoshop and gave every photographer my card. I then printed a gift voucher for a shoot and started to call every shoot I had ever done and asked them to recommend me to a friend and would they like another shoot. This both horrified me and made me physically sick people said no and I cried then people said yes and I got more work.

In other words instead of freaking out about having no money and trying to find money I just focused all my energy on booking three shoots and some retouching. I focused all my energy on giving service to others. That was my only focus three shoots and retouching. I put signs everywhere in my office

THIS IS WHAT I WANT! THREE SHOOTS and 5 hours retouching training. Within 4 months I had my first savings. Sounds kind of like a fairy tale but it isn’t. It’s so real.

Draw up an I Want/My Goals board today. Make it clear. Don’t make goals for money. Make goals for service. Read it everyday. Do something everyday to work towards it. Do not be afraid to write exactly what you want.

Nothing freaks me out more than this image. I put this on my I Want/Goals ‘A warehouse studio to train photographers’ when I walked on to the set of creativeLIVE three years later and took this picture I nearly fell over backwards. My Goals are set and they do come to fruition.

Sue Bryce Dream Big

Here’s another tip that really works. Speak your truth. In a time of great struggle I wrote down “I hate marketing and selling my work” I really did I HATED IT, it gave me serious anxiety and feelings of rejection. Tell friends tell a business coach free yourself of excuses that are holding you back come out of the failure closet speak out and find a solution. You see no longer could I make the same lame excuses its the economy others were flourishing but not me. It was me and I had to change it and I did and so can you. I had two choices get in a situation where someone was doing it for me or confront my fears and blocks.

Wanting something is one thing. Taking action towards it is a different story. Keep gratitude in your mind always. Do one thing everyday to support your Want/Goals list and lastly applied faith. Know you are worth the life you dream of and let it happen. Get out of your own way. Strive for what you really want. When you write down what you want and set it in your mind your blocks will come up fast and they will be very obvious thats what you embrace and fix as soon as you can.

December 14, 2013#

More Show don’t tell “Create a DREAM your clients can share”

This coming month try photographing all your details for a shoot. 50/50 ask a photographer you know to come shoot your details and behind the scenes and then go to their studio and shoot their details and behind the scenes. Heres a tip a wedding photographer does great detail shots. Nikki Closser shoots all my details and Behind the scenes now she has such a great eye for details being a wedding photographer and knows how to make me look good as a portrait photographer. My marketing and Social Media are based on Show don’t tell. Show your clients the details, show them the process excite them with imagery excite them with story telling.

You primary market is Women! Bride Mother Maternity Family. What do Women LOVE? look at these pics below there isn’t a woman that would not fall in love with these images if she’s into pretty things. Stop trying to market on PRICE market on experience on service on the love of your job on the pride you have in what you do. Its good energy and it’s in every image it translates. Fill your marketing with enthusiasm and joy and see how everything you attract changes. I do not live in a Martha Stewart home but Nikki’s shots make it look dreamy and pastel and romantic. We are photographers after all the best gift we have is to tell stories with our cameras. Are you telling yours? We don’t have to have big fancy studios to give big fabulous service.

At first I hated the Behind the Scenes and then I realised the power it carries on my social media.  One photo like this speaks so many words.

At first I hated the Behind the Scenes and then I realised the power it carries on my social media. One photo like this speaks so many words.

A bride spends months creating her wedding we shoot every detail.  A woman should feel the same about her portrait shoot. Create desirable product and a desirable experience that others want

A bride spends months creating her wedding we shoot every detail. A woman should feel the same about her portrait shoot. Create desirable product and a desirable experience that others want

Clients want to know you bond with you.  "If they like you they buy from you"

Clients want to know you bond with you. “If they like you they buy from you”

My friends on facebook always want to know what Im up to.  Its a way to constantly promote yourself and your business without promoting yourself and your business. Keep it interesting Show don't tell.

My friends on facebook always want to know what Im up to. Its a way to constantly promote yourself and your business without promoting yourself and your business. Keep it interesting Show don’t tell.

Images: Nikki Closser  Would you rather me make an Advert to try and sell you a video or show you the complete overwhelming joy I experienced making these incredible pieces and then photographing them.

Images: Nikki Closser Would you rather me make an Advert to try and sell you a video or show you the complete overwhelming joy I experienced making these incredible pieces and then photographing them.

by Sue Bryce Making Portraits makes my heart sing.

by Sue Bryce Making Portraits makes my heart sing.

Fear repels, negativity repels, anger repels, resentment kills everything. RECONNECT If your heart is not in it get out of it or change it. Tell people why you do what you do. Show them why you do it. Connect with your value and your truth and infuse it into every part of your business YOU ARE WORTH THAT. Because the worst thing that can happen is you will be filled with joy. It doesn’t take long for joy to attract.

December 9, 2013#

This is what I want to do for you . . .

I am refreshing, updating and replenishing my website. When I do workshops I tell people all the time replenish this source every year but wow what a big job this is. I am working on new images and new videos and a beautiful Issuu ‘A shoot with Sue’ Our websites are our first line of contact and our online folios and we need to stay current and excited about what is on there. (I don’t think I really need to tell you that you know I’m preaching to the choir) So I guess what I want to share is WHAT is going on this site. We get 30 seconds to hook that viewer and that means the content has to be visual and strong. Videos will hold the viewer 8 times longer and can link to Vimeo and YouTube so you can monitor where the traffic is coming from.

Less words more SHOW don’t TELL and information that communicates well and connects. Be real, be interesting show what you do, show who you are but the most important rule of all. Show people what you are giving them. You provide a service they are paying for it tell them what it is you are offering. This video is for my About Page did I really need a video on my about page. Well yes, I want people to meet me, know me and hopefully like me but mostly I want them to BELIEVE me. Talking about what I love is easy, actually it was quite emotional my voice quavers through this as I didn’t write the answers I just said what I believe to be true for me.

Filmed in my Makeup Room by Alejandra Vidal of www.imaginaledesign.com check her out like the formidable Hailey Bartholomew www.youcantbeserious.com.au she has a beautiful eye and she can capture stories. These two women make my work so beautiful.

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