Guest Photographer: Susan Beausang – Sarasota, Florida

It’s been awhile since we have done a Guest Photographer post. I’m always looking to show others work and get them as much exposure as possible to help reward the hours they have put in. As I have mentioned before, one of the best perks of this profession is that you get to meet and interact with some really great folks. Nothing pleases me more than when a student really wants to learn something, they take the tools that they just learned and go out and create what they envision in their minds eye.
I met Susan Beausang about a year ago. She acquired a new camera and some other gear and went off to the races. As you will read below, she has been growing at an astonishing rate and I’m glad that she’s able to do what she loves and even make money at it. It’s folks like Susan that keep the art of photography alive in a world of point and shoot then post on social media. It’s nice to slow down and hone the craft into what you want it to be. I’m glad that she is allowing me to share some of her work here.



Help!  I’ve been bitten by the photography bug.  Being the creative spirit that I am, I’m constantly in search of new outlets for my own personal expression.  Initially I became interested in photography for my business.  I own a company that designs headscarves for women and girls with medical hair loss.  Our website requires many product images so my thinking was that I could learn how to better take them myself.

SCTI  (Sarasota County Technical Institute) provided the perfect venue for me as they offered photography and Photoshop.  Eagerly, I signed up for both classes and was fortunate to have Spencer Pullen as my teacher.  His enthusiasm, extensive knowledge of photography and Photoshop and encouraging teaching manner had me hooked immediately.  Armed with my brand new Nikon D7100 I began to snap away at almost anything and everything. I think I took 2300 pictures in the first few months!

To me, photography is an expressive means to portray what I am seeing, thinking and feeling and then capturing it through the lens to be admired again and again.  When I first started my journey in picture taking, I really knew very little about the workings of my camera, the relationship between apertures, shutter speed and ISO settings, or the elements of a good photograph. I quickly discovered that a good picture does have to possess certain elements but beyond that it’s really in the eye of the beholder.  Asking someone if they think the photograph is good or bad usually evokes the same response.  “What do you think?”  At first this bothered me as I was anxious for critique but soon came to discover that it really IS more about what how I feel about the picture.

I feel as though I have grown as a photographer but also recognize that I have a long way to go.  With the continued help and guidance from Spencer, I know that this journey will be an exciting and rewarding experience.  I am truly honored that Spencer thought enough of my photography to be a guest blogger on his website.

Susan Beausang

A member of the newly formed Photography Club (Sarasota Hotshots)

These Iris buds were photographed by Susan Beausang in Sarasota, Florida. Iris Buds in the neighborhood – Susan M Beausang © 2014 All Rights Reserved

Susan Beausang photographed this 100 year old workbench in Sarasota, Florida Old Work Bench – Susan M Beausang © 2014 All Rights Reserved

 One of my initial photography assignments. Found a 100 year old work bench as my subject!

 Susan Beausang captured this portrait of this little girl in Sarasota, Florida.Ava – Susan M Beausang © 2014 All Rights Reserved

 Taking pictures of precious babies is very rewarding!

 Susan Beausang photographed this muscian at the Sarasota Farmers Market in Sarasota, Florida.Labor Of Love – Susan M Beausang © 2014 All Rights Reserved

 Fun picture taking at the Sarasota Farmers Market.

 This girl playing in the water was photographed by Susan Beausang in Sarasota, Florida.Water Play – Susan M Beausang © 2014 All Rights Reserved

Girl and water play at Island City Park, Sarasota FL

 These black and white cactus were photographed by Susan Beausang in Sarasota, Florida.Cactus – Susan M Beausang © 2014 All Rights Reserved

Cactus at Chicago Botanic Garden.

  1. Great pics!

  2. Beautiful!

  3. Excellent photos. Especially loved the iris buds. Reading the blog also tells one that your photo journey will be spectacular with your attitude and desire to learn.

  4. Congrats on all your accomplishments. “Water Play” captures an in-the-moment shot we can all enjoy over and over again. Keep up the good work. Will look forward to seeing more of your photography.

  5. Very nice work. I enjoyed the diversity in your photo choices.

  6. Susan, I appreciate reading your message, I too, ‘am bitten’, but sometimes I feel like I have so far to go. You make it seem reachable. Your work is beautiful, as a retired educator, all I can say is, “keep learning”!!!

  7. Great pics, Susan. Glad to see you are still going full speed ahead with your passion!

  8. Susan, You are gifted, indeed! Thank you for sharing your story, as well as, your work. There is no doubt to me that you see beauty in all that you see and you do capture it through your lens with true artistry.

  9. Hello Susan,

    I am thrilled for you ….. and me! I just started class with Spencer and your photos are truly great. I just got in from a ‘animal’ field trip, not even close, so your photos are a true inspiration.

  10. Your photos are great. Keep up the good work. You have a wonderful person helping you.

    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Your photos are beautiful Susan. I always linger over your images … enjoying them and wondering how you captured that!

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