"As my oldest turns 7 this fall, I can't believe how fast those years have gone. I have thousands of digital pics of my kids stored on iphoto as all moms do. But none of those pictures capture the love we feel for our kids or the true essence of who they are like the pictures Suzy has taken of them and us as a family. We will never get that time back with our kids but we have these unbelievably beautiful photos to look back on.
Suzy is a true talent and takes her photography to another level. All you have to do is look at the pictures on her website and her blog to know she is the best out there. She is so easy to work with and has a gentle sweet way with the kids. You'll never want anyone else to take photos after you see what she can do. And that is what is so nice. You can call her over the years to capture all those special moments in life. I really can't say enough glowing things about her and what she delivers. She is worth every penny."
-Maura (from our Simply by Suzy yelp page)
" We are so happy to have Suzy take photos of our eight-month old son! It was a pleasure to meet her. I first found out about her work through a friend, whose photos were documented on the simplybysuzy blog. Indeed, Suzy's blog actively documents not only her extensive portfolio, but also the relationships she has built with each client, relationships which allow her to capture such intimate moments. Relationships that last through weddings, births, and more, a telling sign of her commitment to clients.
I really admired the natural, photojournalistic style of her photos, and I knew that I wanted to use that approach for our first professional photographs as a family. We easily communicated via email. To Suzy's credit, she makes an extra effort to get to know her subjects, and find out what they're looking for.
The session itself went wonderfully, with photos taken at the Lincoln Park Conservatory (gorgeous setting year-round) and our home. In the end, Suzy captured our son's joy, curiosity, and wonder, as well as our love for him. The turnaround time on the photos was very quick (within two days!), and a sneak peek from her blog made both sets of grandparents anxious to see more. I admire Suzy's artistic decisions, and I would definitely recommend her to other friends.
Kind, generous with her time, and caring, it's clear Suzy truly enjoys what she does for a living, and that passion comes through in her photos. You will not be disappointed!"
- Mimosa (from our Simply by Suzy yelp page)
"Suzy is simply AMAZING!!!! We used her for the first time for maternity photos and absolutely loved her work so we hired her again for newborn photos of our baby, 6 month photos, 9 month photos and recently for 1 year photos of our little boy. We love every single photo that she takes. She is extremely talented and we will continue using her for years to come to capture such special moments of our lives. I wish my husband and I would have met her earlier as we would have definitely hired her to take our wedding photos. Suzy has become more like family to us and we are so glad that we were introduced to her through mutual friends. She is fantastic with newborns and children, she makes it look so easy!! We highly recommend her to our family and friends! If you hire Suzy, you will not be disappointed, guaranteed!"
-Michelle B. (from our Simply by Suzy yelp page
"As someone who has hired many local photographers I can honestly say that I will NEVER stray from Suzy and go anywhere else. What an amazing photographer! Suzy has taken maternity and newborn pics for us and they are beyond GORGEOUS! Each time she has visited us, it's felt like she is an extension of our own family-- she is just there in the background, snapping pics and capturing us in our element. She does an incredible job because each picture tells a story about the way we are as a family-- And the photos are beautiful. During our newborn session, she and her partner (Vasili) took the baby into a separate room to do all of the newborn pics, allowing me some much needed rest. An hour or so later, she woke us up and said they were all done with the photo session. How pain free is that?! Pics done and I got a nap!! And they turned out AMAZING (no surprise there). She is quick with turnaround, too-- which is very important to me, considering she knows how much I love the pics of our kids. The only downside? I don't have a big enough house to showcase ALL of the pics. I highly recommend her. You will not be disappointed. She is worth every penny."
"We love Suzy! From the second we met her we sensed her warm heart. She definitely has a talent. She is not just a photographer, but an artist. She absorbs everything during your session with her. All of the photos of Rylee were absolutely beautiful and had an artistic touch. She went above and beyond all of our expectations. We can't wait for many more photo sessions to come!"
"We so enjoyed our sessions and results from Suzy that we have already used her four times! Suzy has such an outstanding eye and she was able to capture our little man in every way. Now that his personality is starting to shine, she has given us something to always cherish. Suzy has a wonderful nature, totally makes us feel comfortable and was so good with soothing the baby. She is always the professional and truly takes the time to take the best pictures. We are so glad that we found Suzy and plan to use her to chronicle our baby from newborn and on!"
-The Gregor Family
" I can't say enough amazing words about Simply by Suzy! My husband and I were lucky enough to have Suzy capture many of the important "firsts" in our lives - our first pregnancy (in a maternity session), the birth of our first child, our son's first week of life (in a newborn session) and now our baby boy 12 months later (in a one-year photo shoot). Clearly we are fans!
Suzy is so much more than a photographer; she has become like family to us. On top of that, she is organized, affordable, timely and, above all, amazing at what she does! My husband and I are far from creative, and Suzy is great about coming up with artistic ideas that really suit our family...and seem natural at the same time! My son loves her, too, as she is very patient, loving and FUN. If you want a photographer that you do not have to direct, Suzy is your girl! Her artistic ability is incredible, and she never ceases to amaze me when I receive my photos - each one is more beautiful than the next. My family is so lucky to have found Suzy, and we will definitely utilize her services for many, many years to come."
-Sara (from our Simply by Suzy yelp page
"We adore Suzy and her artistic skills. She took our simple vision of a courthouse wedding and amplified it into an extraordinary experience. Thanks to her, our personalities shined in every picture. Beyond producing cherished photographs, she also impressed us and our guests with her grace and direction. Suzy captured moments of the heart, and was truly a blessing on our wedding day. My husband and I cannot wait to work with her again! (Babies!)
...also, V is a bad ass!"
"Suzy has been able to capture our son's personality in her photos like no other photography has successfully done for us. She has patience and takes the time to get the best shots of our children and family. Because of her talent, we have lasting memories of our children as they grow up. I have recommended her to all my friends who want a photographer that is professional and superbly talented in her field!"
"It takes more than an expensive camera to capture the most precious moments in your life. It takes heart and soul and Suzy has both. I recommend her to everyone I know and will continue to do so. Thanks for all you do, Suzy!"
-The Buckley Family
"Suzy was able to instantly get a smile on our infant son's face the moment she began shooting. Her calm demeanor and command of the camera is the perfect combination for absolutely amazing photos. She was able to capture moments on film that we will forever cherish."
-Angie, Bill & Weber Schwartz
"Suzy is fantastic! We hired Simply by Suzy for our wedding, but first Suzy asked to set up a free engagement session, so she could get a feel for us as a couple. We went to Union Station in Chicago, which was my fiance's choice, and she made a crowded train station seem like it was just us! She brought Vasili (another photographer in her company) to our wedding so that he could be with the groom and she stayed with me. I really liked that there wasn't one photographer going back and forth, possibly missing something. They are so good at what they do, you don't even notice they're in the room taking pictures. I have received countless compliments on our pictures. Suzy just has an eye for it. Great prices and you get a cd of your prints so that you can do with them what you want! You can also order prints from her if you prefer. Besides being great photographers, Suzy and Vasili are just GREAT PEOPLE. Really level-headed and help keep the stress of the day at bay."
-Ashleigh (from our Simply by Suzy yelp page