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Susan Dean Photography


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Susan has over five years of experience as a wedding photographer in locations throughout the world, from Mexico and Maui to New York City. Her images have been published in Town & Country, Charleston Weddings, 805 Weddings, Santa Barbara Magazine, Bridal Guide and Brides Southern California. After earning a BFA from the Brooks Institute of Photography in 2004, Susan began her business in Southern California, where she continues to frequently travel on assignment. She recently relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, where she grew up, and is excited about expanding her services in the Southeast region.

My focus is on creating classic pictures while at the same time documenting the unexpected moments that capture the spirit of your wedding. Staying flexible in each moment allows me to become a seamless part of your wedding day. I specialize in film photography, which enables me to bring a timeless quality to the images that will become a lasting part of your family.


Kirsten & Frank | Swallow Creek Ranch Cayucos, CA
"They are here!! Thank you so much for putting together such a beautiful collection. The presentation is incredible and I am thrilled with what I see. Frank and I will spend a ton of time going over them this weekend, I am sure. Perfect timing also, we are going back to Boston next week for a reception for all of the family members who were not able to attend, so we will take them back with us and they will get to see gorgeous images of such an important day in our life. Thank you so very much for everything."

Noah & Audra | Chase Palm Park Santa Barbara, CA
"Thank you so much for shooting our wedding. It really meant a lot to Audra and I to have, not only a professional, but also a friend behind the camera. I know we didn't give you much to work with, wedding being at noon, but you pulled it off beautifully."

Jean & Tom | Castle Green Pasadena, CA

"My husband and I both work in the media. His job in the design industry and mine in television both require an eye for detail and style. We ended a long and challenging search for the perfect photographer when we found Susan. Susan was timely, friendly and always professional in all of her correspondencies with us leading up to our ceremony. Her working style during the day of the wedding is just as polished as her beautiful photography. Susan was consistently smooth and cheerful as she and her staff captured all of the emotions of our day – from the bridal preparation to the ceremony and cocktails, right down to the banquet and dancing. Our photos were gorgeous and elegant – one of them was published in the March, 2006 edition of Town and Country Magazine. More importantly, our family and friends have been raving on and on for months about all of the beautiful shots."

Andrew & Valerie | Firestone Vineyard Los Olivos, CA
"Andrew and I would like to thank you again for the beautiful pictures and the hard work you have done to get them to us in such a timely manner. It was really a joy to have you as our photographer. When choosing a photographer, it was very important to us to find someone that we could communicate well with and someone who would understand the types of pictures we wanted to have of our ceremony and reception. Upon meeting you, we felt very comfortable to hire you and document a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We will be celebrating our wedding day again at the end of December in Colorado for those who could not make it to the wedding and I will happily display many of the pictures you took. Due to this event, it was important for us to receive the pictures quickly. Thanks for getting us everything we needed to create a display so quickly. Now the only difficult decisions will be trying to choose from the many beautiful pictures you took!"

Marcy Maloy, photographer
"I am impressed at the quality and feeling in your images. The spontaneous intimacy is fresh and completely natural... really nice!! It was so nice to work with you. What a great week in Monterrey! "

Tricy & Bobby | Our Lady of Mount Carmel with reception following at the Four Seasons Biltmore
"Thank you for the gift of your exquisite photography. Each photograph you took was truly breathtaking…they are each incredible works of art! We will cherish your work for the rest of our lives. Thank you for capturing all the love, warmth and magic of our wedding day. It was truly an honor working with you…you’re a gifted artist and a real sweetheart!"

Tania & Eli | San Antonio, Texas
"My photographs are beautiful! The pictures are so touching they have made even the toughest of men in my family cry. I love your eye for detail and your ability to capture the moment at just the right time. I feel blessed to have had you photograph my wedding. Thank you for coming to San Antonio to be a part of our wedding celebration. We will treasure these memories forever."

Jessica & John | Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden with reception following at the Arts & Letter’s Cafe
"We got the pictures and we love them! Thank you so much for a wonderful job. I sincerely hope to someday have an event requiring a photographer so that we get a chance to work with you again!"


Santa Barbara Wedding Style Feature

Brides Southern California 2009

Charleston Weddings Spring Summer 2008

Brides Southern California 2008

805 Weddings 2008

Bridal Guide 2008

Snippit & Ink Feature

Santa Barbara 2006

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