Commercial and Travel Photographer Susan Seubert Featured on Adhesive & Co. Blog

Adhesive & Company recently interviewed me for their Sticky Sunday’s blog.

We discuss ideas about creative community, growing my business, what’s in my bag and some tips for the youngsters just starting out.

It was a fun interview and you can read it in its entirety here.


Thank you Adhesive&Co. for the shout-out!

Susan Seubert featured on National Geographic’s “What We Liked” Blog

What a great way to begin 2016!

National Geographic Creative maintains a blog of what pictures they like, and for January 1, 2016, they featured my photograph of a chinstrap penguin.  This image was made on Half Moon Island in Antarctica and the blissful bird appears to be dancing its way across the snow.

Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Southern Ocean, Antarctica

Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Southern Ocean, Antarctica

I love this image because the penguin is seemingly so happy, and joy is something that I strive to express in many of my photographs.

Thank you to the folks at National Geographic Creative for featuring one of my images!  You can see the full post here.

This image was made with a Canon 7D Mark II using a Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens.

Aperture Priority f7.1, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/4000s.

How to Prepare for Photographic Travel, with Susan Seubert

I was invited by B&H to be a guest writer to address the topic of how to prepare for travel assignments, and what equipment I brings with me.

You can check out the full post here:

How to Prepare for Photographic Travel, with Susan Seubert


Two girls skipping stones at the edge of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana

Two girls skipping stones at the edge of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana


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Photographer Susan Seubert speaks for National Geographic Seminar on The Travel Assignment

Lower Vieux Quebec, also known as Quartier Petit Champlain, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Lower Vieux Quebec, also known as Quartier Petit Champlain, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada          image copyright © 2014 Susan Seubert

Public speaking, for me, was once a terrifying prospect.  Standing on stage in front of an auditorium full of strangers, lights low with maybe a dim spotlight on me, huge images projected on the screen behind me: this scenario was petrifying. Yet over the years, it’s become much easier for me to stand in front of an audience and speak.  Perhaps it’s from practice or maybe it’s simply the passing of time, but either way I am now much more familiar with myself and what I do than I was when I gave my first formal lecture.  It was to the Society for Photographic Education’s Conference at Evergreen State College in Washington.  I was 22 years old and had to excuse myself after the first sentence came out of my mouth as I thought I might pass out.

Thankfully, that was not the case these past two Sundays when I had the opportunity to speak alongside National Geographic Traveler’s Director of Photography, Dan Westergren.  I had been asked by the National Geographic Seminar program to prepare a day long talk about “The Travel Assignment”, something with which I am now familiar.  The day was broken up into several segments in order to address the subject in as comprehensive a manner as possible in under 6 hours.  Dan and I took turns speaking depending on the subject. Occasionally we would interject a relevant story or address a specific audience member’s question during the other person’s presentation.  My subjects were the following: “How Portraiture Can Inform a Larger Narrative;” “What I Carry in My Daily Camera Bags and Why (using pictures to illustrate not only the gear, but also examples using different lens lengths, hello Canon and Think Tank!! );” and finally to present two stories shot on assignment for the magazine.  Dan’s topics were: “Photos We Love and Why;” “Histogram, White Balance and Composition;” “Mirror-less Cameras;” “Using Light;” and “Essence of Place.”

A highlight of the program for me was Dan’s opening sequence of, “Photos We Love and Why.”  November 2014 is National Geographic Traveler’s 30th Anniversary, and I am humbled and pleased to have one of my images included in their 30 Greatest Travel Photos in 30 Years.  Because these were the images Dan chose to show as part of the program, I was able to explain the behind-the-scenes of my image chosen, and Dan described the criteria he and his editors use in the selection process for the photos published in the magazine, and how those criteria had changed over time.  Considering that over 30 million images have been submitted to National Geographic Traveler and of those, approximately 34,000 have been published in those 30 years, I feel very fortunate that one of mine landed in the chosen 30.

In both Los Angeles and Portland, our audiences were terrific!  Everyone was engaged, positive, asked great questions and seemed pleased to have spent an entire Sunday in a darkened room, looking at pictures with Dan and me.  In fact, one of the winners of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photography Competition was in attendance at our Portland seminar. One of the many benefits of attending these seminars is that we allow a good amount of time for questions where anyone in the audience can ask and we are right there to answer.  Our goal is to be there to not only provide insight and information about the world inside National Geographic Traveler Magazine, but also to tailor the day for interaction with participants.  I always dine with the guests so we can possibly continue talking during lunch. Participants also received a handout which has not only the information we address during the seminar, but also a list of resource web sites for Travel Photographers.

I look forward to my upcoming speaking engagements. I will discuss my work during Portland’s upcoming Photolucida. I am scheduled to give a talk to the students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art during one of their “Career Chat” programs and also at the Froelick Gallery where I’ll be having a show of my work in April. I will be giving another seminar for the National Geographic Seminar program this coming spring. As the schedule becomes available, I’ll be posting about it on my social network pages as well as on this blog.

Presenting my portrait images at the Skirball Auditorium in Los Angeles for National Geographic Seminars, "The Travel Assignment"

Presenting my portrait images at the Skirball Cultural Center Auditorium in Los Angeles for National Geographic Seminars, “The Travel Assignment”

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Multimedia Photographer Susan Seubert featured on Wonderfulmachine’s Blog

Last fall, I shot a feature story and multimedia piece for Smithsonian Magazine.  I landed the cover. (Yippee!!!) Smithsonian’s editing team took the raw footage and audio, and produced a very nice video to accompany the article as it appears online and on their iPad application.  Since I’m a Wonderfulmachine photographer, they decided to write a nice blog post about the job here.  I’m grateful to have Maria Luci on my team of supporters to help spread the word that I am capable of working in the field under challenging circumstances and produce great results.  This feels like shameless horn-tooting, but I feel that the only way to showcase my abilities is to get the word out through modern channels. 🙂  Thanks for your time!

The Sliding Sands trail, as seen from near the top of Haleakala below the visitor's center

My Other Photo and Travel Blog

Howdy! I just wanted to put a link to my other blog on this blog. It mainly covers our trips to hawaii and is chock full of turtle movies.  You can see it here.

2008 Year In Pictures

It’s hard to believe that 2008 is over.  When I look back at the year, I struggle to comprehend how so much happened in 365 short days.  Travel included New York, San Francisco, Australia, Seattle, and of course, Hawaii. My first cover for National Geographic Traveler.  My first shoot for the New York Times (in four years), the exposé of Margaret B. Jones, aka Peggy Seltzer.   My first surf board.  My brother turned 40.  A new studio. Good friends in Maui. An alleged shark incident. My husband starts cooking Japanese cuisine.  A total lunar eclipse.  A monk seal on our beach.  Barack Obama is elected president.  The happiest thing: my two best girlfriends have baby boys. The saddest of all, our great friend Terry Toedemeier passes away.  May he rest in peace.