Editorial, Commercial and Travel Photographer Susan Seubert Gives TEDx Talk at EHC

Editorial, Commercial and Travel Photographer Susan Seubert Gives TEDx Talk at EHC

TEDxEHC1 (1)Last month I was invited to give a TEDx talk at the Emory and Henry College in Virginia and it was a smashing success!  This was my first TED talk and I was asked to address what it’s like to have a DIY career as a travel photographer for big name clients like National Geographic  and the New York Times. It was a challenge to memorize a 12 minute talk because although I’ve done a lot of public speaking, I’m used to the crutch of a podium and my computer for prompting me in the right direction.  The other pressure came from knowing that you have 6 or so video cameras trained on you, recording your every breath.  It took many meetings over Skype with the TEDx committee at the college to settle on the final monologue, which focuses on the importance of other people who help make your career and dreams possible.  The talk offers some encouraging words for young photographers, so feel free to share this with anyone who you feel might benefit.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Food Photographer Susan Seubert shoots for the New York Times

Beer flavored ice cream?  Talk about a sweet assignment!  I had to re-read the email to make sure I wasn’t mistaken.  One of my New York Times editors had asked me to photograph the famed Portland ice cream scoop shop Salt & Straw for the dining section.  Apparently, this ice cream store was offering a six-pack of flavored ice creams made with local beer and my assignment was to photograph one of the owners, Tyler Malek, making a batch of ice cream with beer, along with details of the ice cream and some photographs of one of their storesSalt & Straw is a great Portland food story – two young people start a business as a food cart and it takes off into the stratosphere.  I’m not at all surprised after meeting Tyler and his cousin, Kim, who as of today, July 1st, have three stores in the Portland area, each one with a seemingly permanent queue around the block.  All of their ice cream is made by hand and is the best you’ll have without making it yourself.  The flavors they offer are unusual: combinations like Goat Cheese with Habañero and Marionberry or Blue Cheese and Pear, both of which I’ve tried and can say without reservation that they are delicious! For the New York Times piece, it turns out that the beer flavored ice cream isn’t unique to our local scoop shop, but something that can be tasted in places like San Francisco, New York and Atlanta.  This short and sweet piece by writer Andrew Spear will entice you to go out and try some.  With temperatures hitting in the 90’s today here in Portland, I’ll be right there as well.

Ice Cream flavored with beer at Salt and Straw, an ice cream scoop shop in Portland, Oregon

Ice Cream flavored with beer at Salt and Straw, an ice cream scoop shop in Portland, Oregon

Mix Magazine Cover Story

One of many fun and interesting stories I got to shoot last year was for the Oregonian’s Mix Magazine, which has turned up on this month’s cover.  Yippee! The story is about a Nocino making party.  It was an absolute blast to photograph, (and also to partake in the festivities!).  The food was magnificent, the people were so wonderful to work with:  it was a marvelous afternoon of fun and learning. The story was photo edited by Mike Davis and written by foodie extraordinaire Martha Holmberg.  Thank you Mike and Martha!!!  (All shot with the Canon 5D)

May 2009 Cover Photo of Mix Magazine

May 2009 Cover Photo of Mix Magazine