Hello! I’m Susannah.

I’m an writer, photographer and teacher who’s been sharing her heart online for over 10 years. I help people remember how to trust themselves by sharing the tools that helped me heal my heart and live a self-directed life. My first book, This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart (Skirt! Books), hit bookshelves in 2012, and I’ve also co-authored another, Instant Love: How to Make Magic & Memories with Polaroids (Chronicle Books). My next book for Chronicle, LONDONTOWN: A Photographic Tour of the City’s Delights, was published in 2016.

Words have been at the centre of my world for as long as I can remember. I started writing a diary aged 11 and grew not only a life-long journaling practice but also an unending curiosity about my place in the world. Studying photography at art school followed by a degree in journalism lead to working as a fashion editor and journalist for many years, but I was ambitious and lost in equal measure. The truth is my life, as I now know it, began in the spring of 2005 when the man I loved died very suddenly from a heart attack — everything I thought I knew about life changed in that instant.

Walking through the fire of bereavement is how I truly came to inhabit every part of who I am, the shadows as well as the light. I found my way back to myself through my cameras and journal and with the support of an incredible therapist. I know for a fact that we don’t just “get over” our loss, but rather we learn how to integrate their absence into our life as we bravely continue on, honouring the past while birthing a whole new existence.

In the second year I started writing a blog. Being able to share my thoughts and feelings online was incredibly empowering, my way of getting back out there from the safety of my living room. Blogging helped reopen the door to my creativity, connecting me to other souls around the world as I found my way back to what was meaningful for me.

In 2008 I was invited to teach a photography class at a local adult education centre. As they already had a technical class I decided to create something more soulful drawing on everything I’d learned through my healing journey. I called that first class Unravelling and was excited to share my ideas with the 10 brave women who’d signed up. As we shared tears and revelations week after week I knew I was on to something, so I followed my intuition and offered the class online — within just one week I had 100 women signed up. That was back in January 2009 and the rest, as they say, is history.

I now have a range of creative courses running throughout the year sharing the tools and techniques that brought such profound change into my life. Thousands of people from over 50 countries around the world have joined together to explore their creativity with me. It’s such an honour to be able to do this work.

I love...

... strong black coffee. Plump white nectarines. Wearing flip flops. Inked skin. The poetry of Sharon Olds, Rumi, and David Whyte. The one magical week in spring when all the magnolia trees are in bloom.

... Londontown and New York City. Equally.

... the smell of vetiver, sandalwood, bonfires, clary sage, dark rum, ripe figs, patchouli, tuberose, hot sun-kissed skin and linden blossom.

... film. Digital cameras are amazing too, but film has my heart.

... typologies. I'm an INFP (the Idealist), an HSP and a 4 on the Enneagram (the Individualist).

... travel. I stood in the shadow of the pyramids in Egypt, fed giraffes in Kenya, traversed the souk in Marrakesh, climbed the Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica, fell in love in Italy, signed a book deal in New York City, saw the Mona Lisa in Paris, picked apples in Canada, climbed a mountain in Slovenia and sunbathed nude in Portugal.

... my nephews. They are my sunshine.