Hello! I’m Susannah.
I’m an author, photographer and teacher who’s been sharing her heart online for over a decade. I help people trust, know and express themselves better by sharing the tools that helped me heal my own 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.