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I’m super excited to offer two fantastic mini session packages for your holiday portraits! Here are all the details:

Both packages include a 20-minute session and a private, online gallery.  Each option also includes a keepsake canvas ornament. (Ornament shape and picture must be selected by November 30th.)

Option One ($130) includes three high-resolution digital images, and Option Two includes seven high-resolution digital images.  Print releases will be issued for those files.

Option Two ($245) also includes 25 custom Christmas cards (with envelopes). One revision is allowed. Of course, more cards may be purchased for an additional fee if you need them.



Saturday, Nov. 19th  (ONLY FIVE sessions are available starting at 3:00 pm up until 5:00 pm. Sessions start on the hour and half-hour and last for 20 minutes each.)  Saturday sessions will take place at Tillie Fowler Regional Park on Hwy. 17.

Sunday, Nov. 20th  (ONLY FIVE sessions are available starting at 3:00 pm up until 5:00 pm. Sessions start on the hour and half-hour and last for 20 minutes each.)  Sunday sessions will take place at Boone Park in Riverside.

Book early!!! Only ten slots are available. A 50% deposit is required to reserve your mini session.

Please message Susan@SusanDixonPhotography for available times. You may pay your 50% deposit by check or credit/debit card.  7% sales tax will be added to your package. The balance (including sales tax) should be paid at the time of your mini session.


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I recently did a MASSIVE make-over of how I store and backup my my digital images. Seriously, it took a total of three days. But my computer runs so. much. faster. I know I’m going to save tons of time because now I’m not going to have to spend extra time waiting for my computer to respond.

Many of you know that I did quite of traveling this past summer. Every year, Troy and I vow that we are NOT going to be gone all summer. But, every single time, we end up being gone over 50% of the time. I guess I really shouldn’t complain. We are so fortunate to be able to travel!

In the midst of all of our trips, I did a session for this A D O R A B L E family. And we did it at one of my favorite parks in town. It’s one they actually go to as a family. I think that’s pretty awesome! And they are just as sweet on the inside as they look! It was quite warm that day, but you would never know it from these images. I love it when clients embrace the idea of pictures–even when the weather isn’t exactly “perfect.” Truthfully, if you’re waiting for the IDEAL time here in Florida, it will probably never come. So go for it!


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When Hurricane Matthew made his appearance, he left behind some damage. But, as Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

I’m a big believer in learning from mistakes and hard times. I tell that to my kids ALL THE TIME.


So here are a few things I’ve learned (or been reminded of) from Hurricane Matthew:

(1) Electricity is a gift and should never be taken for granted.    Matthew rolled in Friday morning, really ramping up in the afternoon. And we were fortunate to have our power for most of that day. And then, abruptly around 4:30 pm, it was gone. And we were in the dark for five days. Not fun. Basic things we took for granted just were not there. Like hot showers. The ability to cook. Air conditioning.

(2) Always be prepared.   Since we had plenty of warning before Matthew’s arrival, we took steps to prepare. I washed every single load of dirty clothes we had. We filled containers + our bathtub with water. We blew up air mattresses. We got ice. All of these things were a big help during and after the storm!

(3) Trees should never be taken for granted.   We lost some beautiful trees in our neighborhood, and pretty much every yard (including my own) was littered with branches, leaves, and moss following the storm. Several of my neighbors had trees fall on their houses, which leads me to my next point.

(4) No matter how bad you think you have it, there’s always someone who has it worse.  We lost power for five days. But some people’s houses were destroyed. So, while we were inconvenienced, things could have been much, much worse. I’ve been praying for my neighbors whose homes were destroyed by trees. Across town, other people had flooding and water damage. And it breaks my heart to see the devastation and loss of life in Haiti. I’m so sad for the people of that island nation! I’m praying for their recovery, too.

(5) A crisis reveals what’s truly important.   It’s really interesting how everything else came to a stop as we rode out the storm. School and work didn’t happen. We didn’t hear anything about the controversial Presidential election. Sports games were rescheduled. Everything just stopped, and we focused on what was important –> staying safe and making sure our family and friends were safe. Praying for God to protect us and others in the path of the storm.

Things are getting back to normal here in Jacksonville, but I think we are all changed just a bit. We have been reminded that nature can be extremely destructive, and there’s not a lot we can do to prevent it. And we’ve been reminded time and time again that people are more important than things. Period.

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  • chris

    Glad to hear that you are your family are safe.ReplyCancel

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Please allow me to introduce you to my new niece: Callie Shae.

She is just precious!  And here she is at three days old.

Although the focus of my photography business is on engagements, weddings, and maternity. I will occasionally photograph other types of sessions. And for my newest little niece, a newborn session was in order!

I love the fact that I was able to capture Callie during her first days at home with her family. That’s where the memories are made. :)

And Callie is settling in nicely with her mom, dad, and big brother. After having a boy, there’s a sweetness added to a family when a little girl comes into the picture. And pink…..lots of pink!

I’m sure you’ll see more of little Miss Callie as she grows up. That’s kind of what happens when your aunt is a photographer. …………But for now enjoy her newborn session. :)

luxe boa -> Jessy’s Props and Creations

crocheted teddy bear -> Boston Avenue Babies

newborn crown -> Handcrafted Crowns

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This past week I experienced the awesome privilege of photographing a marriage proposal! The best thing about it is that it was a complete SURPRISE to the bride-to-be!

When her boyfriend, Colby, and his family threw her a dinner party on her birthday, Kelcy really didn’t suspect anything. Her family and a few friends were there, as well. But they had big plans in store for her that night!

When Colby talked her into walking out on their neighbor’s dock, she was a little hesitant. He assured her that everything was OK. What she didn’t know is that I was hiding in the bushes…..waiting to capture the moment Colby popped the big question!

It didn’t take long for Kelcy to say, “Yes!!!” The look of surprise and joy on her face is priceless!

I love the fact that both of their families were there to share in their joy and excitement. That was very well-planned!

These two are so cute together! And so happy!!! I love the way Colby looks at her… sweet! I’m excited for them and all that is in store for them in the future.


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