Sue Bird's Biography:
Sue's background leading to an animal lifestyle photography career came from a combination of a University Degree in Sociology, a college diploma in Photojournalism, mixed with 10 years as a staff newspaper photographer at 3 major daily newspaper across the province of Ontario, Canada. During her ten years as a photojournalist, Sue's photographs captured numerous national news awards as well as an awarded spot at the incredible Eddie Adams Barnstorm workshop in New York.
The last news feature story Sue worked on was the catalyst that directed Sue to take a leap of faith and re-examine how her news photography career was either impacting or not impacting people the way she wanted, artistically, emotionally and personally.
Sue spent 8 months documenting a dying homeless man named "Jack" at the local mission palliative care unit. She was with Jack when he took his final breath and spent hours learning about Jack's "could have's & should have's" in life. Jack's failures and choices in life reminded Sue to respect the time we have here, to make an impact and to choose how and when to make that impact. Sue chose to leave her career in newspaper, dedicate more time with her two young girls and slowly build her animal lifestyle photography business from home as Canada's Urban Dog Photog. Combining her love to tell stories through photography and her innate ability to capture these furry little souls, Sue has created an award winning combination for editorial and private commissioned clients.
What's in my Bag? Currently shoot Nikon, I have a very simple kit, I need to be on the go and have freedom to move with my subjects.:
Jill E camera bag, Nikon d700 & 1 back up Nikon body, 70-200 2.8, 35-70 2.8, 2 off camera flashes, pocket wizard transmitter & 2 receivers, couple of stands & umbrella, 1 reflector, a few holga toy cameras ....and lots of doggie treats!
Post Production and Marketing : Light Room 2, CS3, Kubota actions, Portrait Life Embellishments, V Gallery designs, Design A Glow templates & hundreds of dollars invested in all kinds of magazines for ideas and design inspiration.