What Inspires You

It is a beautiful spring like morning, these kind of mornings fill me with inspiration and movtivation. Love the smell of the earth and the pines that surround our property, the chirping of the birds, the sun rising. And last, a cup of hot coffee!  What inspires your day?

Spring is my favorite season and this morning I woke up to a spring like morning. The birds are in full force with their chirping opera.  The pines are releasing a scent that reminds me of the forest, and the sun is peaking over hill. I love where we live and when I wake to a morning as glorious as this, I want to share it.

All You Need is Love -

I was going through photos, actual PICTURES and reminiscing of days gone by. Realizing these photos through the years tell a story. I am so glad I still print. I see my grown children and remember them as children, I see my grandchildren and what wonderful little humans they are becoming. This is my tribe, I am theirs and they are mine. This is my story. This is family love. Happy Valentines!

A night out of music.


SixtyOn? What on earth is SixtyOn and what does that have to do with photography? Ok, let me explain. For those who know me, you know I am very much a family person. My husband and I who will be married 24 years this year not only supported eachother through raising kids, finishing degrees, working the corporte life, but also eachother's passions. Mine of course being photography and his music. So it is not unusual to see eachother together helping eachother when it is our turn to perform. I am his rode and he often helps carrying my cameras and equipment. We make a pretty good team!

That being said, SixtyOn is my husband Mike Gruning. He was performing at a local bar here in Eureka Springs, AR so I thought why not sharpen my skills and take some photographs of the folks who were gracious enough to allow me to "focus" on them!  We had an amazing crowd on a cold icy night. We are celebrating Mardi Gras (as we do every year) here in Eurea Springs, so it was a lovely, colorful, lively evening.  Even with that, this crowd, well this crowd they love music!  

Remember to always support eachother, help eachother grow and nuture eachother. Show how much you care. Thank you to those who were there and thank you Rowdy Beaver for hiring SixtyOn! Here are some photos to show.  Enjoy!


Humbled and Over the Moon Excited!

The 2018 Eureka Springs Wedding Guide is now published and available at the Chamber. Why are we humbled and so excited? Our photo made front page!  Several other wedding and engagement shoots are also shown throughout the guide. We thank the Eureka Springs Chamber for choosing our photo and our wonderful clients and makes it all possible.

 This photo is taken in front of the iconic flat iron building in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

This photo is taken in front of the iconic flat iron building in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

We Are Booking!

If you are planning to have photos done, whether senior, engagement, wedding, family, it is never to early to book a session or begin dialogue with your photographer. We love to chat with our clients so we can get to know eachother and make sure we are the perfect fit. You know, like two peas in a pod. Don't let you dates slip by you. Call today! 479-244-7824


 We are now booking!

We are now booking!

Spring Fling

Want a few updated photos taken? Looking for a great special? Act on our Spring Fling Special. Book while we have available openings. Call today at 479.244.7824.

 Schedule your Spring Fling now! Offer good through April 15, 2018. Fee must be paid at time of booking. Some restrictions may apply. Please call for more information.

Schedule your Spring Fling now! Offer good through April 15, 2018. Fee must be paid at time of booking. Some restrictions may apply. Please call for more information.

What have we been doing?

Being a wedding photographer in Eureka is unique in the sense we photograph large and small weddings. Whether it is on a grand scale or an intimate elopement. We offer different packages that are indicative of each of these types of ceremonies or we can tailor to meet your needs. 

We photography seniors, engagements, weddings, portraiture. We look to capture your story throuogh moments and details. We photograph real people with real stories. So don't be intimated to contact us, let us document your day with our photography.

It's a new year, what will your ending be?

It's a new day, a new year, a new chapter, a new life. Yours to write as you wish as two become one. A new journey as a couple. A new love blossoming and a new story beginning. What will your fairy tale story say? Allow us to tell your story, your love story, your happy ever after.  


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  A non refundable booking fee of 25% is due at time of booking. 

A non refundable booking fee of 25% is due at time of booking. 

Book now and receive a discount of 20% off our 2018 rates. Also, if you book ANY wedding package with us, we will do a one hour free engagement session.  Call today at 479-244-7824.

Senior Mini's

Do you know just how much we love seniors? Seniors are ready to fly the coop, they are fearless. So full of life and vitality and we love capturing their stories as they do so. I love working with seniors as they are so full of fun, adventure and hope. Our future generations! So here is to 2018 Seniors!  We are offering mini sessions just for you!  Call to book today at 479-244-7824.

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a Happy Holiday Season

Peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas season.

I hope your holiday season is merry and bright. 

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Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I am in full Xmas mode, everything around is so festive, how can their be even one bah-humbug human?  Send them to me, I will turn them! 

This year is the first year in our married life my husband and I are celebrating without our children or grandchildren around. While difficult, I have so much to be thankful for. My husband first who has surprised me with gifts! I say surprise because I usually have him buy me something from a list. I love this guy!!!  Also for the inspiring scenery that surrounds me in this beautiful home of ours. These photos are examples of what is right outside my front door.  The tall pines that whisper in the wind, the cardinals who sing to me, the deer who visit in the early morning while I am enjoying my first cup of coffee and the silly squirrels who continually amuse me. Yes Santa, I have much to be thankful for.

This time of year also fills my heart as it is a time to rejoice - as a child is born, a child to celebrate by giving, forgiving and peace to all. "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11) Oh come let us adore him and adore eachother as we accept one another's faults and differences and enourage and build each other up. 

This Christmas, let it be about love and harmony and peace on earth this year and the years to follow.

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays - however you choose to celebrate.  

Susane & Mike

Pine Berries

A beautiful ceremony.

Allow me to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Baker of Springfield, MO. This lovely couple decided on romantic Eureka Springs for their wedding destination. They are a fun couple, Samantha a bit more reserved and Mikel a funny outgoing individual. Together they balance eachother and the love they showed during this celebration was undeniable!  

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One man's loss is another man's gain.

This weekend I received a call from a family who had a photoshoot scheduled. It was unfortunate that the hired photography had to cancel due to an emergency. However, EUREKA! They found me. I am so happy that did as this was one of the kindest families I have shot. They were down to earth, fun, and just plain, well......wonderful.  Here are a few sneak peaks of the Barger family.

When life is a blur, adjust your focus

Sometime it seems we lose our priorities, or time passes before we know. Our life becomes a blur. At that moment it is important to take a moment to focus. What is going on? Are  you satisfied? Are you looking for something more? Even in my busy hectic world, I wanted to do something where I could use my skills to make a difference. I started the Girlfriends Project that you find on Facebook, but was looking for more. So I decided on Susane's Seniors. I called some local high schools and I am offering to do senior portraits for free. They have to meet certain criteria to ensure the finanacial needs are true. So my focus is to give back and use my skills and passion to do so. This has given me a clear vision on what I need to do. 

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Is life a blur?

How do you process your day?

I am an early bird. Mornings are "my" time. They are quiet and serene, just me and the birds as the day begins. I enjoy my cup of java in solitude and treasure the moment. It is my time of meditation, my time of awareness, my time of mindfulness. So many ideas come into my head as I process what my day is going to look like. I know some are early birds and some are night owls. Which are you? Be sure to relish YOUR time!

 What motivates you? How do you like to start or end your day?

What motivates you? How do you like to start or end your day?

Is this the cutest couple ever??

I had the priviledge of photographing Royce and Bethany's wedding this weekend. While it was a small intimate wedding, it was packed full of love. You could see it in their eyes and confirmed with the conversations we had together. Their support of eachother and unconditional acceptance was awe inspiring. Thank you Royce and Bethany, you were totally awesome to work with!  



Love is patient, love is kind.....

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.