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Hi! I'm Susannah Stevens

Because I'll be asking you to let me see your real life with all its eccentricities, I figure it's only fair that you know something about me.

I'm a true DC native! That's me on the right at age 3 waiting for the fireworks to start. I came back here in my 30s to do an MA at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in multimedia journalism.

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Here's a still from my thesis project, an unconventional documentary set along the MARC train line between DC and Baltimore. (You can watch it here if you want.) I had a baby while I was in school, and that was the beginning of my journey with family photojournalism.

My camera gives me a shortcut to the authentic way I want to relate to people. I'm an introvert, but always looking for genuine connections. It's a privilege to enter families' lives in this way, and I'm grateful for it.


Update: Covid-19


I am pro-science and fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19. For the safety of my family, your family, and future clients, I am taking extra precautions with indoor photo sessions. 

I am happy to shoot indoors under the following conditions:

  • All adults present are vaccinated and boosted, and all children over age 5 are fully vaccinated

  • Everyone feels healthy the day of the session. Better safe than sorry; I'm happy to reschedule if need be.

Generally I have been wearing a mask while shooting indoors, and unless you invite me to take it off, I will continue to do so. If you prefer that I wear a mask during your outdoor session, I'm happy to do that as well. If Covid rates in the area go up, I may request that we all take rapid antigen tests the day of the session.


Contact Me at Lifetime Lens

Based in NW DC and covering the Maryland and Virginia suburbs as well. Available for special events out of town too!




Thanks for reaching out!