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CLASS OF 2017: FILLING THE SCHEDULE NOW! 606-436-1988 only 100 per year!

Now Booking 2017 Senior Portraits at Suzanne Deaton PhotograpyView full post »

Want to See Where Taylor Williams is Going to College? Read to Find Out!

What can I say about Taylor Williams?  Let’s start with the obvious.  She throws kindness around like confetti,View full post »

“All Your Life You’ve Never Seen a Woman Taken by the Wind,” Senior Bethany Smith takes us by storm

Bethany Smith, Senior at Pikeville High School, spent her childhood listening to all kinds of music.  She was raised onView full post »

ASP Best of the Best 2017

For ALL want inspired, check out this video.  This is why I enter Print Competition every year!!!!!!!!!!  Click BEST ofView full post »

REVEALED, The Secrets Behind Rose’s Looks In Detail { 2017 Hazard High School Senior, Rose Clemons }

The second Rose wondered into my studio, she immediately said she really didn’t want her senior pictures toView full post »

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Living in a Small Town? Confessions from a Small Town Senior, Emily Marcum, Clay County High School Senior

Emily loves her small town, Manchester, KY,  for many reasons.  She has been inseparable from her senior class sinceView full post »

3 Questions You MUST Ask Yourself BEFORE Booking Your Senior Portraits

What Photographer do I want for this once in a lifetime experience? Choosing a photographer is like choosing a promView full post »

Engagement Session, Louisville KY {Little Sis is Getting Hitched}

On 4-1-17, my little sister, Whitney Asher will wed her true love, Christopher Cessna. Check out their beautifulView full post »

Prom Pictures Ideas for Photographers, Prom poses, Prom Hairstyles, Prom Makeup

Here are some of my favorite PROM images from last year’s PROM, ready for pinning! Check our Pinterest BoardsView full post »

2017 Hazard High School senior, Ryan Smith signs with Florence-Darlington Tech, Florence SC

Ryan Smith, pitcher and short stop,  for Hazard Baseball, signs with Florence-Darlington Tech. in South Carolina.  ItView full post »

CLASS OF 2017  FILLING THE SCHEDULE NOW!  Class of 2017, now it’s your turn!  We are already planning late summer and fall shoots. The calendar is filing up faster than ever before and we only shoot 100 Senior Sessions a year!  Find out the details of our Senior Sessions here or call the Studio M-F. Leave a message! 606-436-1988

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What can I say about Taylor Williams?  Let’s start with the obvious.  She throws kindness around like confetti, her laughter is contagious to the point where she and the people around her get “shushed”, her success doesn’t just come find her, she goes out and gets it, AND she chooses to be herself.  Taylor has a pretty amazing life.  The only challenges in her life are the ones she’s not yet met.   Taylor’s a Christian, a Republican, a mathmatition. She’s a Bulldog and decided yesterday she will soon be a Kentucky Wildcat!

Taylor is one of the smartest people I know.   She will be attending University of Kentucky on a full Singletary Scholarship, one of about 20 incoming freshman recipients at UK.  She has been accepted at Yale and Vanderbilt, and is declining her acceptance so she can continue her education in Kentucky and reside in the state she is beyond passionate about.    Her academic life speaks for itself.  She received a 34 on the ACT, will be Valedictorian at Hazard High School on May 21, at the Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony.  She will be ” Teen of the Year” tonight at Hazard’s Annual Civic Night. She has introduced a Bill to the House about standardizing the grading scale across Kentucky.  I assume when you have a 4.0 one would want to make sure other people having a 4.0 have the same grading scale.  Not all A’s are created equal.  🙂  Taylor is a National Merit Commended Student and a Coca Cola Scholarship Semi-Finalist.

I have had the pleasure of photographing Taylor since she was 4 years old.  She was one of my very first subjects outside my own family.  I have been lucky enough to watch her grow from a little girl into a beautiful young woman.  She is truly going to set the world on fire.  I can’t begin to list all the ways she has touched the lives of all who know her including her teachers, classmates, family members, and photographer.

In shooting Taylor’s senior portraits, we have done a plethora of locations, outfits, themes, concepts, etc. We wanted to show off who she has become and where she is going.  Taylor wanted to feature some of the highlights of her senior year like cheerleading and leading the “Bulldog Prayer” when needed.  In her own words, “My senior trip was an absolute blast and I love my class  and everything about being at Hazard.”

Here are some of my favorite images from 4 sessions we’ve done together just this year.

Don’t look back Tay!  You friends and family will always be just around the corner.  Good Luck in the next phase of your adventurous life!!!!!!!

Click here for throw back sessions of Taylor!

and another one!



Bethany Smith, Senior at Pikeville High School, spent her childhood listening to all kinds of music.  She was raised on Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Elton John, Bob Segar, Simon & Garfunkel, Prince, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, The Bee Gee’s and well, you get the picture.

To say that Bethany loves music, frankly, that’s an understatement.  To say that she wanted her senior portrait session to be inspired by the music she loves, well, that was music to my ears.

Bethany loves the 70’s simpler times, peace movements, positive body images, and the style of the clothing.  Inspired by the flowing layers, bell bottoms, peasant shirts,  high waisted pants, and the beautiful voice of the Queen, Stevie Nicks, we decided the BOHO style was the best way for Bethany to express herself. Her uniqueness is a common thread through her images. Her individuality shines through.

Bethany plans on attending EKU in the next few years to major in Chemistry, Biology or Psychology with the end goal of being a Psychiatrist. Thanks for looking at her session.

The second Rose wondered into my studio, she immediately said she really didn’t want her senior pictures to reflect a bunch of fashion trends hanging on racks at stores, but more of what we would see in a fashion/beauty magazine.   Rose is a natural poser, making it easy for us to get creative and do some fun stuff.   Inspired by fashion shoots, magazine spreads and our own Eastern Kentucky landscape, we planned some cool images, totally on the fly.  Rose has grown up at my house, so I felt a bit of pressure to shoot something AMAZING, but knowing what a laid back personality she has made it easy to shoot “from the hip.”

So, Secret NUMBER 1.  Her choker is a piece of Velcro we found on the floor of the studio.  Oh, and the fur belongs to me.

Secret NUMBER 2.   This leather jacket belonged to Rose’s father, Buggy Clemons.  He passed away when she was a baby, leaving a void that cannot be filled and will never be fair.  She wanted to incorporate the jacket to show she is keeping him close to her heart.

Secret NUMBER 3.   This gorgeous piece of fabric is a simple maternity gown we pulled off my rack, LOL. Hey, whatever works.

Secret NUMBER 4. You don’t need a bunch of clothes when you are built like a model. Grab a sweater, a tank or pullover and let’s go.

There,  I’m finished with revealing the details behind all these looks.  Here are some of some of my favorite images. ROSE CLEMONS was a pleasure to photograph, my muse for the day.

Thank you for looking at this beautiful Senior’s blog post!

Emily loves her small town, Manchester, KY,  for many reasons.  She has been inseparable from her senior class since 7th grade.  She loves going to her school’s sporting events and dressing up for pep themes.  After every basketball game she and her friends go eat Mexican cuisine to celebrate. There’s nothing like growing up in a small town.

Emily confesses though, there’s really not much to do in a small town in the winter, but in the summer she loves going to the lake and  four wheeling. She also mentions that one of the most entertaining things about living in a small town is listening to the local gossip!    In Clay County Kentucky, everyone knows everyone so there is never a lack of entertainment. LOL.

Although Emily loves her small town, she has big town aspirations.  She loves New York and Nashville, especially the Bridgestone Arena area since she loves country music. A larger town will also afford her more shopping opportunities. This brings me to my next confession, oh, and it’s mine, not Emily’s . . . I’m obsessed with her eyebrows!!!!!!!!!!!!  Emily says, “My brows are naturally thick so sometimes I don’t even fill them in.  The only thing I use is the Anastasia Brow Wiz.”  She tried the Brow Definer and did not like it, saying the brow Wiz is more thin and has better precision.  Both can be purchased at Sephora for around $20.

Other brow tips from Emily:  1. Get Brows waxed every 3-4 weeks. 2. Anything Kylie for lips:  Kylie Lip gloss in “So Cute” 3. MAC RED is an awesome red to have on hand.  3. NYX lip butters stay on forever.

Emily rocked her senior portrait session!  She brought the most important thing with her, her PERSONALITY.  Here’s what she had to say about her senior portrait experience. “I absoutely LOVED my senior picture session!!  A few of my friends had Suzanne take their pictures before and my mom and I fell instantly in love with her work!  I wouldn’t consider myself camera shy, but she definitely made me feel confident and relaxed while shooting.  My favorite pictures are the ones of me in the red dress.  She just happened to have it in her studio and suggested that I wear it.  It turned out fabulous!!”

Thank you Emily!  We wanted her senior portraits to reflect who she was and where she is going.  I think we accomplished that. And no Emily, you are far from camera shy!

What’s your favorite thing about living in a small town?