About Susan Knight Studios
Susan grew up 22 hours, by car, from the nearest ocean and has always been in awe of anything water. She received a Biology degree in Saskatchewan then after years of (happily) diving in cold dark lakes, moved to the west coast to complete her training and advance to become a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer. Her first teaching position was with the UBC Aquasociety. After a year of volunteering, she also secured a job with the Vancouver Aquarium Education Dept. She traveled with a crack team of nerdy Biologists and a giant truck filled with live marine creatures to teach kids all over BC about the ocean. That's where she first learned to drive 5 ton trucks. She loves trucks. From there, she participated in many interesting projects traveling and teaching, by land and by boat, mostly in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She has been involved in guiding, writing and teaching about the natural world and how important it is for our health and mental wellness for over 20 years. Her first job ever was in a library.
Her interest in photograpy and film blossomed while initially working as a model, stand-in and crew in "Hollywood North" where she became fascinated with everything involved in creating films. She fell in love with the physical process of decorating sets to help tell a story, started collecting some awesome tools and even learned how to use them. She gets to work in set dec with some pretty awesome people in one of her fav places, Vancouver, Canada.
She eventually also expanded into under water photography launching Susan Knight Studios while living in Kona, Hawaii. With camera always in hand, her work in Hawaii as a hiking guide, scuba/snorkeling guide and whale watching naturalist assisted her in gathering a catalogue of inspired images. She was wonderfully mentored by incredible photographers and really began to feel like an artist.
Susan has become recognized for her personalized under water portraits, as well as her many images of mermaids and marine life. She loves working with the camera shy and capturing an image that shows how powerful they really are. She believes that everyone has a unique personal essence that can be expressed on film. Many people describe their photo sessions and guided experiences with her as life changing, as they discover or renew their connection to nature, and therefore, themselves.
Though first discovering a love of the underwater world through SCUBA, her current underwater portraits, images of dolphins, whalesharks and other marine life are all captured while free diving with just mask, snorkel, fins. Some of her favorite animals to swim with are manta rays, dolphins, green sea turtles, whale sharks, hammerheads, and the many super cool invertebrates that carpet the sea floor, especially corals and nudibranchs. Her current favorite land based activities include forest hikes, biking, going to movies, spontaneous urban adventure days, chilling at the beach and exploring the active volcanoes in Hawaii.
Susan regularly contributes photographs, videography and writing to conservation projects and co-creates unique imagery to help people promote their business. She has worked extensively with professional Mermaids and loves that being a mermaid is a viable career choice. Her photography has been featured in Sport Diver Magazine, Mermaids & Mythology Magazine, Freesurf Magazine, Organic Spa Magazine, Barnacle Babes Magazine (Cover), Ocean Artist's Society Magazine (Cover), and Spirit & Destiny Magazine(UK). Known as "The Mermaid Photographer", her personal story as well as many of her Mermaid images can be seen in the book Mermaids 101 by Doreen Virtue. Susan is a published author of marine life teaching curriculum distributed by REEF and PADI. Her photographs are represented in the Holualoa Gallery in Hawaii and during two separate shows featuring Mermaids and then all the other marine life, at the amazing Watershed Arts Cafe in Langley, BC. Check her out on instagram @susanknightstudios and #susanknightstudios to see ocean images and some of the amazing Mermaids she has worked with.
May you find your passion and live it.