About Susan Knight Studios
Susan grew up on the wide open Canadian prairie far from the nearest ocean. As long as she can remember, she was fascinated with anything water. If you have ever seen it, the wind blowing through a field of wheat looks like waves on the ocean. She received a Biology degree in Saskatchewan then after years of working in a laboratory and diving in cold fresh water lakes (sometimes even with snow on the ground), moved to the west coast. Here, she completed her training and advanced to become a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer. Her first teaching position was at the University with the UBC Aquasociety. She then went to the Caribbean for a few months to live on a sailboat, take kids diving, and teach biology stuff. She discovered she loves boats. Then came some mountain time as a snowshoe guide. That's technically water.
After some time volunteering, Susan 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 school kids all over BC about the ocean. This job required her to train to drive a 35 ft, 5 ton truck. That was cool. She loves trucks.
She then traveled far and wide on a speaking tour, teaching divers to identify marine life so they could participate in volunteer research programs. 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. She is an experienced retreat facilitator and leader. Her current retreats incorporate meditation with the adventure of exploring the natural world.
Susan's 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. Known as “The Mermaid Photographer” 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 with water, and therefore, themselves. True empowerment seems to unfold beautifully through self discovery. And play. The ability to play is a human super power. Let's all encourage each other to remember this.
First discovering a love of the underwater world through SCUBA, she transitioned to free diving with just mask, snorkel, fins for much of her current underwater photography. 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. Other favorite activities include hiking, biking, going to movies, spontaneous urban adventure days, perusing design magazines, chilling at the beach, watching tiny home and van build videos, exploring Mexican cenotes and the active volcanoes in Hawaii. She loves equally: fashion, photography, nature and design.
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, Buzzfeed, Barnacle Babes Magazine (Cover), Ocean Artist's Society Magazine (Cover), and Spirit & Destiny Magazine(UK). Her personal story as well as many of her Mermaid images can be seen in the book Mermaids 101 by Doreen Virtue. She presented with Doreen & Dana Mermaid at Hay House's I Can Do It! Conference in Vancouver. 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 other cool 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.