Susan J. Roche Portraits
How long have you been a photographer? I began working professionally at eighteen, first at a local newspaper, weddings and babies. So over forty years! I became known for fun, comfortable family portraits on the beach, near and sometimes in the surf.
How did you begin photographing underwater? I began photographing people underwater after Superstorm Sandy. My dream photo studio walking distance from the beach in Bay Head (part art gallery and frame shop) filled with five feet of water from the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. My home also flooded.
We repaired our heated outdoor pool and in the water I began to heal from the devastation, Spending time in the water, I found peace. This is where I envisioned underwater figurative art with my first models, whoever I could entice into the heated salt water pool. It began by sharing with others ways to beautifully move, capturing this power and grace of fluidity.
Where do you work? I am so fortunate to work in homes. Calling both the Jersey Shore Point and SWFL home, these are my bases plus I enjoy traveling. I love working in my own pools and in my clients. Sometimes we shoot in luxury hotel pools and occasionally in spring and open outdoor waters where there is water clarity.
What is it like to be photographed underwater? We work near the surface of the water, sometimes in shallow areas and others time with depth. Safety it always important and we are never underwater long.
So are you a family, an underwater photographer or a headshot photographer? The thing is I am passionate about all portraits!