About & testimonials
Susan L'Estrange is a portrait photographer whose distinctive style is influenced by theatre, European cinema, and vintage fashion. Her formal studies include Speech & Drama, Make-Up Art, Photography and Graphic design. She is also a painter working in mixed media and acrylics.
She specializes in portraiture, personal brand photography and stylized creative sittings, A session with Susan is like an improvised performance, its a fun and collaborative creative experience.
"Susan L'Estrange is a multi-talented artist. I feel very privileged to have worked with her. Susan shot a series of photographs for my vintage business. The mood and styling of those photographs has played an important role in the ongoing success of my business. The photographs capture the feel of my store and promote the artistic and stylistic sensibilities of my project. I cannot recommend Susan highly enough. Her professionalism, dedication, passion, and commitment make her stand out. Susan’s attention to detail ensures satisfaction. I am looking forward to working on many more projects together in the future."
"Susan has the most stylish eye for portrait photography.
As an Operatic Soprano I wanted a photo with intelligence, edge, and beauty. I also wanted a headshot that was not your standard run- of –the- mill look. She delivered on this plus more.
I was simply blown away with the regal, edgy, opulence she created in her styling and the perfect colouring/ lighting, and the lines she created in her framing.
Her style is striking yet not showy.
At the same time she is playful and yet thoughtful in the look she creates.
Susan is a complete artist. She is so delightful to work with, and at once puts you at your ease.
I feel in my portraits Susan has looked inside me, discovered my soul, captured it, and made it visible for all to see."
Laura King, Soprano
LmusA distinction voice , CmusA - piano, BFA UNSW
"Being the face of your business means sometimes being photographed for promotional purposes. I don’t actually like being photographed and it usually makes me very uncomfortable. I worked with Susan on a shoot for my yoga business and the images are the most interesting I’ve ever seen of myself. I feel like they reflect a lot about my life right now, where I’ve come from, where I’m heading. I love photography and this shoot gave me a deeper appreciation of the photographer as an artist, interpreter and story teller. Thank you Susan."
"Susan is not only a talented photographer but a real artist. Her works capture your personality and also reflect her own style and point of view. For me, it has been a great pleasure to work with Susan. Using basic props and equipment she was able to come up with a wide range of photos from simple headshots to sophisticated portraits.
How lucky we are here in Sydney to have such a talent and a real professional. I hope to work with Susan again in future."
"My encounter with Susan, such a talented, sensitive and professional photographer was so fortuitous !
You quickly capture within a minute of entering her delicious "boudoir-studio" that your shoot will be special !
Photographing our gorgeous Maison Cécile garments and accessories in early morning Bondi was truly an experience of artistry, elegant taste with Susan's flair for the perfect "mise en scene" . Backdrops were quirky and inventive, details beautiful and delicate...and it was great fun !
Susan is generous with her time and is a creator of bewitching beauty.
I highly recommend her if you are looking for something truly out of the ordinary...and exquisitely arty !"
Nancy de Maison Cécile French vintage
"The photo shoot with Susan it’s an experience in its own right.
From the minute I walked into Susan’s studio I felt I was in the right hands - and under the right eyes so to speak.
From helping me define what I wanted to achieve to achieving it, from the styling of the clothes to make up and my hair, Susan gave me a comfort zone and made it fun - impressive especially considering I changed my look ten times within the two hours session!
Susan has a great gift of making you to feel relaxed, excited and adventurous, and capturing that on camera. Her creativity and flair gets you to explore a “different you" you would never have thought of.
And the results? Beyond my expectations. I have used the images on my website and in a social media campaign featuring my latest jewellery range and have been receiving a great feedback. Even more importantly – I love the photographs myself!
I can't wait for my next shoot. "
"Susan has a wonderful eye for capturing that special something in her portraits.
She knows how to make the most of your qualities. Susan gave me a look that was elegant and very "me". The results were stunning and I had lots of great responses from friends.
The whole experience was fun and made me feel very positive about myself.
Thank you Susan for making me look so good."
"Susan's eye for detail is extraordinary and her skill to capture my character was amazing. She is a complete professional and a pleasure to work with."
Author 'A Climate for Denial'
"Thank you to Susan L"Estrange for the creativity, expertise and heart that she poured into our shoot! Looking for new shots for your website or any other purpose? Susan is amazing! Surround yourself with those that inspire!"
Magnify Your Light Naam Yoga