Client Testimonials

"The USS Hornet Museum chose Susan Wood to be the event photographer for Splashdown 2009, its major celebration of the 40th anniversary of the recovery of Apollo 11. Susan's ability to 'capture the moment' shines through the wide variety of photos she has taken, from wildlife to family portraits. We are very pleased with her work - shooting action scenes in a variety of lighting situations and above all, making her subjects feel very comfortable in front of her camera lens, including the 2nd human to walk on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin." 

 Bob Fish

Trustee, USS Hornet Museum

Author, Hornet Plus Three

"I have known Susan for many years. She is a true joy to work with and her passion for excellence is well displayed in her photos. She photographed my firm for our website and I continue to receive compliments on Susan’s work. I recommend her with the highest confidence for your professional photographic needs."

Joe Wolch
Owner, Law Offices of Joseph H. Wolch

“To use one word, ‘Spectacular’ is how I would describe the Photography of Susan Wood. Able to work in many areas of picture taking, she has the EYE for seeing and composing great photos. Always in command of the light source no matter what the subject is.”

Rich Radigonda

Artist and 2005 California Duck Stamp Winner

“Susan Wood is a skilled photographer who knows how to help people relax and enjoy being photographed. I use the portrait she shot of me for many of my promotional materials -- and I get lots of compliments on the photo. I highly recommend Susan.”

Trina Swerdlow, BFA, CCHT
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Artist, and Author of Stress Reduction Journal

"Susan captures the true essence of the individual or subject that she is photographing. Her compassion and patience allows you to relax and that brings out the best in you. She is my go-to photographer."

Sue Damhesel
Board of Directors & Ambassador Chair
Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Susan! She worked extremely hard to get not just one perfect photograph, but dozens. I felt like I could be myself and be beautiful. I was comfortable in my own skin and walked away wanting to share the pictures and my experience with everyone I knew. I can’t wait to work with Susan again!”

Caralee Spafford

College Student and performing Artist

“Look no further than Susan Wood for your photographer. Susan exceeded our highest expectations in documenting our wedding day. She went above and beyond to capture the moments of the entire day. Her attention to detail, high energy and dedication to her clients make her service unique and exceptional. We now have the most wonderful memories of our wedding day thanks to Susan.”

Amy and Jesse Lanzon

“Susan has the unique ability to bring to life the energy and spirit of individuals in her photographs. This is aptly demonstrated in the portraits she took of my grandson Rory, where you can see his real personality shining through. My family has had the pleasure of having Susan take both individual and group portraits. Her work is truly magical and she is a delight to work with.”

Joseph Ovick

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

"Susan Wood is the real deal! She understands spirit and essence. Both in the studio and on-location, the images she created for my CD covers captured just what I was looking for. My fans always comment on the striking portraits she provided. She really nailed it!"

Forest Fox


“Susan Wood pursues her subjects with passion and expertise. Whether it is landscape, wildlife, aviation, portraiture or candid real life, Susan brings to her work an artistic eye, clear vision and contagious enthusiasm. She is engaging, sensitive and warm, allowing her clients to feel comfortable in front of her lens. I have confidence in the quality of her work, which is why I recommend her. Susan is a photographer without boundaries!”

Sylvie Carr


"In reaching for words to describe Susan and her work I feel as if I am reaching for the moon. She is that special woman who reaches for life to its fullest extent. As a photographer she is professional, artistic, considerate, creative and energetic. She becomes a friend to everyone she works with. Susan has photographed two important family celebrations for me, recording each moment but never in the way – she becomes a member of the family and the celebration with results that always amaze everyone. Her span of work covers every aspect of life. For me, Susan captures the marvel of all God’s creations in her work. I am in awe of her photographic skills."

Marilyn Van Stralen

"Susan captures every personality and works ever so patiently with all ages! We had the pleasure of having Susan take our family portraits for our parents 50th wedding anniversary. She captured everyone so beautifully, and playfully kept my nephews engaged - even supplied the bubbles! Highly recommend Susan!!"

Kristin Kelly

"Susan is a wonderful photographer! Susan accommodated my busy schedule for a studio portrait. She has a keen eye for light and subject placement that in just a few minutes we had a dozen perfect portraits to choose from. I have also been involved in numerous events where Susan has been the photographer. She is unobtrusive but still manages to capture the important photos of attendees and perfect candid shots. Susan is easygoing and a delight to work with. I have recommend Susan and her photography services to all my colleagues and friends."

Timothy M. Flaherty
Partner, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

"We received our event photos and WOW! Susan truly captured the spirit of our event “Wine, Women and Shoes: Contra Costa County”. From the fun of the marketplace to the excitement of the auction and fashion show, her pictures make the event come to life all over again. I want to thank her for doing such an amazing job and making it that much easier for us to promote next year. Susan is not only talented but such a joy to work with because of her positive spirit. "

Kendra Luke

Event Co-Chair, Wine, Women & Shoes: Contra Costa County

“Susan Wood has the perfect balance of creativity and professionalism needed in a photographer. I have worked with her for several years on a variety of projects including audition headshots, portraits, photos for my website, action photography as well as creative photography used to decorate my facilities. Beyond her artistic abilities and creativity, my students and customers enjoy working with her. Her shoots run smoothly and she always is quick to respond when I need something from her. I highly recommend Susan as a photographer!”

Dianna Rowley

Owner, Rhythm Room Dance Studio

“I’ve always been camera shy and yet held a deep desire and more recently, a need for professional photos that captured the essence of who I am. Susan has an amazing gift of being able to see and bring forth inner beauty and capture it with her camera. She provided a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allowed me to build trust and unfold naturally. Her relaxed manner and gently guidance invited me to reveal my authentic self in front of the camera – a first for me. I am delighted with the results and feel a greater sense of empowerment and confidence. The entire process was affirming – it was an unforgettable experience for me!”

Veronica Wolfe, ACC, CPC

Coaching, Consulting, Group Facilitation

“I recently had the pleasure of doing a photo session with Susan Wood Photography. Having worked in the music industry for over 30 years, I’ve had my fair share of photo shoots and feel Susan brought both professionalism and artistry to the session in her efforts to capture the look we were trying to get. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised at the way Susan was quick to try different approaches and always had new ideas to resolve any concerns I may have had. I highly recommend working with Susan if you get the chance, especially if you feel you are one of those people, who like myself, feel you can never get a good picture.”

Robert Scott Stanton

Composer and Recording Artist

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