In Memory of Mishaal HP..."When words fail, Suzanne Sturgill captures instantly what words cannot be spoken. I had the opportunity once to accompany her on a photo shoot. I learned that Suzanne is as true as is the art she creates...she has such a beautiful and generous soul. Thank you Suzanne for sharing your gift and memories of Mishaal HP...you have always "said" it best.
For over twenty years, Suzanne has captured our most stunning and iconic images for Rohara. Her work has graced the many pages and front covers of the leading Arabian horse publications. Suzanne's work is considered by many to be of the highest level of expression and beauty.
When Suzanne began capturing the exquisite and exotic type of QR Marc, it began the intrigue and fascination that later would lead him to be one of the highest selling colts of all time.
Her attention to every possible detail is unparalleled.
Nine years ago, an incredible horse entered our life...At the same time we had no idea what this horse would mean to us nor what we would learn from him! Aside from being a cool horse that is nice to look at and one who makes exciting foals from time to time, he embodies something so unique and so pure! I have the pleasure of seeing his beautiful face everyday but it's not the beautiful creature we see on the outside that truely touches me, but what he represents ~ strength, faith and perserverence! Suzanne Sturgill your ability to truly capture a horse is unparralled! Thank you for this!
"As the years pass, I become more and more convinced that Suzanne Sturgill is a true artist—and has an eye for equine beauty and charisma unmatched in our industry. She has chronicled Botswana’s development since he was a yearling, and greatly contributed to his emerging legend. The same for Curt’s Royal Shahbaz—to the point that we now hardly consider any other photographer for Talaria’s horses."
"Vision, adaptability, creativity, inspiration, and the ability to interpret are all traits great artists share. Suzanne has these traits and more, the more is that she is a kind and generous person on top of being an incredible talent. We are fortunate to have Suzanne help us bring our horses to life through her lens."
"I can truly say that you have given me one of the greatest gifts possible by capturing the relationship that I have with Don Marco on film. I never used to believe in 'fate' or 'destiny', but after becoming involved with the marvelous Andalusian breed, I now have no choice. My first beloved Andalusian, Garbosa XI, passed away before her time.....but it is because of her that I now own Don Marco, and also because of her that I now know you. It is funny how tragedy can often lead to blessings. When Garbosa passed away, my good friend Terri Wilson produced a video of she and I, and without a word spoken, it is so poignant that every person that sees it leaves with a tear in their eye.
When I look at the photos of Don Marco and I - especially the ones with the white dress - I am reminded of that beautiful video because the photos just exude the love and the bond that I share with my horse.
To feel it at all is an incredible experience......but to capture it on film forever
is more than I could ever ask."
"Besides just being a 'can do' person, which is vital to providing service in this competitive market,
Suzanne just gets the shot.
Her photos have been key to the success of the Arabians Ltd Breeding program… "
"Suzanne is the Ansel Adams of Arabian horse photography"
Suzanne's photos have been an integral part of my farm for some time now and her photographs have added a whole new dimension to my program. While it's true that Suzanne is a talented photographer who knows horses and naturally possesses a wonderful 'eye', there are two things that set her apart. One is her creativity - what fun and how refreshing! She's always coming up with new ideas to get the great shots. The other is her personal work ethic. Something of a perfectionist, she takes great pride in her work and sets only the highest standards for herself. Never satisfied with the ordinary, Suzanne continues to evolve as a photographer. The results are photographs that are consistently lovely, and often quite moving - photos that jump off of the page and capture the imagination, pictures that cause chills and that rapid intake of breath...
stunning images that remind us, all over again,
why we fell in love with the majestic beauty
that is the Arabian Horse.
"I have known and worked with Suzanne literally every step of my career, her contributions have been key in so many ways its hard to imagine doing this without her!"
"Suzanne's unparalleled ability to capture the energy and spirit
has vastly increased the marketability and overall excitement in our horses."
"Suzanne's photos have a clarity, sophistication, and elegance that capture the true nature of the horse."
It's simple.... if you want to be successful in the Arabian horse industry, you need to put your horse in the best possible light. This means professional photographs. Over the years, Suzanne's photos of the Markelle horses have without question helped to create extra value that is critical to attract the best buyers. Suzanne is a master at capturing each horses best attributes and is the best at using natural light to create works of art. Suzanne's photos have been and will continue to be an essential component to the sales success we have enjoyed at Markelle Arabians.
"I've known Suzanne for almost fifteen years now and have watched her develop her artistic talents and abilities in photography and graphic arts. She has a keen eye for beauty, correct conformation, and a great sense of timing. Suzanne is a pleasure to work with and understands the pressure trainers feel when they have a deadline and need that special shot."
Suzanne's photos have been instrumental in the success of our stallions. She gets the shot when I didn't even see there was a shot to be had. Her ability to capture our stallions and foals is incredible. Suzanne is great to work with and the staff enjoys working with her, as well.
"Your head and neck photo of SEMPER FIE is the best I have seen of him and I know by looking at other horses you have captured on film that this is your specialty."
We met Suzanne when we moved our mares to central Florida 2 years ago
and are very happy that we did! Her work is undoubtedly among the best
equine photography we have ever seen She has repeatedly demonstrated an
amazing instinct for capturing our horses in their most beautiful
moments. Her pictures of our mares have graced the cover of AHW
Magazine as well as the cover of the 2008 AHW Calendar.
We have built our website around showcasing her magnificent pictures
(www.markellearabians.com) and couldn't be happier with the quality of
her work. If that weren't enough, Suzanne is one of the most
accommodating people to work with, exhibiting patience when we weren't
quite sure what shots we wanted as well as rushing last minute pictures
to meet publisher deadlines. Thank you, Suzanne!!!
" Thanks Suzanne, the photo is just stunning, you capture the very soul and essence of the baby, worth every penny I paid.
Warm Regards, Michelle "
"It's rare to find a treasure...Suzanne is a joy to work with and her photographs are works of art...She is a true treasure."
Wow!!!! I just wanted to message you and tell how much you sense each horse and the adornments you put on blend soooo well with a horses image and beauty .... we call it here 'fine sense' - don't know the English name ... and actually when you put two beautiful substances together they blend with each other and produce greater power/beauty than each one on their own.
You are the best at photography as well as the best inside and out! Many thanks kind lady. Hugs ! Linda
Your work is so inspirational and is something I look up to with my own work as an aspiring photographer. And as someone devoted to the Arabian Breed I love the beauty you bring to our treasured Arabians with your work. It is one of the most special ways of preserving the breed in my opinion. - Shauna Riley
...And thank you DOUBLY for the photo of Mark & I....it is very, very special...you captured the very essence of who we are and of Amethyst Acres in that shot.
I tell everyone, you are the easiest to work with and have the absolute best eye in the industry!
I really love all the photos and wish I could keep all of them but I managed to pass up a few. You have such a gift. I never want anyone else to photograph my horses. In your photos they always show up the way I see them, gorgeous and full of fun and spirit. Thank you so much for your beautiful work.
Warm Regards, Susan
"I always like the fact that you have such an adventurous spirit in creating things in new ways!!! " Jackie Ellwood