Ladies, it’s time to embrace the beautiful you! When we came across Suzanne Ng, owner of Sweet Diva Photography, we just had to chat and find out the inspiration and drive behind the beautiful images she creates. It’s time to unleash your inner pin-up girl!
Tell us a little about Sweet Diva Photography? How did Sweet Diva come about?
Sweet Diva Photography is a unique, boutique-style studio that offers high end portraiture just for women, in the form of contemporary glamour & boudoir portraits and retro-style Pin-Ups.
I started Sweet Diva Photography with the desire to empower women. I know from personal experience how hard it is to feel good about yourself when the media constantly perpetuates the impossible dream: being beautiful, thin & perfect. That can certainly do a number on one’s self-esteem. Not everyone can be a size zero and almost six feet tall, but that’s what you need to be to walk a runway or be in a fashion magazine (unless you’re a gorgeous entertainer or reality star). My goal was to offer the opportunity to any woman, of any size or age, to look and feel beautiful like a supermodel.
You say on your website that you are offering “the chance for YOU to feel like a glamorous diva for the day and experience a photo session like no other!”. Do you feel that this kind of photo session boosts someone’s confidence? If so how?
It can absolutely boost a woman’s self-confidence and that is the most rewarding part of my job. A typical client will walk into my studio with a few jitters, which is totally normal, but once the makeover begins, not only does the outer self transform, so does the inner self. It’s magical. Through my guidance and posing instruction, clients gain courage and confidence and the feeling lasts long after the photo shoot.
The reason why women come to my studio ranges from celebrating a milestone birthday, to reaching their weight loss goal, to looking for a unique gift for their special someone. But the most important reason, in my opinion, is for women to do this for themselves. It’s an amazing experience that should not be missed!
How did you get in to photography?
I graduated from Algonquin College’s Photography Program in 1997. Back then, if you wanted to succeed in photography, you had to be a wedding photographer and that did not appeal to me. Ten years later, after working at several different admin jobs, I decided to give my own business a go. With that, Sweet Pea Photography was born and consisted mainly of maternity and newborn portraits, which at the time was gaining in popularity. With maternity portraits, I wanted to do something different – not just capture this important time in their lives, but also give women the chance to celebrate their beautiful, blossoming bodies. I enjoyed watching my pregnant clients see themselves in a new light. That led me to think that many women, pregnant or not, need to be reminded of their beauty. And that’s when I created a new side to my business: Sweet Diva Photography – portraits to celebrate the beauty of any woman.
If you had any tips for anyone wanting to become a photographer, what would they be?
The photography business is very competitive, but saturated. The advice I would give would be to know your camera inside and out, take some courses or workshops, decide what type of photography you want to do, and perfect your craft. Build your portfolio with family and friends and get some honest opinions about your work. Once you feel like your work is worth paying for, start charging, but don’t undercut your competitors or give away the farm, you will burn out in the end.
What’s next for you and Sweet Diva?
Recently, I added glamour portraiture to the lineup. It’s not the glamour portraits of the 80s with feather boas and satin gloves. Today’s glamour portraits take on a modern fashion flair and celebrates beauty, with inspirations from Vogue and Vanity Fair. The lighting is soft and flattering for everyone and you leave the studio looking, and feeling, like a million bucks.