Susan Morning is a fifth generation Californian, who grew up spending time between her family’s ranch in Northern California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Since Susan was a teenager, she has had a camera in her hand. She took her first formal photography class just before graduating from the University of Nevada, and has never looked back. Susan quickly made the transition from being a Lake Tahoe based ski photographer to one who was recognized internationally.
Susan took some time off from her profession to concentrate on her life as a wife and mother. But, it wasn’t long before her four children were skiing for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team and Susan eagerly resumed her career. Shortly thereafter, Susan became the staff photographer for the Mammoth Times newspaper where she spent the next 12 years documenting the news, sports, events, and lifestyle of the Eastern Sierra. The California Newspaper Association awarded Susan first place for the Best Sports Photo in the 2009 CNPA Better Newspaper contest. Additionally, one of her images was chosen by the Outdoor Writer’s Association of California as the top entry in the 2012 Shirley Miller Memorial Photo Contest. Susan’s photos have also been used by an impressive list of corporations and publications including Associated Press (AP), Los Angeles Times, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Miramar Associates, Ski Racing Magazine, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Today, Susan photographs weddings, events and lifestyle compositions with the same approach and style developed though her years as a photojournalist. “It’s all about capturing the once in a lifetime moment that will become a cherished photo, preserving family history for generations to come,” reflects Susan.
Susan gives back freely to the Mammoth Lakes community having donated time and photographic images to groups such as Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra, Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation.
Susan lives in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. with her husband Jimmy and their family.