Meet Susan


Hello! My name is Susan Schmitz and I am a photographer/digital artist that specializes in stock imagery for the animal and travel industries.

I work with companies ranging from small local Mom and Pop shops to major international brands by providing memorable visual assets for website development, marketing materials, blog posts, displays, product packaging and more.

I also love to meet and mentor fellow photographers. My online courses cover the business of stock image licensing along with classes on advanced editing techniques and compositing. I aim for a teaching style that is laid back, fun and informative while fostering creativity, action and prosperity.

Over the years, I have developed two separate bodies of work that portray my passions and compassion in unique ways:

A Dog’s Life Photography specializes in fun, whimsical and conceptual images of domestic animals. Most of the animal models used in this library of work were photographed through my Rescue Group Photo Program. This program was developed as a way to help animal welfare organizations to find fur-ever homes for pets by providing them with high-impact photos that give adoption ads greater visibility. To keep this program running, these images are then licensed through my stock photography library to the pet industry for their commercial marketing needs.

A Wild Life Photography features a library of both documentary style and creatively composited images that are representative of my awe of nature and devotion towards animals of all kinds. A portion of proceeds of sales through this brand’s direct website are donated to various wildlife and nature conservation organizations worldwide.

A Wanderful Life is a collection of images taken during my travels across the globe. Here you will find landscape and adventure photos that are sure to invoke your wanderlust spirit.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. Please feel free to reach out to me at susan@susanschmitz.com with questions, comments or just to say hi!

Kind regards, 


Profile photo by James Lewis Photography