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I am Susan Hamel, I love coffee (flavored creamer and sugar please), superhero movies, and warm summer evenings filled with swimming and barbecuing in our backyard.

After I got my first DSLR in 2010, I practiced photographing my 3 hearts that run outside my body, my sons. Starting this journey, I never thought that it would have gone this far, but I fell in love. If you would have told me that I would be mostly doing composites, I would have shook my head and laughed. I particularly love surreal and fantasy art.

Composites resonate with me because I love to daydream. Having said this, I love so many different types of photography: wildlife, documentary, and macro to name a few.

Photography has become a little place for me in this vast world to be creative, share, and interact with others.

Being on the Summerana Team is such a privilege, and I hope that I can help you learn to create some beautiful and creative images.


Nikon d750 and Sony a7iii
Alien Bee 400 Lighting
85mm and 70-200mm



Summerana Top 50 Best of the Best 2019
... And numerous other Summerana top photographer challenges.

Learn how to create storytelling masterpieces:

Susan is one of our resident instructors for editing workshops.

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Overlays, logos, templates, etc. can all be used in software other than Photoshop as long as layers are supported (such as GIMP which is free). Overlays can also be used in Lightroom 4-6 and CC only if utilizing the plugin ON1 Photo 10.


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