Susan R. Thompson


Digital Post-Production Artist
Digital Fine Artist


It all started with doodles on note pads...

When Susan was a young girl she enjoyed making detailed drawings and was captivated by color… the more vibrant, the better. She was introduced to photography when she met her husband-to-be, David Swann, who was a budding commercial photographer at the time. There was a magic about photography that fascinated her, and she dived in!

Working in film photography, Susan soon became a darkroom technician, and with time, she became a skilled black & white printer, retoucher and hand-colorist. In 1978, she began working in a photographic process using Polaroid SX-70 cameras and film. She continued to explore the creative possibilities of this new medium when something extraordinary happened… someone invented Photoshop!

She began creating a vast portfolio of work applying digital imaging techniques to scans of her hand-manipulated Polaroid prints. She was among the first generation of Photoshop artists. Her work was included in the First Annual Macworld Expo Digital Art Gallery, which toured museums, galleries and universities across the America in 1999. Susan’s images and tutorials can be seen in magazines and books, including the Photoshop WOW! Books, Painter WOW! Books, Design Graphics (Australia), Photo Surreal (England), and more.

Susan’s newest creative explorations are the images she creates with her iPhone. She’s currently working on her upcoming book, The Zen of iPhone.

Susan and her husband/partner, photographer David Swann, have made fine images together since 1975. Susan has been the digital stylist, production director, and all-around SheGeek. Together, they have made beautifully crafted images for a wide array of clients since 1978. Their work has been published worldwide.

This creative team is known for their powerful, descriptive images, attention to detail and expert digital capabilities. David has a great sense of humor, and working with creative teams, meeting client needs and deadlines are a hallmark. Based in the center of California, David and Susan travel for assignments throughout California, the U.S.A. and the World.

Her website, blog and work can be seen at:

Susan’s Post-Production commercial work can be seen in every image at:

2011 - W3 AWARD for Exceptional Web Photography
2010 - WEBBY AWARD for Web Photography, The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences
2010 - Four (4) ADDY AWARDS, Fresno Advertising Federation
2009 - Six (6) ADDY AWARDS, Fresno Advertising Federation
2008 - Ten (10) ADDY AWARDS, Fresno Advertising Federation

Walt Disney Company
Rachael Ray Magazine
Arthur Dyson, AIA
Winchester Mystery House
Valley Response Magazine
Tulare Regional Medical Center
American Ambulance
Michael Weil Design
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
USC School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
Holiday Inn Express
ROE Restaurant
Visalia Community Bank
Best Western Hotels
Department of Veterans Affairs
The National Trust for Historic Preservation