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A real life wonder women!

I met Suzi a number of years back and have enjoyed watching her inspiring story unfold! Last week I had a wee ‘virtual’ chat with Suzi and asked her to divulge a little about herself!

Explain a little about who you are and what you do?
I’m a mindset coach who helps women to heal from a lifetime of not feeling good enough, enabling them to tap into their personal power and transfom their self-belief, health, wealth and success. 

I offer 1:1 coaching to empower and equip my clients with the skills and knowledge to move beyond fear, guilt and self-sabotage and truly thrive in all areas of their life. 

Prior to starting my coaching practice, I’ve had a successful independent Speech Therapy practice and worked as the lead allied health professional on a service for young people with acquired brain injuries supporting them with memory, mood, wellbeing and goal attainment. 


Sounds like you are a busy woman! You talked about mindset coaching – what exactly does that mean?

A mindset coach uncovers the blocks, behaviours, beliefs and habits that are blocking the client from getting to where they want to be. Rapid transformation and sustainable results are created by employing a range of reprogramming techniques that positively serve the client.

The key to achieving any goal is working with mind, whether that goal is to be more confident, to lose fat, to improve health or fitness, to achieve academic or business success or to kick an unhealthy habit.

…We’ve all got bad habits!

For sure! My approach combines elements from my clinical, personal and academic knowledge and expertise in neuroscience, psychology, CBT, adverse childhood experiences, counselling, health, behaviour change and hypnosis.

I get to the root of the presenting issue and support my clients to take back control of their lives and become the person they desire to be. 


Great – so how did you manage to find yourself as a mindset coach?

I suffered from low self-esteem and post-traumatic stress related to childhood and adolescent abuse and trauma. This peaked in my early 20s when in quick succession while I was at University, I was injured in a car accident causing arthritis in my spine, my marriage ended, my dad died, my home was vandalised and I spiralled into debt and depression and turned to food and alcohol as my comfort. I was at my absolute rock bottom and felt like I had no control over my life. 

I would read inspiring stories of how people had turned their lives around, and I would think ‘that’s okay for them but that wouldn’t work for me.’ 

But then my own turning point came when I realised, I could continue to dwell on the past and keep my grief alive by mourning my imaginary future or I could turn my pain into my power and one day inspire others.

That’s exactly what I did. I lost 60lbs and was featured in Women’s Health magazine, I came top of year at university, achieving a First Class bachelor of medical science degree in speech science and 3 prizes at my graduation, I renovated my entire home with the help of 1 builder, I set up my first business, I found love again and I learned to finally accept myself. 

I now have the privilege of empowering others to tap into the innate power of their mind and transform their lives. 


You mentioned weight loss there – In the photography business, it seems that people always want you to photoshop the pounds away! You once posted a picture of yourself at your lowest weight – yet you commented that you weren’t happy?

Yes, such an important point! I lost 60lbs in 8 months during my final year of University through trial and error of improving my health and fitness. I was really happy during my Women’s Health magazine photoshoot; I was healthy, curvy and happy. However, a few months later and another few pounds lighter I did some modelling for an activewear brand who heavily photoshopped my images to the point where I felt inadequate in real life in comparison to images of me that they were portraying. 

I shifted my focus from trying to be thin to be the healthiest and happiest version of myself. I threw out the scales and I’ve never looked back. 

Cool – I’ve a friend who’s slogan for his business is ‘strong not skinny!’. I think its a really great slogan! You describe yourself as a natural introvert – me too! What advice do you have for us introverted people?

To embrace your unique introvert qualities and recognise that nobody fits neatly into a box, your energy will ebb and flow. Sometimes you may feel like rescheduling plans to spend time alone and recharge, other times you will find your energy is topped up when spending time with family or friends. Be honest with yourself about what you need and give yourself permission to have it.  


Your story is very inspiring to both men and women alike. It must make you feel great when you see people move forward..

It is the most wonderful feeling to see people break through their barriers and step into their potential. I wake up excited every day to work with my clients and continue to share my message. I truly believe that struggle and stress is the greatest catalyst for strength and success.   

If someone wants to book some time with you, what should they do?

Pop over to my website and book a free, no obligation discovery call using my online scheduling app www.suziturner.com

This gives us an opportunity to consult and ensure that we are a perfect fit before deciding to work together. 

I am Dance

We kicked off 2020 by inviting young dancers into the studio. We had such fun – I simply wasn’t prepared for the breadth of dance practiced in N.Ireland. Everything from Irish Dancing to Hip Hop to Ballet – the range and talent was incredible!

We just loved using creative lighting to produce some really cool effects such as this silhouette…

… and these colour gels.

We had dancers of all ages – from 2 up to 18! How cute is this wee man?

One common theme across all the genres of dance was the commitment of the kids and their parents. Everything from meticulous outfits, to stories of far flung competitions – and lots of awards!

The talent was simply amazing. We are so blessed in this country to have such talented and dedicated young people.

And I particularly loved all the urban themes that came through!

Thanks to everyone who came – keep practicing and we look forward to photographing many of you soon!

CAPOW!

Every now and then we love to add something totally different into our studio portfolio. In the last few years we’ve added in The Little White Box and Babyface sessions – both have been amazingly popular.

So what should we do next? Something that no one else in N.Ireland is doing, something fun and unique. After more than a little head scratching we came across CAPOW!

Everyone loves to dress up, and everyone loves superheroes!

So out we went, bought a movie grade set including backdrops, boulders, metal beams, chains and more! Just when the credit card couldn’t take any more, we bought 30 superhero outfits – from superman and super girl to deadpool and flash!

Somewhat worried about how this might go, we decided to a soft-launch first. Three days of CAPOW shoots later…and the results were amazing!

Here’s our first ever CAPOW family!

One child came into the studio, superhero music blasting. He slipped on his Iron Man outfit.

“Mum, I’m really Iron Man. I’m really him!”

Adults get to join in too. Mums and dads have really enjoyed the experience – we’ve noticed a real Marvel vs DC rivalry. Almost as bad as the Man Utd vs Liverpool rivalry in my house!

One unexpected consequence of the CAPOW shoots were the (sometimes heartbreaking) stories people shared. One child who is ill with Leukaemia had a blast. “We would love to do this shoot with him as he is our hero!”. Another child with autism really got into character.

“I’m so amazed he has done so well. We never get photographs normally!”

We are planning to run the CAPOW shoots once a month – you can book here.

The day I photographed a proposal!

It’s not every day you get to photograph a marriage proposal live! 

I arrived up at Dunluce Castle ahead of the couple. I must admit I was a little apprehensive – what if she said no! Raj assured me that was unlikely (very reassuring!) and so I went to work setting up the sign Raj had sent me and some flowers collected on route.

I must admit Raj had gone to some considerable effort! He’d organised a custom made sign and had it delivered to the studio. He’d also requested a bunch of flowers to be on site. Every little detail was organised on a spreadsheet to military precision! We must have had about 10 Skype calls before the big day organising every precise timing and detail.

I was receiving live updates from Raj as he approached – and so the tension was building! I could see them approaching so I lay in wait, hiding the sign and the flowers from the view of other tourists!

Raj wasted no time – straight down on one knee. Harina seemed somewhat surprised to say the least – but after a few moments of shock she said yes!!

So after the big deed was done, we set about marking the occasion with some photographs. The couple live in the US, so I was pleased the weather held up for some scenery photographs!

We visited Carick-a-rede rope bridge and Ballintoy Harbour too. Beautiful locations. By this stage we had got to know each other – and I realised that this couple where full of ‘craic’. They were really great fun to be around.

There you go – a live marriage proposal on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Raj & Harina – thanks for trusting me with this special moment!

Cheryl & Lloyd are married!!

Cheryl & Lloyd are married! Wohoo!! Cheryl is always smiling – and no more so than on this day when she got her man!

I’ll talk you through the day, starting at the bride’s house:

 

Like the next two!!

 

Arriving – and I managed to get Lloyd’s dad to smile for a photo :-). This photo is proof! 

Love the next two!
      

Over to good old Cookstown for the reception. The grounds at the Tullylagan are great…

Oh la la..

Lovin the next two:
  

Michael & Denay – Balmoral Hotel

Michael and Denay have been facebooking from their honeymoon in Turkey – i’m more than a little jealous!
The wedding was great – nice folks, nice detail, nice service…the same can’t be said for the weather which was unbelievably wet – but we all just ignored the weather and enjoyed the day!

So here’s the bride’s preparations:

 

I’m glad Michael added the ‘not’ in 🙂

At the church..
   

The weather looked to be improving a bit – so we chanced Lady Dixon park. I got literally 2 mins and then the heavens opened!
So back to the Balmoral for the photos 🙂
 

Love this next one:
  

And also love the next one:

 

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Donna & Joe – Manor House, Enniskillen

A while back I did a family / engagement photo session for Donna & Joe in a local park. Nice family – so I was looking forward to getting up the road to Enniskillen. Beautiful weather too!

Ok lets rock & roll:


 

Note to future brides: if you fancy painting your walls to match your bridesmaids it would be very handy 🙂

I met the men at the ‘local’ before heading to the chapel…

Now over the Kiladeas:

Like the next few 🙂

Here’s an example of how the same pose can be made to look totally different with a different exposure…

Love the one below left, framed by the trees…

Below right: it’s very important to get a good picture of the photographer 🙂 🙂 🙂
  

Donna & Joe are going for a hybrid album. I just did the layout and really love it. Check it out here.

Kevin & Fiona: Culloden Hotel, Belfast

It’s not often in this country that you get a sun tan while taking wedding photographs – Kevin & Fiona got some fantastically warm weather in a beautiful location!

I’ll talk you through the day…

Firstly I visited the bride’s room…

And then a few shots of the groom before the service… 
The guests had an outdoor drinks reception…
 

Love the next one…
         

Kevin & Paula – Tullyglass Hotel

Kevin & Paula are good fun to be around – plenty of good old ‘craic’! The wedding was at the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena which is a great spot!

Here’s a few photos:

  

Back to shoe rehab for me 🙂
 

Some of the guys waiting on the bride’s arrival…they don’t look too stressed!

Kevin’s infamous DM boots!

The next series started out very sensibly 🙂

The photo below (right) was taken in the Tullyglass’ new garden. Us photographers take great interest in such things!
 

And finally the bestman’s speech!

Kieran & Michelle – Drumalis, Larne and Templeton Hotel

It was off to Larne for Kieran & Michelle’s big day. The sky was blue and the sun warm on our backs – not like March at all!

Very much enjoyed the day – here’s a few photos, starting in the bride’s house:

Was impressed at how green their grass was!

Ok, over to the church:

Love getting wee guest shots like this:
 

I’d never been to Drumalis Convent Gardens before – its a lovely place:

Love the next few!

And now for the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick:

And finally – the speeches 🙂

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