Sue Bryce - No More Rockstars


“We don’t cultivate this culture of rockstars anymore in the industry.”

Back in 2010 or so, I was sitting in a small bar in Las Vegas with my friend Sally Sargood and another woman whom I had just met through Sally. Shortly after introducing me to her, Sally pulled me to the side a bit and whispered that the woman we were sitting with was on the verge of exploding in the industry and that she was going to be the biggest thing out there. That woman was Sue Bryce. I got to sit a bit with Sue at her conference, The Portrait Masters, in Phoenix this past fall, and I’m here to tell you, she’s all that and a bag of chips. Please pardon my nerves, and enjoy the conversation…

“I’m still learning. I’m a student.”

1:03 Nerves

4:50 Still Growing

6:15 Not a Newbie

7:55 Foresight and Intentionality

11:18 Unexpected Compliments and a Tangent

14:43 To What End

16:04 The Good Stuff

20:53 Jaded vs Healthy Skepticism

23:50 The Best Thing and What’s Next

27:41 Finding Sue and Following Platon

30:20 One. More. Thing.

“The craft comes first. You must master the craft.”

With 29 years experience, Sue Bryce is one of the most recognizable photographers in the imaging industry. New Zealand born and raised Bryce now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Her contemporary glamour portrait style transcend past stereotypes and has changed the face of portrait photography.

Awards + Accreditation

Honorary Fellow presented by the NZIPP 2018 | WPPI International 2012 Grand Award and WPPI International Children's Photographer of the year, Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011 & 2012, NZIPP Overseas Photographer of the year 2011, NZIPP Portrait Photographer of the Year 2007 in 2006 achieved the level of Fellow with the NZIPP New Zealand in 2010 Achieved the level of Master with the Australian Institute of professional.

“I have seen this industry grow and change so fast, moving from manual dye retouching and analogue cameras to Photoshop and digital was not only challenging and frightening but also an inspirational experience for me, our evolution has been prodigious. “

Bryce has created her own ground-breaking educational platform in 2014, in which she uses her signature techniques to mentor and empower thousands of photographers and businesses internationally.

Sue Bryce Education is an online education platform & community for contemporary portrait, connecting to photographers globally through live broadcasts, videos, in-person workshop and The Portrait Masters annual boutique conference that hosts the Awards + Accreditation program.

In 2015 Bryce was greatly honored to be chosen to represent Canon USA in the Explorers of Light program.

“This industry is magnificent and I will defend it until the day I die.”