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Susan Kravitz Ayer has been taking photographs and traveling the world most of her life.

“I find that through the camera lens, I am better able to focus on and appreciate the world around us,” says Susan. “I can see more clearly the wisps of clouds in the sky, the variegated layers of rock on a mountain, the nuanced shades of life on an old woman’s face. When I connect with a child, whether in Ann Arbor, Quito or Beijing, and capture his or her smile in a photograph, I am creating a bond that enriches my humanity.”

Susan’s work as a photojournalist began in 1991, when she became publisher, editor, and staff photographer for the Washtenaw Jewish News. She also does freelance photography for the Crazy Wisdom Journal and many community organizations. In addition, Susan photographs bar/bat mitzvahs and other life milestone celebrations; community events; and family and professional portraits.

Beginning in March 2015, Susan will offer classes on how to create photobooks as a way to preserve your own photos and share them with your family, friends and future generations. Susan has created photobooks of her travels, art collections, her own and others’ family celebrations, and community events. In addition to her work as editor and photographer, Susan has taught numerous art classes over the years. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with bachelor degrees in education, psychology and sociology, and a master’s degree in social work.