Susan Bolling Photography


I’m a writer and photographer in Pittsboro, North Carolina - just south of Chapel Hill and a few minutes from Jordan Lake. I specialize in human interest stories, small business marketing, nonprofit awareness and fundraising.

I’m creative, professional, punctual and a good problem solver. I love and crave connecting with people and the opportunity to tell their stories.

I love food – writing about it, photographing it, cooking it, baking it, serving it, giving it and eating it. I am unapologetically Team Mustard and a MASTER of mac and cheese from scratch.

My family is my life.

And sometimes I laugh so hard I snort.

Want to work together?

To skip right to the part where you contact me about story ideas, updating your website or fundraising including grant writing, click here.

My wedding photography is authentic, unobtrusive and affordable – see samples here and see rates here. Read reviews here. Inquire about availability here.

Casual lifestyle senior portrait sessions are on location. Samples are here. Rates are here. Schedule your session here.

While I also offer documentary family portrait sessions, I do not publish this work online. If you’re interested in a family session, we can schedule a meeting or Skype/Facetime and I’m happy to show you a printed portfolio. References are also available upon request. Please note that I do not offer posed or stylized family or child portrait sessions. If you’d like to talk more about it, I would love to hear from you.

School and experience

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in photography and film in 2003. In 2001, I completed an intensive photojournalism practicum with the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and the White House Press Corps.

During college I worked for the National Institute of Technology Policy and Research which, among other initiatives, sourced funding and provided training for educational technology in public school systems otherwise unable to afford it. Other relevant college experience includes event and concert production for Festevents in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as an internship with the Courier Record, an award winning newspaper near my hometown.

Immediately after college I put plans to pursue a career in journalism on hold, got married and went to work full time for the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation as Director of Events. I was there a year before accepting a marketing assistant position at what is now Luck Companies, where within three years I was promoted to marketing manager of what is now Luck Stone Center.

In need of a slower pace and a change of scenery, my husband Robby and I moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2007. While the scenery did change, the pace did not as we both accepted positions with one of the hardest working, driven, dedicated and meticulous custom boat builders in the world, Mr. John Bayliss of Bayliss Boatworks. In addition to my job there, I also wrote for Outer Banks Child Magazine, worked part time for Roanoke Island Festival Park and the Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, volunteered for the Town of Manteo events committee and coached both soccer and baseball for Dare County Parks and Rec.

Family matters lead us back to Virginia only a few years later, where we welcomed our baby boy in 2012. While there I volunteered with the Central Virginia Chapter of ASMP and in 2013 was elected Board Treasurer. I also worked with the Southside Center for Violence Prevention and starred as Shelby in the Southside Area Community Theater production of “Steel Magnolias.”

In 2013, Robby accepted a position that (thankfully) brought us back to North Carolina, and we welcomed our baby girl in 2014. I now freelance and volunteer for a handful of remarkable organizations.