Susan Sidebottom Photography

About Susan

Susan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Speech Communications.  Shortly after graduating, Susan began her career in marketing and advertising and launched her ongoing public service commitment in San Francisco.  She founded San Francisco Street Project, a coalition of young working individuals and organizations who partnered to create weekend projects serving the homeless, AIDS patients, children, and the environment.  After living abroad, Susan served four years on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Volunteer Center.  She was elected Director of the Board in 1997 to lead a focused collaborative effort between businesses and diverse communities.

Moving to Charlotte in 1999, Susan continued to connect with her community through public service.   She was an active member of the Levine Museum of the New South’s board from 2002 to 2008, serving as Development Chair during a portion of this time.  During her three years on the Executive Committee of the Afro-American Cultural Center board, Susan led the effort to reshape and rebuild the board, and participated in the relocation and renaming of the Center to the Harvey Gantt AACC.  In 2005, she finished a nine month program focusing on racial and ethnic inclusion and equity through Community Building Initiative’s Leadership Development Initiative.     

In 2001, Susan launched her professional career in photography, fulfilling a lifelong passion.  She specializes in portraits of children and families, creating high grade black and white images in studio or on location.  Since 2007, Susan has bridged her public service commitment and her passion for photography to effect social change in the community. “Lifeline to the Community” was her first project of this nature and shows how the Charlotte Mecklenburg Department of Social Services Senior Citizens Nutrition Program serves the needs of the growing number of elderly in the community. In her most recent work, “On the Edge: Homeless and Working Among Us,” Susan focuses on the working poor, humanizing and bringing visibility to the growing challenges of homelessness and affordable housing nationwide.

Susan has lived in San Francisco, Mumbai, India, Sydney, Australia, and Charlotte, North Carolina.  She currently resides in Summit, New Jersey with her husband, Peter, and their four children.