SUSANNE FAIRFAX Stylist SUSANNE FAIRFAX Stylist

About

I hope to meet you soon. Until then here's some info about me …

I enjoy the collaborative process of a visual team. I love how we build on each other’s creativity. Oh, and that moment when everyone’s tweaks and tangent checks and finishing touches just click and the client smiles and we have our image!

I take meticulous care with small details while keeping a sharp eye on the big picture.

Composition, texture, color, pattern, shapes, space, negative space, light, shadow, story … this is how I see and think, whether on set or off. Walking out my back door, in my mind’s eye, on the beach, on the job. The interplay of props and sets with cameras, lights and story is in my nature and in my training.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I moved to Chicago for grad school to study Film, New Media and Installation Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, wondering if I could make it through two of the famous Chicago winters I’d been warned about. I not only survived and got my MFA, but met my partner and stayed. Eons later, weather hardy and deeply rooted in Chicago, I’ve logged sixteen years as a prop stylist in commercial and editorial photography.

I'm available for prop styling for:

  • commercial
  • editorial
  • television and film
I'm based in Chicago and welcome jobs involving travel.

I look forward to hearing from you. 312.543.3056

Take a look at my portfolio:

... a few more Susanne snippets if you've got the time …

As a child, I custom decorated my dollhouse, cutting up sample books for wall covering and flooring, sewing fabric remnants, and painting tiny furniture. I didn’t much like dolls, but loved the house, a clean slate of plywood handmade by my architect uncle. My turtles and parakeets had free run and appreciated the décor.

As a tween, I rebelled against my too-pink bedroom by introducing pops of lime green: a 4 foot tall stuffed dog, bean bag chair and custom-made pencil cup.


As a teen, I completely transformed said too-pink bedroom from a wall-to-wall carpeted so-not-me precious princess pad to a wood-floored hang-out haven of neutrals.

For the young stylist, the “I brake for garage sales” policy that my father and I had while running errands came in handy.

As an adult, I still love garage and vintage sales. I still transform every home my partner and I have lived in. I can sense when a swap out of handles and fresh paint on the kitchen cabinets (within 24 hours of moving in) will do the job or if a gut rehab and whole new use of the space is in order.

On set, I can follow scripts and layouts or I can help envision an entire scene from scratch. I love the ability to finesse objects and space to create a mood, lead the eye to the hero or tell a story.