For this week's interview we met up with Susan Geitka of Susan Grace Photography. Susan is a truly inspiring senior photographer who also loves to work with dancers. She's been a fan favorite of the SeniorInspire crowd for years.
We caught up with her last week to talk boss babes mafia and more...
SeniorInspire In a previous issue with Kara Zollos she told us about the gang of Boss Babes you run with. Which of the Boss Babes is least able to hold her liquor?
Susan Geitka Actually I would be the least able to hold my liquor! Hard alcohol does not agree with me. I missed my 50th birthday party after one mudslide (I had to escape upstairs while all the guests enjoyed a lively music jam).
SI Any funny Boss Babe stories involving alochol?
SG We really don't have much time to drink a bunch when we travel. However there was one night, after all of our planned photo shoots on our 2 day destination trip marathon were completed, we went out to dinner. We may or may not have had drinks with dinner. ;) When we got home we were in a silly mood and we created a fun sock puppet video in our mid century mod rental property in Palm Springs. We were literally rolling on the floor laughing during the whole process. I love these women and I am lucky to be included in their tribe. I cannot wait for this pandemic to be over so we can travel again!
editor's note: Susan was nice enough to share the boss babe's sock puppet show for us! Don't miss THIS!
SI I know you were a dancer when you were younger and I think you once told me you danced for our current President at one of his hotels. First, am I remembering that right or was I completely inebriated?
SG Haha, maybe we were both inebriated. Wait didn't I just say I can't hold my liquor?
SI LOL, you're not fooling me. What was that experience like?
SG I spent 9 years of my life dancing in production shows in Atlantic City, NJ. In 1989 I got a job dancing in a stage and ice show, GLITTER at Trump Castle. When I auditioned for the show, I was asked if I can ice skate and of course I said, Sure! What I should have said was, I only put on skates a few times in my life. lol.
The costumes were very tacky. One costume was a floor length silver sequin gown with a train and two double cones on my head that were about 3 feet high with a chiffon train that attached from the top of the double cone heads to the bottom of the train on the gown. Did I mention I was on skates with 24 other dancers/skaters on a piece of ice as big (small) as my living room? I fell on the ice in that costume once and a stage hand had to help me up during the show! Embarrassing but very funny.
I have lots of fond memories from GLITTER. It is also where I met my husband. He was a sound man in the show and in the last act I had to run out into the showroom audience and climb up onto the banquet and do the cha cha in a costume with a giant fan feather tail and a 3 foot palm tree made out of feathers on my head. The banquet I had to dance on was directly in front of the sound booth. 30 years later, we are still together.
SI You switched to Sony around the same time I did. What do you miss most about your old camera?
SG Absolutely nothing!
SI What's the most expensive thing you ever bought photography related that you never or rarely used?
SG Oh boy, I guess it would be the lights I bought after attending a lighting workshop. Calumet Travelites. I bought two of them. I took them out with me one time. They were so heavy and clunky. I switched to Alien Bees and used them until I invested in the Flashpoint/Godox System.
SI You're in a burning building. In one room there's a random dog, in one room there's a random cat and in the third room there's your Sony camera. You can only save one of them. Which one?
SG Well, I can always purchase a new camera. I don't think I could only save one animal? I would probably die trying to save both.
SI Sorry to inform you. Because of your indecision, none of you made it out.
You're from Jersey. Do you live anywhere near the butcher shop where the Soprano's hang out?
SG NO, but I do live within 5 miles of the Pine Barrens where the bodies were dumped.
SI My theory is that Adriana is STILL alive, so if you happen to see her hitchhiking out of the Pine Barrens one day you should probably stop for her (but be watching over your shoulder for sure).
Is there a photographer or other artist you follow on Instagram who no one knows about?
SG That's a hard one. My daily Instagram scroll is full of inspiration. I am inspired by many in the SeniorInspire community. However I often go in search of non senior photographers. My newest crush is Oveck.
SI Stopping to check out Oveck now. Thanks for the convo! Have a great 2021!!