Capturing her travels

The Good Life

Sue Marks’ photo of the Louvre at night.

When she’s not helping companies meet their recruitment needs as founder and chief executive officer of Brookfield-based Cielo Inc., Sue Marks is traveling the world taking photos.

Her amateur photography habit developed out of her desire to take better pictures of the things she saw on her trips, Marks said.

Sue Marks’ photo of the Louvre at night.
Sue Marks’ photo of the Louvre at night.

“My husband and I went to Easter Island to see the total eclipse of the sun and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we always go to all these great places and all I have is this little purse camera,’” she said.

Since that 2010 trip, Marks has obtained two Nikon cameras, a D700 and a D810, as well as a tripod, a monopod and about six lenses. She also took night classes to learn how to use them, and often takes photographic tours in her destinations to get help photographing that city’s famous sites.

“I love taking pictures of people, so I use my telephoto lenses quite a bit,” she said. “Whether it’s at a Stanford football game or I’m in Egypt in one of the markets taking a close-up of somebody shopping or an artisan working or a shopkeeper selling.

“I believe that the more we travel, the more we have foreign exchange students…the more we do business with each other, I think that promotes understanding, which is really great for the world. I just find photography can be a hobby that actually helps bring people together.”

Next up: Marks is heading out on an African safari, probably in July.

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Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.

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