Manawatu Evening Standard, 8 October 2008
A pageboy scratches his head or a man, normally staunch, melts at the sight of his wife-to-be. “The way someone laughs, the way the groom reacts when he sees the bride coming down the aisle . . . my goal is to capture that.” Every wedding is unique, says photographer Susan Siu. Each couple has its own story and she counts it a profound privilege to be involved. Miss Siu says she brings the same attitude to family shots and business clients, be they architects, lawyers or physiotherapists. “My goal is to bless people with what I do
– put a smile on their faces.” It seems couples eagerly share their engagement stories, she says. “They just glow when they tell me.” Glow – that's the name of her Princess St studio in Palmerston North. Her role is to “pull the glow out of people”. And capture it.
Glow Studio’s floor is a sandy colour, bordering on beige and the walls are albescent white and fuscous-grey, with a dash of shiraz red. Miss Siu, 24, wants the studio to exude freshness and warmth, so it feels like home for people who walk in. Her long board, a favourite mode of transport about the streets, lies near the front door. Jazz music plays in the background. Several times she waves to passersby.
At the Manawatu Business Awards, where she won the solo entrepreneur category, she invited everyone to join her for a cup of tea. “People actually do,” she says.