Hi I’m Suzan Zalewski (yep, its Susan but with a ‘z’) and I own Pearl Grey Photography. I like to make my way through life with a camera, some liquid eyeliner and just the right amount of sarcasm. I’m married to my best friend, whom I met on a flight to Paris, and together we share our home with a little mutt named Maeby. It is my personal belief that cilantro ruins everything and I buy way too many candles. I like to maintain a healthy germ phobia and I cannot be trusted when kettle corn is present. Most importantly, though, I love what I do! Getting to photograph someone’s wedding day is a sincere privilege and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
A Little More Background
I was born and raised right here in Central Indiana. Like most, I grew up, survived my awkward teenage years and went to college. It was during this time that I felt called to pursue photography. After much prayer and careful consideration, I decided this was it. In 2006, I picked up my first camera and never looked back. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography. I officially launched my wedding photography business in 2010 and renamed the company to Pearl Grey in 2013.
Growing up, I loved to look through our old family albums. Most of the photos were square with white boarders and each print had that distinct vintage feel that can only come from film. The pages were filled with hundreds of stories. I could flip through and see my grandparents in their 20’s or my parents as little kids on Christmas morning. Those albums contained all the outdated hairstyles, vintaged furniture and poor fashion choices that told my family’s history. The memories of flipping through those old photos has always stuck with me. So, when I began to shoot weddings, I knew I wanted to incorporate those same feelings of warmth and nostalgia into the stories I told with my images.
How I Shoot
Creating a beautiful visual story doesn’t happen by accident, which is why I’m very intentional about the way I shoot. With every shot, I’m visualizing a story layout in my head. To capture a day as significant as a wedding, there must be a mix of details, candid moments and intentional portraits. I like to style the details of a day so they look natural and support the overall ascetics of the day. I find the candid moments when I step back from a situation and allow things to unfold without any prompting. And I create the intentional portraits by giving my bride and groom as much direction as they need in order to look and feel confident in front of the lens. This is what I do, I tell stories. I capture the details, observe the candid moments and give my clients the ability to look amazing on the most important day of their lives.