We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace Collison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
If you knew me personally, you would know I am determined. I have grit. I never give up. When I want something, I do everything in my power to make it happen. I believe determination is the key to success. The harder I work, the more results I get. There have been situations where I don’t think something will work out, or someone tells me no. Maybe I don’t have enough money. I do everything in my power to prove people wrong and show I can succeed no matter what life throws my way. Determination Is key. You have to want something bad enough if you want to succeed. I once heard of a story that has stuck with me. I don’t remember where I heard it from. But I heard if you want something bad enough, you have to act like you can’t breathe without it. You need oxygen to breathe. So if you want something bad enough, you have to act the same way. You have to work as hard as you want to breathe.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
February 2021 is when I started my photography business. I have always loved photography but never thought about making a career out of it. In February 2021, I started to advertise my work on social media. I then booked my first client for $25. It was her senior pictures and I believe it was like -10 degrees out! It was freezing! My photography was okay at the time. It wasn’t something I could say I had loved where I was at in my business but I kept practicing. Since then, I have worked on my photography and have booked lots of clients! I am now charging up to $300 for my work. As a photographer, I see much improvement I still need. But the more photos I take, I see improvement in my work. I know It takes time but I am dedicated to getting to where I can say I love the photos I take. Since February, I have gotten my work into many magazines. Nothing big, but It’s still an accomplishment! I can say I am a published photographer. I have also been starting to do some freelance work for my local newspaper. It’s difficult to have photos you don’t like. But it only pushes me harder to work on my photography and improve. I like to say I’m unique because I want to tell a story in my work. I don’t like to take plain simple photos of people. I want to picture to show movement, emotion and to tell a story. You only get that moment once, that’s why I love photography. That moment will be in a photograph forever and I think that’s beautiful.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here in Minnesota, I live in a small town. There’s not much to do, but there are some beautiful state parks nearby. My favorite time to go is in the fall. All the colors are changing and it’s just so beautiful. This is my favorite time to take photos!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give recognition to my boyfriend. We have been together for four years now. We are expecting our first baby this Feburary (2022). Through everything, my boyfriend has been the man to always stick by my side no matter what. In the four years, we have been together, he has never judged me once. His encouragement and love have helped me keep going and never give up on my dreams.