Today we’d like to introduce you to Mattion Grazier.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I took a photography class during my last semester of high school and after high school I went west with my snowboard and camera and would hike into the backcountry and photograph my friends snowboarding. A photographer from the NY Times saw my work and told me I was crazy not go pro. So on his advice I went to college in Maine to master the craft of photography.
Enna grew up on a farm in Oregon and went to Japan as an exchange student for her senior year and returned for another year to teach English. She earned a degree in Anthropology before moving to Maine to study photography.
Enna and I met in Maine while studying photography and one of our first dates was photographing the wedding of a film maker’s daughter. He liked our “street style” and his daughter was a punk rocker so it was a great fit. Then we found ourselves in a snowball effect documenting more special events for faculty and their friends. We fell in love with the new approach to wedding photography and have since loved documenting love stories in Boston and beyond.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t know a single business owner that can honestly say it’s been a smooth road. And for me, that is part of what makes being self-employed so incredible. We are in control of how our business does and we learned early on that if you sit idle and think things are good enough, you’ll fall behind and possibly fail. The struggles have been across the board, but we never allow it to stop us or slow us down. When we realize we need to improve something we take the action to do so. You’re never too old to learn.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our studio is a husband and wife team – Matt and Enna, no one else. We specialize in wedding photography and are known for our relaxed and spontaneous approach, and creative use of light and environment. As a company we are proud of many things; the ability to support a family of 4 on an artist’s income, having amazing couples find us and choose to hire us. Having photographed love stories not only in Boston but also in about 20 other states, 7 Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Germany, Iceland and as far away as Mauritius. People often think it is the travel makes our job so great, but honestly it’s the couples we meet.
We think what sets us apart from others is our eye for spontaneous and emotional moments, ability to let our couples be who they are during our portrait sessions, and our consistency throughout the day in the quality of images. We are also very easy to work with because we take the time to plan ahead for our shoots.
In 2009 we founded Inspire Photo Retreats. It was an amazing experience as we launched it only 12 weeks before its date and we had 95 photographers join us for the 3 day event. It grew every year to reach about 250 and last year it was sold. We love sharing our knowledge with other photographers and creating a platform for other photographers to do the same. It is a photo community like no other.
What were you like growing up?
We were both outdoorsy growing up (still are). I spent my weekends hiking and snowboarding, Enna grew up on a farm in the middle of Oregon and exploring the mountains of the west and is a huge foodie. What we liked then we still continue to do with our kids. As a family we hike, ski, cook and love to travel. Our sons have even taken on photography and videography.
- Website: https://www.grazierphotography.com
- Phone: 603-777-5169
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grazierphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrazierPhotography/
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