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Sister Sister

June 29, 2022

Sisters, entrepreneurs, business partners, best friends, partners in crime- we are the girls behind the cameras. We are Dear Grace Photography. Here is some fun info about the sisters of DGP.

  • We love love. The more hopelessly romantic the better, and without fail we cry at every wedding; when grandparents are surrounded by the lineage that they’ve created, the moment a mom sees her baby girl as a woman in her dress, when a partner sees their their other half coming towards them down the aisle.  We cry during the father daughter dances at wedding receptions because we think of our wonderful dad, dancing with with Brittany almost 12 years ago to “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant at her wedding. And we think about one day when Brittany’s sweet and spunky daughter will be twirling around with her handsome daddy. And when Brittany will get to have her own dance with her now baby son. It seems like 100 years away, but we know that it will be here in a blink. 
  • We constantly get asked if we are twins. We aren’t, and there is actually 6 years between us. But this question is so fun & we accept it as a compliment! Brittany is the big sister, who was pretty much born to fill that role. She is a fierce protector, a sweet friend, and a loyal confidant. I like to tell her that her spirit animal is a bumblebee- she works hard to provide for her tribe, she is beautiful and graceful, she is a vital part of her family unit, and she is so loyal that she would do anything at all to protect the ones she loves (especially me). She begged for me to our mom. She pleaded with Santa Claus for years to please please bring her a baby sister to love. She prayed at night before bed for Jesus to send her a tiny sister.  She got her wish and she kept the promise to Mom and Santa and Jesus to love and care for me. Gosh I am a lucky girl. She is my second mother, my biggest fan, my sweetest friend, and my honest and constructive critic. She took me everywhere with her growing up and I am so grateful that that wasn’t a phase. I get to continue to be her tagalong shadow even into a career. How amazing is that?!
  • We grew up in a family full of people who love photography- our grandpa & our mom specifically always had a camera in their hands. Our mom had her own photography business as a side hustle while we were growing up, so seeing a #girlboss in action was the norm for us. She taught us how to be bag carriers, wedding assistants, and reflector-holders. The rest is history. Her love of photography was in her genes, passed on from our beloved Papaw (Mom’s dad). He is a natural behind the lens and is still at it, capturing some beautiful photos of our family that we forever cherish. We love our family so much, and their support for our business is astounding. Our sweet Mamaw, at over 70 years young, keeps up with her Instagram page just so she can like all of our photos, and when we’re together she flips through our feed when we are together to tell us which are her favorite. 
  • Our business name is not random, it’s carefully chosen and well loved. Our good friend Hollie kept encouraging us to go into business, even when it was Brittany running the show alone. Hollie asked us to photograph her sweet daughter, Grace, who was only 5 years old at the start of it all. She kept paying us, even when we tried to say no. She told us, “If you have one customer, you have a business!” She was so full of pride for our business and encouraged us to take the leap. The other reason for Dear Grace is because we strongly believe that in all relationships that grace is one of the most valuable things we can extend to another human. Choosing to believe the best of people and to offer grace whenever possible makes life so much brighter. 
  • On hard days, which are more common than you might think, we have to sit back and remember that we created this business from the ground up & that is something to be proud of. Almost 8 years ago, Brittany left a good paying corporate job and started this crazy and rewarding and terrifying adventure. I was in college and waitressing but I still loved the idea. I wanted in on it, in any capacity I could be. So we started with weddings on the weekends. I was her assistant at first, who had a camera and got some side shots. I continued to learn and practice and hold this business so near to my heart. I was in college for Social Work, but I was so drawn to our business that I knew I had to make the choice to pursue it. (I still love my degree and don’t regret the lessons I have learned through it. In fact, I use a lot of my skills from college daily in our business.) I graduated college and became a business partner immediately. I knew that it was not going to be easy, but it would be something so special. Since then, we have continued to grow, opening our own studio locally in Lock Haven while also traveling around the country photographing people’s stories. We continue to learn new skills and cultivate relationships that we cherish so much. We are so excited to see what future holds and who we will get to meet and capture life’s greatest moments for. Thanks to our supportive family, followers, friends, and future clients! We appreciate you all, love you all, and cannot wait to see what the future holds. 

XOXO,

 Hannah (and Brittany) 

 

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