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Check Out Grace Gatto’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grace Gatto. 

Hi Grace, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When I was in grade school, my mom used to sign me up for art classes at our local art school. I was about 10 years old when she signed me up for a photography class and I really believe that is where my obsession started. Simply put – I loved taking photos! When I was in high school, I signed up for my second photography class. I had the most amazing teacher who constantly cheered me on and told me I had a real eye for photography. After that class, I got my first DSLR and I began taking photos of EVERYTHING. I couldn’t get enough! 

At the beginning of 2015, I met a local photographer who told me he loved my style and asked me if I wanted to start second shooting weddings for him. After my first wedding, I was hooked. I loved every single minute of capturing a love story. I began taking photos of everything and everyone. I would post on my personal Facebook page and the business came. I was in my undergrad at the time and was also working 3 other jobs, but there was something about photography that I absolutely loved and could not get enough of. 

At the end of 2016, I took a job for a corporate company on the east coast and abruptly moved from Colorado. I left my family, friends, and stopped taking photos. 4 months into my move, I could not have been more miserable. I did not like living on the East Coast and was really struggling with the job I was working. I decided my happiness came first and moved back to Colorado in January of 2017. 

It wasn’t long after that I decided there was no better time than then to take the leap and start my own thing. In February of 2017, I launched my business, developed a following, and the rest is history! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The hardest part of starting my business was dealing with the trauma I had from the east coast. While I was living there, I developed severe anxiety and depression which is something I still deal with today. Although it wasn’t directly related to my business, it was something that took a lot of time and work to ease. 

I feel very fortunate for ending up where I have with both my business and life. I have been so lucky to do some really amazing things in my career without much challenge or difficulty. I am a firm believer that when you are meant to be where you are and you work hard, the rest will come. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a wedding photographer! I specialize in weddings, elopements, and engagement sessions. Really anything that has to do with a couple and I am beyond proud of this business I have worked SO hard to create and grow! 5 years ago, I would have never thought that this was the direction my life would have gone, but I am so happy it has worked out the way it has. I truly get to do some of the coolest things, travel to the most amazing places, and work with the best people in the world. 

Something I really pride myself in is the experience I set up for my couples. The biggest compliment I could ever receive from one of my couples is that they feel like I have been their friend for years. I try my absolute best to make everyone I photograph feel as comfortable as possible so the experience feels like more than just a photoshoot. Because when people are able to relax and have fun, that is where the magic starts to happen! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I do believe I have been incredibly blessed when it comes to my career. My job brings out the best version of myself and not a lot of people get to say that. I get to see and do some of the coolest things, and for that, I do feel so lucky. However, I have 100% worked harder than I have ever worked in my life for this business. I have put so much work, effort, stress, tears, sleepless nights, compromise, risk into everything I do. And I know I would not be where I am today without that, so yes – I do feel lucky, but I have worked real hard to get here. 

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