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Meet Trailblazer Rebecca Grant

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Grant.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been holding a camera for most of my life but the moment it really clicked was summer of 9th grade when I spent most of the summer shooting black & white film and developing and printing in the darkroom. After that, I spent as much time as possible in the darkroom both in high school and at the Internation Center of Photography, where I was both a student and a teacher/darkroom assistant for four years. I continued my education at the Rochester Institute of Technology where I graduated with a BFA in photography in 2011. Since then, I have assisted, interned, collaborated and hustled nonstop in order to help reach all my photographic goals!

Great, 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?
To be honest, I don’t think any road is really a smooth road. Every job you take, you face challenges and decisions that will help you learn and grow as an individual, as a freelance photographer, and as a businesswoman.

I think my biggest struggle has been learning how to run a business. Being a freelance photographer is so much more than being a photographer and having a good eye, it’s about marketing yourself, defining your brand, putting yourself out there as uncomfortable as it may be and learning your worth. You have to learn how to be your own best advocate because if you are not putting your work out there, no one else will do it for you. Don’t hide from the challenges, embrace them and learn from it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Rebecca Grant Studios – what should we know?
I am a beauty and fashion photographer known mostly for studio work. I run my business between NYC, where I am originally from and Denver, CO where I currently live. Someone recently used the word “crisp” when describing my work which was a huge compliment because I always strive for that crisp, clean, and fresh aesthetic.

I think the thing I am most proud of as a brand is how far I’ve come since college. Not only has my style of work become more defined and refined over the years, but I have also learned so much about business, value, money and client skills as well.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
In general, historically women have not been treated equally in terms of pay, the way they interact with people and the jobs they receive. In particular, photography is a very male-dominated industry, however, in recent years I have seen so many more females making waves in the industry. I always try to surround myself with teams of strong badass women so that we can learn from each other, grow with each other and push each other forward to create more equality in the photo industry. I look forward to the opportunity to grow in this industry to show that women can be on an equal footing to men.

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Image Credit:
All Photography and Retouching by Rebecca Grant, For 2 Encounter Hat Images: Koya Nyangi, Dana Martin, Oksana Starling, For Autry: DK Damico, Zakiya Samuel, Autry Hayden-Wilson, For Elizabeth: Janeena Billera, Nyla Nasser, Victoria Cardenas, For Elsie: Joi Offutt, Hikaru Hirano, ElsieHewitt, For Christine: Liz Wegrzyn, Ashley Smith, Christine Marchant

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