Before & After // Personal

Sometimes, if we're being honest, we're pretty hard on ourselves. It's so easy to see your failures in the light of other people's successes. It's easy to see your mess ups, because you live them each day. It's easy to sit and dream of being a better YOU, a more patient YOU, a more successful YOU, and get frustrated that you're not that YOU yet.

I've been there. I am there daily. As a photographer, I am constantly seeking for my work to get better. As a person, I strive to be a better wife, daughter, sister, and friend. As a Christian, I strive to become more like Jesus every day. And I fail. I fail a LOT. (Don't believe me? Here's a recent blog post to prove my point!)

But if I were someone else looking at me, I know I would tell myself to celebrate successes sometimes. To look at the parts of me that have come along way, that are improving, that I am truly proud of becoming. So today, I'm going to celebrate and look back at how far I've come.

In April of 2013, I started this crazy thing I call Maria Grace Photography, and I haven't looked back since. This is my first full year in business, and I have been so beyond blessed to meet some of the most amazing people in the world! As much as it makes me cringe, I want to show (to myself more than anyone) how far I've come since I first launched! And let me say - I'm still so proud of where I started from, and I LOVE my first few clients. Just love them - for trusting me and being so kind. And I'm so thankful that I've only gotten better since then. So here you go...some before and afters!

These were all taken in 2013...


And here's 2014...

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Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.