We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Elizabeth Graff and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mary Elizabeth, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Cancer. Cancer changed me and my outlook on life. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and going through surgery, recovery then 18 weekly chemo treatments that just about sucked the life out of me I realized how precious time is. It pushed me to chase after my passion–documenting everyday moments, special moments and milestones. I’d always been passionate about capturing life but something about potentially looking at the end of mine pushed me to focus on growing my business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe in the power of NOW…not “after I lose 10 pounds” or when everything is “perfect”. NOW is perfect. You are perfect. Imperfection is perfect. There is no time more important that right now. I see beauty and uniqueness in everyone I get to photograph. And my job is to make people feel comfortable and relaxed when they have a giant lens pointed at them. It can be challenging to do but it’s more important than anything to me. I want our time together to be memorable and fun rather than stressful and predictable. And after my journey with cancer I realize all the more how important it is to document your life!

I get excited to connect with people and make them feel comfortable around me. And when they allow me and my camera to invade their personal space… it truly is an honor. I get excited to be the one to help make memories to be shared and cherished.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
1. The Great Sand Dune National Park…its one of Colorado’s best experiences. It’s hard to believe that the largest sand dune preserve in the US is in Colorado.

2. Pearl Street Mall in Boulder: the shops and restaurants (and the people watching) can’t be beat. Also a hike in Chautauqua Park or a concert or picnic there as well.

3. A drive to the top of Mt. Evans (North America’s highest paved road). The mountain goats are so cool and the views are majestic. (Although the drive is definitely a heart racing one.)

Website: www.mbgpics.smugmug.com

Instagram: mbgpics_photography

Facebook: Mary Elizabeth Graff Photography

Image Credits
Mary Elizabeth Graff Photography

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutColorado is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.