about me

jan gratz photography, jan gratz, annapolis portraits

Hello and welcome to my blog! I thought I would write a little bit about myself for those who have landed on this page and want to know a little bit about me personally outside of the camera.

growing up…

I grew up on a farm in Nebraska and learned about hard work at a very young age. After high school, I went off to college and graduated with a degree in finance from Creighton University. I loved consulting and advising 401k clients and employees on how to save and invest their money. However, my passion for photography started to excel when I took over as the team photographer for my son’s varsity baseball team. From there, I started doing portraits for families and seniors, and I decided to follow my dream and become a full time photographer. I have had a camera by my side since I graduated from high school, but you would never suspect I was the one as a young child in family reunion photos who cried because I didn’t want my picture taken!

my unique personality traits…

I guess it would be that I have both an analytical side and a creative side.

I am able to talk to anyone from the blue collar factory worker to the Wall Street suit, from old to young.

I believe in the power of paying forward and positive energy changing people’s lives. I believe that’s why my passion for photography has always been a part of my life. My photographs tell a story and make people smile, laugh and sometimes cry. Photographs are forever frozen moments in time that we can never recapture.

one of the most important things I have employed in my photography business…

Hiring other entrepreneurs and small family owned businesses in helping brand and build my business

favorite places I’ve traveled…

Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Grand Canyon

my favorite quote…

“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Whenever you are doing something that fills you with enthusiasm, you are following your legend.” – Paulo Coelho

my contact info…

cell | 410.353.1717

email | jan@jangratzphotography.com

web | www.jangratzphoto.com

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