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Daily Inspiration: Meet Grailian Nash

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grailian Nash.

Hi Grailian, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been doing photography seriously for almost three years. Honestly, the idea came from my wife while we were taking our children to school. At the time, I was working a job that didn’t make me happy, but I didn’t know how to quit because I didn’t want to leave our family in a bind. She suggested that I start taking up photography because she loved how I took our family pictures. I ended up starting an Instagram and Facebook page for GN Photography on September of 2018. At first, it was just smartphone photography, but I had to realize if I wanted to truly get to the next level and do more, I needed my own camera.

Once I was let go from my job on October 31, 2018, it freed me to really learn how to be a better photographer. It also helped that I volunteered to take pictures of our church services as well, so it gave me practice with the camera they had there. From there, I got my first gig at being a photographer for a wedding for one of our church members. The experience was awesome and it really helped boost my confidence. Since that initial job, I’ve had the opportunity to provide photography service for friends, small businesses, and even for big events here in the St. Louis area. I also go out and get photos from all over the area. Doing those explorations really helped hone my craft and become even better today.

In addition to the photography I do now, my wife started up her own food blog called “Welcome to the Nash House,” where I provide photos of the food she cooks as well as putting together videos for cooking tutorials. This collaboration has really helped my photography grow as well as her own blog as well.

Overall, starting GN Photography has been a blessing for my family and me. It has given me an outlet to be creative and utilize a talent that I didn’t realize I had. I don’t have an ultimate goal in mind for this, but my daily goal is to continue to push and be the best photographer I can be and to use my talent to be a positive impact on those around me and beyond.

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?
I wish it was a smooth road, but there have been struggles. In the beginning, I didn’t have my own camera, so I had to borrow equipment or rely on making the best of my phone camera. Once I got over that hurdle, it was trying to learn how to get my work seen on social media and trying to get people to book me. Again, when this started, I was just recently let go, and I didn’t have a plan in place to keep income coming in. I ended up taking up a new full-time job in February of 2019, where I still presently work.

Then it was realizing I only had the bare minimum of equipment, so I had to learn how to balance getting equipment while still making sure I’m not taking anything away from family.

The constant struggle is making sure that I have the right balance between photography and family life, making sure that family is not neglected, especially since my wife and I have four children. I never want the photography to take more precedence over them. But because I have my wife, it does help me maintain that perfect balance.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My work is a mix of everything from events, family photos, product photography, creative shots, and urban exploration. Because photography is such a vast medium, I try not to limit myself on what I can do.

I’m most proud of the progress I’ve made in my work from where I first started to today. As I look through my Instagram, I really see the progress and improvement I made over the last three years. The exciting part for me is I’m not done growing yet and I can’t wait to see how my work will look another couple of years down the line.

As far as what sets me apart from others, I would say in everything I produce, you see me and my vision. I pour myself into my work so when I do a shoot for a client or one of my explorations, I will make sure that I give my all so it the best experience possible, whether its for a client or whether you go on social media and scroll down to see one of my photos on your feed.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Honestly, I don’t know. Photography is always evolving and changing, and I want to grow and evolve with it.

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2 Comments

  1. Dominique

    July 26, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Amazing article 👏

  2. Monica Granger

    July 27, 2021 at 2:49 am

    Wow so Proud of You Cuzin

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