We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace-Anne Matocha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace-Anne, how do you think about risk?
I’ve always been a risk-taker growing up. But a career risk packs a different type of punch compared to other risks.
One of my mantras in life is, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I’m a recent small-town gal that now resides in Houston, Texas. I moved to the city back in July, excited for the unknown. But with this excitement also came a lot of fear as well. I’ve run Moments of Grace since 2014, and running it in a big city is definitely different from running it in a small town of barely 4,000 people. I knew that if I wanted to grow MOG, though, moving to a larger populated area would bring more opportunity.
I was nervous about taking this risk – the fear of the unknown is a funny thing. Sometimes, the biggest enemy is the thoughts in your head. I knew that if I listened to my fears, I would never be able to grow MOG as I craved. Since moving, I’ve successfully grown my businesses in ways I never thought possible. It’s an exciting feeling.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always been proud of how personal I am with my clients. My goal for each session is to make the person in front of the camera feel as comfortable as possible. Photography isn’t just a transaction to me, but a chance to help capture someone’s story.
I learned photography by watching YouTube videos when I was 13. I knew that the best way to learn was to practice! I started asking all of my friends if they could model for me. I jumped at any chance that I got that allowed me to photograph someone or something cool. Ten years later, I’m at a point in my career that I’m so proud of – but the success that I’ve seen hasn’t come easy. I’ve experienced multiple periods of burnout where I hated every project I was doing, just the thought of taking photos was draining. It took a toll on me mentally, and if it weren’t for the fantastic people in my life, I might have never gotten back behind the camera.
I recently pivoted into wedding photography, and now I have over ten booked for 2022. Although this may not seem like a lot, it’s something that I never thought would be possible for me – and I proved myself wrong.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them out to eat at Lazy Dog in Cypress! For drinks, we’d head to Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co; their IPA’s are my favorite (get the flavor You’re My Boy, Blue! – thank me later).
The next day, we’d start the morning off by going to one of my favorite Coffee Shops, The Cuppo (the Vietnamese Coffee is delicious and my go-to!) I’d then spoil them by getting their nails done at Gloss Nail; they have the best service! From there, we’d head to First Dibs for a bit of thrift shopping. We’d end the day by visiting 713-Juice-Bar – the PB&J smoothie is everything you needed in your life and didn’t know, trust me.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to every single person who has supported me in some way or another over the past eight years. This small-town girl would not be the woman she is today without them.
All photos taken by me, Moments of Grace Photography.