Grace+Grit Delivers Unique Take on Photography

By Brandon Hansen / For The Nisqually Valley News
Posted 8/11/22

Ann Mills started her photography journey 13 years ago.

Her passion has since flourished into a business called Grace+Grit, which serves Yelm and the surrounding area.

“When I had my …

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Ann Mills started her photography journey 13 years ago.

Her passion has since flourished into a business called Grace+Grit, which serves Yelm and the surrounding area.

“When I had my first child, I absolutely loved having his picture taken, but as a new mom, money was tight and after spending quite a few hundred dollars at JCPenney’s and not loving the pictures, I decided to get a nicer camera and do some of his monthly pictures myself to save,” Mills said.

Soon afterwars, a few friends asked Mills to take photos of their children as well.

“I really enjoyed being behind the camera so I started to dig deeper into starting my own business,” Mills said.

Mills’ business offers the typical photo shoots for families and kids, but also features themed sessions, which have turned out to be her favorite offering. 

“Themed sessions have always been a thing for me,” Mills said. “I like to decorate and these types of sessions really let you use your creativity to help create the perfect sets for families.”



One of the most unique themed sessions at Grace+Grit’s are “mermaid sessions.”

The idea came to fruition after a daughter of one of Mills’ friends wanted a mermaid-themed birthday shoot. Mills has been hosting the shoot for her friend’s daughter on a yearly basis.

“We rolled with it and ended up having a blast doing them, so I started offering them,” Mills said. 

Along with other themed sessions, Mills offers holiday-themed shoots as well. And for adults, she offers boudoir shoots now that she has an indoor studio she can utilize.

Mills uses a Canon EOR R and shoots with either a 50mm 1.4 lens or an 85mm with a 1.4 lens.

“My biggest problem is I’m not very social media savvy so I don’t have a ton of followers and not a lot of the community says they see my posts, so sometimes it can be hard,” Mills said. “But when they do, the sets and themes are always very popular.”

Mills said she can be contacted for a photo appointment on her business Facebook page at facebook.com/GraceAndGritPhoto

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