Grit & Grace Photography Studio

Grit and Grace
For 15 years after graduating from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Education, Christine Border worked as Recreation Manager on the Township’s Parks & Recreation staff. Five years ago, she started Grit & Grace Studio.

What inspired you to open a studio? 
When I was a senior in high school, my family moved to Pittsburgh. I stayed back in Ohio to graduate from my high school. In my weekly travels between Pittsburgh and Cleveland I loved the beautiful landscape and daydreamed that I would be a photographer. Years later, I picked up a camera and began documenting my boys, particularly through sports. That’s when the idea of owning my own photography business came back. I always knew that once my career path changed I would be working for myself. So I took the leap and had the opportunity to grow from an amateur mom into a photography professional. And I’ve never looked back.
Did photography start out to be a hobby, a passion?
Both. I am an emotional person. Photography allows me to capture emotions and to tell someone’s story expressively.

How did you come up with the name?
For most girls and women, it means having to be both strong and gracious in life, and a lot of my work is dedicated to moms.

What are your most popular services?
A lot of my photography involves children, beginning with newborns. Family photography is very popular. Many clients want an annual family photo to use for their holiday cards. High School senior photos are popular during the summer and fall. That is where I use creativity to draw the personalities from my clients and celebrate who they are as they begin planning for the next phase of life. I also do one or two weddings a month as well as other types of photography. It is a great balance.

What’s your best photo setting?
The best setting is anywhere the client is comfortable! It can be in my studio or on location. The important thing is to get a feel for what the client is looking to achieve with their images.

Why did you choose Cranberry?

For one thing, I live in Cranberry and most of my clients are in Cranberry. But, most importantly, there are no other boutique photography studios here. I find that my clients prefer the comfort of a location for pictures outside of their home. And this community is great for business owners with a lot of support and networking opportunities.