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    Storefront Stories: Charity Grace Photography - Celebrating Black History Month Spotlights

    In honor of Black History Month, we’re spotlighting #ACKChamber Black Owned Businesses! We asked Charity Grace Mofsen of Charity Grace Photography a few questions, here are her answers!


    Q: How long have you been in business/in your industry?

    A: This will be my first year doing business full time. I’ve been shooting passionately for the past 20.

     

    Q: How would you describe your business or services?

    A: I capture the beautiful island of Nantucket—in light and at night—and offer fine art prints and family portraits.

     

    Q: As a black person entering the industry, how were you received in the industry as you were starting your business vs your treatment now?

    A: It’s a work in progress. This will be my first year doing this full time and out in the open. Previously, most of my business has been via word of mouth and online. So far so good. It’s a bit easier when you’re behind the scenes. Ask me again after I shoot my first wedding…

     

    Q: To what do you attribute your success?

    A: I love what I do. I genuinely love it. I’m constantly looking for opportunities to learn and grow and I know I’m just beginning. I think my passion emanates from my work.

     

    Q: Who is the most influential black person throughout history in your life and why?

    A: There are so many, it’s too hard to pick just one. Ida B. Wells, Florence Higginbotham, and Mamie Till-Mobley are a few of my sheroes. Ida B. Wells was a huge proponent of ownership, as was Florence Higginbotham. Florence was also deeply empathic and cared about other people around her. Mamie Till-Mobley rose from her son’s brutal murder finding ways to educate and empower young people. I truly believe our young people are our greatest investment. I believe that we’re a better people, community, nation, when we genuinely care about each other. I believe ownership—business ownership, homeownership—can lead to true freedom.

     

    Q: Why do you think it's important to support other black owned businesses?

    A: We are taking one of the many concrete steps we can take to end systemic racism. We are creating a strong economy and that benefits everyone no matter their race or background. We are creating generational wealth, setting up for success those who come after us.

     

    Q: Any tips or advice for young black people interested in starting their own business?

    A: Do it! It’s work, but it is worth it.

     

    Q: What can we expect next from you?

    A: More Light. Day and Night

    Photo Credits: Left & Top Right Photos by Georgie Morley. Bottom Right Photo by Kit Noble.

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