Starr Anniversary / by Caitlin Trickett

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein

Grace Badger Starr is the perfect picture of a true friend. She is loyal, caring, excited, encouraging, always putting others before herself, and I am so glad that our shared desperation for a roommate brought us together. I attribute so much of the successes of my photography career to her and that's something I'll forever be thankful for.

The photography world is a fun one but like most things, there is a level of unspoken competition between artists especially within a small region like Northwest Arkansas. Grace sails above the occasional negativity by answering any/all questions, disclosing amazing shoot locations that she spent hours scouting for, and building up her fellow photographers instead of tearing them down. It's so refreshing to have people like Grace in today's world where Girl Bosses encouraging other Girl Bosses seems to be an unfortunate impossibility. Her attitude has brought so much light to the way that I run my own business and engage with other artists and clients.

We'll never survive if we don't constantly build one another up! In today's society, being a business owner and a woman is becoming easier but we still need people in our wheelhouse that will encourage us and push us further.

Thank you for being you, Grace and congratulations on one whole year with your sweet Tyler :)