Not only does the work of GRACE bring out the best in the people we serve, we believe GRACE brings out the BEST people to see that our mission is carried out.
“Faces of GRACE” is an editorial series that highlights instrumental members of the GRACE community.
Meet Sarah Ware of Sarah Ware Photography, the professional who captures the GRACE mission behind her lenses.
What compelled you to share your talents with GRACE?
I have always loved what GRACE has done for the community and always wanted to help contribute in any way I could. I love photography, so it seemed like a no-brainer to help a wonderful organization by doing something that I absolutely love.
Sarah attests that even as a preteen, she rarely left the house without a camera around her neck. She pursued it as a hobby while struggling with her day job. In 2014, she had the courage to start her own business, and now has the ability to utilize her talents to help families through GRACE.
How have you used your talents to serve the GRACE mission?
Professional portraits, Gala Committee Photo, Board of Directors Photos, VIP Parties, the GRACE Gala Gifting Party, and of course, the GRACE Gala. I’m also collaborating with GRACE to do a client photo session, which I am really excited about!
Tell us what brings you to Grapevine
I moved to Grapevine my freshman year of high school. After graduation, I moved around quite a bit but made my way back to Grapevine. I have been married to my husband, a Grapevine native, for eight years. We have two beautiful children: a six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.
We love everything about living in Grapevine; it’s such a fun place to not only live but a great place to have a business as well.
What is your photography specialty and why?
Newborn and first birthday sessions are probably my absolute favorite to shoot. Newborns, well who doesn’t love babies? One-year-olds’ personalities are so cute and parents really get into the sessions.
What would you say to the person who is hesitant to share their talents with GRACE or another non-profit?
I would say go for it. There are so many benefits that come with donating your time or services to a non-profit like GRACE; you can’t go wrong.
You are helping those in your community by donating your time the organization can use those dollars in other areas to help those that really need it. You are also out there networking with other people in your community.
Lastly, and this is probably the best part, the people that you get to work with. Everyone that works at GRACE or volunteers their time is truly genuine. The light within them just shines and being able to surround yourself with that light is just good for the soul.
What light shines brightest to you?
I have a special heart for GRACE Transitional Housing.
My mom raised us as a single mother, and although we weren’t escaping the same troubles these families might be, I know the struggle can feel overwhelming.
To be able to watch these mothers take their kids out of terrible situations, start over and thrive is just awe inspiring. GRACE does such a phenomenal job helping them; it makes my heart so happy to contribute to this organization.
If you’re ready to share your talents with GRACE, we can connect your unique abilities with the needs in the community. Contact Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler for resources and ideas.