meet MARY COLLEEN GRIER

Grier family photo by Wagon Wheel Photo

Grier family photo by Wagon Wheel Photo

Welcome! I'm Mary and I'm a wife, mama, professional photographer and corporate event planner based in Madison, Alabama. I've been photographing families for over five years.  I call myself a storytelling photographer because I strive to create more than a perfectly posed photo to hang above your mantle. Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic portrait and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a few framed around my house. 

If your life is anything like mine, most of it is spent doing pretty ordinary things. I’ve done some incredible stuff and visited amazing places but most days involve rushed mornings getting kids ready for school while managing to put myself halfway together just to bareeeely make it to work before 8:00 a.m.  I’m at that point in life where my perfect Friday night includes a brand-new Dateline episode, pizza delivery and falling asleep in the recliner by nine with my toddler. And, I love it. 

I learned the hard way how important the simple things are when my son, Jack, was born four months early. There I was, a first-time mom and I wasn’t allowed to change my son’s diaper for two weeks (much less hold him). Guess who LOVES diaper changes? This girl. In our house, we celebrate the little things. Documenting Jack's fight for survival daily taught me that there is beauty to be found in each day - even the terrible, sad and incredibly ordinary ones.

Aside from photography, I enjoy watching live music, cooking, lifting weights, gardening, writing and traveling anywhere and everywhere.