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About Grit & Grace:

A few years ago at our mother/daughter book club, I had the pleasure of meeting Kristine Ellis, fellow mom and Hamilton firefighter. She dressed in her full gear, including ventilator. I had goosebumps as I watched these girls (and women!) take in Kristine and what it meant for her to be a firefighter. I immediately knew I wanted to photograph her. Shortly thereafter, I realized I wanted to make portraits of more women doing meaningful work and pursuing their passions. 

The exhibit initially opened at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, in May of 2018. It is currently on display at the Children’s Piazza in Peabody, MA.

Press coverage:

Tough to Tame: Grit & Grace: Portraits of Powerful Women

Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle: Grit and Grace: New Hamilton-Wenham library photo exhibit showcases women in workforce

Boston Voyager: Meet Tracey Westgate of Tracey Westgate Photography


The women of Grit & Grace include:

  • Erin Berrigan, Preschool Teacher, Christ Church

  • Becky Bishop Abbott, Owner, The Children’s Piazza

  • Anne Brainard, Owner/Founder, MOJO Coffee

  • Dr. Fiona Breslin, Emergency Room Doctor, Beverly Hospital

  • Diane Bucco, Wenham Town Clerk

  • Anjali Chitre, corporate attorney for John Hancock

  • Charae D’Ambra, Owner, The Children’s Piazza

  • Jan Dempsey, Director of Hamilton-Wenham Library

  • Kristine Ellis, Hamilton Firefighter

  • Roxana Frizzi, Concert Pianist and Piano Teacher

  • Nancy Henry, Founder and Owner, Garden Nana, local pet sitter

  • Katherine Hooper, Artistic Director of BoSoma Dance Company; Owner of BoSoma School of Dance

  • Lauren Kroesser, Owner and Chef, Honeycomb Bakery

  • Julie Lopes, Owner, Shirts Illustrated

  • Ariana McDonough, Senior Engineer Systems Engineering FATE (Future Affordable Turbine Engine) Program Lead, GE Aviation

  • Annika McKenna, Owner and Founder of Sea Salt Designs

  • Laura Studley, Yogi and Founder, The Village Oasis

  • Olivia Rugo, Fisheries Outreach Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries

  • Jessica Spong, Family Partner, Lahey Health Behavioral Services

  • Alison Standley, Bus Driver

  • Devan Tyack, Owner and Founder, Devan’s Canine and Equine Services; Board Member,Baby Bluebonnet Equine Rescue

  • Katie Vandi, Farmer, Meadowbrook Farms

  • Sergeant Karen Wallace, Hamilton Police Department

  • Melinda Walsh, Owner, Baker, and Barista at Postcard Coffee Company



Call for nominations!

As Grit & Grace grows, it is my desire to feature even more women, representing a wide variety of professions, passions, and communities. I am specifically interested in featuring more women of color.

Click here to nominate:
- yourself!
- someone else!
- fill this out as many times as you'd like!

* While I would love to photograph every nominee, I can't make any guarantees about being involved in the project.

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