Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Elizabeth Hirsch.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Carrie Elizabeth. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The professional part of my story begins after graduating from CalArts with a BFA in Graphic Design. I landed a job at E!Entertainment Television, working in the “promo dept” as a Graphic Designer, designing and animating for the network.
Five years later, I moved to NYC and became an Art Director for Showtime Networks. After Showtime, I got my dream job as Art Director of USA Networks. Shortly thereafter, I got pregnant. Thinking there would be no way I ‘d leave my job… After giving birth to my son, I left my corporate career, and my life changed forever.
In the beautiful way that life works, Motherhood became my most important vocation. And six years later, with two young children, I got divorced and needed to find work.
Now, undesirable to the entertainment industry, and determined to be available and present in my children’s lives, I tried many different things. Waitress, began a natural perfume business, studied to be a Waldorf teacher, created a pie company, and learned how to take pictures. Taking pictures set a whole new trajectory for me.
Photography used my years of entertainment experience. Now there was a place to incorporate my skills: graphic design, art direction, styling, and branding.
Falling in love with portraits, and wanting to work with women so they could see their unique beauty, I began doing recreations of famous paintings, which was so much fun. I painted backdrops, made wardrobe, prop shopped, and hired amazing hair + makeup artists, along with a great photo retoucher. Though I loved doing this work, it was expensive to produce and I needed to find ways to make some money.
So I started going to craft shows, which were filled with women who were making their own products. Walking around, meeting, talking with people and letting makers know that I was a photographer and offered product photography for their websites and social media platforms, and portraits for their “about me” page that hopefully, reflected them and their business. In addition, I included logo and package design, along with branding, if they needed that.
Slowly, I began to build a clientele and still offer all those services today.
Has it been a smooth road?
Never a smooth road for me. And after a while, you begin to see that the bumps in the road are usually filled with blessings… Really!
I follow my instincts. All of my interests, and trials have led me to a richer life experience and allow me to offer more. Somehow, it all ties together and weaves a more complete tapestry.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
Graphic Design (Logo, Packaging, Invitations, Typography, Branding)
Photography (Portrait + Painting recreations)
Social Media Content (Product Photography and Styling)
Hand Lettering + Illustrations
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
- Website: www.carriehirschdesign.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/carrieeelizabethhirsch www.instagram.com/moon.lilie (alter ego project)
Carrie Elizabeth Hirsch Photography