Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Beth.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Emily. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My background is in the arts and I graduated with my BA in music. My dream was to be on Broadway. Despite all the singing and performing, I’ve always loved taking photos. In High School, I had quite a love affair with the Kodak throwaway cameras and trips to Costco to develop my photos. It wasn’t until after college and my husband (then boyfriend) surprised me with a little Canon point and shoot for our 1st Christmas that I would have ever considered going past the throwaway level. He was really the one who started the fire and continues to push me now.
Several Christmases, a wedding, and a baby later, the same guy bought me my first DSLR Canon Rebel. I had the perfect model (she couldn’t crawl away quite yet) and a growing love for a new avenue of art. On a trip to NY, I showed a friend of a friend some pictures of my daughter and his response was, “These are good. You should do this. Like…Do this for real.” “What?” I thought he was crazy. Performing was my call and besides, this was just a hobby. “People would pay for these. Parents love having their kid’s photos taken. I think you have a talent. At least, try doing on the side for some extra money?” He wasn’t my friend so there wasn’t any real reason for him to be nice…. Maybe there was some validity to what he was saying.
I came home, started bugging all of my friends to let me take pictures of their kids for free and began to build a portfolio. I remember I would tell people I “did photography” because I wasn’t confident enough to say I was a photographer. I hadn’t earned it yet. I started a FB page and a website and began to promote myself as “Picnic Pics Photography”. I love food and I love taking pictures…it seemed cute and it stuck. Over the past 7 years, Picnic Pics treated me well. I met a lot of great people, grew in my passion, upgraded my camera body again and learned a lot through trial and error.
Earlier this year, I had quit my job for another and it had fallen through. That same husband guy who had bought me all the cameras and I had a big conversation. It had been a hobby…. but maybe it was time to finally make the jump to a career. I was terrified…but maybe he was right. He’s been right on a lot of things in my life (shhh…. don’t tell him I said that) and even in the hardest moments, he’s pushed me. After a nudge and a prayer, I took the leap. I rebranded, created a new website and began a real hustle to make this work. Emily Beth Photo has been a labor of love and I am so excited to see what the future has in store. So, here I am now- married to the same guy, 3 babies later, still singing part-time and working on full-time photographing. I have been blessed with great clients and individuals who were willing to teach me a thing or two and now I’m proud to say that I am indeed, a photographer and not just someone who “does photography”.
Has it been a smooth road?
I am grateful for the road I’ve traveled thus far. You can only learn by making mistakes…and I have definitely made them. For what it’s worth though, I wouldn’t change a thing. Again, I really have been blessed with great clients and great mentors who have helped aide in my growth. They have all taught me something- whether it’s adding to the business aspect or fundamentals of the craft, I am eager to learn.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Emily Beth Photo story. Tell us more about the business.
I love portrait photography. I started with children, family and headshot photography and I currently work with a top children’s agency in Los Angeles. Kids are super fun because it’s like a challenge. I love capturing a real smile or laugh and being able to present that moment in time to their parents to hold on to, forever. It’s like catching lightning in a bottle…and I get excited every time I am lucky enough to catch it. Recently, I have expanded into the wedding world and I am excited to see where that journey will take me.
I want every client to walk away from a session with me feeling like they just hung out with a good friend and had a really good time. It’s so important to build that sense of trust with someone who is letting you take their photo. One of my many favorite parts of a shoot is when I sit down at my computer to review and I am grinning from ear to ear. I feel their joy through the moment and I can’t wait to share it with them.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think that style of photography is always evolving…. Lord knows technology is. The emotion however in front of the camera, and the intention behind the camera-will always be the same. A photographer’s goal is catching all of life’s beautiful moments. We are blessed as human beings to keep receiving these moments. Whether it be absolute joy (or sadness), overwhelming beauty, incredible changes- there will always be someone with a camera to capture it and share its awesomeness with the world.
- Family Portrait Session (please visit website for details) $300/$350
- Headshot Session (please visit website for details) $250
- Wedding Package (contact me for further detail) Begins at $1200
- Website: emilybethphoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Beth Photo