Photography and I are going steady.
We noticed each other a long time ago and started flirting in earnest last year. It was my friends who finally convinced me that we were right together—those fabulous people who believed in me enough to sit in front of my camera and support my work. I felt like I did when I first started copyediting twenty years ago: I’m reading books? For a living? Could life get any more grand?
So, with that faith behind me, I threw myself into photography with renewed vigor and classes and books and videos and practice, practice, practice. Portrait sessions: families, kids, dogs, parks, backyards, living rooms. Then weddings with a photographer who was brave enough to hire me, untested, to assist/second-shoot for her (thank you, Kathleen O’Donnell!). And a last gentle shove from a photographer who insisted I was ready to open up shop, and provided me unflagging good-humored guidance (Vera Mendizábal, here’s to you!).
Incorporation (IRS) and photo insurance (Hill & Usher) and a temporary website (WordPress) and a lawyer (Jeff Conforte, dear man) and an accountant (Lynn Kirali and her trusty Lab, Sadie, the very best people) and a web designer (bless you, Shannon Bishop!) and a logo (Natalie O’Donnell) and a contract and business cards (Moo) and a business bank account (Bethpage) and steady acquisition of gear! wonderful gear! (Berger Bros., B&H, Adorama, Amazon, etc., etc.) later . . .
. . . I’m shouting it from the rooftops by launching a big-girl website (www.ebethphotography.com).
ebeth photography, ltd.
Grab a cup of coffee and let’s get to know each other. I think this is going to be good.