Beth Brown is an urban portrait & fashion photographer as well as a behind the scenes documentary photographer for film. She is the owner of Babs Photography LLC & the founder & CEO of The Big Black Black Book NYC, a social media directory of small business owners serving the NYC area. The people she has met while out and about have been the inspiration for her street photography and poetry book Brooklyn.
Brown’s professional photography honors include being a featured artist in SaveArtSpace’s 2018 “The Future is Female” for her street-portrait Balancing Act, the 2014 Memorial Prize for realistic photography in the National Juried Art Exhibition of CAA in Cooperstown, NY for Self-Portrait as well as being one of five finalists for NAWBO”s “No Small Thing” 2014 Small Business Week video contest. Her photography has been seen in Hycide, Gahaya Links Catalog, The Guardian, SAS, The Daily Dot, & FabUplus Magazine.
Brown also uses her photography to promote social political change. Since August 2017 she has organized & hosted 7 headshot & directory building events & collaborated with conference hosts as a business headshot vendor. For each event she has assembled a team with another professional photographer, MUA, jewelry stylist along with volunteer assistants to take professional headshots of entrepreneurs. With team collaboration, Brown has created a media platform of power & unity that changes how persons of Color are portrayed by typical medial outlets.
For her community photography activism, in 2020 she was nominated to be honored by Women With Voices & in 2018 Brown received a citation from the Borough of Brooklyn for her service and “commitment to community well-being” from ANS Association. BBB lists 125 small businesses of quality & has been featured on New 12 Brooklyn, Indie Soul Magazine, VoyageHouston, & Conversations with Verdel Jones.
Brown is also passionate about empowering the youth & is a board member for TALLOM Foundation & a volunteer team member for Youth Empowerment Show.
Even though I’m an urban photographer, my roots are small town, upstate NY. To acknowledge only one aspect of who I am would be a betrayal to my beginnings. Being an atypical small town/big city lady, it should be expected that I am also an unconventional photographer. My roots in photography are not a passion for the craft, but rather a deep fascination with and love for people. I also love natural light. Knowing how to highlight my subject’s beauty by manipulating natural light is something that has always been an instinctive gift of God. The technical aspects of photography I’ve acquired simply as a necessary means to provide my clients with high quality professional work. To give these statements context, my earliest photographic inspiration goes back to childhood. One way I entertained myself was by looking through my father’s National Geographic magazines. I was enthralled by people and places my imagination hadn’t dreamed existed. I never wondered how the photographer technically got the shot, what I always was curious about was how the photographers physically gained access to document such gorgeous, textured, rich images of life. To say photography is my passion sounds good from a business perspective, but it is inaccurate. My camera never gets me out of bed in the morning. Love does. Photography happens to be a tangible medium through which I can create love.
Life must be experienced through Love. My mission is to connect in the moment with my subjects & create empowering images that speak to the soul with every click of the shutter. Your images created through my eyes. – Beth Brown
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“The concept for this video is that one person is never insignificant. Instead, one person can evolve into something beyond what is imagined. As the owner of a small photography business, I rely heavily on my network. For this video, I explored the idea of how one particular event three years ago has had a long-term impact on the growth of my business. This has been the case for me over and over again: one person leading me to another and then to another. People are my business and that is ‘no small thing!’” —Beth