Beth Brown is an urban portrait & lifestyle fashion photographer, and a behind the scenes documentary photographer for film. She is the owner of Babs Photography LLC and the founder & CEO of The Big Black Book NYC, a social media directory of small business owners in the NYC area. A native of Sidney, NY, Brown resides in Brooklyn. The people she has met while out and about have been the inspiration for her street photography and poetry book Brooklyn.
On August 4, 2018, Brown was honored by the ANS Association where she received a Citation from the Borough of Brooklyn for her service and “commitment to community well-being.” Brown’s street-portrait Balancing Act, set in Haiti, was selected and installed June 2017 for public display at Orchard and Broome Streets by SaveArtSpace: “The Future Is Female.” Her Self-Portrait received the Memorial Prize for realistic photography in the 2014 National Juried Art Exhibition of CAA at Cooperstown, NY. She was also a 2012-14 Guest Artist in the Smithy Pioneer Gallery at Cooperstown. In 2014, Brown was one of five finalists for NAWBO’s Small Business Week video contest “No Small Thing.” Additionally, she contributed photo documentary coverage for Brooklyn Tabernacle’s 2012 mission trip in the Dominican Republic. Brown has exhibited in the Brooklyn Public Library and the Wilber Mansion, Oneonta. She has given solo shows of her exhibit City Meets Country in the Elijah Thomas Gallery presented by the Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi; The Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries presented by the Chenango Arts Council, Norwich; and the Smart Community Room of the Sidney Memorial Public Library, Sidney.
Brown is a published photographer whose clients include: film production companies, music and film talent, stylists, published authors, non-profit organizations, and an international cake boutique and private collectors of fine art.
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.
I believe all things in Life should be done with Love. My mission is to photograph powerful images that speak to the soul. My desire is to be in the moment with my subjects and capture their honest emotions with every click of the shutter. – 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