Beth Brown is a Brooklyn based entrepreneur whose core mission across all of her business adventures is to spread love. As a professional photographer, she has been empowering men & women through photo sessions for over 10 years. Her trademark slogan You make my shutter go CLICK! is meant to convey a saucy, confident message that everyone she photographs is truly amazing. As a result many of her customers transform from camera shy to empowered kings & queens.
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 has partnered with the non-profit TALLOM Foundation Inc & facilitated self-esteem workshops as part of their summer Becoming the Best Me program. Additionally, for Youth Empowerment Show as well as for her own brand Babs Photography LLC, she has interviewed artists, authors, designers, stylists & makeup artists with the goal of inspiring & encouraging listeners to pursue their goals, rise to higher levels & love themselves.
For 20 years she was an educator in high need, low income schools. Building student self-confidence was always her top priority in the classroom. This is because Brown knows from personal experience that once true self-confidence is gained, the mind & spirit are free to pursue purpose & big dreams.
In 2017 she founded the small business directory The Black Business Connector, formerly named The Big Black Book NYC, which lists 185 black owned, brown owned & women owned businesses in 32 business categories. She has organized & hosted 8 headshot & directory building events & collaborated with conference hosts as a business headshot vendor. For each event she has assembled a team comprising of 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. Additionally, Brown collaborates with other business experts to bring entrepreneurs educational workshop sessions quarterly. For her community activism in 2020 she was nominated to be honored by Women With Voices in in 2018 received a citation from the Borough of Brooklyn through ANS Association.
Brown is a speaker & published author. She has spoken on BOHEMIA Cares’ platform where shared her testimony of how she spent 3 years working on redefining & healing her identity after trauma & heartbreak. She feels a deep & urgent desire to support others as they learn to flourish, redefine & love themselves after trauma so she also facilitates art therapy workshops to carry out her mission.
In April 2022, Brown published a 20 Day Forgiveness Journal. Through her journal she shares 20 journaling prompts so others can experience mindset transformations and live lives of freedom, peace and authenticity. Currently Brown is writing her next book titled Seeing Myself In A New Light: 5 Ways Psalms 193 will help you reclaim your identity so you can heal & flourish after trauma.
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
It was such an honor to be among such amazing fellow artists! Truly blessed.
“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
Check out her feature article in Small Biz Review: