I’m a self-taught Los Angeles based photographer.
When shooting jobs, my focus is on creating authentic, incisive photographs. There I am inspired by the challenge of quietly helping shape the persona people present to the world. The trust people have in me brings out a strong sense of authenticity and intimacy.
My shoots generally unfold in a loose, journalistic style. Rather than explicitly controlling the scene, I prepare in advance and leave space for the spontaneous. In the words of one of my clients, “Beth does what great photographers do. She helps her subjects see something unseen to themselves, and in doing so she helps them move their own story forward.” (see more portraits)
I got my first break in the business by sneaking into the art dept at Capitol Records (!) where I somehow persuaded the head of the art department to look at my portfolio 😅 This actually resulted in getting my first album cover job for Capitol (photographing rapper Schooly-D) instead of getting bounced out on my ass. Other jobs followed. (More archival music + entertainment images can be found in the Wayback Museum)
Later, an advertising AD saw one of my personal images, which resulted in being awarded an international ad campaign for Arnold Worldwide. From there I branched out doing more photography for publications, non-profits, as well as shooting commissions.
Selected clients include Warner Bros, Sony Music, Blue Note, Yep Roc, Concord Music, Capitol Records, The Face, OUT Magazine, Abitare Magazine, Didi Hirsch, AARP, First Five LA, Children’s Hospital, Arnold Worldwide, Hammer + Spear, images for book jackets, and others.
I am drawn more and more to shooting personal work as well as documenting the world around me , most recently documenting life here at home in the Fairfax district. My personal work often includes a wry sense of humor and cultural observation.
I maintain a studio in Los Angeles, CA.
(and I enjoy donuts)