We had the good fortune of connecting with BETH SANDERS and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BETH, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk terrifies me. The biggest risk I ever took, was starting my business. I was catering a wedding and met a photographer. He asked to see my portfolio. I was afraid, that he would tell me I was no good. As it turns out, he loved my work and hired me that day. The risk of showing him my portfolio paid off. Also, being a working mom and bringing my firstborn on shoots was risky and messy and I’m glad I followed my instincts. The current risk I am taking is moving my work in a new direction. I’m revealing more of myself as an artist and that is terrifying.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
1. I was 8 when I got my first camera. Holding the camera and taking pictures put me in charge of my world and as a kid, that was the best thing ever! 2. What sets me apart from others? My clients tell me I’m easy to work with and because they are at ease, their best self shows up. 3. What am I most proud of? That’s easy. Starting a business without much of an education and becoming successful. And doing what I love, every day. 4. What am I most excited about? Adding a new brand to Beth Photography: documenting the challenges of breast cancer. 5. How did I get where I am today? It was serendipity, I was at the right time and at the right place. Twenty-five years ago there were few photographers in Boulder Colorado which provided me with a lot of work. 6. What do I want the world to know and the lessons I’ve learned? Work to be flexible and resilient in your spirit, mind, and body. My resiliency has made me more willing to take on challenges that frighten me. What helps me be flexible is being able to laugh and intentionally injecting humor into my life, I make it a daily practice. For some it’s yoga or meditation, for me it’s laughing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would immediately start driving all over Colorado. One of the things I love most is to find new areas I’ve never explored. I’m a huge architecture fan, mostly mid-century modern. Our day’s itinerary would be: The RiNo district for a walk and lunch, Union station, and the Dairy area. Loveland for the little art district area. Flagstaff Restaurant for Happy Hour and the view. A hike or run in Boulder followed by a giant nap.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dearest friend, for her deep support of me, Annie Parnell.