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Life & Work with Beth Parkhill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Parkhill.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I have always been creative but never really thought I would be able to make a career out of it… so I pursued other educational and career opportunities only to find that they were not right for me. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!) in 2011. I tried working as a social worker in children and family services sector but realized quickly that I was not the person for the job. So, there I was, a college graduate, living at home with my parents and at a major crossroads with no clear direction of where I wanted to go from there. One thing I always had come back to was helping my parents’ on their farm. My favorite chore was tending to the garden and flowers. One day, I posted a photo of my mother’s flowers on social media, and a friend (past teacher and coach) saw them and reached out to me to photograph her children.

Of course, I told her children and flowers were very different, and I could not promise they would be good, but she insisted. So I met them at a park and photographed them. I sent the photos on to my friend and she loved them! She was very grateful and made me feel like this could really be something I was good at. I kept practicing and learning. Then, a year later, a friend asked me to photograph her sister’s wedding. I was hesitant and I think I even said something along the lines of “I will never photograph weddings” but she convinced me to try. I loved it! Now I mostly photograph weddings, but also couples, families, professional headshots, food/products, and even real estate and almost anything in between. Just as I started, flowers are still my favorite subject!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Yes, and no! I feel very fortunate for how things have played out, despite my best efforts to mess things up. I tend to get in my own way. For many years (9 years), I worked multiple jobs on top of photography. There were times I didn’t think I would ever be good enough and times that I didn’t think I would ever make it as a full-time photographer. Without the continuous love, reassurance, and support of my family, friends, colleagues, and clients, I definitely would not be where I am today. So the road was twisty, uphill, and bumpy, but I am happy for the journey and excited to see what adventures are to come.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in weddings and engagements. I have been photographing weddings since 2012. There is something about being the person that is entrusted to capture memories from one of the most special days of a person’s life. It is so incredibly intimate. My mom and dad keep picture albums of my family. One of my favorite things to do when I am home is to look through those and remember all of the details of that one family trip or how much I loved swimming in the old horse tank swimming pool. Photographs have a way of transporting you back into those moments in time. They remind you of special things that you do not always have in the front of your mind. If I can provide my clients with photos of special moments in their lives that give them that same feeling when they see them, then I feel like I am making the world a better place. Hearing my clients tell me they love the photos I captured of them makes me proud.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I love collaborating with event planners, creatives, models, and businesses to create the content they had imagined and dreamed up. People can support me by following me on social media, referring me, and booking me! I am always wanting to photograph new things, so hit me up with your ideas! Let’s make it happen!

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Image Credits
Beth Stratbucker Photography

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