First Year Fusion

Beth Forester M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Beth Forester photographs a first birthday cake session in her studio. She discusses backdrop choice and how the color of the cake itself can help determine the color of the backdrop. Beth shares advice on how to prep a client for a cake session and how to keep the baby interested in the cake. Beth also demonstrates how to capture simple footage to be given to clients as a bonus for their business.

Beth Forester Bio

For 15 years, Beth Forester, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, has operated a boutique portrait studio in the small coal-mining town of Madison, WV.  Specializing in senior portraiture, she is known not only for her award-winning images, but also for her creative marketing strategies and business tactics.  Recognized as a leader in the photographic and business industry, she has been featured in various magazines, such as Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, Studio Photography & Design and WV Executive.

In fact, Beth has been named West Virginia Photographer of the Year three times (2004, 2006 and 2007) and Mid-East States Photographer of the Year twice (2006 and 2007).  Along the way to achieving these titles, Beth has earned 10 Kodak Gallery Awards, 4 Fuji Masterpiece Awards, 13 Loan Collection images and the prestigious PPA AN-NE Award for marketing.

In addition to running a full-time studio, Beth develops and markets her own software line: photoDUDS, a commercially-licensed series of DVD volumes containing graphic design elements, templates and marketing materials created specifically for professional photographers.