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Business: Emerald Eye Photography
Owner: Cathie Harrington
1.) How long have you lived on Cape Cod?
I moved to the Cape in 1982, when I was four years old, and went to Hyannis East and Barnstable High School. During college, I moved off-Cape and then out of state for a few years. Some people say I'm not a "true Cape Codder" since I wasn't born here, but I like to think of myself as one! Like most kids that grow up on the Cape, I was eager to get over the bridge and see the big cities, but once I did, I realized how much I missed living on Cape Cod, and my wife and I moved back in 2008 - we don't plan on leaving again!
2.) When and why did you start your business?
When I went to Bridgewater State College, I took a few photography classes - but it was back in the film age...We had to develop our photos in a dark room, which was interesting, but also a lot of work! About seven years ago, I picked up a DSLR and haven't turned back. I started with a pretty basic camera and the kit lens, and have upgraded every year or so since. Emerald Eye Photography officially launched about three years ago, and it's fun to look back and see how much I've grown since then.
3.) What do you LOVE most about your job?
Normally, I'm kind of a quiet person; I really like people, but I prefer to keep to myself often. Through photography, I feel like I have to lead with the side of me that connects to others - I think my quieter ways allow me to capture some of the small moments that others may miss. I love meeting all of my clients and their families and seeing what is unique about their stories. I really love being able to capture a fleeting moment in a way that will stay with them forever.
4.) How does your business help/impact local families?
Emerald Eye Photography has been attempting to help local families by preserving their favorite memories for them - I often run mini-sessions for folks that may not want to commit to a package deal at first. Last winter, I participated in the Diaper Derby at the Cape Cod Mall and raffled off a free family session. More recently, I was a preferred vendor during Family Week in Provincetown and I helped to capture moments for many LGBT families on vacation. If you follow my Facebook page, you'll see the most recent photos. I care a lot about Cape Cod families, and really want to help in any way I can - if you have any suggestions, let me know!
5.) In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges facing Cape Cod Families?
The Cape has changed a lot since I got here 33 years ago - in both good and bad ways! I could probably list many serious challenges, but I'll keep it light, and stick with the lack of a Target as a pretty big challenge!
6.) If you had to pick your favorite local spot on Cape Cod (not a business), where would you pick and why?
It is almost impossible for me to pick one favorite spot on the Cape. I've worked as a home care therapist recently, and because of that, I've gotten to see more of the Cape than I ever had before! I can't say I have one spot - it's more of a place that gives you the feeling of going on forever - the edge of any beach - right before you hit the water, the top of the Provincetown monument - where you can see down the Cape and off-Cape, on the ferry over to the Islands - when all you see is ocean. I think I just like the feeling of freeness that the Cape allows.
7.) Please offer a tip for our Mom Audience:
Since I'm not a Mom myself, this is a tough one for me, but having nieces and nephews, I would say to enjoy every moment that you can with your kids. I've seen my little, tiny, newborn nephew turn into a thirteen year old overnight! I remember the funny little things he did as a baby, and the cute little details of his nursery, but I'm sure my sister would've loved to have had them captured to share with him now. There's a quote going around that this generation growing up will be the most photographed, but will not have any prints to show for it - so many people take photos every day on their phones, but never print and frame them. Even if you don't have professional photos taken, make sure you capture some memories of your own. I remember my family sitting around my parent's house not too long ago, going through shoeboxes of photos, realizing it's something that kids today may never do!
8.) Any other information you would like us to share?
I'm going to be sending out information about fall mini-sessions soon, so if you would like to sign up for emails, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, I'm REALLY looking forward to launching a new session and I need some volunteers - If anyone out there on the Cape or South Shore is pregnant with a due date between September and November, I would love to talk to you! I'm going to be offering "Fresh 48" sessions starting this fall, and I'm looking for some Moms that would allow me to come in and capture their brand-new little one! I'll be giving away a portfolio-buidling session, and then offering discounts on a few others if anyone is interested! The Fresh 48 session occurs within the first two days of your babies life - in the hospital! It doesn't involve posing and having to look perfect, but has more a documentary feel. I would come by when your family is ready, and capture the little details of your newborn, some great photos of the family snuggling in close, and all of the magic of those first few days of life. I'd also love to be there when your littlest one meets a sibling if it occurs. If you're interested, please email me and let me know. I'm so excited to be offering this and can't wait to have some images to showcase!
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