Interviewee: Evie Richards-Cashman (she/her)
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
I am a Portrait Photographer located on 265 Essex St. Salem. My specialties include Boudoir, Glamour and Personal Branding. My newest passion is a Hollywood 1940’s lighting technique used to take dramatic, glamorous images of Hollywood stars of that era.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
I’ve been taking pictures ever since I was 12 years old. My portrait journey began from a photo I had taken of a coworker walking down the aisle at her wedding. I started getting requests for portraits and so it began!
My joy is to provide a relaxed and safe environment and offer great images that can be enjoyed as keepsakes or utilized in one’s business marketing practices. I believe the Hollywood lighting photo session adds a little bit of fantasy to my business especially if someone loves film noir and other movies of the 1940’s.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
I’ve been in the healthcare field most of my adult life. It felt I was in a bubble not realizing all the creativity that was around me. It’s been wonderful for me to meet so many creative and talented business owners in our area.
What was the last book you read OR What was the last video you watched that made an impact on you?
The last book I read was “The Untethered Soul”. I have been working to improve my openness to spirituality.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
I officially started my business after retirement. I went to pharmacy school when I was 40 years old and graduated at 48 years old. I became a critical care pharmacist at 56 years old….it’s never too late to pursue your dreams!
Best wedding I photographed was my daughter’s. She got married in an occupied fire station. My son is a DJ and offered his services and his roommate officiated the ceremony. My son in law is in a band which played a couple of sets. It was the most enjoyable (and most inexpensive) wedding I ever worked at. My daughter also received the largest photo album I ever made!
What is Creative Collective?
Creative Collective is a group of economic development strategists, small business supporters, activation specialists, and believers in the importance of the creative workforce. We foster growth, sustainability, and scalability for small businesses, creative thinkers, organizations, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Learn more and join Creative Collective at www.creativecollectivema.com/join