Cooperative Approach Expands Business Opportunities for Two Southern Oregon Photographers

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Photography is a competitive field where innovation and fresh ideas are critical to sustain a successful business. A recent alliance between two Southern Oregon women entrepreneurs demonstrates how shared expertise pays off -- in viable products and expansion of an existing service.


Jacksonville OR (PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- Entrepreneurs often start their businesses with a great idea and lots of enthusiasm. Achieving success over the long haul requires much more, especially in a competitive field like photography.

Two Southern Oregon photographers are demonstrating the possibilities and expanding their product lines through a newly implemented alliance. Since 1998, Fran Fields has showcased the artwork of Southern Oregon photographers through her online marketplace, Each year, several artists work together to design and refine a wide range of photo products: Aprons, bags, cards, calendars, photo album covers, posters, prints, t shirts, totes, etc.

Last month, Fran reconnected with Patricia Bean,’s Featured Artist during Spring 2003. For ten years, Patricia grew her business, Patricia Bean Photography (, from commercial work to portraiture. Expanding the customer base required innovative advertising and marketing, but staying fresh was also important.

Recently, Patricia developed something new to sustain her passion -- artistic renderings that complement her studio packages. Patricia described how it happened: “One little girl in particular inspired me to rethink her portrait. I had an image in mind, and some clothing on hand to convey the theme. I just needed the models. Fortunately, one client let me run with my vision to produce a one-of-a-kind piece of fine art, ‘Dancer’.“

This month, Patricia and Fran worked with Irelock Imaging ( to produce a “Dancer” note card. The image and note card information can be reviewed online at:

Cathie Izor, Member Communications Chair of Women Entrepeneurs Of Southern Oregon (WESO) observes, “When launching a new business, many taking that leap of faith find that a support system gives them resources they couldn’t develop on their own. WESO is an organization women business owners turn to for networking and support. Fran and Patricia have relied on WESO in the past and continued that relationship in their latest venture.”

The timing was fortuitous for the holiday season, too. Last year, Fran and Patricia independently captured scenic images of Victorian Christmas in their hometown of Jacksonville, Oregon. This month, two of Patricia’s winter views were added to the’s “Landmark” and “Homes & Inns” series of Holiday Cards. The images can be viewed at: For more information, contact Irene at: 800-490-9313.

About Patricia Bean Photography

Patricia has been a student of photography since the early 70’s. After her initial studies in college, she continued her education through various workshops. Her inspiration came from the early masters in landscape black and white photography. Patricia currently owns and operates Patricia Bean Photography, a portrait studio.


Images of Southern Oregon’s distinctive landscapes and scenery are displayed throughout web site. Retail photo products showcase the region’s talented artists -- from photographers who capture the images and designers who create the prototypes to the lone seamstress who converts yards of fabric into beautifully crafted goods.

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Irene Green

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