Betsy Cameron was recruited by The Ford Modeling Agency at a young age where in addition to gracing numerous magazines covers and billboards, she learned about lighting and design, and gradually transitioned to working behind the Camera. Her photographs became synonymous with the innocence of childhood, and still garner a lot attention, most recently being featured in a 2017 Vanity Fair interview with Brooke Shields called, “The Photograph That Changed My Life”.
Her career led to work with the United Nations Commissions for Refugees in Cambodia, photographing and uniting over 2,000 refugee children who had been displaced from their families during the Pol Pot regime.
After her return home, with a renewed sense of connection to the importance of childhood- and a growing family of her own, Cameron composed black and white photographs that she hand painted into color to create fine prints, calendars, cards, advertisements and books. Her iconic image, “Two Children” was a #1 internationally selling poster for seven years and her second book “Little Angels” sold out in its first printing. Her work earned her the title of Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” and the attention of Lexington Furniture, where she became a brand, designing lines of children’s furniture, bedding, bath, gift and home accessories.
Cameron later transitioned her focus from the innocence of childhood into the gentle and complex nature of flowers, pioneering experimental ways to document the flowers with a close-up intimacy rarely ever seen. “Like children, both subjects are incredibly beautiful, connected to a pure spirit, and have their own unique character.” Exploring these elements naturally led her to the powerful force and beauty that is water. Cameron strives to communicate visually the often over looked life force, “after all is said and done, we are water”.