31 Jul Ofer Eitan Announces: Middletown photographers capture strong women, bring out
MIDDLETOWN — Two female photographers have made it their mission to highlight the strengths and personalities of female entrepreneurs, as well as their undiscovered natural beauty.
Brenda Tate, who runs Brenda Tate Portraits, and Leigha Chhay, owner of Rhymes With Sky Photography, a nod to the pronunciation of her surname, share space on an upper floor in the Pythian Building at 360 Main St., a former hotel built in 1873.
The majority of the businesses there are owned by women.
A green-and-black marble art deco facade was added to the building in 1938. Chhay already was in the space, and offered Tate, who specializes in beauty, glamour and branding photos, the chance to move her business to the facility in 2010.
Tate was Chhay’s assistant for three years, shooting images for Chhay when she was booked with other jobs at her wide-open studio, in a 147-year-old building downtown. Chhay lived in the Pythian when she first relocated from North Carolina, said Tate, who formerly operated her business in Watertown.
“When she first showed it to me, the wow factor was over the top with the windows,” Tate said. “I love back-lit images, I love natural light. I fell in love with it….