2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Erin Long, Erin Long Photography, Easthampton, Mass.
Erin offers portrait, lifestyle, wedding, and event photography through her company, Erin Long Photography in Easthampton, MA. She loves being able to connect with people through portraiture and preserve milestone events forever in time through imagery.
Erin came to CWE to get help with applying for her first grant and was able to update her financial documents and improve her financial literacy. Erin has been in business as a sole proprietor with no employees for over ten years, but she hopes to hire 2-3 additional employees by 2025. Erin’s business was financially devastated by COVID, as all but a few of her 2020 clients postponed their events and the pool of new clients was very small. With CWE’s help, Erin was able to secure a $10,000 grant, embrace financial literacy, and increase her confidence as a businesswoman.