Bethany & Dan Photography

Posted: March 03, 2015
How did you get started in photography?
Back in 2009 we were on an adventure: kayaking from Maine to Key West! On that adventure we realized that we really wanted to spend our time together, make an income that could support the life we wanted, and do something worth doing. I had always loved photography, but I was a total amateur. We set our minds to learning the art and after a year internship with one of my photography heros, we opened our business!

What do you love about wedding photography?
I believe that photography can show you something in a moment that you may have missed while you were IN that moment. When I look back at images of Dan and I, it's easy for me to actually SEE how much he loves me. I hope that we are providing that kind of a gift for our clients. I want our couple to feel love when they view their images.

What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The biggest challenge I personally face is not getting too emotionally involved that I miss a moment because I’m in the moment. That and being in pain after a day of standing and doing squats. #weddingsareworkouts

What should clients know about your style of photography?
Our style is fun, bold, and genuine. Those aspects come from us, but more importantly, they need to come from our clients as well. If they aren't having fun, being themselves, and being open with us, the images wont have those qualities.

When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I love to go on long drives with Dan. We live in Maine because we love how beautiful it is. I like to get out and see it as much as I can.

How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Help me? How nice! I would say the number one thing they can do is just welcome us to the event. The more we are invited into the inner circle of events, the more we can photograph the most intimate and meaningful moments of the day. See us as people and friends rather than simply vendors.

How has your photography style changed over the years?
Over the years the core of our style has stayed the same. I would say that our technical skills have improved a lot. I do appreciate bold light more as the years go on. Light is life!

What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
The most inspiring thing to me when I pick up the camera is the people in front of it. I love when we chase around a couple that just can’t keep their hands off each other. The more full of life, the happier I am. That being said, the other inspiration to me is the environment in which the photographs are being created. Give me a gorgeous landscape and fierce light, and I might just squeal.

Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
Good question! I hope to be adding a teaching element to our business and also to be more in control of our time so that we aren't working like crazy people all wedding season. Taking time for myself, and us as a couple, is a challenge when we are shooting two weddings a weekend during the height of the season. Whew! Ultimately I just hope that we can keep our business honest, hard working, and inspirational to ourselves, our couples, and other photographers. That would be success to me.