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Art & Life with Bethany Pryor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bethany Pryor.

Bethany, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
It all started as a little girl when I would fight with my friends over who got to hold the babies at church! I’ve always loved children, and now with two of my own I’ve gotten to experience firsthand the joy of seeing them grow. So ever since I bought my first camera when I was 16 and discovered my love of photography, it’s been a natural fit for me to work with sweet newborns and children. I love connecting with families to capture the natural moments that every mama wants to remember.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a photographer but using my camera is just one piece of my craft. My passion is creating a gorgeous heirloom photo of a child or family, and my art is crafting every part that goes into it, from the initial wardrobe planning, to professional hair and makeup before the session, to getting the best smiles and energy captured in the frame, to presenting the photos and helping design the best layouts for my client’s home. Each piece is vital, and there is no better reward than seeing it all come together into an cherished piece of art in someone’s home.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
It’s ironic that in an age where millions of photos are taken every minute, fewer are actually printed and displayed than before. With ever-more-impressive cameras on your phone and instant digital sharing, it’s easy to forget what it’s like to actually hang a cherished family photo on the wall where our children and guests can see it. I love seeing my own children’s faces light up and reinforcing their feeling of belonging and being cherished when they see that I’ve hung a new photo of them in our home.

When someone sees their family looking beautiful on a framed fine art print that fits elegantly in their home, they often tell me they didn’t even know what they’d been missing. And for me, being able to curate that experience for a family and see their joy is the greatest gift of all.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?

Whether through me or another quality photographer in your area, the best way to support the art form is to invest in photos you love, and work with someone who can help create fine art for your home so you can enjoy them!

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Bethany Pryor Photography
Life Now Photography

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