We had the good fortune of connecting with Bethany Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bethany, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I think one of the bigger things that was sort of a big realization for me was just how much time and care goes into every single photo. I spend hours on galleries making sure the little details look perfect in every photo and adjusting everything to be consistent and something that I know my clients will love. Before I was a photographer, I thought it looked super easy to do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my business because I was a single mom, super intimidated by the challenges being a single parent brings, but ontop of that I really wanted to be the mother that inspired her children. I was told photography might be right for me because of all the things I love; People, travel, and being creative. So I jumped into my photography career! Bought a camera and some lenses and just took photos of everything. I offered free shoots, and anytime I could, I was out taking photos and editing them. Soon, I started to pick up more and more business and it just took off.
It was not easy. The struggle for me is balance. Sometimes I think I’m failing at being a mom, so I take a step back from my business, and then I think I’m failing at running my business so I feel like I need to give more time to it, but then I feel like I’m a bad mom again. It’s a vicious cycle. That was and still very much so is where I have the hardest time.
The thing that’s been the most helpful for me is finding people in this industry that are super encouraging and have their own struggle to share. And sometimes, that insight has been extremely helpful. It’s also just so fulfilling to know that I’m making so many people happy and feel beautiful for whatever event or occasion I’m capturing. It pushes me to be better and work harder at my balancing act.
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to really be more confident in the work that I’m doing and to value myself more.
I want the world to know how passionately I love what I do. I love making people feel beautiful, I love to make my clients laugh, I love to give photos that make people smile. It fulfills me and feeds my soul. I’m anxious to continue to learn and grow as a photographer.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take them to the Whaley house. All of old town is such a cool and historically incredible place but, the Whaley house can spook just about anyone. All the staples San Diego are a must too! Seaworld, Legoland, the zoo, the wild animal park, Belmont park, Coronado, Seaport Village, and of course Balboa Park. Can’t go wrong with anywhere in Little Italy for food and to hangout and the restaurants in North Park like Encontro are unbeatable.
Also, you must stop by some of the gorgeous beaches we have here. La Jolla is the best one for if you wanna tour, shop, and go to the beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Layla Artistry definitely deserves credit and recognition. She absolutely has encouraged so many of my artistic visions and has played such a heavy role in bringing them to life. She’s so kind, heart of gold, and she just makes people feel so incredibly beautiful.