I believe in magic, I really do. It doesn't only exist in fantasy and childhood dreams; it is conceived in every single moment, even the ones we normally consider “ordinary.” It is my belief that there is no such thing as mundane. Every single breath is precious.
The vision behind my photography is to capture the magic in those moments not only with an artistic eye, but also with the intention of documenting everything just as it was, just as it was experienced. Sometimes the everyday subtleties get lost in our memories, and it's my passion to let not a single detail be forgotten. Photography can be used as a powerful tool to encompass presence. Now I beckon you to embark on this insane adventure of LIFE with me. Join me for a day, then have these images to look back on, breathing the past back to life again, encouraging presence in the present.
A bit about me : I am first and foremost a wife, a mother, and a lover of anything that bears the fingerprints of life. I'm a nature enthusiast, passionate about being silly, a fierce friend. Friendship and human connection is more palpable to me than the skin we live in. Finding joy in the midst of every season of life is, I believe, what life is all about in the end.
I was home grown in Minnesota, and moved to Virginia with my husband in 2011 for school. It wasn’t long before we decided we loved it so much that we’d stay. Since then, we’ve grown our family here, with one 6 year old daughter who all about dinosaurs and space (Charis) and a new addition (Elowen), who is our daily breath of sunshine. Our family loves to hike about and stand in awe of mountains, as well as small bugs going about in their busy routines.
I have been photographing in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas since 2012. I have fallen in love with the people, the artsy culture, the warm pastries and fancy lattes. I have been taken captive by the Blue Ridge romance, the vineyard wines and the way that all of us who come here find in each other long lost friends. I feel immensely lucky to have hunkered into our little side of the mountain and have been able to start not only my family, but to fulfill my passion and dream of capturing your own magical moments.
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Gabrielle · Married on 05/26/2019
Gorgeous Photos to Relive a Perfect Day
Bethany was an amazing photographer to have for our wedding. All of our photos were gorgeous. We can't stop looking at them and our friends and family can't stop talking about them. My husband and I don't really like taking posed pictures so we were hesitant about our posed shots together. However, Bethany did such a great job getting us to feel comfortable and natural and the pictures show it! We really wanted the photos to highlight the beautiful landscape we were in, and Bethany captured it so well. Her portrait shots, of not only us, but also our guests were incredible too and the dance floor photos have us laughing and reliving the party all over again! It was over 90 degrees and sunny on our wedding day, but every time I saw Bethany she was working hard with a smile. We were so happy with all our photos, from posed shots and portraits to captured moments. We will definitely be looking back on these forever!Sent on 07/15/2019
Justine Weaver · Married on 02/09/2019
The Best Photographer!
Bethany was absolutely amazing to work with! We did both our engagement photos and wedding day photos with her, and were so impressed by her kindness, upbeat attitude, and creativity. Jason and I were both blown away by the quality of Bethany's photos (and her assistant's!) from our wedding day. We literally go through them all once a week (or more) and they make us so happy - I know we'll be looking over them with joy for years to come. I can't recommend Bethany highly enough - we loved working with her and would certainly do so again!Sent on 03/30/2019
Julie · Married on 11/17/2018
I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience working with Bethany Snyder. From the first phone call, my fiance and I felt like we were in great hands. She helped us stay organized, answered any questions we had, and most importantly took beautiful photos that perfectly captured our whole day. We knew that she had our interests, our personalities, our vision for the day in mind and it was executed flawlessly! She captured all of the highlights and even the in between moments that give us a way to look back on our favorite memories as well as ones we didn't get to experience first hand. We have received so many compliments from friends and family regarding the finished product as well. I highly recommend Bethany and her team (we had a second photographer assist, Karis was phenomenal!). We felt confident and comfortable throughout the whole process and ended up with beautiful photographs.Sent on 01/02/2019
I have had the pleasure of working with Bethany on several occasions, her professionalism is top knotch but what makes her stand out from other photographers is her creativity and "wanderlust" style. If you love originality, artistry and can appreciate high quality photography Bethany is your perfect match! I highly recommended Bethany to all my brides.