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Art & Life with Bethany and Daniel Wu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bethany and Daniel Wu.

Bethany and Daniel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
We’re Daniel and Bethany. We’re best friends and college sweethearts. Our journeys started on different continents (Africa and South America to be precise) and brought us together in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where we attended college.

We hit it off on day one and have pretty much been inseparable since then. Back in college, our dreams were focused on getting Daniel into medical school and I (Bethany) was going to be a renowned music therapist. After college, we found ourselves in Orlando, Florida where Daniel went to film school for a second bachelor and a masters degree and I discovered and fell into graphic design.

From there we discovered photography and our new dream of being a husband and wife wedding photography and videography duo was born. Now here we are, ten years of friendship, eight years of marriage, three states, and ten homes later we’re in SoCal seeing our dreams come true.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
We provide wedding photography and videography services. Our branding is all about timeless romance with a lighter/brighter look to our work. Loving and serving people well is our top priority and in order to do that, we want to focus on building relationships with our couples (or friend/family of our couples for that matter too).

Coming from a background in medicine and therapy (that being our original ambitions in life), we truly believe in caring for and serving people well. We strive to connect with all our couples, get to know them (at least a little bit) personally and to really capture their personalities and stories. We love connecting with our couples, laughing together as we capture their fun side and providing opportunity and a safe space for them to open up and show their vulnerable side for the camera as well.

We know it’s not easy to trust and open up. We respect that and want all our couples (and their family and friends) to know that we see them and love them as they are.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Being an artist can be lonely if competitiveness over rules. We believe in community and supporting other artists (photographers and videographers included) and have made a point of connecting with other artists. Many of these artists are local to us, though we have also made friends with artists around the world. Social media is a great place to find “your people”. We found our local group of artists in a Facebook group. A really good photographer friend of mine (Bethany) was found on Instagram. We started chatting on Instagram and found out we were within 10 miles of each other, now we hang out in person as well as support each other online.

We encourage those starting out not to be shy about reaching out to other artists on social media. Both Daniel and I have followed different artists that we’ve admired on social media for a while and one day after talking about it, we decided it couldn’t hurt to simply reach out and let them know how much we admire them. Both of us received positive responses and now feel confident reaching out to them regularly. This was a reminder that everyone (no matter how grandiose they may seem on social media) are just people who desire connection too.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Our work can be viewed on our website and on social media.

We also update our blog regularly with personal posts, weddings and engagement sessions, and helpful information for couples planning their wedding.

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