We became wedding photographers because we loved each other. Truly. We went on an adventure when we were first married, kayaking from Lubec, Maine to Key West, Florida. On that trip, we realized that we wanted to be together all the time, not trading our numbered days for a number on a paycheck. As photographers and business owners, we get to spend our time together, make a difference in people’s lives, create art, and be in charge of our time…so that’s what we do! We figured out we needed to be our own bosses and then just pursued photography as an avenue for that. I had always loved taking photographs and we pounced on the idea. Crazy, right?
Photo by the lovely Ashley Goodwin
1983/1986 – We were born and did our thing being kids, teens, and college folk
May 30, 2006 – We met at Lifeguard Training working for the City of Raleigh
December 24, 2007- Dan popped the question
March 16, 2008 – We Married (yes, that’s just 3 months of planning)
2008-2010 – Kayaked from Maine to Key West
2010 – Bethany and Dan Photography officially opened
2011 – Moved from North Carolina to Boston
2013-2016 – Moved from Boston to Maine, spending most winters in Kitty Hawk, NC renovating our Beach Trailer.
2016- Bought our Sailboat to have as our home here in Portland, Maine
Places we love: Maine, OBX, Ireland, Scandinavia and Iceland, New York, Hawaii, Appalachia, Palm Springs, Puerto Rico, and Alaska
Bucket List: The Faroe Islands, Svalbard, The Azores, Greece, Scotland, Paris, India, New Zealand, Antarctica, French Polynesia, Banff, Costa Rica, Japan
You can follow our travels on insta with #bdtravlin
and on YouTube!
Gutsy - Real - Honest - Intuitive - Quirky
We are dependant on our couples to be themselves, confident, imperfect, goofy, brave, self-aware, and unique. Our main inspirations are Light, Emotion and Landscape. We dig weird light, bold light, dark shadows, buttery golden light and high contrast. Drawn to the emotions of the day we focus on the story being told, both the public displays as well as the private moments. We believe in the importance of location and that it is integral to the wedding and we incorporate that into the story as much as we can. While we do step in to help direct you during your portraits, we use the photo-journalistic technique during the rest of the day as it unfolds.
Our number one goal on a wedding day is to show truth. We want the vulnerable honest imperfect and gritty real-life stuff. Ugly crying from how stinking happy you are to be married. We like messy hair and wedding dresses with dirt on the bottom, undone ties and tipsy wedding guests. Bring it.
Photo by the ever hilarious Gretchen Powers
Wedding Wire Couples and Brides Choice Awards 2013-2016
Two Bright Lights Editors Choice Awards 2014-2106
Part of Black Tie Bride’s Best Moments, Gowns, and Overall Weddings 2015
The cover of Portland Monthly Magazine April 2013
Honorable Mention in Junebug Wedding’s Best of Engagement Photos Contest 2014
Third Place in the Details Category for the Pass Photo Contest 2012
Members of The World’s Best Wedding Photographers on Junebug Weddings 2014-2016
Members of Fearless Photographers 2014-2016
The Black Tie Bride
Love & Lobster
Portland Monthly Magazine
Real Maine Weddings
Southern Weddings Blog
Style Me Pretty
The Wedding Row
+ both of us as your photographers
+ the High-Res Files, yours to keep
We also offer collections for elopements, intimate weddings, and destination weddings. Please reach out for a custom quote.
We love to Travel! We literally have our suitcases partially packed at all times. Our passports have stamps from Ireland, Iceland, Norway, the UK, Sweden, and the Netherlands with space for more. There's a lot of spots on our bucket list still left to explore.
Since 2010 we have photographed couples all over the U.S. including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska.
Let us know where you want to go!
“WE ARE FREAKING OUT!!!!! THEY ARE AMAZING! I MUST WRITE IN ALL CAPS TO EXPRESS THIS TO YOU!!!!!”
"They are photography ninjas!... They didn't mind the herd of dogs who crashed the dance floor or the toddlers running the wrong way down the aisle, they have instead cemented those as cherished moments from the best day of our life!...In short Bethany and Dan are total rock star photographers and downright lovely people.”
"We are truly in love with Bethany and Dan! They are the most amazing photographers that I now consider to be our friends. Honestly, I miss them now that the wedding is over!”
“Bethany and Dan are hands down
the most wonderful wedding photographers on this planet”
"We could not be happier with our wedding photos, which tell the story of our wedding day with such a moving vividness, rawness, candidness, etc... we both cried because the moments that they'd captured were so intimate and real that we couldn't help but re-live that day with all of its emotions and precious details." - Bride
"We love you Bethany and Dan.-" Groom