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The Narrative Society: Educator Interview with Halee Betzner

Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?

I knew the moment I graduated from college with a secondary education degree that I wasn’t always going to be a teacher my entire life. I have always loved the arts and photography but didn’t start my business until my husband literally talked me into it while trying to get through college (to get that teaching degree, haha)! I was teaching high school English and became pregnant with our daughter, and basically at that moment I knew I couldn’t go back to the classroom after she was born. Again, with major encouragement from my husband, I took photography on full-time and never looked back! I truly believe it is exactly what I am supposed to be doing; I couldn’t be happier.

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Documenting our children’s lives is so important. What is your secret to not getting bored with your daily life?

It may sound cliche, but I don’t think I could get bored with my life right now if I tried! My daughter is almost 3 and everyday is a major new adventure! I am due with our second child/son in about a month, so daily life for us is all about entertaining and preparing it seems. Documenting my daughter’s life is what inspires me the most regarding my photography in general; watching her learn and try new things everyday from both behind a camera, and without one, is seriously the best.

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If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?

When my daughter wakes up everyday. I am that horrible mom that lets her child sleep with her (haha), but I wouldn’t trade our mornings talking in bed for the world. She wakes me up always SO HAPPY, with her crazy hair everywhere and has the funniest/best things to say. I truly treasure it. I don’t photograph this time very often at all, which is why I think I would photograph it forever if I could, or have someone else photograph it for me, just so I could always soak it in.

This question is gonna make me sleep with my camera next to my face now.

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Personally I find more inspiration from things outside of photography. Where do you find inspiration most?

Cliche answer again – my daughter and husband are absolutely my inspiration. Being able to photograph them the way I do has helped me so much with clients. At sessions I try to think of clients the way they think of each other, and the way I think of my family…I want to capture the love they have for each other in a way that they can look at the photograph and remember exactly how they felt in that moment/time.

Nature also inspires me tons. Nature is my stress reliever and makes me slow down and appreciate things more I think. At outdoor sessions I try to embrace all forms of nature around me (specific colors, wind, rain, etc).

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We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?

I get out a roll of film and spend the day photographing my daughter or nature creatively. I look for new ways to photograph things in different lighting situations or making new double exposures. Shooting double exposures make me think *hard* which always helps stop those mental blocks!

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Who in your life inspires your art the most?

My daughter (and I’m sure my son will too). I feel like I’m able to capture moms well because I know what its like to have that same connection with my kids.

My husband pushes me the most though…he is literally a saint (no, really) and encourages me constantly to try new things.

Just people that I really love inspire me all the time regarding my work. I am very, very close with my dad, and photographing dads with their kiddos is usually my favorite part of a session…I think it completely correlates to my personal relationship with my him.

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What inspires you more - light or movement?

Light double exposure film picture

Documentary and lifestyle photography are different to some. How would you define them?

I think both are ways to tell the story of what you’re photographing. I think documentary is shooting whatever is in front of you as a complete observer; zero direction and just total freedom. I think of lifestyle as slightly more guided…maybe positioning someone in a better lighting situation or posing slightly/encouraging certain kinds of interaction.

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Would you rather continue with your life or restart it?

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Would you rather reverse one decision you make every day or be able to stop time for 10 seconds every day?

Probably reverse one decision

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Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?

Always have to say what is on my mind

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Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

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Would you rather lose the ability to use GPS for the rest of your life or lose the ability to use a debit or credit card?

Lose debit/credit

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Would you rather have eyes that can film everything or ears that can record everything?

Eyes!

Would you rather have unlimited storage space on your iPhone or unlimited storage space in real-life?

Real life

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Would you rather walk the Great Wall of China or Amazon River?

Probably The Great Wall

Would you rather win an Academy Award or an Olympic Gold Medal?

Gold medal!

Would you rather be fabulously famous and poor or unknown and rich?

Unknown & rich

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