We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Ever since I was a little kid, I can remember finding myself drawn to little details that evoked some sort of feeling. The warm feeling you get while watching a setting sun turn the tips of the grass golden. The way that shadows cast on a wall from a window makes you feel thoughtful. When I got my very first Polaroid camera I would take a picture of whatever happened to catch my eye, be it dry, yellow leaves covering withering grass or the hundreds of family heirlooms enveloping the walls at my grandparents’ house. My parents would tell me not to waste the film (those packs of film were expensive,) but it didn’t feel wasteful to me. It was my way of trying to hold onto that feeling, and in-turn tell a story. From film photography classes in high school, to getting my very first Nikon DSLR, to obtaining new equipment and learning how to utilize it, photography has always been there. It’s always been my way to freeze a moment to keep forever. I’m constantly sneaking pictures of loved ones in sweet candid moments because it’s so important to me that a photograph feels like a story. It’s an outlet for my soul to show the world how I view life and what emotions were being felt when the image was taken. Being a photographer gives me the chance to be creative in a way that feels truly authentic to me. It opens doors for me that would otherwise remain shut because I wouldn’t have the courage to try and turn the knob. It gives me the ability to be open-minded, unbiased, and all-accepting. I feel like every single person has a story and photography allows me a chance to be the one to tell it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As far as my career goes, I’m still getting started so that remains to be seen. I think something that’s really important is how you stand out amongst your competitors and other artists. The way to do that is to develop your own unique style. My style is still being smoothed out, if I’m being really honest. I took a long hiatus away from photography because sometimes life just sneaks in and gets in the way of you doing what you love to do. I feel like I lost a lot of time that could have been spent developing that style and finding out what does and doesn’t work for me. I suppose I could look at that as a setback, but I’m not going to let that hold me back from going head-first into it now. I may have lost some time, but I never lost my eye for photos, which is something that you can’t really learn in school. For the community, I want to be able to tell someone else’s story in the form of my photography. I want the subject of every image that comes from my camera to be the protagonist (or antagonist) of a book you never want to put down. I want someone to look at my work and feel my emotion and lose themselves in thought.
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.
First place is going to be SoJo’s vegan donuts in Mesa! The coolest people you will ever meet and the most amazing vegan donuts and breakfast sandwiches you’ll ever have. They’re a favorite for sure. Also, I love going to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. Whether it be for shooting or just enjoying a long walk, it’s got the prettiest views, rabbits everywhere, and there’s always nice people along the trail. Lastly, I can’t forget to mention a stop into 1UP Games in Mesa. They have so many games for any console you can think of, little stations set up where you can play video games in-store, and so much other cool, nostalgic merchandise to check out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If we’re talking about my biggest inspiration in my photography, it’s Jared Polin of FroKnowsPhoto.com. He’s able to convey strong stories in his work, and I learned vastly more from his content than from any class or book. On a personal level, however, I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my all-encouraging and supportive husband, Dan. He is the definition of true, selfless love. He encourages me to pursue what makes me happy and take risks. He lifts me up through the hard times and is always willing to get us over the hoops and hurdles that get thrown in our way. I can’t imagine what I would be doing with my life right now or where I would have taken my career if it wasn’t for him. I’m truly, deeply blessed to have him as a partner.
Main photo by Molly Maw Photography