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Beth Jansen

I’ve had a passion for the arts since I was a little girl. I am a music lover and an art collector and have always adored photography. Once I had my two children my passion for photography became a personal quest to become proficient with a camera. It all started when a friend gave me his old SLR film camera. A few years later and several hundred experimental shoots Beth Jansen Photography was born. While mostly self-taught I owe much of my knowledge to other amazing photographers that have been friends and mentors along the way.

I pride myself on my creative energy and ability to see beauty in unlikely spaces. I strive to create images that maintain a modern feel, that show of the trends and styles of our time. I LOVE color in all of it’s forms, and try to capture a whimsical modernism in my work.

Shooting with natural light in natural settings allows for an honesty and intimacy rarely found in studio photography. Having a laid back environment creates a peaceful shoot, and peaceful shoots mean happy clients!

My work has taken my across the world and back both shooting and teaching. I have been featured on Photovision, taught in Australia and Brazil and shot all over the 7 continents for clients and on special projects. Because I only use available light I have become extremely efficient at creative styling and composition and using my best light tricks to get the best images. I am passionate about creating new images, without a fresh perspective my work would die. I live for the now and work hard to maintain the most current and vivacious images one could find!

From Beth:
“Minimalism is a bummer. Live in the now, enjoy the colors of TODAY. Live with timeFULLness in mind “

How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
I got started when I had my children. Kelley Ryden taught me the basics about 6 years ago and from there I took it and had a color and artistic explosion. I love Jinky out of Australia for her creativity, Kelley Ryden for her technical abilities and Jose Villa for his simplicity but overall I draw more from artists and designers rather than photographers.

How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
This is the first after dark i’m participating in.

Why is education important to you? How long have you been teaching? What made you get into teaching? What do you get out of being a mentor?
Without the education of other photographers I would have been in a standstill for many moons. Being personally and professionally inspired by those who have been shooting longer has been key to my overall success. Even when I teach I learn SO much from my students and piers. I will never be at a place where I know everything so I’m grateful to share my knowledge full knowing I gain as much as I can possibly give

What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?

  • Creativity
  • Composition
  • Using available light
  • Versatility
  • Photoshop

Contact Info:

@bethjansen – twitter

Fun Facts:

  • Canon Shooter
  • Mostly onLocation Sessions

Majority of Business:

  • Newborns to HS Senior


  • Available Light
  • No Assistants