Who are you, and where in New Jersey are you from?
Hi! I’m Beth; born, raised, and living in Roebling, NJ all of my life (except for that time I lived in Philly in college). My photography Instagram is @bethlanephotography where I highlight both paid sessions and all of the photos I shoot just for myself.
What are the three best spots for photography in New Jersey, and why?
1. The Shore – I’m keeping this extremely vague. Since I was little, my go-to spot is LBI but give me sand, saltwater, and an ocean breeze and I am happy.
2. Smithville Park, Eastampton – Smithville Park is one of my favorite places for family and couple photography sessions. I love the juxtaposition of the woods, the water, and the historical home. It’s also a favorite for walks with my dog.
3. Towns along the Delaware River – I love exploring small historical towns and am super lucky to live in one of those towns. The history, the architecture, the landscape, and being able to support local, small businesses while I’m out doing one of my favorite things, photography, is one of the best ways to spend my day.
What's your camera setup?
I’m still rocking with my Nikon D5200 which I got years ago and will continue using once I upgrade to the D850 which is my next move. I never leave home without my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. My Sigma 105mm macro lens has kept me occupied during quarantine where I’ve been photographing everything in and around my house. And I just bought a Lensbaby kit that includes the Lensbaby Sweet 50 and 35 and Edge 50 and 35. Those have been a lot of fun to play with.
What's your dream piece of gear? Think big!
Not a specific camera or lens (I’m actually not big on the tech side of photography) but I would love to set up a dedicated darkroom in my house and start shooting in film again. I’d also love a setup to learn tintype photography.
What's one bucket list photo of New Jersey you haven't gotten yet?
I spend most of my time in South and Central Jersey (I hope I don’t open up a can of worms with this one) so I’d love to make time to go north more (Delaware Water Gap, Buttermilk Falls) and definitely a Milky Way shot.
We’re with you, Beth! Central Jersey exists! And if you want to shoot the Milky Way, here’s your guide!
One tip for aspiring photographers?
Keep your camera close by and just keep shooting. This is advice I need to remind myself from time to time.
What's your favorite part of being a photographer?
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