You’ve seen us do roommate spotlights before, but we’ve noticed that we have some pretty cool users over here at myWebRoom! This week we wanted to switch things up and do our first ever user spotlight! We’re kicking this new series off in a pretty spectacular way – we had the opportunity to talk to renowned interior design photographer and myWebRoom user Bethany Nauert from Apartment Therapy!
We are floored by her stunning images and even more impressed by her sweet nature and thoughtful answers during our interview. So without further ado, here’s our conversation with Bethany:
mWR: Hey, Bethany! Thanks so much for sitting down with us! Why don’t you start by just telling our users a bit about yourself.
BN: Sure! After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a Bachelor in Fine Art Photography, I moved to New York for a year and half, lived in Sonoma for a year, then eventually moved to LA in 2006. I truly enjoy photography, so as much as it’s my full time career, it remains a full time hobby as well. When I’m not behind the camera I am searching for the next best vegetarian meal, exercising with my dog at Griffith Park, taking road trips to Santa Barbara to see my folks, going to the movies, and (don’t laugh it’s true) taking naps!
mWR: How long have you been a photographer?
BN: I studied it in college, but I really only believe I could call myself a professional as of 2010 when I launched my own freelance business.
mWR: Why photography? What made you start? And what motivates you to continue taking pictures?
BN: I have been an artist my whole life. I intended to be a fine art major in painting and illustration, but took one black and white photography class and changed my focus forever! I had really wanted a career in photography but had no idea what to do. I began shooting interiors for Apartment Therapy back in 2010, and thus launched my love of interior and architectural photography. I’m extremely motivated to keep shooting because I truly feel so lucky to have found the one thing that inspires me. So many people have no clue where to direct their future, so because I at least know that much, I never give up.
mWR: What first drew you to shooting interiors?
BN: Getting a freelance position shooting house tours for Apartment Therapy.
mWR: How would you describe your style?
BN: Observant, voyeuristic, naturally lit, linear, casually stylistic.
mWR: What do you love the most about your job?
BN: All of the amazing people I get to meet along the way!
mWR: You’re surrounded by all of these incredible interior designs on a daily basis. How does seeing all of these beautiful spaces inspire your work?
BN: Just when I feel like I’ve seen the most amazing home, my favorite one ever, I’ll go on a job and discover another. It’s really inspiring to learn people’s stories and to see what they hold so dear in their homes.
mWR: What do you look for when shooting a space – is it the color, the texture, the materials used?
BN: All of the above!
mWR: What’s your favorite type of room to shoot and why?
BN: My favorite spaces to shoot are workspaces and home offices.
mWR: Is there any place that you haven’t shot yet but wish you could?
BN: I’d really love to shoot more internationally – whether it be interior spaces, hotels, restaurants, or architecture – just to have a reason to travel and work in Europe.
mWR: What does your dream home look like? Where would it be?
BN: I get asked this question a lot. My dream house could be a little craftsman home in Los Feliz or it could be a brownstone in Brooklyn Heights. I really don’t know. In terms of decoration, I lean towards mixing vintage pieces with modern patterns. I love plants and succulents, grey, black and white, navy, brass, and stripes.
mWR: How do the rooms you shoot inspire your own decorating?
BN: It all leaks in subconsciously! Luckily for me, I have an endless count of resources.
mWR: Any decorating tips you’ve picked up along the way that you can share with our users?
BN: Take your time decorating and renovating your home. Use PInterest as a resource for inspiration and organization. Don’t be afraid to spend a little money on quality vs a lot of money on crap that will fall apart in a year. Try to create a home that you love coming home to.
mWR: Love that advice – beautifully said! What is one thing you wish you knew when you first started taking photos?
BN: I wish I had known I would love interiors this much, because I wouldn’t have wasted so much time trying to be a fashion photographer.
mWR: What is one question about your work that no one has ever asked you that you wish you had been asked? What’s your answer?
BN: Someone recently asked me if I was to choose a career back in the pre-technology driven ages what would it be? I immediately said I would be a furniture designer, specifically chairs.