Beth Skogen Photography – www.bethskogen.com

Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I’ve always been drawn to the middle. I mean, after all, there are only so many ways to start and so many ways to wrap things up. But in the middle . . . that’s where the interesting stuff happens. When I take a photograph, it’s like capturing that middle for an instant. In a good shot, it’s a story unto itself, and you find it doesn’t need a beginning or an end.

PHILOSOPHY
As a documentary photographer, I use available light to capture—or document—life. The images I take reflect life as it happens. There aren’t painted backdrops or poses, just people in natural surroundings. I’ve found that this is the best way to capture genuine emotion, and thereby, the best photograph.

HISTORY
My beginning as a photographer started in a photojournalism class in Iowa. While I’d liked taking pictures for a while, this is when I transitioned from a picture taker to a photographer: I learned to tell a story with a photo. Currently, I’m working as a lifestyle photographer in and around my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. 

Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, emphasis in Photography (University of Iowa)
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (University of Iowa)

Workshops, Internships and Work
The Daily Iowan (Iowa City, Iowa)
Peter Turnley (Paris, France)
Eddie Adams (Jeffersonville, New York)
VII Photo Agency (Brooklyn, New York)
Lauren Greenfield Photography (Venice, California)

Selected Client List
Habitat for Humanity
American Girl
Attainment Company
Hausmann Johnson Insurance
TDS Construction
Auburn Ridge
Silver Leaf Interiors
StoryFirst Media
Kella Design
Madison Magazine
One-OneThousand
Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps
Carex Consulting Group
CYC

For information regarding editorial and commercial work, please contact me.