Interview with Bryony Richards & Eric Benedetti (@utahastrophotography)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

We’re scientists who love astronomy. Astrophotography was a natural progression of this!

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Being able to connect and help charities related to dogs. By taking night photos we are able to donate prints to auctions for raising money for rescuing dogs in China!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Find someone who loves doing what you do. It makes a big difference to have friends who want to go out and take photos at night!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

The many other night photographers that are on Instagram. Seeing their work allows us to become better at what we do as well as having a community to connect to. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I hope so. Using our Instagram account to bring attention to dogs in need, especially those that are surviving the meat trade in China is a particular passion. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. —JackLondon        

From living in Europe to living and working in Africa I’ve realized that a lot of things in life do not happen in a way you would plan. Sometimes there’s an elephant in your way, literally. You can complain about the danger or the inconvenience or you can take a few photos. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

We’re on Instagram under utahastrophotography and on Facebook as a page Utah Astrophotography.

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