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Photographers Spotlight

Jodie Smith

About Jodie Smith

What first drew you to photography and what inspires you, and when did you first begin your journey behind the camera?

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I always love taking photos every since I was a child.  I bought my first camera when my first daughter was born cause I wanted to take pics of her all the time.  I just love capturing beautiful moments.

What do you think makes your work memorable?

The lighting.  I love using strobes in all my shoots.  I love to manipulate the lighting.

What does photography mean to you?

Everything!!

Are you always in photographer mode?

Always.  Everything I see is a potential photograph.  I find myself photoshopping people in my head when I’m looking at them. Lol!!

How does black and white vs. color play into your work?

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Honestly, I have serious color blindness and most of my early work was mostly black and white.  I take what I think is beautiful to me when it comes to color shots and process it.  What I see and what you see are two different things.  Crazy huh.

How important is it for a photographer to “connect” with his subjects to bring out their true self?

Very important.  I always try to connect with all models to learn their personalities so I make sure it shows and comes out in the photoshoot.

Locations and weather conditions seem to be a crucial aspect of a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable factors?

I shoot in the studio mostly.  Just the other day shooting at the lake wind blew down my Alien Bee 1600 in the water even weighted down.  The outside environment is unpredictable but creates better photos in my opinion.  The unpredictable conditions is part of the job.

What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?

I want my viewers to walk away feeling comforted or disturbed by what they see

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