ALL ABOUT Motelewa Smith
What first drew you to photography and what inspires you, and when did you first begin your journey behind the camera?
I’ve always been involved with visual arts throughout my life, through drawing or acting but I got serious about photography about 12 yrs ago….my inspiration was just wanting to document my kid’s childhood
What do you think makes your work memorable?
the biggest thing I feel is how clean the final images are, the details and the use of all the lighting tools incorporated along with the post-processing leaves clients in awww of an almost perfect rendering of themselves
What does photography mean to you?
simply painting with light, and being able to freeze an individual moment in time that will last forever for future generations to be a to have a visual representation of those who were here before them
Are you always in photographer mode?
all the time and it sometimes a curse because I’m always dissecting and trying to figure out how a shot or scene was achieved, or just staring at face to see how best to photograph them
How does black and white vs. color play into your work?
I’m a huge fan of black and white because to me it removes all distractions and allows you to focus on the subject
How important is it for a photographer to “connect” with his subjects to bring out their true self?
although I think it’s important for the overall flow of the process I really feel you have to know who you are and make sure you bring that to the table because a lot of times I’m just really meeting a client when they show up to the shoot so self-confidence goes a long way in the creative process
Locations and weather conditions seem to be a crucial aspect of a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable factors?
I’m like birdman I’ll fly in any weather….. but seriously know what tools will help you in every situation is key and that just comes with time and practice