Jessica Blaine Smith is a full-time photographer who has been photographing professionally for eight years. Her portraits are natural and fun and they truly capture the individuals in the images. A client recently told Jessica “Your images tell me that you love people first, photography second. It is evident that you care.”
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I had wanted to be a photographer for as long as I can remember. As soon as I picked up my first camera it simply felt like second nature. The first photography exhibit that I saw was at the International Centre of Photography in New York and was a show of images by war photographer Robert Capa. I remember walking away from the gallery thinking, “I must do more with my images.”
How would you characterize your style?
I believe that a portrait should represent the person that is in the image. I am interested in capturing people naturally as they are. I view the final image as a document to capture that moment in time.
Who are your clients and what should they expect?
My clients vary greatly. Often my initial contact with them is by photographing their wedding and from there, I almost become an extra member of their family as I photograph each of the other milestones in their lives. I treat my clients as I treat my lifelong friends.