Chris Smith, M. Photog.
Thanks for stopping by….
You probably own a really great camera, which you may be holding in your hand looking at our site, or you have it next to you on the table. As a society we’ve produced more photographic content in the past 5 years than we did in the history of mankind. We LOVE photography. Heck, I take as many photos with my phone as the next person, but when it comes to something important, something artful, or something worth printing on paper, I capture it the right way. I want you to know how honored I am that you’re considering a professional portrait.
I have a passion for many things, and although photography is one of the things I’m passionate about, it isn’t on the top of my list. I don’t even know if it is second or third. Honestly, I think a lot of photographers are “passionate” about their cameras and taking pictures. But just because they are passionate about those things doesn’t mean they are practiced at the art of photography. I pride myself on being passionate about my craft and about learning something new every day. Over the years I’ve been able to prove myself as an innovator, but more so as an implementer. I see things that work well in other studios or other industries and I try to work those things into my business, all with the goal of improving. If my business runs smoother, you get a better experience. My goal for you is to enjoy the process, not just the image.
Now, about me…
I turned 44 in June 2017 (yikes!). I have three beautiful children, Chandler, a powerhouse attorney in Dallas, (26), Connor, the smartest 6th grader in MISD and a heck of a guitarist, (10), and Camryn, the most competitive person I know, and a good little defender on her club soccer team, (8). They challenge me to be at my best in order to provide them with a better life and a better example. I love what I do. But I know I do it better because of them. Being a dad is my favorite part of my life.
A few of my favorite quotes and things to live by:
“Good things cometh to those who waiteth, if he worketh like hell while he waiteth” -Unknown
“The grass is greener where you water it” – Unknown
“You can’t beat fairway play.” – Charles Smith (my papa)
Here’s a little more about me.
Me and Photography
-Master of Photography (M.Photog.) awarded by the PPA January 2017
-Active Member of the Professional Photographers of America, Texas Professional Photographers Association
-Awards and accolades include:
-International Print Competition Gold Medal Photographer of the Year 2014
-International Print Competition Bronze Medal Photographer of the Year 2016
-Texas Star Award for Best Event Photography 2010, 2011, 2012
-Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1995
-Earned my B.S. in Fisheries Science from Texas A&M (’95)
-Earned my M.S. in Fisheries Biology from Texas Tech (’97)
-Once caught two 10 pound largemouth bass on back to back casts…in a tournament!
-Have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named “Puff Daddy”
-My iTunes playlist includes The Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam (Yes, my formative musical years were in the 90’s)