Category Archives: Seniors

Change. What does that look like? What does that mean for Smitho Photo?

I have started this blog post more times than I can count over the past couple of weeks and then deleted it as I haven’t been quite sure how to start it or what to say.  This will most likely be longer than I need it to be, so for that I apologize ahead of time!  I have cried, I have prayed, I have leaned upon my husband and put my trust in Jesus.  One of my favorite verses in the bible has always been Jeremiah 29: 11 which reads For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As some may already know, I have struggled for many years with numerous health issues.  Too many to list in this blog post.  In my lifetime I have underwent countless surgeries including open heart surgery and most recently another revision to my amputation just this November.  Leading up to my most recent surgery last month, I struggled physically more than most even knew.  This summer we had cut way back on how many sessions we booked with Smitho Photo and actually only booked half of what we had booked the year before due to my ability to keep up physically with the demand of the business hoping that would help.  Unfortunately, the demands of the business day in and day out were just too much on my body.  Keeping up with booking, editing, and the behind the scenes work, along with the photographing the sessions and going out on the beach multiple times a week and spending 8 hours at a weddings when we had one booked proved to be just too much.   For every one of those sessions and weddings Mr. Smitho was right there beside of me, helping with lighting and a lot of times shooting along with me.

When we first decided to start the business, Adam and I did so as a team.  The name Smitho actually came from the nickname Adam’s boss gave him years ago at work.  It just stuck and fit, so that became the name of our business.  If you have ever had a session with us or had any interactions with us then you know we work as a team.   We have learned together.  We have attended conferences through the professional photographers association.  He knows more about lighting and the equipment we use than I could ever dream of.  He is a tech junkie and loves to play with light and color gels and new concepts.   All of the work below and actually all work in this post will be his gorgeous art!  I always tell him that I’m jealous that he gets to have all the fun while I make sure I get all the safe shots!

We have worked tirelessly together for countless hours day in and day out to make Smitho Photo into the business it is today.  We have done it honestly and the right way.  We pay our taxes, we make sure that we do everything legally.   We are part of our professional organization.  We take pride in our art.  We don’t just go out and take pictures because we have a nice camera and then charge people.  We have taken the time to learn our craft, and then have continued to work to get it to a professional level that we are proud of.   We have taken workshops, classes, and have worked side by side.  Many times when I’m shooting and it requires special lighting he directs me more than I direct him, haha…. I’m just louder than he is.  He has worked beside me in every single wedding that we have shot thus far.

His work is gorgeous!  He’s patient and pays attention to small details.   He does a great job with detail shots because he always puts a creative spin on them, and sees them in a way that most wouldn’t.

During our weddings, he does a great job of sitting back and watching for intimate emotional shots that show the connection between the couple and each other, or the couple and their family members.  See the pictures below from numerous weddings we have shot.  You can see images he’s shot from the groom first seeing the bride, from during the first dance, or the ceremony, during the send off and reception… he has such a great ability to capture it all.

Usually during beach sessions he has taken the second camera and was busy grabbing candid shots while I was capturing the main images.  Had I needed him to at any time he could have taken over taking the lead images without there being a problem.

He has a knack for balancing the images he takes during a session.  For instance during a wedding day, he does a great job making sure he captures silly pictures that shows the true personality of the bride and groom but also the emotion of the day and the excitement as well.  He thinks things through ahead of time and can see just how a shot needs to be set up for it to work out successfully.

I have taught my Padawan all of my tips and tricks of the trade that I know and physically I am currently in a place where I am unable to keep up with the business in a way that I would like.  Therefore, I am for the foreseeable future going to be handing the reigns over to Mr. Smitho.  I will still be giving him my opinion on…well just about everything… and helping when I able, but the day to day operations and stress, editing, and so forth will be something that he takes over.  We have worked too hard in our business and have built such great relationships with so many clients and after much prayer and discussion could not imagine just giving up and throwing in the towel on this dream of ours.

Unfortunately, after extremely LONG talks with my doctor and our talks as a family, we know that we are making the best decision for our family that we can at the moment.  Once I heal and can focus completely on my health, then at that point we will see how I feel.  As far as Smitho Photo goes and the work that we deliver to our clients, you should still expect to see the same level of work that you’ve come to love as I have full trust and faith in my sweet husband that he can do anything he sets his mind to, and let’s face it… a lot of the shots you’ve seen that you’ve loved were probably his and not mine anyways 😉

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And you know what they say… after every rain comes a beautiful rainbow!  Thank you for loving us and our family!  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue through this transition!  We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!  We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2019!!

 

 

Dreams do come TRUE

You may have noticed that we haven’t created a blog post in quite sometime.  There are many many benefits of living in paradise.  We have the luxury of living within 3 miles of two of the most beautiful beaches in North Carolina.  We can hear waves from our front porch year round and can smell the salt air when we pull up in our driveway.   During the summertime however, you won’t find us swinging on our front porch.  On any given evening, when the light is gorgeous and golden, you will find us at one of our area beaches capturing memories of those who have ventured to NC on vacation.

Already this year we have had the distinct honor of photographing over 80 families.   Between family sessions, weddings, and events, we have hand edited and delivered over 10,000 images!!! The majority of those sessions were beach sessions that occurred this summer.  As we reflected back over the summer at all the families we had the opportunity to meet, we were so humbled.  You see, we don’t just take pictures.  As cliche as it sounds… we pride ourselves in creating memories.  With camera phones at everyone’s disposal, anyone can take a picture.  It takes time and dedication and talent to create art.  We are dedicated to our craft and work tirelessly to create one of a kind images that will stand the test of time.  We want to capture your family in ways that you will cherish for many years to come.  We are excited to say we are already booking sessions for next summer!

This summer we had all types of sessions.  I wanted to take a few moments to highlight some of our sessions and share some of the images that you may have missed from those sessions.  We had many large families.  Our largest family session to date was a sweet family that we captured at Holden Beach.  Their grandparents had started the tradition of coming to the beach for over 50 years.  I don’t know that I’ve ever been so impressed with the closeness of a family.

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I received an email from the granddaughter who had booked the session, that the matriarch of their family, Ms. Marthalee who had started the tradition of coming to Holden all those years ago had passed away.  This was just a little over a month after these pictures were taken.  She was so beautiful and absolutely loved the beach.

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What a reminder of the importance of having pictures taken!  We heard story after story of families who had vacationed together for years but hadn’t ever had professional pictures taken.   We loved working with so many large family groups!  This is just a small sample of those families.

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Some of our favorite sessions included cute couples who were excited to announce new additions were on the way!

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We can’t wait for them all to return next summer with their sweet bundles of joy!

As always we dealt with crazy weather.  There is a saying in Southeastern NC, if you don’t like the weather wait 10 minutes and it will change!  We had rain and rainbows!

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and of course incredibly gorgeous sunsets!

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We had fun themed sessions like this one from the notebook.  This may have been one of my favorites to date.

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We were able to capture sweet young love…

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as well as couples who were celebrating years of being happily married.

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We loved seeing parents interact with their babies… both big and small!

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and of course grandparents with their grandbabies!

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You can only imagine with all of these different families the countless incredibly gorgeous children we encountered this summer!

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We heard over and over this summer, we didn’t realize this experience would be so much fun…. and my goodness did we ever have fun!

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and of course with having edited over 10,000 images this year already there’s no way we could ever begin to share them all…. but hopefully you will see how much we have loved sharing our summer with you.  We have SO enjoyed capturing your memories and are so humbled that you chose us!  We hope that most importantly you cherish these memories for decades to come!

We are already booking sessions for next summer!  Last year in March we were almost completely booked for July!  If you are interested in booking a family session, don’t wait until it’s too late to get on our calendar!

Thank you for an amazing summer and for helping us realize our dreams!

Christie and Adam Smith

 

Marissa’s Senior Portraits

We’re going to do something we don’t normally do… This beautiful girl is Adam’s cousin. We were going to upload her gallery to our private page, but then figured we’d just share them all with you 🙂 Not all of her black and white pictures are being shared. With any session we do, we usually offer b&w as well as color finishes on each image. Some of these you have already seen in a sneak Peek that we did the day we did the shoot. Hope everyone is enjoying their week! Seniors, there is still time to schedule your senior pictures with us!