Author archives: Chris Smith

  • Politics

  • My Dad is a professor of African History and is very well informed on local and world politics. I, on the other hand, tend to shy away from such matters. So I thought it ironic that I ended up covering Senator John Kerry's visit to Charleston in support of Randy Maata's run for Congress. Many tha[...]
  • Diversify Your Portfolio

  • My younger brother is a Financial Advisor and takes excellent care of all our investments. He's always telling us to "diversify your portfolio". So this week, Cami & I decided to do just that! We took a little break and headed to a wonderful little B&B; on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, TN. It was[...]
  • First Time for Everything

  • There's always a first time for EVERYTHING! This week I got to photograph the christening of a brand new Oil Tanker for Stena Bulk/Concordia Meritime. I have never done that before. I must say, it was a pretty cool affair. The ship had been built in Sweden and had already completed it's maiden voya[...]
  • Who I Am

  • Earlier this week I attended the annual Professional Photographers of South Carolina convention. It's so much fun to be a part of all the professional associations I belong to. But more than that, it gives me an opportunity to feed that voracious appetite I have for ANYTHING dealing with my craft. S[...]
  • Fast Glass

  • As a professional photographer, I'm often faced with less than ideal lighting situations. In many of those cases, I'm not allowed to augment the existing light (what little there is) with any sort of flash. Many of these situations include indoor sporting events, like the Southern Conference baske[...]
  • To Be In Love

  • Engagement Sessions are a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know a couple before their wedding day. It's always fun to pick a casual setting like the beach or a local park and just go have fun! Brandon & Stacia didn't need ANY of my usual coaxing to get them to relax. We hit it off right from t[...]
  • The Grand Scheme of Things

  • Grand Ideas is another one of my favorite clients. They market promotional products, including a special line of SUPER COOL Palmetto Ideas for the true South-Carolinian in you. The owner, Grandee (how fitting), has more energy than a four year old! She's always got a smile on her face and her bubbly[...]
  • Happy Tails

  • Many of you know that Cami & I adopted our beloved Golden Retriever, Henry, from a wonderful organization called Pet Helpers. He's truly become a special part of our lives. To this day we still feel grateful towards, and keep in touch with the wonderful folks we got him from! So when the opportunity[...]
  • Friends in Strategic Places

  • I used to HATE going to the dentist. Now I don't mind it so much! :-) Since switching to Hilton Dental, I've been treated with the utmost respect by Dr. Hilton, given top notch care by his staff, and experienced a quality of service that far exceeds any other health care I've ever received. As we've[...]
  • Ambassadors of Their Craft

  • Last night Christopher Teves (respected local guitarist) & Tacy Edwards (acclaimed local flutist) invited me to attend the Release Party of their new CD! Last year they had seen the cover I photographed for country music star Paul Parr's "Family Tree" album, and had hired me to photograph some image[...]
  • Celebrities are People Too

  • You would not BELIEVE the background checks and security clearance I had to go through to get this job. But I had the privilege of covering the National Governor's Association this week. It was very interesting and I got to meet a lot of powerful people. (I was secretly hoping Arnold Schwarzenegg[...]
  • The Fisheye

  • I had a GREAT TIME at Anna & Jared's wedding this weekend. They both have so much enthusiasm and charisma! I remember sitting down with them last year and talking about all their plans for the "big day". Anna mentioned that she really liked the unique perspective of a special lens she had seen anot[...]