Name & Residence: Tasha M. Smith Minneapolis, MN > Chicago and Northern Suburbs
Bio: As of a photographer of ten years I've felt the ups and downs, highs and lows of being a photographer, a struggling artist. This is not your typical bio, it is me being totally honest. As an artist of my entire life, I've come to understand that I've been given the opportunity to show the world my perspective. I've come to enjoy the changes and popularity of photography as it evolves into something everyone has had the capability of expressing. It's the one art form where almost everyone has tried, they haven't been scared to take a go at it as opposed to drawing or painting, how fascinating! Ultimately, being a photographer has helped me grow into who I am today. In this day and age it’s the quickest and easiest way to create a connection. I haven’t always felt this way towards the evolvement of photography but that’s only because I was drowning myself in comparison. It's been the constant in my life, a part of my identity. Photography is my baby and throughout these 10 years plus (if you coun't my adolescent years) I've nurtured the art and found immense joy and peace. I'd be dishonest if I said it's always been smooth sailing. I've had to take a break and stand back so I could truly understand what I love about it so much and where I ultimately succeed as a photographer. So cheers to a good come back because everybody loves a good come back.
In 2012 I put a project together called, I Have No Flaws at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. This project was meant to build relationships with men and women to portray our most vulnerable and beautiful selves. The project challenged people to get a professional photo taken of them with no makeup on, as themselves, and to promote that photo all over their social media profiles. I still hold this value true to my sessions today. I will not edit your “flaws” as they are a part of who we are and that is beautiful. You get one body and one face, this is who we are, and society can screw off with their lies and false standards.
I have done a handful of weddings in the past but never fully committed to being only a wedding photographer. However, I have come up with the concept of being an intimate wedding photographer. This means that your wedding would have a maximum of 100 people. This way I can offer my services at a more discounted rate than a typical wedding photographer yet still be able to capture all the intricacies and notable moments of such a momentous day. Of course, please contact me for more information. Engagement photo sessions also fall under this category. A photo session like this is to be taken lightly and intimately; the two coincide. It’s my pleasure to document the couple as one entity.
As you’ve seen in my work through my galleries, I dived into portrait and fashion photography. This resonates with me on a very creative level. I do well when I can be one on one with someone in my personal life and creative life. Documenting a person for creative purposes or for raw purposes equally share an aesthetic that portrays some type of further meaning.
In the Intimacy with Nature and Patterns and Texture galleries, you will find the more fine art aspect of my photography. Nature and the world around us are displaying their art at all times.
Lastly, I’ve documented day to day life as you can see in two of my galleries; Lifestyle & Travel. It’s the no-pressure type of photography, the photos you take when you’re just hanging out or simply taking a walk. It’s kind of like the snapshots you take in your own memory but it’s produced for others to see and enjoy.
These days I find myself leaning towards one on one projects, family portraits, and specializing in intimate weddings and/or elopements. If you need photos that speak on a more personal level, I'm ya girl. Soon I will be starting a blog for updating purposes and in even bigger news, I'll be a new mom!
For more information on any type of photo session, please contact me!