Our Member of the week is : Patrick Smith of Patrick Smith Photos.
¬†Patrick is an amazing photojournalist from Maryland.
I noticed each of his photos tells an interesting story and his lighting is exceptional. I asked him how long he had been a photographer. He said, “¬†I’ve been shooting pictures since sometime in high school. I did a lotof video work in my late years of high school, which developed into a¬†love of photojournalism in college.”
I was curious to know what his favorite subject to photograph was. He replied, ” I¬†am a versatile photojournalist, so I shoot a range of assignments¬†from professional sports to news events. It’s difficult to say what I¬†like the most since I enjoy it all. I love to deliver the compelling¬†images of newsworthy and sporting events to those around the world. I¬†also enjoy wandering in foreign cities and countries shooting feature¬†pictures.”
Patrick says he gets his inspiration from other photojournalists and friends — this list is long. ¬†He would also want to thank photojournalists and editors,¬†young and old, for continually pushing him by producing their own¬†amazing works.
I asked him if he could give himself a piece of advice when he was first starting out – what would it be? He replied, ” That’s a difficult question. As a photojournalist, I wish I would havedone some more internships and got to meet and learn from more¬†talented photographers. But I don’t think I would change anything. I¬†love learning. Life is a journey.”
So we want to know Patrick — what’s in your camera bag? ¬† He said, “¬†Too much to carry, that’s for sure! I’m well versed in both Canon and ¬†Nikon systems, but grew up on Nikon. I shoot with Nikon D3S and D700¬†camera bodies. I also have a full gamut of lenses ranging from a 35mm¬†f/2 to a 400mm f/2.8. I am also a huge ThinkTank Photo fan. I have a¬†bunch of their rolling bags and accessories, including the ThinkTank ¬†International 2.0 and their waist belt and pouches.”
Thanks Patrick for being an inspiration and sharing your work.