About the Artist
Every reality is a fantasy waiting to happen.
Human portraiture in its exaggerated forms (based in old newspapers, nature, and film) inspires my imagery. I also have a weakness for fantasy, science fiction, and comic books that inspires a futuristic angle, extreme lighting from natural sources such as the sun and reflectors, and creative characters. Many of the special effects are achieved not through editing, but through purposeful under- and over-exposure of images, drastic color choices, backlight, and some physics. I represent a juxtaposition of photography from the 1920’s, ’70’s, ’80’s, and today.
I believe that all of us are beautiful and deserve to be captured in an inspiring, affordable way. Basic portraits are no longer difficult to obtain; our cell phones and Instagram can adjust for bad lighting, extreme movement, etc. What separates a professional photographer is an ability to create good lighting, mood, movement, and emotion in the original image, not dependent on technology. I encourage thinking and feeling about real situations in life; this is what creates energy, emotion, and passion in our eyes. I am also not afraid to include the beautiful outdoors of San Francisco in every portrait!
I grew up watching my father as a photographer with his lovely assistant and muse, my mother. Hiding behind him and under tables at weddings, holding his reflectors, and hanging out in the darkroom, I learned to believe the world could look like more than the sum of its parts. Originally from San Diego, I have also lived in New Orleans, Denver, and San Francisco; these cities taught me to capture the human condition as art and nature as environment. From seeing this extraordinary world, I have developed the philosophy that a standard portrait doesn’t have to be standard at all.
-Levi A. Hudson-Smith
Photos courtesy of Scott Russell and Vern Howard.
Read what clients say about Levi Smith Phototography!
Oh My Goodness. Levi shot me for the fun of it and yeah it was really fun! And I’ve used a dozen of the shots for different things like promos and head shots and Facebook and other social media. They’re SO good! Thanks Levi!
Levi helped me update my modeling portfolio – we had a blast and got some phenomenal images! He is fun, easy, and comfortable to work with – a very talented photographer.