The Photo Blog of Jonathan Smith



For me, photography is a continual process of learning and expressing both art and creativity. I consider myself to be an emerging photographer. Emerging means coming to a point of maturity and I think that accurately articulates the journey that I am on with photography. Art is a continually evolving process, one that is always changing, always growing.

“All photos are accurate. None of them are the truth.” – Richard Averson

When I’m shooting pictures of a client, I try to never tell them what to do, how to act, or how to stand because I think that takes away from a core principle to photography of capturing truth in a moment. I’m always willing to help someone out if their nervous, but the point of photography is capturing the expression of the moment.

“Photography, as we know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.” – Arnold Newman

Photographers don’t capture the truth. Photographers capture a moment and in that moment, express the truth as well as thousands of other words in a single frame that is their version of reality. To capture a single frame means that I have the opportunity to capture a moment of joy, love, hope, sorrow, fun or thousands of other emotions

“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution” – Ansel Adams

If you’re wondering where I’m located, I’m currently located in the Cleveland and Chattanooga area of Tennessee. If you’re wondering how to contact me, you can contact me via email at, or call (or text) me at, 423.303.6776


Here’s a brief list on what equipment I use, in case you were wondering:
Nikon D90
Nikkor F/3.5:5.6 18-200 mm Lens
Nikkor F/1.8 50mm Lens
Nikon SB600 External flash with diffuser
Canon 7D
Canon F/1.4 50mm Lens
Lightroom 2 on a MacBook Pro to edit with


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