The 2020 Find A Photographer awards program was such an exciting time! Clients from around the country reviewed their favourite photographers and some absolutely fantastic businesses were awarded. Today we speak with the 2020 New South Wales Find A Photographer Award winner, Kelly Smith Photography in Maitland.
I have always loved photographs … their inherent way of intimately freezing a moment in time. I grew up with still cameras and video cameras always in our faces with Mum and Dad. I look back at photos and videos now as a parent myself and cherish it. I wanted to document those moments for other families that showcase who you are and the love for one another. Those real, raw, tangible moments that are unique to each family.
I work to provide authentic, emotive joyful and timeless heirlooms. Images that are cherished and that stand the test of time and tell their story. It all began when my husband bought me my first good DSLR camera and sent me off to a weekend photography retreat in the Hunter Valley. It was a light bulb moment!! I absolutely fell in love with the process and was so eager to learn everything there was to know about photography. I STILL love the learning process, doing courses and retreats to hone my skills and meet other beautiful photographers along my journey.
As a family photographer, my signature sessions are designed to be relaxed and fun, and my goal is to leave everyone feeling as stress free and pampered as possible! I offer beautiful and unique product to families. They range from wooden prints and our very popular wooden portraits boxes, floating timber framed canvases as well as traditional framed prints and canvases.
What She Loves
I am a Mum to two beautiful young ladies and an adoring wife to my husband. I love that I have the ability to run a successful photography business and still play Mum and wife. I still do the school canteen. I run one daughter to cheer and the other daughter to horse events. I have managed to structure my business around my family and no more staying up until 1am editing, while the kids are in bed.
Her Reaction When She Won
I am so overjoyed with the response from my loving clients. I strive to have a very personal connection with each and every family I photograph. This is one thing I love and find very easy is to connect with people. Reading testimonials makes my heart so happy. So thank you to all my beautiful clients.
Kelly’s 2020 Plans
I look forward to photographing returning clients and meeting new beautiful clients in 2021. Maybe another photography workshop? ha ha
Well….. I will be celebrating the ending of my 30’s next year so I’ll be traveling around the top of Australia and the West Coast with my family for 2 &1/2 months. Stay connected for some stunning travel photography!
I can’t wait x
Kelly Smith Photography
Maitland New South Wales