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Wedding, Portrait and Editorial Photography

Award winning film wedding and portrait photographer telling no two stories the same

Weddings & Couples

Brian D Smith is a film wedding photographer in Charleston, South Carolina and Northern Michigan, photographing in Destinations worldwide. He uses film to tell love stories, inspired by classical portraiture, cinematic light, and candid moments. He specializes in weddings, bridal, boudoir, engagements and elopements. Click below for more Charleston, Northern Michigan or Destination wedding photography information or contact Brian for a custom wedding photography quote.


Portraits & Editorial

Brian D Smith offers creative planning, direction and execution for editorial style portraiture, branding, and events in Charleston SC, Northern Michigan and Destination locations. His editorial work has an artistic and cinematic presence, with no two results alike. He photographs on location or in his portrait photography studio in Charleston SC and Traverse City Michigan. Click below for more information about destination portrait and editorial photography or request a custom quote.


About the Photographer

Telling my story and yours - forever learning, forever exploring.

Brian D Smith is an award winning, published wedding, portrait and editorial photographer in Charleston, South Carolina and Northern Michigan, servicing any destination in the world. He also operates a portrait photography studio in Charleston, SC and Traverse City, MI, specializing in branding portraits for creatives and small businesses, bridal portraits, studio boudoir, and fashion photography editorials. He has a passion for travel and capturing his professional and personal life on film. His work focuses heavily on storytelling and accenting the unique and beautiful qualities of his subjects. In his work as a wedding photographer and portrait photographer he loves soft, elegant and refined portraiture but, equally so, gritty imperfection. His commercial and fashion editorials play like stills from a movie, with a strong emphasis on storytelling. Brian's work is not influenced by trends, but rather by what inspires him artistically and the qualities of his subjects that makes them and their story unique. His portrait client's aren't looking for the mainstream and appreciate the bold and interesting. His brides and grooms value new adventure over tradition. They have a sense of style and fashion, and love the spontaneous as much as the storied. His work could be described as artistic, romantic and fashionable, influenced by his desire to create something so deeply personal that it far transcends a profession. Click the link below to learn more about Brian and what inspired him to become a photographer in Charleston SC and what drives him to photograph destinations all over the world.

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Your Photographer

"People are complex, so too should be the imagery that tells their story." I like to think, in the most humble of ways, that my photography is not like the mainstream. My journey in photography is unlike anyone else's and I would like my work to reflect the same. I left a prior career to pursue photography out of a desire to express myself through art and pursue something that was remarkably fulfilling. I have a deeply personal and art forward approach to wedding and portrait photography that I believe makes me the best photographer in Charleston, SC and Northern Michigan. Contact me below, to find out if I am the right photographer for you! I truly love to tell people all about why I chose to become a photographer and how it changed my life when I needed it most.

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Photography Awards and Accolades

Film Photographer of the Year 2019 - Belle Lumiere Magazine

"I'm so thrilled to announce that I was named Film Photographer of the Year by Belle Lumiere Magazine, one of my favorite and most respected wedding publications. It was an honor to even be nominated by my peers, but to win was truly rewarding. It's amazing to be in the company of the previous winners, many of which are some of the industry's most revered names. Thank you Belle Lumiere Magazine, and to all of my peers for supporting and voting for me!"

Belle Lumiere Summer Image Winner 2019 - Double Exposure

"This double exposure image from a Charleston, SC bridal boudoir editorial was selected as the winning image for Belle Lumiere Magazine's summer film image contest under the category of Double Exposure. Photographing boudoir, particularly bridal boudoir, is all about showing beauty and sexuality in the quiet and mysterious moments of time alone to yourself. It's a beautiful thing to document, and to have such an honor, so early in my career was a thrill. Thank you Belle Lumiere for the honor and for the acknowledgement of an image that will forever be one of my favorites."

For the Inspired. Not for the Boring.

If you are inspired by the unique, by images and people that make you question your own sense of normal, then I might be the photographer for you. I have an unusual fear of boredom and complacency that fuels me to push my boundaries and create. I think this is a quality shared by many artists, and I think the quality that allows me to visualize greatness in me and greatness in others.

Portrait Studio Charleston SC & Traverse City MI

Studio Sixty Reid - Portrait, Bridal, Boudoir and Branding

About Studio Sixty Reid

I started a Charleston South Carolina and Traverse City Michigan portrait studio under the name "Studio Sixty Reid". I specialize in creating art forward, fashion inspired portraiture for creatives, brands, bridal, boudoir and family heirloom clients. I was inspired to start photographing studio portraiture in a single moment - witnessing a simple studio photograph of a friend's wife in her wedding dress, holding her new baby. It was simple, but in that simplicity was so much beauty. It changed the way I perceived photography and taught me to value the purity and mystery in the bare. I found something so inspiring about that intimate connection with a studio client, and the creative outlet of building something from nothing.

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I photograph in my home portrait studio in both Charleston South Carolina and Traverse City Michigan. I also set up studio portraiture and editorials on location, bringing everything needed to create studio works in your space. Studio portraiture is an opportunity for me to strip down the photographic process to what I find so inspiring about the art - the people. I've fallen in love with portraiture. I tell stories through portraiture, and in this lies the bridge between my wedding work and work as a studio portrait photographer. It's all about connecting with people, listening to their story and putting an artistic spin on their narrative. I specialize in fine art, heirloom portraiture, studio bridal portraits, studio boudoir, and portraits for brands and creatives. Below are a few highlights from my studio portrait work, from Charleston SC and Northern MI. If you want want more information on my work as a portrait and editorial photographer, click the link below. Or, send me a message and let's talk about what studio portraits can do for you, your story or your business.

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