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Film Photographer of the Year 2019 - Belle Lumiere Magazine

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 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 studio in Charleston and Traverse City Michigan. Click below for more information about my 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 photographer in Charleston, South Carolina and Northern Michigan, servicing any destination in the world. He also operates a portrait 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 wedding and portrait work 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 client's aren't looking for the mainstream and appreciate the bold and interesting. They have a sense of style and fashion, and love the spontaneous as much as the predictable. His work could be described as inspired, romantic and fashionable, influenced by his desire to create something so deeply personal that it far transcends a profession.

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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 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 what I do.

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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."

Weddings and Portraits In Print

Recent Online Wedding and Travel Publications

Recent Weddind, Portrait and Personal Works

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