Amanda Smith began her career as a wedding photojournalist, but has always been drawn to the graphic potential of the performing arts. She began her performing arts photography career when she was commissioned to photograph for the Miami Music Project, an non-profit organization that provide music education to under privileged children. She became the exclusive photographer for this organization and went on to photograph many of their major performances such as the Grand Orchestra Finale at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.
Her passion for music, dance and theater developed early on and throughout her life Amanda dabbled on the performing arts until she found that her true talent lied in photography where she was able to manifest her imagination through photographs. In 2017, she decided to open a studio where she could not only control the lighting, but could also guide the performers in her exploration of the expressive possibilities of photographed movement as well as brand acknowledgement.
She has created signature images for reputable organizations, from Miami Music Project to Mind & Melody. Many of these photos have appeared in press such as Miami Herald.
“I’ve spent the last 3 years of my photographic career analyzing music & movement and its expressive potential. Growing up I've always been inspired by music and it's ability to move both mind and body. The drive behind each photo is to captivate movement by freezing time in order to showcase not only the artist's skills but to also tell a story.
I love to collaborate with performers on improvised, non-repeatable, often high-risk moments. These moments mirror life in all aspects. I allow the performers to do what they are passionate for which is to perform, to project a fluid identity for the camera and showcase a different persona in each photo, producing images that represent dreams of our constantly shifting selves.
I want my images to evoke emotions, to spark creativity within and to break the mold of conventional thought. All my pictures are taken as single image, in-camera photographs. I never recombine or rearrange the figures within my images. Their authenticity as documents gives the photographs their enigma, and the surrealism of the imagery comes from the fact that our brains don’t register split seconds of movement."