We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurie Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurie, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver I write this question down dialy. It helps to remind me to fearlessly dive deep when pursuing my photographic goal of helping people to remember what has happened in the past and opening people’s eyes and hearts to what is happening in the present.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I entered into the world of food photography at a time when dishes were overly styled, sometimes fake, and always photographed with studio lights. Having had the opportunity to set the photographic style for a then-new and now prominent magazine, Saveur, I was able to approach editorial food photography the only way I knew how. I photographed the food quickly and authentically, preferring to take pictures of what was presented to me without anything artificial or overstyled, and always using natural light. I believe I established the reportage-like trend in food photography that continues to be used today.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, since it’s the cold winter season, these are some of the things I’d do with my friend: Restaurants: Domo for warm ramen bowls and sake in an old world Japanese setting Cart Driver for pizza and batch cocktails Satchels for a cozy neighborhood restaurant bistro dinner Safta for Israeli inspired cuisine Mercantile and Provisions for a lunch after touring our stunning Union Station Taverna for a four star dinner Cocktails at the Cooper Lounge overlooking Union Station Museums: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Art Museum Kimball Museum Pattern Denver – to look through books in the extensive photo book collection Meow Wolf when it opens Music, etc: Mission Ballroom Red Rocks Amphitheater Mercury Cafe for Swing Dance lessons Ellie Caulkins Opera House Drive-In Movies at the 88 Drive-In Activities: Walk around the Botanic Gardens, Washington Park, Cheesman Park Drive to Fraser and nordic ski at Devil’s Thumb nordic center then get a massage at the Devil’s Thumb Spa Shopping: CLP on South Broadway for jewelry and beautiful objects Sacred Thistle for beautiful objects Tattered Cover Downtown Thrifting on South Broadway and Colfax
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ll have to give a shoutout to my family for never holding me back from pursuing my passion and for cheering me on every step of the way!
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All images to credited to: Laurie Smith/lauriesmithphoto.com