I Don’t Know. I Just Know.

When I was younger, I remember asking my Dad how he knew how to do so many things. He said, “I don’t know. I just know.”

I’ve thought a lot about that over the years and realized that my Dad is one of the greatest problem solvers I know. He is a mechanic and has a very analytical mind. When presented with any kind of obstacle he diagnoses the problem and then starts to troubleshoot. There are times when he doesn’t know the outcome ahead of time. He figures it out as he goes and comes up with a solution.

Unknowingly, I have always applied that same logic to problems I encounter, whether it be a complex lighting situation or how to make wine. I love to learn about new things and how to do new things. I’m a hands on kind of learner so I usually jump in head first and trouble shoot later. Because after all, you can see how to do anything on YouTube, but you won’t know how to do it until you actually do it.

With that in mind, I don’t want to shoot the same thing all the time. I like diversity and I didn’t become a photographer to shoot widgets. I like new challenges and I like learning to see the world from various perspectives. That’s why I love my job. I get to work with a variety of subjects for a wide array of clients. Here’s just a few of the recent projects I’ve worked on.

Lifestyle Photographer Ryan Smith, Mercersburg PA

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