Here is Summer.

Today in Columbus, Ohio, we reached a high of sixteen degrees. I say this because although many of my readers are local a lot of you are not (thanks world wide web). For those of you fortunate enough to be somewhere warmer I cannot lie I am a bit envious, but for those of you …

Something New.

The last day of 2016 was the best day and the first day of 2017 was the best day and I pray to God that they come together to set the precedent for what will be the best year yet. I spent my last hours of the old year and the first of the new …

A Great Year For Life.

Almost titled: What it was like to be an artist for Kaitlyn Jo Smith in 2016.. Here it is, the comprehensive, everything I've done in 2016 blog post, more for my reference than yours. It seems like just last week I was writing 2015's post and as predicted 2016 was a year of intense growth and …

Alchemists.

We have finally begun pulling together the imagery from our collaboration this past October. Read more on The Hive and be on the lookout for updates.

THE HIVE

I love being a woman. I love being an artist. I love having opinions and the outlet to voice them. Mostly I love this support system of other woman artists who are just as passionate about their craft as I, who are honest, loving and supportive, who ask why but never how. These ladies believe in my dreams as much as they believe in their own. It is such an honor to be a bee, incredible to follow alongside their creative endeavors.

A few months back we documented a collaborative piece. Six bees went down to the river and baptized one another in the name of art, of photography and of those who came before us. On a brisk Sunday afternoon, late October, we became the film: encased in darkness, exposed to light for the briefest of moments, back into the darkness to be washed before permanently entering the light. Film development…

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Erika Got Married.

Erika got married and in true Kaitlyn Jo Smith style I rolled up with a potted plant and a disposable camera. Here are the images in case you don't quite remember. Cheers to the Kirians!

So I Wandered.

From my most recent Portrait Model assignment "tell a story". Shot at Red Rock Canyon just outside of LasVegas. ----- Looking out ahead of myself I saw great beauty and was intrigued, so I wandered into the desert and was overwhelmed by its vastness. The landscape swallowed me whole; I was insignificant within its wide reaching …

Royals IV.

People do not understand that where I grew up being crowned is actually a really big deal. It is not a popularity contest; it is a title that has to be earned. - former queen This is the last batch of sitters for my royalty project. Now it is time to turn them into cyanotypes, construct their frames and …

Royals III.

I wanted to do something bigger than myself during my final semester at CCAD. I wanted to push past my comfort zone and force myself to take full advantage of all my resources both studio and darkroom. I sent out a simple request, photographing fair royalty, via social media and was blown away by the response. …

Royals.

Today I met with my independent study advisor to discuss my ideas for a cyanotype installation that will be on display this coming April. I sat down, looked at her and said "fair royalty". She had no clue what I meant, which absolutely floored me. This whole time I had thought that I wanted to …

Polishing My Skills.

At the beginning of this semester I was excited to share all of my studio work with you, then I realized just how big of a learning curve I needed to overcome.  By no means do I know everything about studio photography (not even close) but I am much more confident in my abilities.  I …