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Nathan Smith

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Nathan Smith

Photographer

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Biography

With a graduate degree in painting, Nathan Smith brings a distinctly compositional sensibility to his work at The Day, where he is also known as the house philosopher. Having extensive experience living internationally, Nathan has a special ability to pick out the unique beauty of varying cultural traditions—something he is able to do whether the wedding is in New York or a more exotic destination.

Raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Nathan grew up surrounded by the stark beauty of the Chihuahuan desert. In addition to his life in the southwest, he spent every summer with his grandparents in Missouri reveling in the Mississippi River mythologies made legendary by his famous relative, Mark Twain. Sensitized to the aesthetic quality of both landscapes, he became interested in art at an early age. Winning a full scholarship to New Mexico State University, Nathan went on to study both painting and philosophy—his twin passions.

It was during his undergraduate years that Nathan first indulged the adventurousness of his heritage, spending every summer and spring break on extensive trips to Spain, Vietnam and Mexico—experiences that opened him up to the art and ideas of other cultures. His wanderlust continued after graduation, when he moved to Barcelona to open up a creative studio for international artists and later to South Africa, where he volunteered in squatter camps, AIDS hospitals and orphanages. Exposed to the beauty and brokenness of the world, Nathan realized that perhaps his biggest impact would be to document both aspects in his art and he returned to New Mexico to pursue an MFA in painting.

Intrigued with the documentary aspect of photography, Nathan started shooting weddings and other events in his native Southwest while he expanded his scope of travel. After a year working in the West African country of Gambia, he settled in New York, where he has found a home at The Day amidst other globally minded photographers and filmmakers.

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson


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Weddings are this incredibly inspiring environment for everything that I care about in humanity and things I’m asking about the world.

Nathan Smith


Accolades

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Wedding

Allie & Ben
Nathan photographed both my wedding and my sister's. He is truly amazing, he makes everyone feel very comfortable and keeps it super easy while also capturing amazing moments. He has become an honorary member of the family after 2 weddings in one year! At 2 am the night of my wedding, without having seen his images, my sister emailed her wedding planner to book Nathan immediately because he was so incredible! Both me and my sister could not be happier with the photos from our wedding. Nathan knew exactly the type of photos that we would both want for the rest of our lives.

Photographed by Nathan Smith

Wedding

Amanda & Danny
Working with Nathan was a ton of fun! We felt at ease with him from the day we met him, during our engagement shoot, and of course on our big day. His work is incredible and we couldn’t be happier with the end results. The images he captured are filled with such character, love, and happiness - so beautiful!

Photographed by Nathan Smith

Wedding

Kerri & Eytan
Aside from my beautiful bride, Nathan was the star of the wedding. He made every aspect of the process extremely enjoyable and fun! His energy and personality made taking pictures seamless and he has an uncanny ability to capture every incredible moment without you even realizing he is there at times. We have recommended him to many of our friends and genuinely get excited every time we go to another wedding that Nathan is working. Not to mention, he's a pretty good basketball player. - Eytan

Photographed by Nathan Smith