Tim Smith
Photographer

I've known since a young age that I wanted to make photographs for a living. I remember using a relative's film camera when I was 9 years old and falling in love with the process of seeing and finding things that interested me and capturing them on film. When I was a teenager I finally figured out that photography was the only thing I wanted to do. My aunt loaned me her 1970's pentax film camera and my mom bought me a box set of Ansel Adams books, they were not photo books though, they were technical manuals. I was always into science as a kid so delving into the technical aspects of how photographs were made captivated me. That passion for the craft has stuck with me ever since, you will find me reading technical manuals and how to books more than any other literature. My initial goal for a career path in this field was documentary photojournalism, I wanted to be a war correspondent. All through college I worked on extensive long term documentaries, contributed to local newspapers and pushed forward with my goal of creating work that exposed untold stories. At the end of my college career I was fortunate enough to intern at TRG. Being surrounded by this immense pool of creative talent pushed me to learn a side of photography that I had never known before and I haven't looked back since. I still use photography to tell stories, but now I am telling our client's story.

Fun Fact

Dub DJ. Loves motorcycles. College professor.

Favorite Cleveland Hangout

The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of my favorite places in the city. Going on a late Wednesday night when there’s not many people I can relax and have the museum to myself, or on the first Friday of the month for their Mix series when it is vibrant with music and a diverse crowd of people from all over the city. 

Favorite Project You've Worked On

This photo was done during a shoot for Access, a shelter in Akron that helps women and their families get back on their feet. Doing documentary work with non profit organizations is always rewarding and reminds me of why I got into photography in the first place, to make a difference in people's lives by telling their story to the world.