82: Matthew Jordan Smith on the Planning Process Before a Shoot


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Photo Credit: Kumi Norreal

Matthew Jordan Smith is a commercial celebrity and beauty photographer working between New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. His client list includes celebrities like Oprah, Aretha Franklin and Britney Spears and his commercial clients range from Cosmetics companies like Olay and Revlon to editorial clients like American Vogue and more. He is the author of three books and his latest book, titled Future American President took him to every state in America as he photographed 100 children around the country. Matthew has a passion for teaching what he knows in his spare time and is about to release a very intensive photography lighting course. You can find more about him on his website, www.MatthewJordanSmith.com. Matthew currently resides in Los Angeles.

I want to give a huge thank you to Matthew for taking the time to chat with us! I consider myself as much a student as the listening audience.

In this interview, we discuss:

  • The planning process before a shoot is extremely important.
  • How putting together a team can help keep you from becoming overwhelmed.
  • His strategies for getting new assignments and clients.


Matthew Can Be Found At:

» MatthewJordanSmith.com: His photography website

» He is MatthewJordanSmith on Instagram

Matthew’s Recommended Resources

» Matthew’s FREE Video on Lighting: 10 Ways to Use 1 Light Source