Travel portrait photograph Egypt Mary Smith

My passion for photography began when my family moved overseas at the end of the 90s to live in Tunisia, then Indonesia, Egypt and Oman. I took every opportunity to get off the beaten track with my camera, exploring the colourful souks and dusty alleyways, and chatting to the local people.

I’ve always felt that my photos needed people to bring them alive. The old doors in the towns and villages fascinated me but having a person in the picture completed the story.

During our last posting in Muscat, I gained a reputation as a travel and family photographer. Lots of families asked me to do their portraits. My aim was to take natural, un-posed shots, capturing the natural connections between people and bringing out their personalities – a style that continues in all my photography today.

Portrait photographer Mary Smith. Egyptian woman carrying.

When I returned to the UK in 2009, I knew I wanted photography to be my new career, so I started developing my skills through training and practical experience.

Now my family is settled in Henley-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire, and I’m lucky to be doing something I love – running a lifestyle photography business: capturing weddings, family portraits, and commercial and lifestyle business shoots.

I’d always been creative. Now I’ve discovered photography, I have a channel for that creativity and it’s changed me as a person.

Mary Smith Photographer Oxfordshire Berkshire Buckinghamshire

When I work with people, I want them to feel I’m telling their story. I love creating totally natural photographs, in environments where people feel most at home – capturing special moments, feelings and connections, and bonds between people.

I make a connection with my clients so they feel relaxed and able to be themselves. This helps to get a natural, relaxed picture, even if you don’t normally like having your photo taken!

If you like my style and would like to talk to me about your wedding photography, family portraits or photography for your lifestyle business, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.


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