Interview with James Smart (@jamessmartphotography)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I love the ability to create images for people to enjoy. I want to spread my photography to those throughout the world and hope they are inspired by it and being able to share my knowledge with them of photography is a bonus.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Chasing tornadoes in the USA has been one of the greatest experiences, being up close photographing mother nature is amazing.

Capturing a tornado image in Simla, Colorado which led me to win National Geographic photo of the year in 2015.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Take your time, no need to rush and jam a lot in, just pace yourself.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Dad purchased a camera which then installs became mine 😛 so I suppose dad got me started.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Trying to. Capture images that inspire people to travel and see the world and not do harm to others or animals.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Never stop shooting.

You have to keep photographing, you always seem to learn a little more and the mistakes you have made in the past you can overcome those.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram @jamessmartphotography

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