In the 1980s, Smith began his professional creative life in NYC as artist, club kid, model, later window designer, fashion stylist, fashion and video coordinator for La Rue Des Reeves in New York City's SoHo District, as well as a private stylist to celebrity clients at Untitled NYC in the West Village. Smith had the privilege of working with supermodels, nightclub personalities, private clients, and entertainment figures including Jane Fonda, Gladys Knight and Olivia Newton-John, Sebastian Bach, Lisa Lisa, and Cult Jam, Molly Ringwald, Lady Kazan etc.
Smith then set his eyes on 7th Ave and was trained as a fashion designer Including digital fashion illustrator at the University of Cincinnati, New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, and The School of Visual Arts. During this time while in school, Smith had his own jewelry collection called Siren"s that he created and sold in NYC, Chicago, and Cincinnati. Jewlrey was featured in Details Magazine NYC
After acquiring his technical education Smith then became a freelance fashion and textile print designer on Seventh Avenue for Lida Swimwear and Mattel Toys' Barbie collections. Afterword, he worked as a Millenary for Whittle & Shon working with Salt and Pepper and many rap artist that loved our designs, While continuing to design ready-to-wear fashion apparel and textiles for Rebecca Taylor in the mid 90s and Macy's Product Development, amongst others in addition to working behind the scenes at fashion week for many years as Stylist/dresser.
After this time Smith decided he needed more funding and became a tenant-based commercial real estate broker on Park Ave, using his fashion contacts to help fashion and beauty tenants acquire design room space and ground floor retail locations creating flagship stores in Nolita for Rebecca Taylor, The Edris Meat Hair Salon in the Meat Packing district, and much other fashion and beauty related tenants throughout NYC Smith was written up in WWD as broker to the fashion community. Smith left the business a week after that release.
It was after this time that Smith returned to his fashion roots as a photographer, after building his home studio with new funding and acquiring his equipment, using all his fashion skills from set design, styling, dressmaking, hair, and makeup concepts. in addition to shooting events all over NYC.
In 2005 Smith's focus became the transgender community. Soon Smiths work within the transgender community caught the eye of the international art world culminating in his work being featured in a critically-acclaimed show at Reflex Gallery in Paris, France' and later Montreal Canada. Smith was researched as one of the only photographers in the USA with a creative fashion focus on the trans community. In 2013 Smiths work was featured live with other winning artists on the Times Square Nasdaq sign via the Artist Wanted Contest he had won and was delighted to see his work flashing on Times Square.
For over a decade, Smith's camera has focused on the reality of transgender life in nightlife events in addition to the glamorous side for his private client base in the US, UK, and France, long before Bruce was Cait and Orange was the new black. Smith was the first to shoot Laverne Cox professionally, helping to launch her visual career as a model, Actress, and spokesperson for the Trans community. In addition to many other talented trans performers... Notably, muse model/actress/entertainer Allanah Starr. Smith also culminated Sonia Diaz (Sunny Dee-Lite) as her number one glamour photographer in NYC for many years. Sunny international Beauty Contestant and Currently National Entertainer of the Year, In addition to shooting Dina Delicious Disco sensation, 'Bubble Wrap" Nationally and Abroad for her CD cover and insert promotions bubble Wrap is currently on iTunes. Smith has been in Hundreds of magazine spreads and centerfolds in addition to many many covers representing the trans community in a glamorous light with his work now spanning many countries.
Smith also has had the great pleasure to work with mentor Rose Hartman (photographer during the studio 54 era) for her press junket for both of her books. Incompatible Women of Style, and Incomparable Couples in 2014 -2015 both on Amazon. Recently Smith worked with Photographer and Author and mentor Bobbie Miller in P-town where he invited my work to show in his gallery for an Aids fundraiser, In addition, my work was the featured cover in the local P-Town in full glossy cover....
In addition to working within the Trans and fashion underground Smith also works with large groups of Businesswomen Including NY junior League, 100 Women in Hedge Funds, and many independent law firms and business institutions using his talents to update both men and women for business portraits used on professional websites and social media. Smith also creates cosmetic events for large groups of women of all ages for Saks Fifth Ave cosmetic events in NYC and Boston.
Currently, Smith is working on his first book covering the last decade of his life within the fashion trans underground in addition to promoting Joann Laynes "The Champagne Slipper currently on Amazon.com
Please stay tuned!