Kentucky Songbird Photography
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About

Who is Kentucky Songbird Photography?

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Hello, there!!! It's really groovy that you stopped by to check out my work, and to get to know me a little better! My name is Skyler Smith, and I’m the creator, owner, and head photographer of Kentucky Songbird Photography.


My deepest passion belongs to art. Besides photography, I also have a deep love for music, painting, drawing, film, and graphic design. I’ve always felt most comfortable expressing my thoughts about people and the world around me through creation.


When I found myself holding a camera with thought and intention for the first time, my desire to create exploded. Years later, this desire only continues to grow.


To me, creating art is one of the greatest experiences a person can have in this life. There’s not much else that can compare to the joy of creating something that makes someone else feel inspired. Inspired to pursue new avenues, to further expand on their understanding of the universe around them, and to want to discover their very own unique voice that resides inside of them. Bob Dylan once said, "The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but inspire them?" It's true–what else can you do?


Several years ago, a photographer and close family friend labeled me as "Kentucky Songbird" in a photograph from one of my local gigs. Born and raised in Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, with an extensive history in music, I was honored by this alias…so I decided to stick with it. When I was creating my photography business, I knew right away what I wanted it to be called.


Capturing genuine, real-life, candid moments between my clients and their loved ones brings me an unexplainable sense of purpose.


You can count on me to capture your moments with all of the light, love, and life my camera will allow me to. I look forward to seeing what we create together, and I hope you know how honored it makes me to get to help tell your story.

Warmly,

Skyler

Photo by: Cam

Photo by: Cam

Post-photoshoot: Cam took this shot of me…  (He used a Nikon D810 with a 20mm f/1.8 lens.)

Post-photoshoot: Cam took this shot of me…

(He used a Nikon D810 with a 20mm f/1.8 lens.)

…when I took this shot of him!  (I used a Nikon D810 with an 85mm f/1.8 lens.)

…when I took this shot of him!

(I used a Nikon D810 with an 85mm f/1.8 lens.)


Meet my assistant: Cameron

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It’s time for him to officially be introduced: this is Cameron, my fiancé, assistant, and second-shooter. I always joke and say he’s my “photography caddie,” but it’s because he truly is a lot of help to me. From carrying my bag/most of the equipment at every shoot, to switching out lenses for me, to even second-shooting (he’s actually gotten really good), he’s an important part of Kentucky Songbird Photography. For that reason, I feel like he deserves a special part of this page! We make a great team, and I truly believe that the quality of my work has improved since he’s been along for the ride!!!

Since Kentucky Songbird Photography is more than just me now, you’ll often see me refer to “we/us/our” instead of “me/I,” as you’re browsing through pages here on the site. Now it’ll make sense as to why!

Here’s a few cute behind the scenes photos to enjoy!

Cam’s ability to second-shoot really shined during this session. I’d been teaching him the basics for a couple of months at this point, and he did a fantastic job capturing this gender reveal from a second perspective. A couple of my favorites actually ended up being his shots, and I was like, “whaaaat?!”

Cam’s ability to second-shoot really shined during this session. I’d been teaching him the basics for a couple of months at this point, and he did a fantastic job capturing this gender reveal from a second perspective. A couple of my favorites actually ended up being his shots, and I was like, “whaaaat?!”

This is one of my favorite behind-the-scenes photos I’ve ever taken! How precious is this moment?

This is one of my favorite behind-the-scenes photos I’ve ever taken! How precious is this moment?

Here, we were at one of our favorite places: Haney’s Appledale Farm!!! I had just shot two fall family sessions in the orchard, and once we were finished, we headed inside for apple pie and frozen apple-cider slushies. Just thinking about it makes my stomach growl!

Here, we were at one of our favorite places: Haney’s Appledale Farm!!! I had just shot two fall family sessions in the orchard, and once we were finished, we headed inside for apple pie and frozen apple-cider slushies. Just thinking about it makes my stomach growl!

Maybe I need to add professional baby-holder to his list of responsibilities during shoots as well?!

Maybe I need to add professional baby-holder to his list of responsibilities during shoots as well?!