Name/Business Name: Lynette Smith Photography
What type of photography do you shoot? How long have you been in business?: I photograph weddings, engagements and senior portraits. I also love photographing wild horses, cowboys and dust! I’ve been in business for over 15 years and moved to full-time photography 3 years ago.
Where are you located?: Wenatchee, Washington (Center of WA State)
When did you first join the Kraft & Jute family?: I joined the Kraft and Jute team about 3 years ago.
Why do you feel that packaging is so important to your brand? I believe that packaging is important for any brand. It shows that you took care of your client from the beginning of the process, through the end of the process. You will also stand out when you present them with a welcome packet that’s unique to your business and when you send them their final images in branded packaging. There’s nothing special about a CD with a name written on it with a sharpie. When you have a beautifully presented welcome packet or a final designed thumb drive and custom wood box that’s packaged beautifully it makes that moment a lot more special when they open their images…there’s a “wow” moment for the client and I love how surprised they are. As well, who doesn’t love opening a gift box or package!
Best advice that you’ve ever been given in your photography career?: To photograph everything and then figure out what you love photographing. Once you determine what you absolutely love to photograph, focus your craft and continually strive to improve through education. To focus on your own style and follow your passion. Most importantly to stay true to your art and create images that are classic that will be beautiful today and 50 years from now. Lastly, to photograph with your heart.
If you and your camera were invisible for one day, what would you shoot?: I would be out in the mountains photographing wild horses up close and personal.
Tell us a story of something funny, embarrassing, or suspenseful that happened during a shoot.: I was photographing a wedding at an old mansion and going upstairs to photograph the groom getting ready the stairs are pretty narrow. The first 1/2 of the staircase you’re walking up standard stair steps and the second part they’re about 1/4 the height and depth. I stumbled because I wasn’t paying attention and fell knees and elbows onto the ground and into a wall. Basically, I fell down “upstairs”. I had my camera in hand…and held up my hand and said, “I saved the camera!” I was pretty bruised after that…but thankful the gear was okay!
Ever split your pants or get injured all in effort to capture that special shot?: I haven’t split my pants thankfully. I have been somewhat injured in a session. We hiked up a rocky area to photograph a wedding proposal. I didn’t realize how much climbing we would actually be doing with a 40 pound camera backpack bag on my back. Climbing up all the rocks was pretty easy. On our way back down there was a lot of balancing, sliding and maneuvering. By the time we got back to land….I felt like I had worked out with a warrior trainer. Let’s just say the next few days every time I moved….I remembered our hike. The engagement session was amazing though and totally worth the pain 🙂
If you were in a public area and everyone was skipping instead of walking, would you join the fun?: Oh I would totally join in the fun of skipping…if there were mud puddles…all the better! I think it’s important for us to embrace our inner child even as adults. Dancing in the rain, skipping and stomping in mud puddles are just some of the fun things in life to partake in! 🙂
“The heart is a super subtle way of me honoring my brother and father – both who have passed away…..I started finding heart shaped rocks everywhere after my brother passed and more after my father. It also goes with celebrating love & magic in every wedding I photograph.”
Printed Materials- Miller’s Lab
Accordian Booklet- WHCC
Candy hearts – cotton candy flavor