I've spent 13 years of dedication to the art of photography as a professional in the industry. Although I'm experienced, I believe in continuous education with photography. I'm a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and the Lamarr Williamson School of Photography. I currently receive a monthly education from Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of South Carolina.

Photography is my second career in life. I served in the United States Air Force for about nine years as a Security Forces Non-Commissioned Officer. Serving in the military was great part of my life, and it still lives within me today. The constant opportunity of serving people keeps me going.

Please enjoy all the works that I’ve created. To learn more about my business history, please visit my about page. Thank you kindly for your time! God bless you and your family.

Daniel J. Smith, GradCertPP

  • President and Founder of Daniel J. Smith Photography LLC

  • Marketing Director and Midlands District-At-Large Director for Professional Photographers of South Carolina

  • Art & Design for Business, Occupational Advisory Committee for Erie County Technical School

  • Student Activities Director for Lamarr Williamson School of Photography

Awarded 3rd Place for Men's Portraits at the 2019 PPSC Annual Photographic Competition.

Awarded Thumbtack Top Pro IN 2019 and two times IN A ROW IN 2018

Nominated for Creative Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 Disrupt Erie Awards. 

Awarded 2nd Place for Men's Portraits at the 2017 PPSC Annual Photographic Competition.

Awarded Best Photographer in Edinboro and McKean by the Edinboro News-Journal Reader's Choice 2016.

Awarded Thumbtack's Best of 2016 - Photographer.

Awarded Professional Photographers of America Charities Scholarship in 2016.

Awarded in 2017 and 2016 as a Finalist for Best Local Graphic Designer by Erie Reader's Best of Erie.


I've served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Unified Protector (OUP), and Operation Odyssey Dawn (OOD). I was directly involved with the Hurricane Sandy Relief (HSR) mission, that helped the citizens of New York City, NY recover from such tragedy. I have dedicated two years on the Homeland Response Force (HRF) in Pennsylvania, that conducted Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) response to incidents in our region. I have served with special anti-nuclear readiness operations, such as Key Resolve, Foal Eagle, and many others. I've worked on support missions that supported the United States Secret Service. During my military career, I also served as a member of the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

I'm truly grateful and honored to have served in all of these duties as a United States Air Force Security Forces Non-Commissioned Officer. Some will say to me that I've done a lot during my service in the military. I don't believe that at all, because there's more to be done. There's men and women out there that have served longer and have sacrificed a lot more than I ever had while serving. After my military service, I've made it a mission in my life to continue serving by supporting my fellow troops the best I can. I know being a business owner can help that voice in order to support the troops that are currently serving today, and that have served in the past. Please help me, help them.

Daniel J. Smith, SSGT, USAF(MED-RET.)

Daniel was a complete joy to work with and produced amazing photos (and even a last minute video!) for us. He was extremely professional and precise in his instructions to our employees when getting their headshots taken, which I really appreciated. He’s extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented and I would 10/10 recommend him for any upcoming project you have.
— Chelsea M, Franklin Interiors
Coordinating with Daniel was easy, and his professionalism and friendliness made the photo shoot a breeze. The resulting photos are top-notch! Thanks, Daniel!
— Colin W, Anonos | BigPrivacy Unlocks Data
Daniel was very professional. He knew exactly what he wanted and communicated it well. He was very responsive and punctual. Overall very great experience.
— Amber W, Total Fitness 24-7
Loved the images and Daniel did an outstanding job and went above and beyond. Would definitely rehire if given the opportunity.
— Tori N, Columbia Southern University
Great photographer! Did a fantastic job with our food images at our Diner. Surprisingly, it is very difficult to take commercial quality photos of food but Daniel brought the beauty out of our dishes with ease: Very flexible and easy to work with! Highly recommended for any photography work.
— David F, BIGBAR | Dave's Diner
Daniel was a dream to work with. He came to our office to shoot 8 individual headshots as well as a group photo. He made sure everyone felt comfortable and patiently stayed until each and every individual had images they were happy with. His attention to editing was remarkable - we were highly satisfied with our final images. I highly recommend Daniel and his photography services.
— Emily K, Verify

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