MEET DANIEL J. SMITH, GradCertPP, Assoc. Fellow

Dedicated to the art of photography, he has been a professional in the industry since 2006. He is a educator in the photography industry, and believes in continuous education and training. He studied Communications with a focus in Photojournalism at Pennsylvania State University for three years. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, and a two-time graduate of the Lamarr Williamson School of Photography. He has also received an Associate Fellow degree through the Professional Photographers of South Carolina. He currently receives a monthly education from the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of South Carolina.

Photography is his second life career. He served in the United States Air Force for almost a decade as a Security Forces Non-Commissioned Officer and a Base Honor Guard member. He is now medically retired from his time in service with the United States Air Force. While serving in the military was great part of his life, he still remains dedicated to the active, veteran, and retired military community by his contributions and support.


President and Founder of Daniel J. Smith Photography LLC

Associate Photographer for Columbia Headshot Pros

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

Marketing Advisor for Lamarr Williamson School of Photography

Awarded Judge’s Choice and 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.


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

He is truly grateful and honored to have served in all of these duties as a United States Air Force Security Forces Non-Commissioned Officer. He believes that there's men and women out there that have served longer and have sacrificed a whole lot more than he has while serving. After his military service, he has made it a mission in life to continue serving by supporting his fellow troops. He has made it a responsibility as a business owner to be the voice in order to support the troops that are currently serving today and that have served in the past.

Daniel J. Smith,  SSGT, USAF (MED. RET.)

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
Dan is a true craftsman in a field of amateurs. He is the only photography I know that specializes in head shots, and the quality of work speaks for itself. Would be great for large businesses as well.
— Matthew Stearns, Millennial Money Management
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 Services
Very professional. Give lots of care and instructions to get the best photo possible. Works with you on how you want the photo and also other creative ideas. Dan is a really great guy too.
— Scott Stearns, Lost Trail Press

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