Biography of fashion fine art nudes and portrait photographer Bruce Smith
Celebrating 35 years this year shooting professional fashion
"I want to thank everybody that I ever photographed, whom has worked on my creative teams and of course the many clients from all over the world."
Like many successful photographers, Bruce Smith achieved his first big break as a fashion photographer by setting up a test shoot with a model. Inspired by the iconic images of great photographers from the decades past, such as Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, David Bailey, Barry Lategan, Horst P Horst, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, he borrowed some 'fifties’ style couture gowns from a top fashion designer who sold her clothes through exclusive London stores. Such was the impact of these images on the designer, she commissioned Bruce for her next f collections and what started as a test, became a spread in one of the UKs leading fashion magazines, at the time ‘Avante Guard’ also the beginning of his now 35 years as a commercial, editorial and advertising fashion photographer traveling all over the world shooting some of the worlds top models and celebrities.
Confident and adventurous, he developed his own unique style of fashion photography and has built a reputation for creating stylish, ‘classic’ images in couture and bridal wear. The next big break followed soon after. Catherine Raynor, a leading UK bridal wear couture designer, who had previously worked with such iconic photographers as Norman Parkinson, Terrance Donavan and John Swanell, commissioned Bruce to shoot for her. Her status within the bridal wear industry, and the success of the images that he had produced for her, created a chain reaction which brought a queue of top bridal wear and couture designers to his studio door to shoot their collections.
By now, Bruce was becoming established as a leading fashion photographer. A commission from a leading UK bridal wear consumer magazine to shoot two editorial stories on location in Tobago led to many years of shooting high fashion for some of the top designers and manufacturers of couture and bridal wear, including Margaret Lee, Lyn Ashworth and Eleni Costi. Bruce’s classic fashion images inspired a long list of lingerie, hosiery and swim wear commissions from brands including, Charnos, Lapel, Silhouette and Miss Kini and Panache.
Shooting advertising campaigns, image brochures and fashion catalogues, producing fashion shoots in some of the world most beautiful and exotic locations from Alaska to Kenya, Bruce had by now learned to arrange complete productions for major fashion shoots. From the sourcing of the production teams, location managers, catering, location transport, even helicopters and arctic supply vessels, Bruce would control all of the necessary elements of high calibre fashion shoots. Shooting on location, with all of its challenges, taught Bruce to shoot fast with available light and utilse all of the skills necessary to create successful fashion stories .
With the advent of digital capture, Bruce recognized the need to be at the forefront of technological advances. Moving from Nikon F4’s to D series bodies, he has been a dedicated advocate of the Nikon system.
Teaching new photographers to create better images.
The latest significant direction in Bruce’s career came when one of his long-term clients suggested that he should consider sharing his knowledge with others. This suggestion prompted the launch of the Bruce Smith fashion portraiture and nudes photographers master classes for small groups or private one 2 one workshop in fashion, portraiture or nudes photography both in the studio and out on location, from London to Paris, Milan to Miami and other locations around the globe.
His main base for these photography training workshops is at a stunning location and creative retreat, Chateau Fengari in Clerac near to Bordeaux in France.
Bruce’s continued success in the digital era led to the completion of his comprehensive, practical guide to fashion photography which was published on both sides of the Atlantic. Pro Digital Fashion Photography.
These developments have given Bruce a truly world wide audience and an opportunity to educate and influence from a unique position of having enjoyed a genuinely successful career as a dedicated fashion photographer.
Published books on how to shoot fashion by Bruce Smith
Photography shoot production
Shoot productions in Paris, Bordeaux, Monaco, London and New York plus any location around the world. Contact Bruce direct or join his mailing list to keep updated with his photographic activities, new books and photography workshops.
Private portraiture photography
Bruce accepts private photography commissions mainly where he lives in between Paris and Bordeaux but sessions can be arranged any where in the world for portraiture, fine art nude and boudoir photo shoot sessions.
Please go to the enquiry form page to request further information.