Her images capture fleeting moments of beauty and joy.

“My work has been informed by historic street photographers (Cartier-Bresson, Lartigue, even Weegee), so I gravitate towards moments that are found (not created), ” says Meg. If anything, I’m more interested in the moments between moments. Stillness, movement, meaning, connection, composition…I’m driven to create images that have some compelling combination of these elements.”

“We just wanted to write and thank you for your patience, flexibility, atttitude, and creativity in the face of Mother Nature. I also wanted to commend you on your fly-on-the-wall style….never affecting a photograph but just being quietly present to capture the moment as it was meant to be – natural and candid. Thank you for doing everything requested of you – and for your professionalism throughout the entire day.”

 

While Meg has photographed extensively for recognizable clients (the weddings of Anne Hathaway, Jimmy Kimmel, Governor of California Gavin Newsom, LeAnn Rimes, and the late Robin Williams are a few), what resonates and inspires her most is a connection to her couples through a mutual appreciation and excitement about the photography and vision for their wedding.

“…thank you for the beautiful work. Your photos were all we’d hoped they would be. From the first minute of seeing you in action I knew you were gonna be a superstar!”

 

Meet

Meg Smith

Meg’s great-great-grandfather was a studio portrait photographer in Los Angeles, and her mother a longtime favorite subject of an esteemed Hollywood photographer. Growing up, Meg was enamored with the photographs he took of her parents’ wedding at the Hotel Bel-Air. “They were classic black and white photographs,” she says, “deceptively simple in their beauty, ease and intimacy.”

Local to the Napa Valley wine region, Meg’s childhood offered a wealth of inspiration as her mother – a dedicated amateur photographer – practiced her art on her daughter and friends. Rolls of film would hang from the bathroom shower curtain rod, and Meg would observe her mother transform the long strips into tangible treasures.

While still in high school, Meg enrolled in photography courses at the local college and worked in her home darkroom. Later, as an art history major at UC Berkeley, she embraced documentary photojournalism and studied under the tutelage of social documentary photographer Ken Light. It was while photographing riots and protests that she discovered a natural ability to capture fleeting moments and turn them into poignant reflections on life.

She was accepted into an internship at the auction house Butterfield & Butterfield, evaluating and cataloging historic photographs usually seen in galleries and private collections, followed by several years of working for luminaries such as Academy Award-winning film producer Saul Zaentz, international photojournalist Peter Menzel and National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear. The experiences expanded her understanding of photography as a complex art form. “I was – and still am – deeply moved by the tangible nature of film,” she says, “and in awe of the alchemy of the latent image.”

Eventually, she felt powerfully drawn to being back behind the camera herself, although the direction her work took was unexpected considering her background. But it made perfect, almost poetic sense. A friend, who was a painter, asked Meg to photograph her wedding and offered a painting as payment. Meg quickly found her footing and soon turned into one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the U.S. “I’ve always felt that photography was my destiny. It’s in my blood. Apart from being a mother and having the honor of raising my son, photography has been my life’s work.”

Meg divides her time between Napa Valley and Los Angeles.

 

Lifestyle and Hospitality

Meg captures unfussy elegance with authenticity and brings that same sensibility to her commercial work. Clients include The Men’s Wearhouse, Seabourn Cruises, The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group and Opus One Winery, among others.

 

 

Love Letters
I'm speechless. These are absolutely stunning. The way you captured those moments are magical. I will cherish these photos forever... Thank you so, so much
- Zoe