My name is Rachel Whited-Smith, and I love to take pictures.

My interest in photography began as a kid, as my fascination with history led to a fascination with the photograph and it's unique ability to capture & preserve moments in time, both in stark detail and dreamlike surreality. And while my collection of books contained the raw, documentary-style works of photographers like W. Eugene Smith and Dorothea Lange, my personal subjects were my girlfriends from the neighborhood, who I would dress up in ridiculous outfits and shoot “fashion photos” of in my backyard. This incurable love of photography eventually led to the start of my professional career in the medium in 2006, and shortly after to my  study of the craft at the


“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance.

Always, I am on the threshold.”

W. Eugene Smith

Southeast Center for Photographic studies in Daytona Beach, Florida, where I earned my degree in Photographic Technology, graduating with high honors. I enjoy working with both digital imagery and film, and have experience in large format, type-C and gelatin-silver printing, and extensive dry darkroom skills as well.

For me, photography is a hobby and creative outlet, as well as my profession - My work is never “strictly business”. The world is full of new angles, perspectives, shadows and expressions that are waiting to be captured in photographs. “...Always, I am on the threshold.”