For this month’s Curated, Sweden With Love’s monthly art show, photographer Meg Smith is sharing a selection of photographs from life in her native California. I’ve been an admirer of Meg since my days at People magazine when I headed up the celebrity weddings section on the west coast. A talented film photographer, Meg’s luminous images have a joy, intimacy and realism that always set her apart.
It’s not a secret that I love film photography. The color, light, sharpness and look of film is exceptional. There is a feeling of history and timelessness. You can feel the photographs. They’re not pixels on a card; they’re tangible creations that are made to last. Every time you press the button on a film camera, you know it’s going to cost you a pretty penny. That’s why there is care and thought behind each frame, and hard-earned skill and talent behind every stunning image.
Meg not only knows how to shoot film, but she has a distinct artistic ability to capture simple moments and turn them into poignant reflections on life. Born and raised in Napa Valley, she started doing documentary photography as an art history major at UC Berkeley. She’s now one of the most sought-after wedding and editorial photographers in the U.S. and a frequent contributor to Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country and InStyle magazine.
In this selection of photographs, Meg captures the kind, easy moments of a life well lived. The images evoke a sense of stillness that I find so joyful and uplifting. To me, these photographs are a wonderful reminder that the technical distractions we often turn to when we want to feel good — from social networks to video games to television programs — will never produce the kind of happiness a real, natural, true and simple moment will.
I hope you enjoy Meg’s photographs as much as I do. Have a beautiful weekend!
All photographs by Meg Smith © 2013.