About Jessica Blaine Smith

Hello & Welcome!

I am a full-time freelance photographer based in Toronto, Canada. I specialise in lifestyle portraits, food & drink photography and corporate portraits. I love documenting real people and things in real situations and environments. I work with creators, entrepreneurs, brands, small business owners, bars, restaurants and large corporations to tell their stories and to show viewers just who they are.


My cameras and I have been working together since 2003. That year, I received my BFA in Photography Studies from Toronto Metropolitan University and immediately upon graduation I launched my business. Thanks to that fine arts background, I put a lot of thought into my images. Before clicking the shutter, I consider what the image means, what its purpose is and what will come from the resulting image. Portraits are all about capturing the personality of the person in the image and my goal for my images is to seize the essence that makes you an individual. My images are full of life and love. I want them to bring a smile to your face.


So what the heck is lifestyle photography? To me lifestyle photography is capturing what is real and true to life. I like to say that I photograph real people in real situations and that is what brings more feeling to my images. Whether it be a corporate headshot, an editorial image, images to promote your business or family portraits - I want the resulting capture to be authentic to life.


I have had the pleasure of working with many great corporations including Tangerine, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, Ontario Pension Board, Corby Wine & Spirits, PMA Canada, Campari Canada, Hines, Osgoode Hall Law School, YWCA Toronto and Cushman Wakefield. As well as countless entrepreneurs, bars, restaurants and small businesses.


What else about me? As I am never one to sit still:

When I am not busy photographing for all of you wonderful people, I spend my time with my husband Josh. We love to travel and to check out all of the cocktail bars on the way. Together we run Bartender Atlas, a worldwide directory of bartenders. Through Bartender Atlas we run bartender-related events for alcohol brands and for ourselves and are co-creators of Toronto Cocktail Conference. I am also the creator of two oracle decks, Birds Oracle Deck and Birds Oracle Deck 2, and you can learn more about that over at my online shop, Golden Blue .

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Based in Toronto, Canada | Passport ready for travel.