About CourseJoin Mia McCormick and Matthew Jordan Smith as they sit down to discuss Matthew's inspiring career as a commercial photographer. Matthew is known for his spectacular beauty, fashion, and celebrity photography, and more recently his personal book project "Future American President." Spend an hour hearing stories of how Matthew got started in photography, and some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. From the importance of overcoming the challenges that life sends your way to the necessity of believing in your own vision and seeing it through to the end, Matthew shares insight and perspective into what has fueled a successful career that spans three decades.
Matthew Jordan Smith
Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer based in Los Angeles. He has photographed some of the most famous people in the world - including the President of Iceland, Oprah Winfrey, and the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim. He is best known for his portraits of celebrities, actors, and models. His clients include Olay, Pantene, Revlon and Sony Entertainment. His celebrity clients include Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah, and Aretha Franklin. The Sony Corporation selected him as one of their Artisans of Imaging and he is honored to be part of this elite group. Matthew launched his career as a photographer in New York City, shooting for major magazines and advertising agencies, and in his spare time he focuses on personal projects. On February 16, 2015, (Presidents' Day) Oro Editions/ Goff Press published Matthew's third book,Future American President; 50 States, 100 Families, Infinite Dreams. Future American President features portraits of children from 100 families and from every state in America. The goal of Matthew's third book is to inspire every child in America to dream big knowing they have infinite possibilities. Matthew has received numerous awards and honors throughout his photographic career. In March of 2014 he received the Vision Award for his upcoming book, Future American President. In April of 2014, he received the Power of Image award in Beijing China and his work is currently on tour throughout Asia. In July of 2014 he completed shooting a series of images around the North Pole and is planning an exhibit of this work. Matthew has taught at the prestigious School of Visual Arts and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico. A native of New York City, Matthew resides in Los Angeles.