About the Chief Photographer
"Passion is my drive, creativity is my tool, and perfection is my goal."
-D Jerome Smedley, 2005
From day one, this has been the mission statement of professional photographer, D. Jerome Smedley. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Smedley has a true love and respect for photography. He studied Photography at John Carroll High School, where he is a graduate, under the guidance of professional photographer Barbara Zarzaur, and Fine Art Photography and Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under Professor Sonja Rieger. He has been professional trained by the best photographers in the areas of portraiture, weddings, and special event coverage. He has managed portrait studios throughout the Birmingham area including Sears Portraits and the famous Olan Mills Portraits. He has received several recognitions for his black and white photographic art. He has worked for several major organizations including the UNCF, SCLC, NAACP, SWAC Conference, The City of Birmingham, Vibe magazine, Simply Fashion national ad campaign, Seagram’s Gin, Crown Royal, and countless others. His vision for his career and company is global, but his roots are still in the city and community that he loves and holds dear.
“I was blessed to discover my dream and my talent at a young age. I have worked on locations and photographed people and things I could have never have dreamed of as a child. I love what I do and could not imagine doing any other profession that gives me the joy that being a photographer does. When you work with me, you are working with someone that has your best interest at heart. I will work diligently to bring your dream to reality. I will provide swift, professional service and always treat you in a courteous and professional manner. Your needs for your portraits, your wedding or your special event are as important to me as if it were my own, and I will not rest until you are happy. It would be my honor for my team and I to serve you.”