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This image was a very hard image to make, but not for the reasons you might think. The actual photograph was fairly simple. I used my Sony a900 camera with a 24-70mm lens and used a Profoto 7B pack and strobe head. I 'll explain that part later. 

What made this image so difficult to make was the fact that it almost didn't happen. I had the idea of photographing a child in monument valley but to take photographs in this area for a book project you need permission from the tribal leaders. 

I was not sure if they would understand my project or not, but I felt strongly about shooting in this amazing location. I arrived in Utah the day before my meeting nervous on how to explain my project. I was so nervous I could not sleep the night before. The next morning at 8:30am, I went before the tribal leaders for my meeting. I walked in and started my pitch by saying, "how proud would you be to see a Native American become the President of the United States?" As you can imagine, the room was filled with pride on just the idea of this. Then I said, that is exactly what this project is about- inspiring this generation and future generations. The next thing I knew I had a signed document in my hands allowing me to take pictures for my project.

The next problem was finding a Native American child. Monument Valley is a very popular location for tourist, but not so much for local Native American families. You do not see many local families there. As a matter of fact, you don't see any! My wife and I looked all over trying to find a family, but we did not see anyone. I was loosing hope and went to look at vendors selling Native American jewelry. I asked about the price of one item and then got into a conversation with two vendors. I decided to ask if they knew of a family in the area with young children and one vendor said, "yes, I do." She left and went to get the family and brought them back to me. I explained my project and showed that I had permission to take photographs and they agreed. The next thing I knew we were taking one of my favorite shots for Future American President. This little boy has no idea, but he will inspire every Native American child in America.

To create this shot technically, I shot with the Sony a900 camera at ISO 200 using the Sony 24-70mm lens. It was a very hot day and the sun was overhead giving strong, hard shadows. I needed to overpower the sun! I used a Profoto battery operated pack, the Profoto 7B pack and strobe head, to over power the sun. My light meter read almost f16 @ 1/125, so to over power the sun I needed to be one stop over the sunlight. This is why using a light meter is so important. I metered using my Sekonic light meter and adjusted my strobe light to read f22. I shot this image at F22 @ 1/200th, and that's how I made this image. 

Future American President will come out this fall. 

You can pre-order TODAY on Amazon - http://amzn.to/1dL6rkJ
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Outstanding photo and project +Matthew Jordan Smith! I could hear the excitement in your voice talking about the project with +Ibarionex Perello on The Candid Frame. Congrats on the new book!
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The Story Behind This Photograph 

This image was a very hard image to make, but not for the reasons you might think. The actual photograph was fairly simple. I used my Sony a900 camera with a 24-70mm lens and used a Profoto 7B pack and strobe head. I 'll explain that part later. 

What made this image so difficult to make was the fact that it almost didn't happen. I had the idea of photographing a child in monument valley but to take photographs in this area for a book project you need permission from the tribal leaders. 

I was not sure if they would understand my project or not, but I felt strongly about shooting in this amazing location. I arrived in Utah the day before my meeting nervous on how to explain my project. I was so nervous I could not sleep the night before. The next morning at 8:30am, I went before the tribal leaders for my meeting. I walked in and started my pitch by saying, "how proud would you be to see a Native American become the President of the United States?" As you can imagine, the room was filled with pride on just the idea of this. Then I said, that is exactly what this project is about- inspiring this generation and future generations. The next thing I knew I had a signed document in my hands allowing me to take pictures for my project.

The next problem was finding a Native American child. Monument Valley is a very popular location for tourist, but not so much for local Native American families. You do not see many local families there. As a matter of fact, you don't see any! My wife and I looked all over trying to find a family, but we did not see anyone. I was loosing hope and went to look at vendors selling Native American jewelry. I asked about the price of one item and then got into a conversation with two vendors. I decided to ask if they knew of a family in the area with young children and one vendor said, "yes, I do." She left and went to get the family and brought them back to me. I explained my project and showed that I had permission to take photographs and they agreed. The next thing I knew we were taking one of my favorite shots for Future American President. This little boy has no idea, but he will inspire every Native American child in America.

To create this shot technically, I shot with the Sony a900 camera at ISO 200 using the Sony 24-70mm lens. It was a very hot day and the sun was overhead giving strong, hard shadows. I needed to overpower the sun! I used a Profoto battery operated pack, the Profoto 7B pack and strobe head, to over power the sun. My light meter read almost f16 @ 1/125, so to over power the sun I needed to be one stop over the sunlight. This is why using a light meter is so important. I metered using my Sekonic light meter and adjusted my strobe light to read f22. I shot this image at F22 @ 1/200th, and that's how I made this image. 

Future American President will come out this fall. 

You can pre-order TODAY on Amazon - http://amzn.to/1dL6rkJ
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The Story Behind The Photograph  This image was a very hard image to make, but not for the reasons you might think. The actual photograph was fairly simple. I used my Sony a900 camera with a 24-70mm lens and used a Profoto 7B pack and str obe head. I 'll ex...
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OMG I am absolutely in awe with this! Beeautiful concept and photograph! Thanks for sharing.
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From the Future Presidents photo shoot in New Hampshire.

After every photo shoot for #FuturePresidents, children who are able, write what they would do as president. http://on.fb.me/HAFSQz
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It's never to early to Dream BIG!

#futurepresident #mondaymotivation
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The Story Behind This Photograph 

This image was a very hard image to make, but not for the reasons you might think. The actual photograph was fairly simple. I used my Sony a900 camera with a 24-70mm lens and used a Profoto 7B pack and strobe head. I 'll explain that part later. 

What made this image so difficult to make was the fact that it almost didn't happen. I had the idea of photographing a child in monument valley but to take photographs in this area for a book project you need permission from the tribal leaders. 

I was not sure if they would understand my project or not, but I felt strongly about shooting in this amazing location. I arrived in Utah the day before my meeting nervous on how to explain my project. I was so nervous I could not sleep the night before. The next morning at 8:30am, I went before the tribal leaders for my meeting. I walked in and started my pitch by saying, "how proud would you be to see a Native American become the President of the United States?" As you can imagine, the room was filled with pride on just the idea of this. Then I said, that is exactly what this project is about- inspiring this generation and future generations. The next thing I knew I had a signed document in my hands allowing me to take pictures for my project.

The next problem was finding a Native American child. Monument Valley is a very popular location for tourist, but not so much for local Native American families. You do not see many local families there. As a matter of fact, you don't see any! My wife and I looked all over trying to find a family, but we did not see anyone. I was loosing hope and went to look at vendors selling Native American jewelry. I asked about the price of one item and then got into a conversation with two vendors. I decided to ask if they knew of a family in the area with young children and one vendor said, "yes, I do." She left and went to get the family and brought them back to me. I explained my project and showed that I had permission to take photographs and they agreed. The next thing I knew we were taking one of my favorite shots for Future American President. This little boy has no idea, but he will inspire every Native American child in America.

To create this shot technically, I shot with the Sony a900 camera at ISO 200 using the Sony 24-70mm lens. It was a very hot day and the sun was overhead giving strong, hard shadows. I needed to overpower the sun! I used a Profoto battery operated pack, the Profoto 7B pack and strobe head, to over power the sun. My light meter read almost f16 @ 1/125, so to over power the sun I needed to be one stop over the sunlight. This is why using a light meter is so important. I metered using my Sekonic light meter and adjusted my strobe light to read f22. I shot this image at F22 @ 1/200th, and that's how I made this image. 

Future American President will come out this fall. 

You can pre-order TODAY on Amazon - http://amzn.to/1dL6rkJ
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The Story Behind This Photograph 

This image was a very hard image to make, but not for the reasons you might think. The actual photograph was fairly simple. I used my Sony a900 camera with a 24-70mm lens and used a Profoto 7B pack and strobe head. I 'll explain that part later. 

What made this image so difficult to make was the fact that it almost didn't happen. I had the idea of photographing a child in monument valley but to take photographs in this area for a book project you need permission from the tribal leaders. 

I was not sure if they would understand my project or not, but I felt strongly about shooting in this amazing location. I arrived in Utah the day before my meeting nervous on how to explain my project. I was so nervous I could not sleep the night before. The next morning at 8:30am, I went before the tribal leaders for my meeting. I walked in and started my pitch by saying, "how proud would you be to see a Native American become the President of the United States?" As you can imagine, the room was filled with pride on just the idea of this. Then I said, that is exactly what this project is about- inspiring this generation and future generations. The next thing I knew I had a signed document in my hands allowing me to take pictures for my project.

The next problem was finding a Native American child. Monument Valley is a very popular location for tourist, but not so much for local Native American families. You do not see many local families there. As a matter of fact, you don't see any! My wife and I looked all over trying to find a family, but we did not see anyone. I was loosing hope and went to look at vendors selling Native American jewelry. I asked about the price of one item and then got into a conversation with two vendors. I decided to ask if they knew of a family in the area with young children and one vendor said, "yes, I do." She left and went to get the family and brought them back to me. I explained my project and showed that I had permission to take photographs and they agreed. The next thing I knew we were taking one of my favorite shots for Future American President. This little boy has no idea, but he will inspire every Native American child in America.

To create this shot technically, I shot with the Sony a900 camera at ISO 200 using the Sony 24-70mm lens. It was a very hot day and the sun was overhead giving strong, hard shadows. I needed to overpower the sun! I used a Profoto battery operated pack, the Profoto 7B pack and strobe head, to over power the sun. My light meter read almost f16 @ 1/125, so to over power the sun I needed to be one stop over the sunlight. This is why using a light meter is so important. I metered using my Sekonic light meter and adjusted my strobe light to read f22. I shot this image at F22 @ 1/200th, and that's how I made this image. 

Future American President will come out this fall. 

You can pre-order TODAY on Amazon - http://amzn.to/1dL6rkJ
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For the #futurepresidents project I travel to every state in America and photographed 100 kids as Future Presidents. In this image, this child writes what he would do as President of the United States.
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A BTS moment from the making of #FuturePresidents. This child is writing what he would do as President of the United States. http://on.fb.me/HAFSQz
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Speaking at the  #WPPI2014  Photo Convention in Las Vegas.
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Since the age of twelve photography has been my passion. My celebrity and commercial work has given me recognition in the photography industry, but my personal work is what nurtures my deepest passion for photography.  One of my greatest joys in life is being able to inspire others through the art of photography. Beginning with my first book, Sepia Dreams, published by St. Martins Press, and continuing through to my 3rd and current book, Future American President, enhancing the lives of other through photography nurtures my soul.


Facebook page for Future President Project: https://www.facebook.com/FuturePresidentsBook
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Only photographer in the world ever sponsored by Sony and Microsoft. Author of three photography books, speaker, world traveler, loving husband.
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