for those who live to love the west
Wyoming's Western Photographic Artist of the American West; Amanda Smith Wyoming
Amanda Smith Wyoming based artist is a Professional Photographer, Western Photographic Artist and Publisher in Wyoming. She owns Amanda Smith Photography and her website and blog are located at: www.amandasmithphotography.com. She publishes an Associated Press Newspaper, several books, Open Range Magazine and specializes in Fine Western Photographic Art and Calendars by Amanda Smith.
Amanda Smith Wyoming is also a photography instructor and teaches students from all over the state of Wyoming. Her companies include Shooting Stars Photography, Dignified Designs and The Bird Central Wyoming News, formerly The Glenrock Bird.
She finds new hope in people and horses and believes in rescues and a second chance.
Amanda Smith Wyoming based photographer started out her career in photography in 1992 where she created photographic artwork for CD and Album covers. Growing up around the agricultural world she, like most young women, found her love and passion in horses. Cowboy boots and jeans were and still are a not so ordinary part of her wardrobe, and her love of the west began to bloom.
She began shooting Rodeo in 1994, and the Western Circuit of the PRCA through 2005. Early on in her rodeo photography days she realized that something was missing in her own world of "Western Photography"... Art.
She created her first piece of Western Photographic Art in 1994 called "After the Ride" and gained nationwide recognition for her piece that placed first in a National Color Awards competition.
Smith shot rodeo on the professional circuit in the western states for nine years, winning several awards and gaining excellent recognition as a premier rodeo photographer. During those nine years, Smith also opened her own photography studio creating portraits for people from all over the country, including PRCA Rodeo contestants on the Western Circuit.
In 2004 she was invited to several ranches in Arizona, California and Wyoming to create an incredible documentary called "The American Cowboy" where for three solid and very wonderful months she captured real life photos of real working cowboys and cowgirls and turned them into works of art that won numerous awards both nationally and internationally, and have been published in numerous publications, books and newspapers.
Her artwork has been collected by Corporate entities, utilized in nationwide fundraisers including the American Heart Association and Cancer Relay for Life, and has been highly collected by both private and public collectors from the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in between.
In 2005, Amanda Smith Wyoming based photographer relocated her studio and her photographic art, to the great Cowboy State; Wyoming, where she still resides today.
During her career as a photographer, and Western Photographic artist specializing in western art photography, she published an award winning, Associated Press Newspaper for eight years.
Spreading the news and circulating statewide with excellent articles and incredible journalistic photography, she made history when she became the first woman owned non-daily newspaper in the country, to launch on the Kindle and iPad, and the first woman owned non-daily small newspaper to launch on the Kindle and iPad in the world. The Glenrock Bird now known as The Bird Central Wyoming News.
Amanda Smith became a pioneer in being the first news source in Wyoming to deliver live news and alerts to the people of the state of Wyoming, paving the way for other news sources to provide immediate and accessible real-time news in the Cowboy State, something that had never been done before.
She has been published in many publications including Automotive News.
Smith won numerous photography awards over the years with her newspaper including Second Place with the National Newspaper Association in the Best Local News Photographer category, nationwide, and First Place in the National Advertising Design competition, nationwide.
Smith now holds photography classes in her studio, and teaches both photography lessons and western photographic art lessons to students from all over the state of Wyoming. She spends the time in between, chasing her passion, creating real Western Photographic Art, for the world to enjoy.
Smith lives on a working cattle and sheep ranch with her husband, who is as crazy about her photography career, as she is about him.