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I am a North Carolina conceptual portrait photographer. Look here for updates on my photography adventures. Visit for details on commissioned portrait shoots and fine art sales.

June 1, 2016: Seen Not Heard The Book Is Now Available

I am thrilled to announce that my first mongraph, Seen Not Heard is now available for purchase.
You can contact or visit to order your copy.

Hardcover, 10x8 inches
80 pages / 31 color images
Edition of 500
Photographs by Heather Evans Smith
Illustrations by Carrie Violet
ISBN: 978-1-943948-04-8
Trade Edition:  $50.00


January 30, 2016: The ReDefine Show

I was recently interviewed by photographer Tamara Lackey for Adorama TV's Redefine Show. Take a look.

January 22, 2016: 2015 Year In Review

As said before, I am not much of a blogger. However, I did want to take a moment to reflect on what the world of photography brought me in 2015.

2015 was the year I put myself and my work out there. Working on such a personal series can make one feel vulnerable. I was never confident that I had a body of work solid enough to show to the industry. That changed when I was about 3/4 into my series, Seen Not Heard. I signed up for the Photolucida review in Portland last April. For someone who had never participated in a review, this one was a doozy. There were 16 to 18 reviews in four days. I found this overwhelming and exhilarating all at once. I received great feedback and put my work (and face) in front of gallerists, editors and curators. The trip paid off. Since Photolucida my work has been featured on the PDN blog, exhibited in the Soho Photo Gallery, and gained representation from the 555 Gallery, with shows booked for 2016 at the Camerawork Gallery and 555 Gallery.

The most unexpected highlight from the reviews was meeting other photographers. I made many new friends and hope to continue to see them at future events.

Best part about photo reviews: new friends.
Molly Lamb, Marina Font, yours truly (and a few others crammed in the back)
squeezing into a downtown Portland photo booth.

I continued to work closely with musician Cashavelly Morrison in 2015. I met her and husband, Ryan Macleod, in 2014 for our first session together. We shot two more sessions in 2015 for their album and promotional materials. Their music is breathtakingly beautiful. I am so proud to have my photography on their album cover.

The Kingdom Belongs To A Child
Cashavelly Morrison Album Cover

Another highlight of the year was the group exhibition, Wild Is The Wind, at Snap! Space Orlando. This was my second exhibition with the gallery. Owners Holly and Patrick Kahn and their staff are some of the warmest people in the industry. This was the first time prints from Seen Not Heard were exhibited at the large size. I was thrilled to see them presented in this manner.

Wild Is The Wind Exhibit (Photo credit: Tina Craig)
Wild Is The Wind Exhibit (Photo credit: Tina Craig)

Of course these are just the highlights of the year (involving cool travel). Most of the year was spent in our North Carolina home slowly working on my series, Seen Not Heard. I took time this year to sit with the work and look at the series as a whole. This month marks two years since starting the project. I would have never thought when shooting the first image that it would lead me down this path. I am grateful to have been able to share this experience with my daughter for the past two years, and ready to see how the next project will unfold.

2016 brings with it feelings of terror and excitement. My first monograph with Flash Powder Projects is coming out in the Spring and my work will be exhibited in Nebraska, Portland, Boston and Colorado shows.

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I'm just going to go with that. Wishing you all the best 2016. -Heather

October 1, 2015: Monograph & Limited Edition Portfolio Box

I am thrilled to announce that Flash Powder Projects will be publishing my monograph, Seen Not Heard this coming Spring. In order to create the dream book for this project, I have created 15 limited edition portfolio boxes.

Edition of 15 - Portfolio includes:

4 - 11”x14” archival pigment prints from the series Seen Not Heard (Cycle, Possession, Package Deal & Wrench)
1 - Linen archival presentation box with hand sewn title (colors vary)
1 - Slip cover made of vintage fabric (fabric varies per box)
1 - Title card with edition number and protective vellum
1 - Signed, limited edition copy of the monograph, Seen Not Heard
(projected delivery Spring 2016)

Limited Edition Collector's Portfolio
Each portfolio contains these 11x14 signed and editioned archival pigment prints.
Cycle, Possession, Wrench and Package Deal

Hand-sewn title.
Unique slip cover to protect your investment.
Floral fabric underside with cover sheet.
Every collector's portfolio is unique.

These collector boxes are offered at a special price of $750 to support the publication of my forthcoming monograph with Flash Powder Projects. Your support is very important to make this publication happen. Collectors will receive a grateful acknowledgement in the book.  Purchase yours HERE.

August 3, 2015: PDN's The Curator Exhibition

I am thrilled to announce that I am one of six winners of Photo District News' The Curator competition. The work was exhibited at the Foley Gallery last Wednesday. Below are some photos from the event. Thank you Foley Gallery, PDN, BH and Moab paper!

You can check out all the winners here or stop by the gallery until August 7th.
The Foley Gallery

My work from the series Seen Not Heard

Francis F. Denny's colorful work Pink Crush.

Dare alla Luce by Amy Friend

Thank you to all who attended!

March 11, 2015: 45 Frames From PhotoVogue Exhibition

My photograph Possession is one of 45 photographs selected by Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor of Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue, to showcase at an exhibition taking place at Leica Galerie Milano. The opening will take place on April 22.

Possession  © 2014 Heather Evans Smith

September 9, 2014: Awakening My Silent Blog

I just realized that it has been 4 months since my last post. I have never been the best blogger, but this is a new record. As I look back at the summer there are a few things to share.

My main focus has been my new series Seen Not Heard. I started the project earlier this year and it has been my main source of work throughout the year. Shot solely within the four wall of our home, this series has been an intimate look at the relationships between parent and child. Below is the project statement and a few notable images.

Seen Not Heard
For the past few years I have been creating images to express the emotions of motherhood. My daughter has never been included in those images. But as she has grown from a baby into a force of nature all her own, I was drawn to pull her into my world of conceptual photography and explore our relationship during a time when emotions of love, stress and confusion are high.

Seen Not Heard takes its title from the Old English adage “To Be Seen and Not Heard”, a term often thrown about in reference to the desired behavior of children. These images are silent, but they create a voluble visual narrative on the relationship between parent and child. They explore the cycles that are passed down through generations and the tension between keeping to what is known and forging a newer, and perhaps stronger, path. As strong as the close, forever bond between mother and daughter is, there also exists a distance inherent between two different individuals.

Marks  © 2014 Heather Evans Smith
Cycle  © 2014 Heather Evans Smith

Collections  © 2014 Heather Evans Smith

Flash Powder Reunion
This summer I attended the Flash Powder reunion in Highlands, NC. Last year I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Flash Powder retreat in Corona, NM. You can see my blog post about that experience here. It was wonderful to reconnect with David Bram and Jennifer Schwartz as well as the other photographers. I hope there will be many more reunions in the future.

2014 Flashpowder Reunion
Me, Bill Vaccaro, Gene Ellenberg, Ron Fincannon, Leon Alesi
(photo by David Bram)

Representation by Snap Orlando
When I last blogged I had been a part of the Snap! Orlando show Edge Of A Dream. I am pleased to announce that over the summer I became officially represented by the gallery. Snap! Space has just opened a new gallery in Miami and my work will be on display during their All About Warhol exhibit.

Approaching The Unreal Show at Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco
My photograph Collide is currently on exhibit in the APASF Curator's Voice show Approaching The Unreal. The show will be on display until September 27. Check it out here.
Collide  © 2012 Heather Evans Smith

Critical Mass Finalist
Last week I received the good news that my series Seen Not Heard was a Top 200 Finalist in the Photolucida Critical Mass competition. I was pleased to see so many other familiar names on the list. You can view the full finalist list here.

Visual Narratives Show at The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
My photograph Shed was selected as Director's Choice in the upcoming Visual Narratives show opening Nov 7 through 29. I will be attending the opening and hope to see some of you there.

Shed  © 2014 Heather Evans Smith