Tina began her photography career in 2006 as an assistant to a Chicago photographer. After several years as both psychology graduate student and photography assistant, she decided to take her photography to the next level. By enrolling in classes at the Chicago Photography Center (CPC), Tina greatly expanded her knowledge and photographic expertise, and discovered a passion for portraits. While taking improv classes at Second City, Tina began photographing fellow comedy trainees who were in need of updated headshots. The positive feedback she received encouraged her to continue pursuing portraiture as a professional discipline. For the past two years, Tina has been photographing actors, models, comedians, and business professionals at her Lakeview studio.
With a background in both psychology and comedy, Tina’s warm and friendly personality is what sets her apart. As her reviews show, she has a knack for making clients feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. This is crucial for getting compelling shots that fully express her clients’ true personality and connect strongly to the viewer (casting directors, agents, etc). Tina’s client-centered focus and eye-catching photos are just few of the factors that contribute to her consistently high ratings on Yelp, Google, and Insider Pages.
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Tina is the best photographer I have worked with. If you want great shots, an affordable price, and to have a great time, there is no other option, but Tina Smothers. I've already had two sessions with her & we've discussed a third! Book Tina today before someone else does.