Who is Candace Smith anyway? My childhood was filled with all forms of self-expression. I was relatively raised on the stage, either in dance or theater. I found my deepest self-expression in performance and by creating a character for the audience. I was always the quiet, shy kid unless I had my dance costume on or in front of an audience. My first "job" was choregraphing a dance routine to Vanilla Ice's "Ice, Ice baby (dating myself?) and selling tickets to the neighborhood parents. An entrepreneurial spirit from the very beginning which is why I'm so passionate about supporting those creating a new way of life for themselves.
I stumbled on to my love for photography when a good friend gave me a camera after he had seen some of my self portraits. I never thought I would be a model when I was a kid, but I got scouted by a talent agency shortly after graduating college, and began my first career in front of the camera. I know what its like first hand to be afraid of what the camera sees, I created an entire identity to hide right in front of it. One of the greatest attributes from my career as a model is I know inherently what makes a striking image, what poses make the most flattering shapes and how to place you in the composition to create the biggest impact. I also learned how to feel the light and a host of other fun tricks that I keep stashed in my bag of tricks.
I gained a tremendous array of skills from those experiences and can also accredit my meditation skills to the times spent breathing deeply and focusing on anything other than the numbness in my appendages. From posing for art classes in the early years, my skillset in front of the camera continued to grow and took me on wild adventures around the world. I had the privilege of being shown techniques, practices and a world of knowledge that formal education could never give. Learned the art of photography from some of the worlds greats and fed my passion for my favorite creative form of expression.
:: Things that make me smile
puppy cuddles in the morning... or any time really.
the smell of rain on pavement
giving presents for no reason
sunshine on my face on a crisp fall day
my feet in the sand, preferably on a warm beach
spinning in circles til I fall down...
:: Things I believe as truth
we all have the inherent power to heal ourselves.
savoring the preciousness in this moment is the utmost importance because all we have is right now.
childhood and all that it entails is priceless and a treasure to watch.
the love of a puppy can save a life.
love and community is where true power grows.
magic can be found in the simplest of places...