Amanda Smith of Amanda Smith Western Art based out of Wyoming, started out her career as a photographer in Bay City, Michigan in 1992, where she created photographic artwork for Musician's CD and Album covers.
Growing up around the agricultural world of some parts of Michigan, found her love and passion in horses. Cowboy boots and jeans were and still are an ordinary part of her wardrobe, and her love of the west began to bloom.
Traveling to California in 1994, Amanda began shooting for the "Bulls Only Rodeo," as well as 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, and that something was art.
Amanda created her first piece of Western Photographic Art in 1994, as Amanda Smith Western Art, titled "After the Ride." She gained nationwide recognition for that piece which placed first in the National Color Awards.
Amanda photographed rodeos on the professional circuit in the western states for nine years, winning several awards and gaining recognition as a premier rodeo photographer. Smith also opened her own photography studio in California, where she created portraits for people from all over the country, including PRCA Rodeo contestants from the Western Circuit, Authors, and Musicians.
In 2004 she was invited to photograph several ranches in Arizona, California, Montana and Wyoming to create an incredible documentary called "The American Cowboy" where for three very exciting months she captured real life photos of working cowboys and cowgirls, and turned those images into works of art that won numerous awards both nationally and internationally, and have been published in various publications, books and newspapers.
Her artwork is collected by Corporate entities, utilized in nationwide fundraisers including the American Heart Association and Cancer Relay for Life, and is highly collected by both private and public collectors from the East Coast to the West Coast, and everywhere in between.
In 2005, Smith relocated her studio and her photographic art, to the great Cowboy State; Wyoming, where she still resides today.
During her career as a Professional Photographer and Western Photographic artist, she published an award winning Associated Press Newspaper for eight years. Published outside of Glenrock, Wyoming, her newspaper circulated statewide with award winning articles and journalistic photography. Amanda and her staff made history when she became the first woman owned "non-daily" newspaper in the United States 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. She was a pioneer in becoming the first news source in Wyoming to deliver live news and alerts in "real-time" 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.
Smith won numerous photography awards over the years with her newspaper including First Place with the National Newspaper Association in the Best Local News Photographer category, nationwide. Amanda Smith is an advocate for Pilots For Christ, Wyoming; and a regular donor and contributor to Wyoming 4H, Casper Legion Baseball, and the Boys and Girls Club of Natrona County and Central Wyoming, as well as the Special Olympics of Wyoming.
Smith now holds photography classes in her studio, and teaches photography and western photographic art lessons to students from all over the state of Wyoming, South Dakota and Minnesota.
She spends the time in between, chasing her passion, creating real Western Photographic Art, for the world to enjoy.
Smith works and lives on a working cattle and sheep ranch in Wyoming with her husband, a Rancher; who is as crazy about her photography career, as she is about him.
Amanda Smith Western Art