Off soon

I’m off very soon to the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Playa del Carmen. To shoot more for my BeachGames book to be published late 2017. I think this might be good for anyone in this audience to come along for a one on one workshop experience. I’ve done this before. I take on a talented photographer who wants a workshop with me while I’m really shooting for a book. Yes this is super last minute. I will arrive Playa del Carmen January 3 and shoot for over a week. If you have any interest in applying contact: @michellemaddensmith via direct message Instagram. What I’ve done before is to have the workshop student basically shooting along with me. Daily critique of course of your work and a first hand look at how I build on an essay. 24 hour immersion. Again I’m only taking on ONE. Portfolio review required. If you have a flex schedule and can move fast, this experience will be one of a kind. I do this very rarely but this beach and scene lends itself to this approach. For sure a potentially terrific way to start the New Year and move you forward with your work.

Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore, Va. 12-23-16. Road to ? Little known and sparsely populated the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a treasure. A sliver of land when seen from the air. A combo of farmland and protected Atlantic ocean barrier islands and the Chesapeake Bay on the other side. Marshes, woods, oyster roasts, blue crab feasts, kite boarding, small town charm, and country roads that take you where you didn’t know you wanted to go.

Mexican rooftop

Rooftop. Mexico City. I leave here today for home. I want to thank all of my Mexican friends for the very best hospitality. I had a fantastic time with all of you. I will return soon . Muchisima gracias🎈🇲🇽


I’ve had the best time in Mexico City. Mostly hanging out with photo and art students. Always a good crowd in every country. Yet few cultures are more hospitable all around than Mexicans. I’ve worked lots in Mexico yet I don’t know México City at all. This young crowd has been showing me around right in the middle of their final projects being due. Anyway I’m always shooting whatever is around me and the light was right for this painter Daniela in her rooftop studio.

Mexico City

I arrived in Mexico City yesterday afternoon and this was my welcoming committee. Most of them photo students at “Escuela Activa de Fotografía.” @eafmexico . I am making a presentation there tomorrow. Last night this crew gave me a terrific tour of the city. We bonded right away. No surprise to me because I’ve always loved Mexico , the culture, and especially the people. It was my work on the Maya culture, my first foreign assignment for NatGeo, that led to a broader photographic exploration of the Americas. Viva Mexico!!🇲🇽