Best of 2012

What an amazing whirlwind 2012 has been! It was the year I wrote, designed and released my new portrait photography book from Peachpit’s New Riders, ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’. Thanks to great support from bloggers including David Hobby, Scott Kelby, David Schonauer, Syl Arena, and Chris Gampat, ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’ debuted in Amazon’s Top 100!

My awesome publisher hooked me up to speak at the Apple Store SoHo for my book launch. On the day of my talk I discovered that I’d be “opening” for rapper T.I. who was next up on stage. A nice side benefit of opening for a rap star is that my “Meet the Author’ talk is available as a video podcast on iTunes. Much as I tried, I failed to land the highly coveted “Explicit” Warning label. Damn, there goes my street cred…

My portrait photography exhibit of ‘Portraits of the Famous and Infamous’ at Books & Books marked the 30th Anniversary of the best independent bookstore in the country. The year also marked my first appearance speaking at the Miami Book Fair International. How lucky to speak opposite 260-million-books-sold-to-date-author-James-Patterson. Guess who won that Face-off?

Photography magazines Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer and Inside Edge featured profiles of my portrait photography and latest book ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’

It was again a year filled travel racking up 100,000 airmiles to shoots, speaking appearances and workshops at PhotoPlus Expo in New York, WPPI in Las Vegas, Exposure Show in Toronto, Sony/APA Assistant Basic Training in Seattle, Miami and at RIT and talks about editorial photography to ASMP Boise and SVA in New York.

Here are a few of our favorite portrait photography posts, podcasts, webcasts, interviews and reviews from 2012 – I hope you’ll enjoy!

STROBIST: Winter Reads: Secrets of Great Portrait Photography
SCOTT KELBY PHOTOSHOP INSIDER: It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brian Smith!
PRO PHOTO DAILY: Preview: Photographer Brian Smith’s “Portrait Secrets”
PIXSYLATED: Secrets of Great Portrait Photography Book Review
PHOTOSHELTER/X-RITE WEBINAR: Secret of Great Portrait Photography
B&H INSIGHTS: Brian Smith on How to Take Better Portraits
X-RITE/SONY WEBINAR: Brian Smith – Create the Look
MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL: ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’
DEPTH OF FIELD PODCAST: Interview with Brian Smith
FSTOPPERS: Sneak Peek At Celebrity Photographer Brian Smith’s Secrets of Great Portrait Photography
LOWEPRO BLOG: Learn the ‘Secrets of Great Portrait Photography’ in Newest Book from Celebrity Photographer Brian Smith
BORROWLENSES.COM: Powerful Inspiration for Powerful Portraits
INSIDE EDGE: Brian Smith Reveals the Secrets of Amazing Portraiture
RON MART BLOG: Review: Secrets of Great Portrait Photography
AL DIAZ BLOG: Secrets of Great Portrait Photography
ISO 1200: Secrets of Great Portrait Photography with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith

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