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Though most fashion shoots are notorious for their tension and anxiety, Smith says that his shoots are actually quite relaxed. "I don't seem to ever yell or anything like that - we laugh and fool around a lot," he says. "Again, very rarely are there lights. So, from a technical point of view there is not that much to set up."

He admits though that his style of working has gotten second glances from some clients wondering how he justifies his fees in light of his low-tech approach: "I walk around with a little camera, just one camera, no extra body, nothing - just the 50 mm lens on an M-4 with two or three rolls of film in my pockets and that is it. And people say 'How can we pay you this money?' You're supposed to have all this equipment and you're supposed to justify your existence by this. And I say 'Hopefully the pictures will do that.'"


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Don with golf club in ocean from behind, Palm Beach, 1997
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