|Hudson Valley commercial aerial
stock photographer, Dutchess County, NY New York Hudson Valley
English Springer Spaniel, American flag, patriotism, Western Massachusetts, Licensed real estate agent
aerial photo work
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
almost anywhere for special projects and
Call for daily rate, details, and estimate.
writer, website designer
I'm involved in a lot of photgraphic projects, including some aerial, commercial, and internet work.
I've also done a lot of pets, children and general portraiture.
I still do portraiture occasionally by special request. There are many styles of portrait photography.
I prefer a simple style that emphasizes the personality and expression of the subject.
Portrait photography is challenging and you need to have a personality
that is upbeat, lively, and sensitive.
Much of my business is now commercial in nature.
Most of it comes through this website, ranked in the top 50, 000 sites by www.ranking.com
This site receives vistors from up to 130 countries and is still growing rapidly.
Stock and assignment photography
Old photograph repair
35mm and medium format and digital.
of Woodstock School in India are posted at:
Photographer Paul Smyres was born and raised in the foothills of the
Himalayan mountains, in the village of Mussoorie, in North Central
India. In 1966, at the age of fourteen, his parents left India
permanently. They brought their 4 children across the Middle East, from Karachi,
Pakistan, to Amsterdam, Holland, traveling in a Volkswagen camper. During that
journey the family had the opportunity to visit Tehran, Bagdhad, Jerusalem, and Istanbul,
as well as a number of European cities. While in India Mr. Smyres attended a private
American school named Woodstock School, in
Mussoorie. about 20 miles north of Dehra Dun. Situated at about 7,000 feet in
altitude, the view from the school overlooks the Northern Plains of India, with a view
north of the eternally snow-covered peaks of the high Himalayas. He attended high
school in a NY small town in NY's southern tier, near Binghamton. College was
in Albion, Michigan.
father, Robert, is a retired Methodist minister and missionary who spent seventeen
years in India. His mother, also retired, was an elementary school teacher for
many years. They both are healthy and live near Jacksonville, Florida. Mr
Smyres has two sisters, both teachers, and a younger brother Phillip who is in the college textbook business. He was also born
in India. Paul's grandfather,
was a Methodist missionary to Africa and a
photographer. He was an early pioneer into the Belgian
Congo in the 1920's on behalf of the Methodist Church. The elder Smyres was an
ordained minister, and during his life went around the world several times, taking
historical and documentary photographs for the Methodist Church, in addition
to preaching. He was known for his entertaining stories and sense of humor and lived
until he was 99.
"It was a truly wonderful experience growing up in India, and it would have been impossible if my family had not chosen missionary work. I have not continued the family tradition, however, because I believe in a more universal and non-sectarian approach to solving various social problems. During my life I have been able to witness directly many religious practices, including those performed by Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems, Jews, Sikhs, and others in their daily lives, and I am often inspired by them. My own contentment comes from a meditative practice I do that was taught to me during my early college years."
|Since his return to America, Paul has traveled to 40 states and lived for several years in six or seven. He worked in the tourist industry for 8 years, mostly in Florida, and has been to Canada, Venezuela, Italy, England, and Puerto Rico since returning to the United States. During early trips to India he visited many famous cities in Europe, including Rome, Geneva, Vienna, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and many others. During his two three-week visits to Venezuela, he hiked and traveled by horseback into the mountains in the Western part of the country. He now lives in Millerton, NY, where he has a studio on an old farm property.|
In addition to his private work and this website, he has photographed hundred of infants, and children, at elementary and dance schools for several photography companies. One of his favorite subjects is pets, and he collects their portraits He's done a lot of pet photography. See some of the samples: cats, dogs, parrots, horses. He also does portrait work New York City. Paul is a licensed real estate agent in NY, too, and works for Steed Real Estate in Millerton, NY. He uses his photography skills to promote properties using the internet.
Mr. Smyres has three children. The two older are
Robert enjoys gardening.
When he was younger he worked in landscaping and garden design.
He's quite fluent in Spanish. He's done work on school newspapers, and has met both Hillary and Bill Clinton. He's a good rap lyricist, too, and enjoys producing rap poetry that sometimes has political commentary,
or is just for fun.
He likes music, and he's the main designer and advertising manager for a new website: www.livingbeing.com
Evan, 24, is a pilot and has already
done many solo flights in a Cessna 152 and 172,
accumulating over 75 hours of air
He's very athletic and enjoys the outdoors. He's studying business in college
and plans to major in commercial aviation.
Sarah, 21, aspires to be a
math teacher. She's a very spirited and fun-loving girl. She
for a community organization and is attending college.
" I chose
photography as a medium of expression for several reasons. First, it
forces one to focus on single moments, tiny fractions of a second. I find
that very exhilarating because it requires an alert concentration and deep
sense of appreciation. In my work I seek primarily to present pure
beauty, a reflection of life as it is. Consequently, I rarely use any
filter except a polarizer, unless I'm shooting in black and white. I
try to extract the beautiful and sublime from ordinary scenes. I also
look for odd juxtapositions of images that are real, instead of being
Secondly, one photograph can say so much, for so long a time. Because we live in a visual age, photography in all its forms is the medium preferred by the public, primarily because it is instantaneous and transcends words. Occasionally a single image can be so powerful it becomes a permanent part of our conscious memory. The transformational and healing quality of images has been noted by famed psychoanalyst Carl Jung, and many others. The average person is bombarded daily with an immense amount of imagery, some of it horrible or chaotic. Most of it is also moving, that is, in video form, which can be very distracting or even disturbing. Because a moving image contains inherently more information, it is often presumed to be more valuable. However, it is generally easier to remember a still image. The challenge is therefore to choose which image to record out of many possibilities. By paying close attention to those images which evoke harmony and beauty, a sense of upliftment comes, and a realization of the many gifts that exist simply by being alive.
Although I enjoy writing, too, it's
very time-consuming and solitary. Photography is a far more social
activity. A portrait photographer must see the beautiful in people and
try to draw it out. That aspect of it enables me to meet and learn to
appreciate all kinds of people. Portrait photographers must sometimes
work with many people, and often with children or pets whose behavior is
unpredictable. It requires great patience, at times."
computer enthusiast for many years, Mr. Smyres also studied basic electronics and has
assembled many computers. With this website, he has combined his interest in
computers and photography, using the medium of the internet not only as a live portfolio,
but an educational and entertaining resource available to all. This site is in the
earliest stages of production, and is being developed slowly according to funding.
"Much of my work on this website is simply a record of common images, objects, and situations we deal with daily but do not normally remember. I try to record those images with as much attention to artistic principles as possible under the circumstances, but there is deliberately a journalistic and storytelling element in many of the photos. There may be asymmetry in one or more ways, often reflecting the view that is actually seen, not an idealized one. One of the advantages of publishing directly to the internet is the ability to immediately crop unwanted elements of the image. This allows great flexibility in shooting, which is important because many of the photos are shot under far less than ideal conditions, and often with a simple camera. I often use a small digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix 950.
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