Shanya Smith is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. currently residing in Chicago, IL. She has always enjoyed taking pictures and has been a photographer at heart for over 20 years. After much encouragement from friends, family, and from her son Ocean's talent agents, who were always so impressed with head shots she would take of him, she began to take her craft seriously.

Since doing so she has won an award as a people's choice artist. Photos have been published in Capture My Chicago,Chicago In Focus, and Hi Fructouse Magazine Volume #19. Was also a Freatured Photographer on

Many have told Shanya that she has an “Eye”.

What is most important to her is that she shares the beauty of what she sees in everything and everyone, from a rusty lock to a beautiful flower. She hopes you enjoy this small glimpse through her lens.