Smith Hardy is a professional photographer, photojournalist, and photo editor based in Raleigh, NC. He specializes in commercial and editorial work and most frequently shoots sports, lifestyle, real estate, and interior design photography.

A lifelong creative and North Carolinian, Smith grew up loving two things: ACC sports and visual art. He got his first pro camera in 2002 and went on to study media communications at UNC Wilmington. One camera grew into several as he slowly built a robust equipment and technology collection to deliver the best client results. After eight years of freelance shooting for CBS Sports Network, Endurance Magazine, and Fox Sports Network, Smith opened his North Raleigh photography studio in 2015.

Smith is currently a stringer photojournalist for Walter Magazine, Home Design & Décor, Icon Sportswire, and Fox Sports. His work has also appeared in National Geographic and on PBS.

His work has most recently appeared in Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Architectural Digest, and Domino magazines.

Smith feels deep satisfaction by helping clients tell their stories, so he’s usually shooting! Running, yoga, and lots of coffee help him happily zip from shoot to shoot. He also appears on a weekly sports radio show on ESPN 99.9 The Fan. Join Smith on Saturdays at 99.9fm or online through