Leah Smoot | Artist

Centralia, Missouri

Creativity has always been second-nature to me.  I love to create beautiful things, especially for others.  When I was little, I could often be found in my room creating jewelry, painting, or crafting.  When I thought about what I wanted to do after school, I knew it had to be something where I could use my creative gifts.  I attended the University of Central Missouri, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Photography & Graphic Arts in 2010. 

I also married my husband, Justin, in 2010!  We decided to call Centralia our home in 2012, buying a house a few miles north of town.  In May of 2013, I officially opened for business as Lens Photo, offering portrait photography services.  The name changed to Smoot Photography & Design a few years later, with the addition of home decor to my business. 


"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10


In the Spring of 2017, I discovered modern calligraphy and LOVED it!  Practice make progress, and by fall I was offering hand-lettered home decor in my business.  I believe in filling a home with meaningful artwork: family photographs, Bible verses, quotes and lyrics, and colorful paintings.  I am also an advocate for repurposing items, many times using cabinet doors, shutters, books, and reclaimed barn wood as my bases.  My hope is to be a light and continue helping you fill your homes with the things you hold close to your heart.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, or to get started on your customized art.

-Leah, Owner of Smoot Design Co.