Leah Smoot | Portrait Photographer & Artist

Centralia, Missouri

Creativity has always been second-nature to me.  From photography to crafting, I love to create beautiful things, especially for others.  When I was little, I could often be found in my room creating jewelry, painting, drawing, or dressing up my 3-year-old cousin, sitting her on a blanket with stuffed animal friends and using up a whole roll of film.  (Yep, that happened!)  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.  It is here I have my studio set up, as well as 3 acres and surrounding fields to use as backdrops.  I am also happy to photograph at a favorite spot of your's in the Centralia, Mexico, Hallsville, and Columbia, Missouri areas.  As you can see in my portfolio, my style is sweet and simple... and a little bit country. ;)  Find me an old barn or a field of tall grass or wildflowers and I'm smitten!  Let's choose one of these beautiful places around us and create some meaningful art for your family.


"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


The gift of creating doesn't stop with photography.  I am a maker, and as such I wanted to offer more from my business.  I'm helping to put imagery you love on your walls, so why not offer you additional artwork?  I believe in filling my home with meaningful artwork: family photographs, Bible verses, quotes and lyrics.  My goal with the addition of handmade home decor 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 photography & art.

-Leah, Owner of Smoot Photography & Design

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