Tina began her photography career in 2006 as an assistant to a Chicago commercial photographer. In 2009, she started her own freelance business as Tina Smothers Photography and quickly became one of Chicago’s top-rated actor headshot photographers. She went on to expand into commercial and corporate photography, amassing Fortune 500 clients such as Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, PR Weekly and the Walton Issacson Ad Agency.
Although Tina has done many other types of photography over the years (jewelry catalogues, interiors, architecture, and products to name a few), today she exclusively shoots corporate, commercial, and magazine assignments. She has photographed 3 magazine covers, countless executive portraits and headshots, and has documented hundreds of events all over the country including the tenth anniversary of Sept 11 at the World Trade Center memorial. Tina has also had the good fortune to photograph celebrities such as Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, and Mike Ditka, Saturday Night Live’s Nora Dunn, and the group One Direction.
Tina’s previous life as a social worker combined with her improv comedy training at Second City, the iO Theater, and Under the Gun Theater are what gives her the “bedside manner” and top-notch customer service skills that make her business a success.