Contact Dayna Smith


A passion for horses led me to my first job at a Wyoming ranch, which led to a second passion, photographing the views from the mountains on the ranch. Within a year I was enrolled in photojournalism 101 at the University of Oklahoma. Seven years and four colleges later I landed my first internship at Newsday then a second internship at The Palm Beach Post. From there I made it to Washington, DC, to the Washington Times and two years later the Washington Post. In the twenty one years I worked at the Post I covered: the LA riots; the cholera epidemic in South America; Vietnam 10 years after the fall of Saigon; the routing of the Kymer Rouge from Cambodia to refugee camps in Thailand; Kosovo; civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua; famine, instability and the American invasion in Somalia and the war in Kosovo. I've earned many awards from professional associations including WHNPA, NPPA, AP, Overseas Press Club and Photo of the Year from the World Press Association and a national firefighters organization. Currently I shoot for clients including Georgetown Cupcake and Betsy Fisher as well as several university magazines, various nonprofits and the Washington Post. On location food and fashion and editorial work as well as weddings, and now video keep me busy. Thirty years on, my passion for photography is still alive.

Production Skills & Specialities

Documentary, Nature, Weddings, Portrait, Backpack Journalism, Photo Editing, Multimedia Production, Still Photography