STORYTELLING FOR SOCIAL GOOD
Through photography, video direction and design, Eric J. Smith has a knack for creating content that resonates. With work published, broadcast and shared by millions of people around the world, Eric builds brands while shining a light on the most pressing issues of our time. With a discerning eye and a powerful set of creative tools, Eric’s award winning storytelling evokes a sense of dynamism and timelessness. A former SVP of Content & Creative at the social good division of the CBS Corporation, Eric is now Principal of E Smith Images LLC and is available for projects and speaking engagements.
VIDEO // Envase Technologies: LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Director: Eric J. Smith, Clients: Envase Technologies & Firmament
PHOTO SERIES // VIKA LIVING: JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA
The Vika One is a 144 square foot living unit that can be folded and shipped easily all over the world. The unit can be assembled on site in an hour and used an additional dwelling for a property, a vacation property or even temporary housing in natural disaster recovery. Eric was hired to photograph the prototype in Joshua Tree, California for Vika Living's marketing purposes.
BRAND IDENTITY // KINDERSYSTEMS
KinderSystems is a software company that creates products for childcare providers to remain subsidy compliant with state agencies. With a new name, the company needed a new graphic identity designed to reflect the importance of supporting pre-k learners. Eric designed a new symbol that consists of a letter K rotated 90 degrees to reveal a child reading a book. The bright color palette maintains sophistication while appealing to the childcare market. This video introduction features company leadership as well as a KinderSystems client who runs a childcare center in California.
VIDEO // Lexus UX200 “Beautify Earth“CAMPAIGN: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Director: Eric J. Smith, Agency: Team One, Production Company: Givewith, Client: Lexus
PHOTO SERIES // MUSIC WILL
Music Will is a 501c3 that transforms lives by transforming music education. For more than two decades, Music Will has provided access to music education to over a million students who might not have otherwise had access in their schools. These programs teach students popular genres such as rock, pop, R&B, Latin, rap, and country, along with styles found in typical school programs such as classical and jazz. Eric has been photographing Music Will's events and celebrity school visits for over ten years. The most recent shoots have included Tom Morello, Idina Menzel, and Kenneth “Baby Face” Edmunds.
British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Humanity 2022
Eric's photograph “Guatemala Dreams“ was selected for the cover of the fourth volume of “Portrait of Humanity,” an annual featuring 200 photographs of people from across the globe.
First Place, Los Angeles Center of Photography
Eric's portrait of Zaina, a beneficiary of World Bicycle Relief in Kenya, garnered the first place award in LACP's 7th Annual Members' exhibition.
“Whale Vision” Exhibition, Reykjavík, Iceland
Eric’s photograph “Sign of the Times” was included in a public exhibition to promote whale conservation and end commercial whale hunting in Iceland.