Hello and thanks for stopping by my first ever photograph website.  After much debate I decided it was time to create one and put some information about who I am and why I do what I do. 

So starting off, my name is Nick Smith and I was born 10/2/1982.  I've lived in numerous places throughout Illinois but pretty much call Earlville my original home as to it's where I've lived so far for the majority of my life and I'm a 2001 graduate from Earlville High School too.  After H.S. I was accepted to Universal Technical Institute in Glendale Heights, IL where I pursued the auto/diesel/industrial program and went through the International Technician Education program where I graduated top of my class.  I then moved to Michigan to work in Dearborn, MI for about 2 years and worked in a high volume truck/tractor dealership.  After my contract ended I moved back to IL and worked a few various jobs for the next couple years.

May 2005 I joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a 3531 Motor Transport Operator and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for the first 2 years of my career.  I was able to go to a few different countries and do a bunch of different training missions as well as deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  My last station was in Miramar California at the air wing and met a ton of really good friends along the way. 

After discharge, I continued to work a few different jobs where I was hoping to find out something really good to stick with.  And which how I ended up at Northern Illinois University.  Originally a business major, I learned really quickly that I'm terrible at math. 

I've been racing motocross now for going on my 4th season and the 2014 season I won the district 17 stadium mx +30 championship which has been my highlight so far.  Currently I'm racing the Amsoil Amateur National Arenacross series and am enjoying it. 

My photography started out a few years ago when I bought a cheap Canon Rebel and a cheap telephoto lens.  Having no experience or training, I had to learn on my own and my photos struggled.  But I enjoyed it so I kept with it.  Motocross and photography just went hand and hand.  After a year of business classes, I spoke to the visual and performing arts college here at NIU and decided to switch majors.  So currently I'm a Studio Art & Media Design major in Photography.  And that's how I got to where I am now.  I'm still learning and finding my own way.  The program is teaching me more about how to be artistic and conceptual in my photos as well as learning technical aspects of photography.  I prefer sports and action stuff but I'm wanting to learn more about doing portraits and other events.  I do also currently work for the Northern Star newspaper as a photographer.