Small town photographer gets big honor
Dwayne Schmidt, of Clyde, followed a dream and this summer is being recognized as one of North Carolina's best photographers.
Two years ago when he began Dwayne Schmidt Photography, he had no idea just how successful he would become.
For many years he has photographed landscapes, which earned him recognition across the state. But it wasn't until two years ago that he became a professional photographer and his career took off.
“One day a coworker asked my wife if I would do her daughter's senior pictures and after Rachel Revis's first photo shoot, the rest was history,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt specializes in the wedding industry with engagement and bridal pictures, but also does senior pictures, family pictures, and continues doing landscape work all around North Carolina, mostly near the coast.
Dwayne Schmidt Photography pictures has been published in magazines, books and calendars, and one of his photos was featured on the front cover of the most recent cover of Mountaineer Publishing Inc.'s Blue Ridge Bride magazine.
“I am humbled every time I am published,” Schmidt said. “It is awesome just to know that people like my work.”
The latest honor he received was getting invited as one of the few photographers to participate in the Save the Cape program. This is a nonprofit organization that was established to protect and enhance the natural resources in the lower Cape Fear area.
This summer they have chosen some of the best photographers and artists in the state to help raise funds to develop and promote a new state park at Cape Fear. A percentage of the sales will be used for research, concept development, publications and promotion for Save the Cape.
“For me it is very flattering to be a part of this program," said Schmidt. "I have followed some of the artists work for years and it’s exciting to see my name with theirs."
To help support Save the Cape, visit www.savethecape.org to buy pictures from the artists and photographers, or to donate to the corporation.
For more information on Dwayne Schmidt Photography visit www.dwaynesimages.com, or like his page on Facebook.