Kind Words (recommendations)
Roberta Messner, RN, PhD
Editor/writer for Angels on Earth & Guideposts
As an author of inspirational articles, I'd written my most deeply personal offering yet. Due to a medical mishap, I was battling body image changes and felt fearful and vulnerable on many levels. Then a magazine assigned Scott Goldsmith, a total stranger, to photograph and videotape me. My guard went up. I quickly discovered he was just like me. A storyteller. A storyteller who happened to communicate with a camera.
I would soon learn, however, that Scott's primary tool was the powerful instrument of self. Empathy. Warmth. The magic of rapport with everyone he encountered. His amazing expertise notwithstanding, he used these inner qualities to integrate the heart and science of his chosen medium.
Scott's genuine human kindness crumbled my armor.
Since that day, Scott has recorded other images of me as well as others whose lived experiences I have been privileged to portray. Using a camera in lieu of a brush, Scott is the consummate artist. He never fails to create a lifelong memory for his subjects or to evoke a myriad of powerful emotions in the reader. He communicates a person's story as if it is the only one they will ever tell.
Scott is a relentless pursuer of beauty in the ordinary moments of life. In my four decades as a writer of many genres, I have worked with numerous wonderful photographers. But never one who comes close to Scott.
CEO of The Photo Society & Photographer with Contact Press Images
Scott Goldsmith produces some of the most intelligent photography made today.
He brings great insight into every project he tackles, regardless of how complicated the subject matter may be.
I worked closely with Scott for about ten years and learned a great deal from him.
Award winning portrait photographer
I met Scott at a local town planning meeting. I was struck by his warmth, sincerity, down-to-earth spirit, funny Midwest humor, and desire to use his talents to help our little town grow. He had great ideas. Since I wanted to start my own photography career, I Googled him and was FLOORED to discover Scott's incredible global travel and work displayed on many national magazine covers.
His personal projects show the kind of man Scott is. His images have a depth of life, stillness of a moment and are rich with compassion.
His work shows his ability to be quiet and unassuming around those being photographed, and for them to feel completely comfortable he's there, or not even notice him. He is always ready and looking to capture a special image to convey a feeling of the time and story.
Scott creates amazing imagery, moving hearts with beauty in his work. Most importantly, he finds time to help others whenever he can.
Susan A. Karas
Author / Journalist, New York
That photographer has a special touch to create not only a photo, but feeling, live feelings...I can feel it...Amazing!!
Larry Levin, Washington DC.
Professor• Photographer • Photo Editor
Scott has an amazing ability to be invisible on photo-shoots when needed to capture intimate and evocative photographs. He is the best team player I have worked with on large productions or small shoots. His good humor helps bridge gaps on long shoots and he always has a ton of ideas. I truly feel he is one of the best photographers in the country.
Kevin Eans, NYC
Director of Photography, Guideposts magazine
There are very few people I wish I could clone. Scott is at the top of that list. He has the ability to connect with people on a level that allows him to make honest photographs and those connections often endure long after the photographs are published and filed away. Scott is one of the best story tellers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Mia Bywalski, Pocket Nurse (Director of Marketing)
Scott understood the images we were trying to create and brought
the ideas to life. His crew was honestly one of the most efficient and supportive
crews I’ve worked with and it lead to accomplishing much more than we expected in a one day shoot.
Scott taught us how to take very technical complex products and show them in an appealing way. His proposal was extremely accurate, and the quality of the photos far exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to our next shoot together.