“ a good photographer is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.”

— Irving Penn

Hi! My name is Tammy Smith and I am the owner and artist of the Rusted Lens!  I'm glad you are here.

I am a mom to 2 young boys and the wife to one extraordinary man. After living all around, we settled in Holly Springs, NC - just one town over from where I grew up in Fuquay. Ever since our first child was born I became very aware of how fast time passes and how many things I would miss as the clock ticked on. I suddenly began to cherish the ordinary moments.... the small things in my every day. That is why I am so passionate about my documentary style of photography.

I have spent a great deal of time taking specialized classes in this area of photography. I have been mentored by some of the best in the world. I am in love with this type of photography. I do not rush sessions. Husbands love these sessions because there are no matching outfits or forcing the kids to be still and look at the camera. Instead ,my sessions are full of fun, laughter and love.

Whether you choose to have my photograph your family for a documentary styled portrait session or you just can't live without one of my day in the life sessions, you will love the moments that you see in your images. I don't want to just give you a pretty image to hang on your wall, I want to give you moments, memories and stories you will look back on and feel emotionally attached to and that you will tell your grandchildren about one day.

Enough talking, I want to show you a Day in My Life.

Here are some images from one Saturday in July at our house. I'm warning you - our life is crazy and wonderful. I'm sure yours looks a lot like this - my beds weren't made, we didn't match.... I didn't even comb the boys' hair first thing. I wanted it to be real and I love every cow lick in these pictures. Ordinary is amazing!

You can watch our full day at the bottom of this collection.


Let me tell you my favorite things that someone else may not "get" from these photos and video but that are important details to me as a mom:

1. Pancakes is a "thing" at our house on Saturday mornings and so is my boys pushing up a chair and helping.

2. That table my kids are eating at is a door from my uncle's house that is over 100 years old.

3. My oldest always has no less than 4,397 things in his hands at any given moment.

4. My boys bring me flowers (and rocks) every time we are outside.

5. My little can't reach the sink to brush his teeth but refuses to let anyone help.

This is who we are now - this will not be who we will be in a year (or even 6 months) - I don't want to forget now because I love it.