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Portraiture – Tonjanika Smith Photography

Category: Portraiture

Black woman sits in chair, laughing in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.

Carefree Fairmount Park Portrait Session | Samelle

“I hope you don’t my mind…” Samelle led with as she inquired about my life as teacher and photographer. Her genuine curiosity coupled with her sweet demeanor made it easy for me to forget that I was the one photographing her! This was always what we loved about her; Samelle had a way of making […]

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Black Pregnant Woman holding stomach along water Wissahickon Valley Creek

Wissahickon Valley Maternity Session | Natori & Alex

When Natori reached out to me, I was in a state of awe and honor. One of my babies was having a baby, and she wanted me to photograph part of her pregnancy. (Cue cartwheels) Natori and Alex expressed that they wanted a maternity session that showcased natural beauty, surrounded by luscious greenery and water. […]

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Philadelphia Maternity Session – Roxanne

“First comes love, then comes marriage…” is how the nursery rhyme goes, and there is no denying how amazing it is to witness Rick and Roxanne experience momentous life events together. From engagement to now expecting their first child together, I’ve been able to document this beautiful couple and their love story. In their Philadelphia […]

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Why I did a Generational Portrait Session

“Grandma is in the hospital.” The distress call went out and immediately, family from all over were pouring into the hospital to visit and comfort my traumatized grandmother. She had fractured her hip and could not walk. Frightened and confused, she was held in the hospital under supervision, constantly being reassured by nurses and doctors. […]

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