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DSS Photography

Dawn Sulyma Smith
Photographer

I am a family, fine art, and landscape photographer. I am originally from Texada Island, British Columbia and grew up in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. After 24 years in Inuvik, I now call Edmonton, Alberta home. I have always had a camera in my hand, actually, I have never been without one, it’s always on me in one form or the other. I love photography and everything about it. I appreciate the people I meet, and the places that I have been fortunate to travel to. I work hard to bring out the best in people at my sessions. I am patient and am diligent in telling the story that is unfolding in front of me. I like looking for the different, I do not want to be seen the same as everyone else.  I am based in Edmonton, Alberta, I am available for travel. 

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Testimonials from Happy Customers

 I was in search of a photographer to do my maternity photos and Dawn with DSS Photography was recommended to me.  We were connected through previous dealings, but we never had the chance to meet one another, so I was feeling rather nervous and shy about getting photos done, especially maternity photos as I am a bit more reserved, but as soon as I met Dawn at the location and we started talking and taking the photos I was instantly put at ease.  Not only did she make me feel comfortable, but her own easy going nature and professionalism made the session more enjoyable.  The photos turned out beautifully and the open communication and ideas she shared before the photo shoot showed me how much dedication and research she does before going into a photo shoot.   <br />
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After she took the maternity photos, a couple weeks later she did family maternity photos with my husband and daughter and they too felt comfortable and she was so patient and we loved how she interacted with our girl and made her feel so important and made her involved.<br />
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We then booked her to do photos the day our baby was born, so she was on standby the day we went to the hospital and as soon as our baby girl was born my husband called her and she arrived at the hospital with camera in tow and she caught beautiful images of our new baby girl meeting her big sister for the first time.  The images were so candid and in the moment and we appreciate her for being there on such a special day.     <br />
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We have booked her for numerous photo sessions and we will continue using her as our family photographer.  Dawn is truly amazing and creative and has captured so many precious memories for us and we are so grateful to have met her and she is such a pleasure to be around.  Getting our pictures taken just feels natural now.   I have recommended Dawn on numerous occasions to many family and friends and would not hesitate to keep recommending her to take photos for ourselves and others.  We are forever grateful to Dawn and her amazing talent she brings to every photo shoot and the beautiful images we get to see in the end.  It always feels like Christmas when she sends us a photo after each session.  The Shortreeds

I was in search of a photographer to do my maternity photos and Dawn with DSS Photography was recommended to me. We were connected through previous dealings, but we never had the chance to meet one another, so I was feeling rather nervous and shy about getting photos done, especially maternity photos as I am a bit more reserved, but as soon as I met Dawn at the location and we started talking and taking the photos I was instantly put at ease. Not only did she make me feel comfortable, but her own easy going nature and professionalism made the session more enjoyable. The photos turned out beautifully and the open communication and ideas she shared before the photo shoot showed me how much dedication and research she does before going into a photo shoot. After she took the maternity photos, a couple weeks later she did family maternity photos with my husband and daughter and they too felt comfortable and she was so patient and we loved how she interacted with our girl and made her feel so important and made her involved. We then booked her to do photos the day our baby was born, so she was on standby the day we went to the hospital and as soon as our baby girl was born my husband called her and she arrived at the hospital with camera in tow and she caught beautiful images of our new baby girl meeting her big sister for the first time.The images were so candid and in the moment and we appreciate her for being there on such a special day. We have booked her for numerous photo sessions and we will continue using her as our family photographer. Dawn is truly amazing and creative and has captured so many precious memories for us and we are so grateful to have met her and she is such a pleasure to be around. Getting our pictures taken just feels natural now. I have recommended Dawn on numerous occasions to many family and friends and would not hesitate to keep recommending her to take photos for ourselves and others. We are forever grateful to Dawn and her amazing talent she brings to every photo shoot and the beautiful images we get to see in the end. It always feels like Christmas when she sends us a photo after each session. The Shortreeds


Dawn, has taken our family photos for over a few years now. We are a very large family, from our very young grandchildren, to our children and their spouses and to my husband and myself, we are so pleased with the wonderful pictures that Dawn takes. From the large group pictures, to the small groups we know that Dawn has the patience and the creative ideas to create pictures that we will enjoy for years to come. Dawn, takes the time to listen to our ideas, and really hears what we say and then she comes up with these wonderful, awesome creative ideas and away we go. I highly recommend Dawn, and her sessions have created special memories for us to share.  <br />
- Gae

Dawn, has taken our family photos for over a few years now. We are a very large family, from our very young grandchildren, to our children and their spouses and to my husband and myself, we are so pleased with the wonderful pictures that Dawn takes. From the large group pictures, to the small groups we know that Dawn has the patience and the creative ideas to create pictures that we will enjoy for years to come. Dawn, takes the time to listen to our ideas, and really hears what we say and then she comes up with these wonderful, awesome creative ideas and away we go. I highly recommend Dawn, and her sessions have created special memories for us to share. Gae


I always enjoy our sessions together but your patience during the maternity session was fantastic.  Working with a high-energy toddler is difficult and despite the challenges you captured some fantastic photos.  My two favorite from that session is Gabe talking to the baby with the string-can phone and the photo of Gabe and I lying next to each other with our belly's uncovered and the word baby on Gabe's belly.<br />
- Alison

I always enjoy our sessions together but your patience during the maternity session was fantastic. Working with a high-energy toddler is difficult and despite the challenges you captured some fantastic photos. My two favorite from that session is Gabe talking to the baby with the string-can phone and the photo of Gabe and I lying next to each other with our belly's uncovered and the word baby on Gabe's belly. - Alison


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