Wes Smith (aka The Portrait Dude) grew up with a love of comic books, video games, books, movies and all things nerdy. In college he found a love for drumming and graphic design as hobbies, but it wasn’t until his early thirties that he picked up his first camera and found he had an eye for photography.
His work has been internationally published in books such as Cosplay World, Cosplay Culture, iCosplay to name a few. Recently, he has a cosplay focused photography studio in Columbus, OH and travels providing cosplay coverage for numerous conventions and publications across the United States including the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay both in 2018 and 2019 for ReedPop, private and public meet and greets with Stan Lee’s team and many other conventions.
Wes loves to shoot everyone from experienced to first time cosplayers and uses light and flash techniques to show them in camera how amazing they look with the goal of his shoots being to make people feel more confident both in and out of their cosplay and help them believe in themselves more.