Bio

Sylvia Garcia-Smith - Wedding photographer in Beeville and Corpus Christi TexasI’ve been photographing since about 1978, mainly family parties, weddings, people, places and wildlife. I worked for a law enforcement agency for several years¬†which allowed me the opportunity to work in a black & white dark room.¬†I developed all kinds of photographic skills and learned my basics while employed there. I have learned many techniques on my own, but¬†lately,¬†working with other wedding and wildlife pros refining my God given skill. People have always remarked “you make beautiful photos”, but I tell them, “God makes the beautiful photos, I‚Äôm only His instrument.” NOTE: I no longer do weddings, but have enjoyed doing them and feel blessed to have been part of making someone’s memories.

I enjoy the great outdoors photographing wildlife. I love sharing the photos through my website with family, friends and folks that are too busy to notice nature around them. Folks thank me for sharing the photos and allowing them to see what God has blessed us with. I offer for sale prints of the nature photos. 

Currently, I am working on an Associates degree in Computer Science at Coastal Bend College.

I have digitized 57 of the 69 A.C. Jones High School annuals and loaded them to our A.C. Jones High School page on Facebook. And, I have completed scanning ALL 69 of the yearbooks and given the digitized copies to A.C. Jones High School for uploading to their database.

I have participated in the 2007, 2009, 2010/2011 and the 2013¬†Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest. I’ve won First Place in the 2007 Contest in the Dove Division. In the 2009 Contest, I won First Place in the Quail Division, Second Place in the Caterpillar Division and 4 Honorable mentions. These have been published in the Wildlife in Focus IV & V Books for the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest.¬†Books are still for sale if anyone would like to purchase them.¬†¬†The 2007 Winning Photos have a permanent home at the Corpus Christi International Airport Terminal. The 2010/2011¬†¬†photos are still being shown through-out the Coastal Bend. In the results of the 2010/2011 Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest, I placed 4th in the Night Photography, in a field of over 4000 entries. I also placed in the 2013 photo contest winning the Owl Division Winner and First place with the Owls, Squirrels, and a 3rd place in Hummingbirds.

After years of submitting,¬†three of my photos were selected and¬†published in the August/September 2012 edition of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.¬†¬†A life long dream of mine has been met. God has blessed me tremendously. I have also¬†been published numerous times in the local My South Texas newspaper and Live Oak County Progress. I’ve written 4 stories for the Bee County Visitors Guide 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, with photos that were published.¬† I’ve also had photos published in the Coastal Bend College calendars since 2006. I have assisted at the Three Rivers Birding Festival in 2009, 2010 & 2011.

I also teach Basic Photography workshops on the side. Contact me for details.

Thanks for checking out my website…….sylvia ūüôā