Diann and Greg Smith with International American Champion Barr Run's Paddy Whack, Champion Acacia’s Babbling Brookstone and Champion Acacia's Bratty Brookstone.                                 Photo by Tamara Campbell

Greg Smith the owner of Garden Studio, Inc. started in the photography business in 1969. He worked 5 years for a very large photography company in St. Louis, Missouri photographing weddings and portraits. In 1974 Greg and his wife Diann opened Garden Studio. Greg and his staff of photographers photographed 100-150 weddings a year for 20 years.  They also photographed children, families, high school seniors and pets.  In 1985 Greg & Diann bought a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and began showing dogs.  Wedding photography got in the way of dog showing so they gave up wedding work.  The emphasis soon shifted to Pet portraits.  They were setting up portrait booths at the dog shows as well as doing doing portraits in people’s homes, location work and in their studio.  Then when the great dog show photographer Don Petrulis retired, the emphasis changed to Dog Show Photography.  Don & Nancy were an inspiration to us, and we thank them for their help. 
Many awards, speaking and photographic judging assignments, and offices have been held by Greg. His credentials include:

   Master Photographer   

  Photographic Craftsman

   President of the Professional Photographers of Greater St. Louis

   Best in Show Photographer for Missouri twice

   Best in Show Photographer, Heart of America (4 state regional competition)

   Heart of America Photographer of the Year

   Missouri Photographer of the Year twice

   Top Ten Photographers of Missouri (numerous times)

   Print judge at photographic competitions

  Board Member Jefferson County Kennel Club

  Member Spirit of the Heartland Kennel Club       

  Member Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater St. Louis

 Speaker at the Missouri and Iowa State Conventions

   5 Kodak Gallery awards(the highest award of excellence, his most recent at the 1999 Heart of America Convention for a portrait of a black lab on a black background, titled "Aging Gracefully'. This print was selected for display at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center.

   Greg's photography has been published in multiple volumes of the "Professional Photographers Of America's Loan Collection Book" and also in the "Professional Photographer Storytellers" magazine.

   Greg's photographic work is also on display in the Main Gallery at the "Sherman Hines Museum of Photography and Art Galleries" in Nova Scotia, Canada.