Chelsea Yang-Smith is a freelance photographer for hire— currently based in Alberta, Canada.

I primarily capture art documentation, portraiture, product, and event photography and I'm always ready to take on new projects—if you have something in mind you can reach me here or follow me on instagram.

I'm a firm believer in authentic imagery that celebrates real people and real ideas! My creative style incorporates a strong visual design ethos and my belief in documenting honest imagery. Let's collaborate and make your project happen!

curriculum vitae


  • 2017, Photography Practicum, The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity
  • 2016, Bachelor of Design (Photography), Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, Mobility + Exchange (Spring), University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • 2022, Calgary Arts Development, Artist Development Microgrant 
  • 2019, Calgary Arts Development, Individual Artist Grant
  • 2015, University of the Arts, International Visual Arts Collaboration Grant
  • 2015, University of the Arts, Exchange Student of the Year Award
  • 2013-2014, The Government of Alberta, Jason Lang Scholarship

solo exhibitions

  • 2019, second-sight, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2019, KENOPSIA, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Calgary, Canada
  • 2018,  objects that I have unearthed from the bottom of my drawer, The Window Gallery, Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada 
  • 2017, the only thing I can admit aloud is this, The Project Space, Banff Centre for Creativity + Arts, Banff, Canada
  • 2017, the only thing I can admit aloud is this, Vendome Café, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, dear e, The Creig Gallery, Calgary, Canada

selected group exhibitions

  • 2019, Big Studio — Big Winter Classic, Calgary, Canada
  • 2018, LOOM, Avenida Art + Framing Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2018, Stationary 2, Loft 704, Calgary, Canada
  • 2017, POST-WAVE, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2017, Stationary, Loft 704, Calgary, Canada 
  • 2016, Hear/tell, ATB Financial's Stephen Avenue Centre Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, I will see you again; Jag kommer att se dig igen, Levitt Foyer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2014, Voyage, +15 window at 150-9th Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada


  • 2021, 2D Visual Arts Residency, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff, Canada
  • 2019, The Lightbox Studio (July-August), Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada

professional experience

  • 2022, Photography Facilitator, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff, Canada
  • 2019, Board Member, Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary, Canada
  • 2019, Jr Photographer, FGL Sports (TC Transcontinental), Calgary, Canada
  • 2018, Photo Documentation Technician, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, Archival Restoration Intern, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2014, Director, The Creig Gallery, Calgary, Canada



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