About Us


We’re Christen and Patrick, best friends, Christ followers, and builders of a joy-filled life. We believe it is truly a gift when people let us into their lives, and photography is no exception. We love meeting new people, learning what matters most to them, and want our images to reflect the specificity of their story.

What we love



1 John 4:19 We love because He first loved us.


Forever partners in wine.

White Wine

Try the bacon, egg, and pimento cheese biscuit. Your taste buds will thank you.

Jubala Coffee

Our Havanese pup, is practically the mascot of our business.


Sweet for her and bold for him.


Because who doesn’t love a little drama?

Reality TV

Sometimes power-walks if we’re feeling crazy.


The journey is just as fun as the destination!


Representing Hufflepuff and Slytherin houses (can you guess whose is whose?)

Harry Potter


Our Story


Met working at our alma mater; Christen was Patrick’s boss.


Christen convinced Patrick to go to NYC and they became best friends.


Dated long-distance until Christen moved to North Carolina.


Patrick proposed by singing a song he wrote on his guitar.


We got married April 30th on a farm in Chapel Hill, NC.


We launched Christen Smith Photography!

When we’re not behind our cameras, you can pretty much find us together. We love watching reality tv, hiking, drinking espresso, and finding local spots for date nights. We are passionate about serving the community as well as our Savior, and believe that being a team means we can have double the impact on the world.



Bought our first house!


Rebranded to Christen & Patrick.


Welcomed Jellybean, our Havanese pup.


I would wear sweatpants everywhere if I could

I can cook you anything, as long as it’s chocolate chip pancakes

Extraverted introvert

Enneagram 9w1

Oldest of 16 kids

I love to take naps and get up early so I can nap later

Not an animal person, except for Jellybean

My sweet tooth tells all of the other ones what to do

Favorite moment - marrying my best friend


Gym shorts and a t-shirt is my outfit of choice

I am the cook in the house and self-appointed grill master

Introverted introvert

Enneagram 6w5

My bucket list item is to win neighborhood ‘yard of the month’

Sylvester Stallone is my idol. So much so that in college, I named my pet piranha after him

The only time I brave the summer heat is for a round of disc golf

I choose savory appetizers over sweet desserts any day

Favorite moment - marrying my best friend