Hi there, I'm a Digital Marketing Manager, Photographer, Tech Advocate, aspiring iOS developer and YouTuber from Orlando, Florida living and working in Okinawa, Japan.  My favorite genres of photography are documentary and portraiture.   

Photography is an amazing genre of art, and modern technology is constantly giving us new tools to play and create with. Shootlighter.com was born from my passion for mobile-friendly tech and photo gear. My hope is that I can share my knowledge and passion with others on my journey while also sharing my experience with the culture and people here in Japan. Thank you again for visiting, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or just to say hello.

Thank you,

Thomas Alan Smilie

Gear I use

Below is a listing of the gear I currently love and use for all my shoots (Street, Instagram, Blog and YouTube). I'm not saying these are the best, I am just sharing what I like and what works really well for me. I've now owned all four x100 series cameras and I've had two DXO One connected cameras. Combined with my iPhone 7 Plus (currently) I feel I can shoot everything I need to shoot. Each item is a link to Amazon if you want to purchase.

Before I started shooting with Fuji X-Series cameras. This is a behind the scenes shot from 2010 reviewing images with graphic artist Rachel V. at a U21 magazine shoot in Okinawa. 

I spent many years as the staff photographer for MCCS Marketing, publishers of Okinawa Living magazine. Below are some of my favorite images from the shoots I did over the years, and some of the covers my images have appeared on.

Commercial and Editorial Portfolio


“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind

Tearsheets and Covers