Fran Smith

Fran Smith

Fran’s love of photography began at an early age with a treasured Anscomatic and a vintage Kodak box Camera.  She attended The Academy of the Holy Cross for High School and later received her BA in Art History from the University of Maryland (UMD) in 1973.  Happily, a close friend of the family was a talented portrait photographer and advised Fran on both the purchase of her first 35mm SLR camera, a Minolta SRT 101, and on how to set up a home darkroom.

After working for eight years at the National Science Foundation, Fran left her position to pursue a Graduate Degree in Film Studies at UMD while also working part time as a freelance Performing Arts Photographer. It was during this time that she met Dave who was the owner of Color Unlimited and, like Fran, was an avid Star Trek fan. (Many fun filled Conventions followed).   Fran received her MA in 1990 and Dave and Fran were married in the spring of 1992.  Shortly after, along with their good friend Robin Wright, they started and ran United Photo as a full service lab and rental studio in it’s Beltsville, Maryland retail location.  Since the middle of 2016, Dave and Fran have been working together from their new non-retail space in Beltsville.


Phone: 301-937-5510 EXT 2

Our clients say it best ...

I found U-Photo by luck.  It's difficult to find a real photo finishing shop near impossible to find one with superb customer service.  They were very kind to me as I explained my wild idea and mediocre file. They were able to print the picture in great quality to my amateur eyes, however they felt and warned me it was an ok quality. I look forward to using their services again in the future!! I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional photo shop!!!

Dave and Fran do fantastic work! They are always a pleasure to work with and never disappoint. They have processed my work for over 20 years and I cannot recommend them highly enough!

Greg Land, Pro Photographer

I trust the team at U-Photo to handle my orders. Printing is an art and they have it down to a science.

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