I am the creative and passionate person who enjoys telling a story in my artwork. Outside of art, I play competitive volleyball.
Cheryl, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion in life is to do more fashion photography and film that people will view for years to come. When I was younger I was taking photos with a point and shoot but when I became a more serious photographer was when a friend of mine asked to take boudoir photos of her for her boyfriend at the time, after that people kept asking me if I could do photos for their significant others and my passion for photography grew.
Who is your inspiration in life Cheryl? How do you keep inspired?
I'm inspired by a lot of photographers from Annie Leibovitz, Tyler Sheilds, Dani Diamond. Also a couple of artists who became friends of mine which are Joel Robison and Rob Woodcox.
We all make mistakes Cheryl; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I don't regret any time handling a situation differently with a colleague, I've always had good experiences and learned from each and every one of them.
Cheryl, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
Each client has their separate customised shoot, so I make sure that my clients are comfortable during a shoot and that they get delivered the best images that they desired when they chose me.
Please tell us, Cheryl, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I always need to be organised and start early if I'm trying to meet a deadline so that my client trusts me and is happy with what they asked for.
Cheryl, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Being a photographer, I also have to be a salesperson. I help my clients choose the best packages that way they get the best investment and are happy with their finished products.
Cheryl, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest accomplishment as a photographer would be opening up a studio and having our own business. It's my proudest moment because not only am I doing what I love to do, I'm also working with my best friend.
Cheryl, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I'm always creative with everything I do in my work. One of the times, I was taking a fashion film for an artist's clothing line, and I filmed everything on a drone. It was exciting because I never filmed solely on the drone and it was fun. It was difficult not only because it was all on a drone, but also it was during below freezing temperatures. Being a photographer, you do anything to get the shot.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Never give up, keep creating and travel because it helps you see different cultures, and you gain experiences that give you another outlook on your work. Follow your dreams, follow your passion.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I would love to collaborate with models, brands and other photographers.
Photographer: Cheryl Manaligod @eyecandystudioschicago