State / Region
Maryland/ Silver Spring
I completed a BA in Communication Science and thought journalism and politics was my future, but after some soul searching, I believe that visual story telling is my passion.
I did a free online photography course to try to learn more about the art of photography, and I got the bug. I am now enrolled as a student at New York Institute of Photography to understand more about the technical aspects of making images as opposed to taking a photo and hoping for the best.
So far, the experience has been very rewarding, and I plan to pursue photography as a career.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Cheryle. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I enjoy listening to people’s stories and understanding where they are coming from.
Cheryle, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I have always loved looking at images, whether it was food photography in a food magazine, editorials in Vogue or images of bushmen in the Kalahari Desert in National Geographic. I always wondered how the photographers created their images. I decided to download an app to learn how to work the DSLR that I had and the images I began creating got a lot better. I am passionate about food, travel, landscape, street and environmental portraiture.
Who is your inspiration in life Cheryle? How do you keep inspired?
A photographer I admire is Ansel Adams. I love black and white photography, his use of tonal values to create texture and depth in his images is second to none. I like to go to art galleries and museums, also looking at other photographers work gives you ideas of how to introduce different elements into your work.
We all make mistakes Cheryle; 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 am not a working photographer just yet, so this is not an issue I have encountered. However, listening is always a good place to start when dealing with a conflict situation.
Cheryle, 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Again, not a problem I have encountered as yet. When I get some clients, I will let you know. Just kidding. It’s important to make sure you treat each customer as if they were your only one and gave them all great service while managing their expectations of you by keeping them informed of what you are doing. I worked as a travel agent for many years, so I have a pretty good background in customer service and communication with a client is key.
Please tell us Cheryle, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Well right now I find that because I am studying, I do a lot of reading, but do not shoot as much as I should. Photography is 100% about the act of shooting, and I find that I have to carve out more time from my day to practice my craft.
Cheryle, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
This often happened as a travel consultant, one has to be able to convince a traveller to accept a travel deal that may not be excactly what they were after but is pretty cool nonetheless. I’m hoping this skill will come in handy when I work as a photographer dealing with clients who expect you to go to the moon and back on a train ticket budget.
Cheryle, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I attended Photoville 2017 and got to meet and photograph Louis Mendes, a New York icon. He was kind and patient while I nervously fiddled with my camera settings and also took a few duds with people and things in the background. Then I got the image that I wanted, and that was a wow moment for me. The realization was that this is real.
Cheryle, 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 recently did some pictures of orchids at US Botanical Gardens, and I enjoyed the results. I was not just snapping, but looking for interesting angles, backgrounds, good lighting, contrasts and also how colors played off each other. The images came out great, and I was pleased.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
The advice I give myself every day is don’t doubt yourself, don’t doubt your talent and keep practising.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I did photo walks with some really good photographers at Photoville, and it sparked an interest in street photography that I did not know I had. I would love to work with street photographers and portrait photographers.
Cheryle Galloway @district_diva