I have been a Preschool Teacher for almost 27 years and always encouraged my young students to appreciate nature; it's form, colour and features. Over the years, I have been drawn to creative avenues to fulfil my desires artistically. I have only recently picked up the camera and began to explore the possibilities. These days, there are so many apps to try and buy, and with a select few, I have been able to teach myself how to use them and to manipulate the photo to the desired effects. I am a perfectionist and many hours are spent getting it right! My "go to" site to help produce my photos into a product is www.society6.com/neuvou9. My Neuvou9 shop shows the diversity of prints on approximately 40 products for individuals to purchase. I have ordered product to make sure that the quality is of a high standard and I am happy to say that I am very happy with the outcome. It's always difficult to put yourself out there to the public for all to see, but as a new artist, I have had to start somewhere. The costs involved to gain recognition and to make your products can be unreachable for some of us who are just beginning. My prints are so beautiful and different, and my goal is to share them with the world in many different ways, and I think if people have an opportunity to choose how they would like to have a bit of Neuvou9's print, then they should be able to choose for themselves. Nature has always been an inspiration to me, and when I need to take a break and slow life down, you will find me in the thickets of the local swamp, the river's edge or perhaps taking photos of natural boring subjects like twigs, rocks and undergrowth. We tend to ignore what we are surrounded by, but when you stop and take a moment, the common becomes extraordinary.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Sheree. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I have always been creative, but I would filter my ideas via the young children I would teach. It was very rare that I had the time put aside for my pursuits. I have had a yearning for so long, and in August of 2017, I began my new found love of photography and slowly developed my technique. I am a mother of one, and this keeps me very busy. She is now seven years old, and she too is creative, and I often find her on my devices, digitally enhancing photos with selected filters. She is getting better all the time, and it's the age of technology that seemingly consumes most of us!
I am very proud of my photographic art and the lengths I go to to get it right. I have the viewer in mind and each photo, the viewer is drawn in to discover subjects and content. At times you may discover animals, goblins, creatures and spirit guides, to name just a few! Some are simply beautiful representations of nature with brilliant colour and form.
Sheree, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I am always passionate about our natural world. Human's take it for granted, and we forget to nurture it as we should.
There are so many positive movements towards the care of our Earth, and I hope that future generations promote the preservation of nature, even if it only starts at home.
As I mentioned, my techniques with digital manipulation are new. I have always aspired to all things natural and with colour and pattern. Finding my way with technology has served me well and therefore my inner needs to "get it right" will serve me well, too. In today's world, it can be "hit or miss" with creative ideas!
I hope it's a case of "hit" rather than "miss".
Who is your inspiration in life Sheree? How do you keep inspired?
There are so many creative designers out there! My inspiration comes from those who have forged ahead whether it be on their own or in collaboration with others. Those who have produced an idea or created one and persevered to become a household name, are amazing.
On a personal level and one that is a constant, is my daughter. She keeps me going and I want to show her that when you put your mind to something, you can achieve so much even if it's small steps at a time. She is a perfectionist too, and she wants to get things right the first time, is it's been a challenge to install in her the resilience required to keep going and never to give up. There will be knockbacks often, but it will only make you try harder.
We all make mistakes Sheree; 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 haven't had any upheavals in my new found vocation as yet. I am sure that they will come! I am a sole trader at the moment, and I am the only one that I answer to. It's my husband that I answer too because hours have passed and I'm still working on my photos at 2 am in the morning!
I pray that one day I will be working with many to collaborate my photography. Perhaps then, many mistakes will be made which will be a "must have" learning curve!
Sheree, 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?
I haven't any clients yet! Those who have bought my products from society6 are hopefully happy people with beautiful and unusual printed apparel. If there are any designers, future creatives, brands who would like to offer me an opportunity, then lead the way.
I am new to this, and I am a good listener, so if there are people in the business world who would like to explore my ideas, then I'm all ears!
Please tell us, Sheree, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I have recently showcased my photography for RAWartists.org in Brisbane on the 5th April 2018.
It was an amazing first showcase, but with a lot of preparation. Being a perfectionist didn't help but my organisational skills shone through! I went far and beyond the call of duty with prints, framed prints, a product from society6 and a power point presentation about me and my photography.
I had four great friends who helped me set up for the show and without them, I would have not been as successful. I put so much effort into things and highly organised with an eye for detail!
It's not easy being me sometimes!
Sheree, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Doing this on my own has been amazing, but one tends to be overly critical of their work. My husband views my photos, and at times would not appreciate the final product. Over time, my nature shots have varied and he has finally realised that my photos would accommodate the tastes of a wide variety of the public.
In a sense, family and friends have been great for me to help analyse and critique my work. I'm sure there is more to come when my work becomes global.
Sheree, 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 moment thus far, besides becoming a mum at 42yrs of age, is my change of vocation. I had to let go of teaching after 27 years.I felt guilty, sad but excited at the same time and to validate my decision and to give myself permission for change, was one of the hardest things I had to do.
Reinventing yourself is always a challenge and knowing that family and friends may not agree with your choices, makes it harder still!
I am proud to say that I have soldiered on and believing in yourself and what you are doing, helps.
Sheree, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
As I mentioned, this is new, and I was excited to realise that product can be made with my photos. That opened up a whole new avenue. With society6, they take the manufacturing out of it and you are paid a small percentage of royalties for every product sold.
Again, it's difficult if you don't have cash flow to reach big brand names that may use your work. Society6 offers some cash flow but that all depends on how good you are with social media and your abilities to market your work.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
My advice is to do what you love and even if it's something you want to try, give it a go and give it your best.
Research and plan and believe what you are doing is great.
Be open to advise and know that there are people who can guide you in the right direction.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Collaboration with any or all creatives would be an awesome opportunity. I believe that my photos are so diverse and what I can produce would suit any and all collaborators. I'm sure that I can produce almost anything that is asked if I have particular specifications that they are looking for.
Now for the best part Sheree! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.