Sherri Abeyta

My journey as a professional photographer began when I was a young stay-at-home mom of two beautiful daughters. Having the influence of my grandfather and his passion for photography, my sister and I decided to take some courses. These were the early days of film and dark room. I remember spending countless hours in the dark room. I was hooked! In these early years when shooting, I always wanted to include a person. It became clear that the type of photography I enjoyed was portrait. It was through my lens that I felt a connection with people. I could capture happiness, joy and even sadness. Seeing the art of people when they didn’t know someone was photographing them.
I was invited by a group of photographers to be a part of a local model shoot because I sold more portraits than even my teachers. And some of my work was used in the teaching curriculum. I started studying and attending professional seminars offered by world renowned photographers, learning the tricks of the trade and experimenting with the techniques of raw digital photograph and enhancing them. Before I knew it I had friends and family asking for me to photograph them and this in turn had their friends asking and the “Art of Life Photography” was born. I have gone on to set up sessions for families, weddings, children, seniors, businesses and even professional catalogs and publications.
I love to see the world through my camera and would say that my style is editorial, real, and candid. Rumor has it I’m known as the photographer who drags vintage furniture outdoors for sessions; and I wholeheartedly believe an old building, complete with peeling paint, will make the perfect backdrop for a portrait. I love to incorporate the surroundings into my portraits, whether it be your home, nature or an urban location. My goal is to capture genuine moments, not shying away from artistic cropping, moody lighting or pictures of non-smiling.
Sessions are relaxed, letting me take my time, but also be creative and unique. Not being rushed lets everybody relax. During our session, I want you to have fun. Having fun during the session brings out the natural smiles and personalities that we see everyday. We can do some “posed” portraits in the beginning of your session, then we’ll let you be you and show your inner self to allow your photos tell a story of what was happening when it was taken. For families I love to photograph you interacting with each other, and while we will take some posed shots, the focus is to keep the images natural.
Just be you. That’s all I want. If you’re silly and giggly or if you’re calm and snuggly, I want that from you during our session. Show up with an open mind and willing soul and ready to have some fun – you will love the results. It is my belief that there is art in every life, and embrace the challenge of capturing just that.

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