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Sherry Muldoon of Dreamfocus Studio is a freelance photographer and graphic designer in Dallas, Texas. She currently shoots commercial, portrait, events and weddings on location or in studio. Her current assignments include art direction for Combined Scientific Staffing. Sherry specializes in children and events. She also teaches the occasional “Photography Experience” workshop as well as one-on-one sessions.

www.dreamfocusstudio.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I had always observed and loved photography. About 6 years ago, a friend of mine gave me an old Minolta film camera and I went crazy!! Someone gave me permission to create and the passion was ignited.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 50D, 50mm 1.8 lens, 28-105mm, and 18-55 mm…..I’m a chronic lens changer.
I still haven’t found the perfect all-in-one lens…. If someone has a recommendation, I welcome it. 🙂

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

God…which pretty much sums up EVERYTHING. Everything inspires me: the beautiful, the ugly, nature, light, design, the abstract, the innocent, etc.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Absolutely!! It was worse a year ago before I started free-lancing. I was working 60 hours a week as manager of a portrait studio which completely drained my passion for photography. I hardly shot any personal work for an entire year. I learned through that process why I chose photography as a profession and to never burn out on it. Working for myself has enabled me to provide more balance for myself and shoot more of the things that I love.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot?

Child portraiture. I love the innocence that kiddos bring to the camera. They are not tainted yet with worldly concerns and self-consciousness like us adults. When I’m capturing children, I truly feel like I’m capturing a soul’s complete self.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I’ve just finished my summer workshop schedule at Dreamfocus Studio. The “Photography Experience” is a series of workshops that I developed a year ago out of my frustration with certain photography instructors. I noticed that unfortunately some photographers develop these incredible egos that do not serve them. Then they try to teach the art of photography but end up keeping “secrets” about techniques for fear that their students may surpass them. Also visual people need to learn in visual ways. Therefore, I try to relay technical aspects in terms that an artist would understand. There’s more information on my website.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I love unexpected moments and messages. Photography to me is more like experiencing signs that the Universe is trying to tell me. I’m try to have my signal open at all times.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Jesus …. I would be curious to see how the light would fall on Him.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Going anywhere that I haven’t been before…..

what’s your post production process?

I use Lightroom for my initial narrow down process and minor fixes. For more detailed editing, I go straight to Photoshop. I love Photoshop almost as much as I love photography…

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’m still searching for that perfect lens. But, it would be really cool to have an underwater housing unit too.

who are your favorite photographers?

Sally Mann for reality and Lara Jade for the dream…

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

A few years ago I told myself that I would never want to be a free-lance photographer. I didn’t realize at the time that I was speaking out of fear. I did not want to “struggle” in what I felt was a saturated industry. After burning out at my studio job, a friend of mine called me to ask if I wanted to share studio space with her. The deal was so good, I knew that it was a sign from the Universe. All of a sudden, people started calling to hire me for events and photo gigs. I accepted the calling and am so glad I did. My life is so rewarding now that I can do what I love and serve others doing it.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

Do not get into this business unless you are truly passionate about it! I’ve trained a lot of young photographers and noticed two types: those who liked the “idea” of being a photographer and those who were completely obsessed. I can always spot the latter. They were the ones who would be in the studio trying different things and constantly pushing themselves to succeed. The former would whine and complain that there was nothing to do. If you have a camera, even if it is a simple point-and-shoot, you have a way to express yourself. So keep shooting!! And for God’s sake, get off of automatic modes and use your camera’s full potential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

I love listening to Iron & Wine or Something in the Wheel.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Bananas, great potassium for sore legs and fingers.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


This image was pure accident for me and speaks to me about my personal journey. Six years ago I was spending a lot of time in places like this (under bridges) but, not for the sake of art. When I shot this image, I had just gotten married. Then I noticed the shoes hanging from the telephone wire and three figures walking out from behind the bridge. I was able to capture all of it in one frame. The photo represents the life that I left behind. This is how the Universe speaks to me through photography.

your favorite photo by another photographer?


This light and colors in this image by Lara Jade just make me completely happy.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

Yes…it is always changing. That is what I love so much about it. In the beginning, it was just about preserving a moment in time. Now, I look for Spirit in imagery. I’m constantly changing myself with new concepts and techniques. I will never “arrive”, so to speak, in this art form and I love that!

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

total nerd

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

Sagittarius but, I may be the new sign now….:(

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Carolyn Collins




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Born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1982, Nadyia enjoyed painting and photography as a child and young adult, and in high school, became interested in graphic design. She studied fine art photography and majored in graphic design at school and recently has started to explore video production, which she hopes to incorporate into her photography.

www.nadyia.net

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father sparked my interest in photography when I was fairly young. He’s an amazing underwater photographer and taught me a lot about what I know now.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 40D and Canon 5D, and on occasion, film.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This is hard to pinpoint because I draw inspiration from so many different things. But I guess with photography, it’s people. I try to bring to life what makes a person beautiful, sexy, or sometimes, vulnerable. Sometimes I like to shoot someone in a way no one else has, just for the purpose of making and exposing something different.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Definitely. Sometimes my job gets incredibly busy and I just don’t have time to shoot my personal work. But it’s important to me that I have that outlet, so I try not to go too long without it.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

My favorite is definitely conceptual photography. I like to actually think and plan a shoot or even a specific shot. I love seeing ideas I have become real. I also love collaborating with other artists, models, etc and making something amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I just moved to Austin and I’m incredibly grateful at how welcoming other photographers and artists have been here so far. I’m already planning and scheduling shoots with another photographer for a collaborative mixed media project. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know if it makes my work unique, but I pay close attention to detail, so much so that it annoys me sometimes.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandmother when she was my age, because she helped raise me and because she was a really beautiful, genuine person.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Spain, just because it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go to that I haven’t yet.

what’s your post production process?

I bring the raw images into Lightroom then do most of the editing in Photoshop.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’d probably stick with what I have and just get more lenses. I don’t have enough and I’m always borrowing some from other photographers.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

My father, of course. Also an amazing man named A.Kaye, he’s been my main mentor and a really wonderful friend. He started out as a sports photographer for professional sports and is now photographing for a project, Heart of Women, to raise money for women who have suffered domestic abuse. I also really love Mark Sink, all of his work is really interesting but I’m fascinated most by what he does with wet plates.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Being published in several magazines and publications. That’s always a good thing.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

Make sure it’s a passion of yours before you jump into it. It sounds mean, but I don’t like being in the same industry with people who don’t care and are only doing it because it seems like a cool thing to do. Also, remember that most photography is a collaborative effort, and being able to respect those that you work with is essential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

When it comes to music, I’m all over the place. But when I’m editing, a majority of the time I’m listening to David Bowie, Bjork, or Saul Williams.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t have one favorite spot. I like trying out new places, especially in Austin because there is so much here.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Usually something light like a salad so I can still be pretty active. And if I’m celebrating, probably Makers or Bulleit.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


I have so many favorites, but this one I just love because the image I had in my head came out exactly as how you see it in the photograph.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I can’t pick just one photo, but go here and check out the photos in his wet plate galleries.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, but the direction I’m going definitely has.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Not really. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good to go.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Both!

what’s your sign?

Sagittarius

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Anyone I’ve already mentioned, also maybe J Woods (who does amazing photo composites) or Hutch MuselessMime (talented photographer/videographer in Dallas). I have worked with all of them and really admire their work.

Angela Ryan


Ivy


RS


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If you are a photographer and would like to be featured as a future/potential Art Star on our blog, email us!
info@photopolus.com or ange@angefitzgerald.com, subject: Art Star.
*please include your website and examples of your work

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