Sunday, August 7, 2011

{SPOTLIGHT ARTIST} Welcome Soleil Photo Art!

Welcome Soleil Photo Art to the Blog!

My Craft Closet Was Overloaded and I Had Nothing to Show For It…

   Hi, my name is Sheryl and I’m a craft hoarder….I don’t really hoard crafts, I hoard items to
   make crafts; paints, brushes, wooden birdhouses, sparkles, colored pencils, stamps, etc….you
   get the picture. Anyway, I’m sure you are wondering what this all has to do with a Nature
   Blog….well hear me out…

   I come from a creative and talented family…my grandfather was a sign maker and artist, my
   great aunt published children’s books, my grandmother wrote poetry, my cousin is a
   scratchboard artist and my brother is good at art and also is a kick-ass drummer. I have always
   dabbled in some kind of art and craft, but never was what you would call an artist, I would
   make not one item, but 25 for my whole family and then I’d get bored. Prior to my getting into
   photography I really got into gardening…I thought this was my niche and I was quite good
   with all the neighbors envying my latest project. Well then after using up all available lawn, I
   ended up with carpel tunnel in both wrists and decided to have surgery on both at the same
   time. Needless to say, the weeds crept in and I got discouraged.

   I had been taking lovely pictures of my garden with my point and shoot and everyone ooh’ed
   and ahhh’ed. I enjoyed taking photos and would look at other photographer’s websites and
   wondered “how they did that”. I then bought a camera that was better than a point and shoot
   but still had limitations. But this camera allowed me to take closer ups better than I imagined.
   I got hooked on bugs, my bird feeders, baby birds, squirrels and butterflies. I also had been
   practicing editing the photos using different kinds of photo software to make photos look more
   “art-like”. OK, I am so hooked!

   After people kept telling me I should sell my photos I got myself a new camera. My next and
   current camera is a Canon Rebel T2i with a couple of lens I love. WOW is all I can say…the
   Bokeh that I can create is hands down the number one reason I wanted a better camera. The
   art you can create with a decent lens had my world rocking! I want to get better at my craft and
   I already know what lenses I am saving for.

   Being a photographer is a dangerous profession, once your eyes are opened and your
   juices are flowing. I don’t know how many times I drive down the road and see something that
   I have to pull over for to shoot. I know other drivers were cursing me a blue streak….but I didn’t
   care….I found the perfect shot and I had to get it. I have gone thru stages of stopping for
   barns, cows, horses, sunsets on a wheat field, boats on the water. Not long ago, I discovered I
   was pretty decent at taking pictures of humans, even baby ones and that is where I am
   today….even though I still take the nature ones, the nurture ones are where I’m at.

   Hi, I’m Sheryl and I’m not a craft hoarder any longer…I’m a lifestyle nature
   photographer….That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…
   Visit me on Facebook - Soleil Photo Art

   Sheryl Rosedoff Bergman

   Thank you so much Sheryl for such amazing photos, and great blog! So thankful for your
   talents to come to this blog! Everyone please take the time to show support and love
   to this amazing photographer!

    <3 Brittani

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