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Meet Sherley Delma of SheShellphotos in Park Forest Il

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sherley Delma.

Sherley, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Photography was accidental. I am a songwriter and I started writing music to express myself artistically at the age of 11. I continued writing music and when my friend introduced me to YouTube, I was eager to get my music out as a songwriter. I got myself a camera that also had video recording capabilities to record myself performing my material. I would also take pictures around my neighborhood to upload my photography as background art for my music. At about 19, I took up modeling but because of my lack of knowledge about the industry, I felt overwhelmed once I found out what it really takes to become a model. I just found myself becoming more exposed as a person and I was not ready to fully burst out my shell. I also got scammed real bad starting off as a model, so that financial set back messed me up and made me stop modeling for a while. Music is my first love, so whenever things got rough, I run back to my notebook and start pouring my heart out on paper. I hear music in my head all day long, so I still write songs until this day. Throughout the years, I started missing modeling, so I picked up my camera and this time, I picked it up with a photographers eye. I started going to concerts and taking video footage and pictures of concert footage. I even got some shootouts on Instagram and Facebook by famous singers and people who admire my work, so that motivated me to get my photography certification in 2015 and the rest is history.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Making the transition from music to photography was hard at first, because I felt like I was giving my first love music the backseat to photography. However, I realized by focusing on another art form, it could open up the door into my musical dreams. In the beginning, I don’t feel like I was taken seriously as a photographer, because people remember me modeling and talking about my music. As time went on, people are now coming around to the fact that I am an artist and I really have no limitations to my skills.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about SheShellphotos – what should we know?
As a music producer and songwriter, I am known as MusicManiack on youtube. I produce my own music meaning I compose my own melodies to the songs that I write using samples and I can come up with my own beats from scratch. There are not many female music producers out there, so I think that makes me stand out. I created a group on Facebook called Female Music Producer and it’s growing in numbers.

As a photographer for my business Sheshellphotos, I feel what sets me apart is the fact that I incorporate my music into my photography style. I try to think outside the box when I take pictures. Since, I am a model, I am able to figure out the models best angles and help them pose. I also do videography, so wearing multiple hats helps out a lot in this industry.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel that it’s important to show people that you are professional under pressure. I try not to show any frustration, when it comes to conducting my business. I work well under pressure, so keeping everything cool and collected when things are not perfect helps me out a great deal. I also feel that it is good to show people that you are passionate at whatever it is you do. I like to be a cheerleader to the person that’s had a bad day. I like to tell woman that they look great no matter what size they are. I believe in building people up.

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K.Michelle, August Alsina, Benjamin Scott, Solomon Pratt

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