Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
We’ve had a blast getting to know Hali and her absolute enthusiasm for photography. We are excited to introduce her as a part of growing 850ME team.
What first attracted you to photography?
I’ve always grown up around photography. My grandfather had a huge collection of vintage cameras that my mom let me look at when I was younger. I always wanted to learn how they worked and what they could do but she would never let me actually play with them because they were ancient. When I was in high school I got an old vintage film camera from a thrift store and played around with it. And the rest is history.
What is a moment you are most proud of in regards to photography?
I think every day I pick up my camera is a moment to be proud. Dealing with mental illness is very hard, but having that drive and ambition to push through days when I’m down and would rather be sleeping or days my brain won’t be quiet enough for me to think straight and pick up a camera is a very proud moment for me. But one of my most proud moments in regards to photography is the very first show I ever shot. I was extremely nervous and really unsure of myself and my ability but I did it anyway. You gotta do it even if you’re scared and thats what all started my photography career.
Favorite style or subject to shoot?
My favorite subject to shoot would be shows/concerts. The energy in the room between the crowd and the performer is so ✨magical ✨ and it brings me back to my days of being in bands. I love capturing the connection and emotion that music has.
Favorite piece of equipment?
Can I say all of it? Haha
I think my favorite piece of equipment right now is my Sony a7ii and my 85 mm 1.4 lens.
What is your dream photography gig?
My dream photography gig is really just going on tour and capturing every aspect of it. I’d love to tour with Ariana Grande, Lights, or Stray From The Path.
Any advice for others who are interested in photography?
Do it even if you’re scared. That’s been my motto for most of my photography career and it’s gotten me through a lot of nervousness and self doubt. Oh, and learn the exposure triangle and don’t lean on the auto function. 😊
The best piece of advice you received when starting out?
Josh Shelton was the first person that taught me a thing or two about never using auto and learning the exposure triangle. I probably would have kept my camera on auto for months if he wouldn’t have turned that little dial and said “you’ll thank me later 😉”. Ed McGrath taught me how to meter. LAWD, that was literally life changing. Once I found out what that thing in my camera view was for I understood why I made the mistakes I did. But hey, we are always learning every day we pick up a camera!
What services do you offer?
Now a days, I spend my time shooting weddings and portraits. But I’m always available to shoot band promos, live events, branding, couples… you name it!
How can someone contact you?
My booking email is firstname.lastname@example.org
My Facebook link is Facebook.com/halicherryphotography
And my Instagram is @halicherryphoto