Welcome to my website! - CherylShepardPhotography

Welcome to my website!

My husband and I have lived in Redwood City for over 20 years, where we raised our two wonderful, smart, stylish, amazing, super, incredible kids, whom I drove crazy with my incessant picture taking, of course, mostly of them.

My first real "I want to be a photographer!" moment was as I was finishing up my degree in elementary and special education back in Massachusetts. Some friends put on a slide show (think Kodachrome) from their travels, and I was hooked!

I entered the photography program at Montana State University a few years later, and never looked back. Took my photo skills and moved to CA in 1984, and have worked in the photography business ever since. As a professional printer in the film days, and as a commercial, still life, landscape, stock, wedding, and fine art photographer. But I found creating portraits that show emotions, personality and love to be the most rewarding.

Specializing in Newborns, Children, Families and High School Seniors, My focus is in creating works of art for your home that are natural, creative and fun. I believe that your portraits belong on your walls or in custom designed albums to enjoy every day.

I also create business portraits in a natural style to match your business, personality and website.

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How it all works.  3 simple steps.

1.)  Consultation

The first step is the pre-portrait consultation appointment when we can talk about the logistics for your portrait session – where and when the photos will be taken, what everyone should wear and the types of poses that you would like.

You will have the opportunity to see portraits that I have taken in the past and the different options for displaying your new artwork. This meeting is FREE. It gives you an opportunity to see my work in advance and ask any questions that you might have. Even if you are not ready to book a portrait session at this time, I encourage you to come and meet with me.

2.)  Portrait Session

Sessions are 60-90 minutes long and typically take place near my home base in Redwood City or at another mutually-convenient location on the Peninsula.

My goal during the portrait session is to take the stress off you. Don’t worry about whether the kids will behave or if everyone is smiling at the same time – I am there to make the session very low-key and fun for everyone. During your session, I take a variety of poses and groupings as well candid moments of your family. The images I take are a combination of what you've told me you wanted at the consultation meeting and my artistic vision.

3.)  Preview/Ordering Meeting

This meeting makes it very easy for you to choose your favorite images and and how you want to display them, pressure free.

We review the images that I have captured and once you have selected those that you would like to purchase, we can review all the options for displaying these images. Framed prints, Gallery Wraps, Stand Outs and Albums (among other options) are designed by me and processed at my professional lab using only the highest quality, archival materials. You may choose to purchase a package or order a la carte. Orders are typically ready in 4-6 weeks.


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