We had the good fortune of connecting with Sherin Abda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sherin, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
People often think of photography as a fun & easy hobby. With today’s advancements in cameras & mobile phones, “anyone can become a great photographer”. However the reality is, although photography is a fun hobby and everyone should engage in the activity whenever they can, it is not as simple as it seems. When photographing an event like a wedding, there are many considerations to take into account; i.e. venue (is it outdoors with bright direct light, or indoors with dim light and dark wall colors), should a wide aperture be used or small (or both, and when), how much depth of field should be applied, does action & movement need to be frozen, or is a blurred effect more appealing, is a strobe or external lights needed, etc. These are only very few examples that need to be taken into consideration when photographing events–professionally.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always had a creative eye, but it’s often challenging to take action & find the time to actually be creative. Work, family, personal interests, commitments are just a few things that prevent me from stopping to take the time to devote to art. I find that in order to be discipline, I have to consciously commit to carving out time in my day/week to devote to taking pictures. Once I do commit to that & start shooting, the rest is easy. It all starts to come naturally after a few shutter clicks, and the inspirational juices begin to flow.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I credit all my photography talents to my dad, whom bought me my first camera as a kid for Christmas. No one would have ever predicted that I am always found with a camera near me, no matter where I am.
Photo by Sherin Abdalla