Name: Sheri Vitullo
Hometown: Niceville, Florida
Hobbies: Hiking, trail running, riding my dirt bike & gardening.
Favorite Movie: I have three: The Count of Monte Cristo, Fool's Gold, and Goonies.
How did you get started in photography?
My parents gave me my first camera, a Sony 35mm film, the day I graduated high school. In college I bought a horse and I spent as much time photographing her as I did training and competing. Since then, photography was a passionate hobby of mine and mine alone until 2011, when friends, colleagues and professional photographers started seeing my work and filling my head with ideas on making a living at it.
Left Brain or Right Brain?
Both. I’m very analytical and mathematical, however I’m equally creative and full of passion with a wild imagination. I believe this is exactly why photography appeals so much to me - I get to exercise both hemispheres of my brain :)
Did you compete in any sports?
Yes. Sports were a HUGE part of my life. Starting in 5th grade, I began competing in show jumping and then later, barrel racing. By 7th grade I was training as a Level 9 trampolinist until I severely broke my arm and had to have metal plates screwed into my radius and ulna. In 8th grade I competed in cross-country running which took me all the way to the Junior Olympics. Throughout high school I competed in volleyball (MVP Setter) and Track&Field (went to state and placed 2nd in both the 4x200 relay and Triple Jump; broke my school’s record in the 400m; other events: 200m, high jump, Sprint Medley relay & 4x400m relay). In college I competed in volleyball, the rodeo team, NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) and Amateur/Owner Show Jumpers. In 2007 I trained for my first Figure Competition while simultaneously entered into my first Harescramble (it’s a shorter version of an enduro dirt bike race) and took 1st place in the Women’s Division.
Canon or Nikon?
Best Photography Memory:
Being featured on CNN Travel.
If you couldn’t be a photographer anymore, what would you do?
Most likely I would be a strength & development coach with teens.
Do you have any formal training?
Yes. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University as well as a degree in Professional Photography. I also attend workshops and mentorships for continuing education. I believe you can never stop learning and growing.
Three items you can’t live without:
French-pressed coffee, mascara and my Adidas Samba soccer shoes that I’ve had since high school.
If you could hang out with any photographer for a day, who would it be?
The ability to fly
My daughters ;)
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
What’s on your bucket list?
To hike all of Colorado’s Fourteeners, Mount Rainier in Washington, British Columbia’s West Coast Trail and to travel to either Iceland or Greenland to photograph their gorgeous icebergs & glacier fields.
How many countries have you been to?
Eleven and I’ve lived in 4; in fact before I attended college I lived most of my life overseas.
Who is your ideal client?
The dedicated, passionate athlete who wants to spend (cue Dr.Evil's voice) one MILLION dollars . j/k If you value customized professional portrait photography, are willing to invest in it and love the artistry behind it, you’re my client.
How would you describe your business?
Client-friendly & service-driven. I really strive to provide a unique & exceptional experience, treating each client like they are my only client. I don't ever want my clients to feel like they are a number; I conceptualize each session exclusively to the uniqueness of each person or animal I work with. A verse I live by is found in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for people”.
What do you find is the most difficult or challenging aspect of your photography business?
We're a military family, so definitely starting up my business & marketing to new clients & demographics every time we move.
How can potential clients get in touch with you?
Just shoot me an email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheri Vitullo is an international boutique portrait photographer and is based out of South Kitsap, Washington. She specializes in teens, tweens & high school seniors, but also caters to families, children, pets & horses. Sheri is an official photographer for PhotoWorld Magazine and has been featured on CNN Travel. She lives in Port Orchard, Washington with her husband, Patrick, two daughters, Lucia & Hannah, and their two Siberian Huskies, Kiska & Kodiak.
Serving North & South Kitsap Washington: Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston & surrounding areas.