Category: Diary of a Storyteller

Diary of a storyteller is news and photo essays centered around photographer Sheri Oneal’s stories and experiences showcasing people, architecture, travel & culture.


News, Projects And Hobby Baker Photos

Hobby baker with a German chocolate buttercream cake and peach basil buttercream cake.

I wanted to check in and share some news, projects, and photos from a recent shoot I did with a local Nashville hobby baker. I have not offered much about my photo career over the past year and a half but it isn’t because I haven’t been busy! While photography assignments have been cut more than 60% due to COVID I decided to use all of my available time in search of new avenues for my creativity. Assignment photography has been a real struggle due to COVID but rather than wait for business to resume to some kind of normal……


A Virtual Photoshoot Playday

photoshopped digital image of artist in mask

Being a commercial photographer, I rely primarily on freelance assignment work as an income. Back in the heart of the Pandemic last year when we all were in lockdown I began to realize that I was going to have to up my game to find new ways of generating some revenue. After months and months of hoping this was all going to pass, I decided to set up a playday and attempt to do a live virtual photoshoot. The goal was to see if it was possible to direct and shoot photos of someone virtually by determining the best……


Sheri Joins Launch Engine As Contributing Author!

Author Sheri Oneal writes for Launch Engine

Over the past few months I have been honored to join the team of a new online news platform called Launch Engine as a contributing author! Its mission is to cover technology, organizations, innovation, social causes, start ups, politics, business news and culture in middle Tennessee. I have really enjoyed being able to virtually meet business owners and fellow artists for interviews. It has been so much fun to tell their stories through this platform and I wanted to share with my photo business community.

For more than 25……


Saying Goodbye To Patti

Patti Bose Fine Art photography of ballerinas back

I wanted to take a moment and share something personal. 

I recently learned my friend and mentor in photography Patti Bose has passed away from cancer. I learned of the news from a Facebook post right before Thanksgiving. I’ve spent the last few days processing everything and digging through old photographs. I wanted to say goodbye to Patti by sharing some memories. 

© Patti Bose

Patti was a part of my earlier life when I lived……


What’s in my camera bag?

What's in my camera bag on location 2020

I have been a commercial photographer for more than 25 years and have changed gear many times since the days of film. I am often asked what’s in my camera bag for location work and what is the best gear to buy. We all have mixed needs depending on what and how we shoot so I wanted to share the different aspects of gear in my camera bag when shooting on location assignments.

I was slow to jump……


Made In America: Mary Elizabeth Long

Private jewelry display and work area of Nashvegas Hippie showing wire, leather and metal clay earrings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets

She has started creating jewelry from the dyes collected using metal clay, it allows her to recreate ancient looking talismans and amulets.


Eight Days of Ecuador…Day 8

Bike at open air market in downtown Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

Travel photographer Sheri Oneal shares her 8th and last day adventure teaching a travel abroad class in Ecuador to students from Nossi College of Art. She shares leaving the Guayaquil airport, the culture, the people and the pros and cons of her week of travel in Ecuador.


Eight Days of Ecuador…Day 7

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador, fisherman in boat on water.

Photographer, Sheri Oneal shares her 7th travel day in Ecuador while teaching a travel abroad class to students from Nossi College of Art. Including leaving the Saianada hotel, visiting an open air market in Bahia de Caraquez, stopping at Montecristi before returning to Guayaquil by bus for the last night at the Manso Boutique Guesthouse Hotel.


Eight Days of Ecuador…Day 6

Images of the Canoa, Ecuador town, beach and locals.

Travel photography by Nashville photographer Sheri Oneal on day 6 of her Ecuador exploration with students from Nossi College of Art.


Eight Days of Ecuador…Day 5

Blue and pink skies at sunset with boats along the shore of the water in San Vicente, Ecuador

Photographer, Sheri Oneal shares her 5th travel day in Ecuador while teaching a travel abroad class to students from Nossi College of Art. Including her Saiananda Hotel, a 135 year old turtle, a 45 year old sloth, Sendero los Caimanes, plantains and fish lunch, San Vicente and a sunset at Gad Municipal de San Vicente.