Category: Personal Work

Personal work by photographer Sheri Oneal that includes her travels, fine art and other personal creative projects.


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……


West Side Digs: answer. restaurant

West Side Digs: answer. restaurant, fish, Nashville

Nashville commercial photographer Sheri Oneal shares a blog series “West Side Digs” interviewing Answer Restaurant in Sylvan Park neighborhood in Nashville.


Family Portraits of The Goldsteins…

A family portrait of Lisa, Rob, Sara and dog, Ginger photographed in the green grass of the front yard of their home in Nashville, Tennessee

By Sheri Oneal

Over the weekend I photographed family portraits of my favorite couple “The Goldsteins,” over several hours my goal was to shoot various photos of Lisa and Rob with their beautiful daughter, Sara. As a commercial photographer this is a little out of my element and for whatever reason photographing friends always makes me nervous for fear they won’t tell me if they truly like the photos (yes even as a pro for almost 20 years I still doubt myself at times). When I went to their home I wanted to be sure and……


Fabulous Women Over 40: Payge McMahon

Fabulous Women over 40, Payge McMahon, adventure athlete and yoga instructor in red jacket walking down a hiking trail at Percy Warner Park near Nashville, TN

By Sheri Oneal

Wow, this summer got real busy and I fell behind with my interviews for my Fabulous “Women Over 40” blog series but I have a very inspiring woman to showcase for September!

Payge McMahon is an amazing testament……


Fabulous Women Over 40: Rita Maggart

Rita J. Maggart in a green shirt, outside her Nashville, TN sitting on some railing near a row of colorful flowers sharing about teaching in a women's prison

By Sheri Oneal

May almost slipped by me but I squeezed in a day this week to interview a wonderful woman for my Fabulous Women Over 40 blog series. I am proud to introduce Mrs. Rita J. Maggart! She is an artist, a writer, a floral designer and a teacher who began volunteering her time 24 years ago as a teacher’s assistant at the Tennessee Prison for Women.


Fabulous Women Over 40: Loan Hillsten

Loan Hillsten telling her story as Vietnamese Refugee in the U.S. at the age of 12 for Fabulous Women over 40 blog series

By Sheri Oneal

This month I am excited to share Ms. April in my blog series Fabulous Women Over 40. Loan Hillsten and I have had the same circle of friends for about two years. I learned of Loan’s story at a dinner party one night when inquiring about where she grew up. She is a vibrant and caring person who carries a secret past most of her friends and colleagues do not know about.


Fabulous Women Over 40: Kate O’Neill

Kate O'Neill working on her laptop, blog series Fabulous Women Over 40

By Sheri Oneal

Finally SPRING  is upon us, thank goodness! This month’s Fabulous Women Over 40 I am featuring the wonderfully beautiful and talented Kate O’Neill! I met Kate many years ago while attending various Nashville business mixers including the Technology Council. The one thing I always noted about Kate was her energy, her smile and most of all her laughter, she always seemed to be the happiest person in the room. We joke about having the same last name but it is spelled differently…sista-from-anotha-motha sort of thing. I have always known Kate……


Fabulous Women Over 40: Lisa Palet Goldstein

Colon cancer survivor, Lisa Palet wearing a denim shirt sitting on stairs in her home and wearing Wonder Woman socks for blog series Fabulous Women Over 40

By Sheri Oneal

Welcome to this month’s Fabulous Women Over 40 featuring Ms. February, Lisa Palet Goldstein AKA “Wonder Woman!”

I met Lisa on Labor Day last year at a party she was having at her house. A friend invited me along and I had no idea what I was embarking on that day. When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see more than 20 people I knew, when Lisa welcomed me the first thing that I noticed was her infectious smile. As I greeted those I knew I overheard various conversation’s on Lisa’s……


Fabulous Women Over 40: Tara Bloom

A portrait of Tara Bloom wearing a purple sweater sitting on her white couch in her living room near a window for the blog series Fabulous Women Over 40

By Sheri Oneal

Welcome to 2015 everyone and here’s to hoping you have a wonderful and productive year ahead! I am working on a new blog series this year featuring fabulous, inspiring women over 40. Here is Ms. January of the Fabulous Women Over 40: Tara Bloom!

When I first met Tara I was drawn to her passion to help others. As I got to know her, I found that her 20 (plus) years of marketing experience and involvement with the healthcare system was an instant connection with me because of my clients. This experience with various companies……