Cheryl Machat Dorskind shares her passion for photography through her mentoring, books, teaching, fine-art, and commissions.

Cheryl Machat Dorskind photoPainting and photographing since she was twelve, these two childhood passions continue to fuel Cheryl’s passion as a professional photo artist, author, mentor, and educator. With a Bachelor of Science in marketing, Cheryl was a product manager for Epic Records (Sony Music) before she pursued photography professionally. Gold records adorn her office walls commemorating the million record sales of some of the recording artists she managed.

Today, Cheryl mentors artists and photographers worldwide through her Fine Art Mentoring Expertise (FAME), and addresses the search for voice and cohesion, along with technical and marketing direction. In addition to her eBook, Photographing Children Naturally, Cheryl is the author of two best-selling books, The Art of Handpainting Photographs — considered the definitive guide to traditional darkroom photo painting — and The Art of Photographing Children — the ultimate guide to creating cherished photographs of children. Cheryl has also written seventy-five articles for her newspaper column “Picture This” for The Southampton Press and is a contributor to the e-Zine Clarity.

As a college professor, Cheryl teaches Adobe Photoshop, digital photography, portfolio development, and freshman seminar (LIU, SUNY, Maine Media Workshops) and five online courses at the Bryan Peterson’s School of Photography (All About Color, More About Color, Photographing Children Naturally, Painting Photos, and The Art of Self-Portraiture).

Motherhood propelled Cheryl into the field of children photography, a common gateway for many. High-end portrait sessions by Cheryl embody the gorgeous natural Hamptons’ light. Whether the setting is at the beach, a park, or a home, the lifestyle posed-but-not-posed images are fluid and rhythmic.

Noted internationally for her ethereal misty coastal handpainted photographs and her playful self-portrait Photopaintings, her New York Times critically acclaimed fine-art photographs exhibit regularly, are commissioned for book jacket cover art (including Ann Beattie’s Chilly Scenes of Winter, Distortions, and Secrets & Surprises) and are included in many public and private collections.

Her corporate clients include Epic Records, Random House, Coca Cola, Hamptons magazine, Niche Media, Newsday, The Southampton Press, and The New York Times.

Cheryl can also be seen and heard on the popular podcast This Week in PhotographyTWIP

Dorskind on TWIP #379

Interview with Frederick Van Johnson

interview with Fredercik van Johnson

Interview with Flatbooks

Interview with Bryan Peterson School of Photography

Photocrati Featured Member

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