Cheryl Moore has spent over 20 years perfecting the art of her personal photography, and honestly I can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a camera in her hand.
Moore’s dedication to the art paid off in the form of his nomination as one of the nation’s top 10 wildlife photographers by Professional Photographers of America. Judged on 12 rigorous criteria, Moore was selected from a group of 5,000 to receive the nomination. If she were chosen to continue in the competition, it could lead her to attend the final of the Photographic World Cup to be held in Rome, Italy.
But it won’t be until March 2022.
For now, Moore plans to continue his thriving career as a professional portrait photographer. She has a growing business that does high school photos, family photos and more.
“At first I wasn’t really sure which people I wanted to portray, so I did it all,” Moore said. “And then I ended up landing on the seniors and I make a few families. But, really, the wildlife is my favorite.
Moore has won accolades such as the 2020 Silver Medal at the Photographic Open, the Diamond Artist of the Year 2021, the 2021 Gold Medalist at the Photographic Open and several others by Professional Photographers of America as well as General Photographer of the Year by Professional Photographers of Colorado.
Born in Pueblo, Moore and her family moved to Cañon City when she was 5, and she has lived in the county ever since. Despite his original roots, Moore enjoys exploring different climates, landscapes and states.
Twice a year Moore and her 14-year-old husband Jim (who happens to be her biggest fan) leave the state for wildlife adventures. Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, and the local areas all provide exciting photographic opportunities for Moore. During the winter months, she takes particular pleasure in capturing images of bald eagles roosting on the river route between Salida and Cañon City.
“It’s really something fun that we’re doing together and that’s just the icing on the cake,” Moore said.
Jim, a biologist, happily accompanies Moore on their many adventures and helps him locate specimens to photograph.
“It’s what my husband and I love to do,” Moore said. “And we love to do it. And he is also a big part of it. “
Despite his talent as a photographer, Moore spent 23 years in the academy’s corrections service training as a media specialist and listener. Five years ago, she retired and embarked on her lifelong passion full time.
That would turn out to be a good move as one of Moore’s wildlife photographs titled “Dance of Light” would be chosen from a group of 5,000 participants to represent the US team at the Photographic World Cup.
“It’s like the Olympics in photography,” said Moore.
The Olympic Photography Games will have to wait, however, as the selection process will run until March of next year. Moore has no problem waiting. She looks forward to exploring the counties surrounding Cañon City for other unexpected opportunities.
“You can drive an hour in any direction and find different things to photograph,” Moore said. “You can even go to Pueblo and find eagles at the reservoir, ospreys at Brush Hollow in the summer, bighorn sheep in the canyon or in the garden of the gods. The list is lengthened increasingly.”
Moore has a particular love for photography due to the endless creativity that art exhibits. Most recently, she started to engage in underwater photography. She and her husband have a swimming pool in their backyard, and Moore has already started to accumulate a wallet of women drifting into a silent aquatic world. The possibilities are limitless.
“There is always more to learn,” Moore said. “And it’s so much fun to keep learning different genres and different styles. “
Moore may have a gallery in the feature film, would like to be re-selected to compete in the Photography World Cup, and only has one merit in earning his Masters in Photography through the PPA. The world of photography is limitless when someone as talented as Moore is involved.
To see examples of Moore’s work, contact her at www.cherylemooreportaitstudio.com or www.cmooreimages.com.