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Lifestyle Model, Acting, & Behind the Scenes Production

In 2016, at the age of 45 years old, I began my career as a lifestyle and stock photo model. Since that time, I have worked with companies both large and small, as well as individual photographers, to create ad campaigns and stock photos used in articles and ads.

Photographer, Supri Suharjoto of Take a Pix Media took the stock photos seen above used in an ebook ad seen in the New York Times and the migraine article. Maggie Sandner-Gialamas of Blue Hour Photography was the photographer for a “Shop Local Seattle” campaign sponsored by Sassafras boutique in Seattle.

Photographer, Supri Suharjoto of Take a Pix Media took the stock photos seen above used in an ebook ad seen in the New York Times and the migraine article. Maggie Sandner-Gialamas of Blue Hour Photography was the photographer for a “Shop Local Seattle” campaign sponsored by Sassafras boutique in Seattle.

Behind-the-Scenes

Earlier in my career, I worked as an in-studio camera operator for KXII, a CBS news affiliate in Sherman, Texas. I also worked as an event producer for KWCK, a country radio station in Searcy, Arkansas.

Most recently, I was an extra in Nordstrom’s True Nord holiday campaign in Vancouver. Although I never made it into the final cut of the commercial, watching the production team pull together the set, the clothing and makeup, and everything involved in running such an event, reminded me of my time working on a production team behind the scenes for radio and television. I welcome other opportunities to contribute to this kind of creative work.

For more about my experience, please click here to see clips.

Agency representation

I am represented for all photography and film work by Big Fish NW. View my portfolio or contact Big Fish through this website: http://www.bigfishnw.com/sherryrd.


Freelance Writing & Fashion Blogging

Beginning in 2013, I contributed regularly to The Beer Connoisseur Magazine. I have researched and crafted more than a dozen articles ranging from 400 to 2500 words. I have worked on both their print magazine and their digital format, as well as their website. In addition to the articles, I created nearly two-dozen recipes for The Beer Connoisseur Magazine and took nearly all the photos published with my articles. The relationships I have developed with the editors at The Beer Connoisseur Magazine continue to this day.

technical details and skills

I am also the creator of Petite Over 40, a self-hosted fashion blog that playfully covers style and fashion history for women over a certain age. Wordpress has been my choice for content management for years. I am very comfortable with the particular tools and quirks of this system, including their latest Gutenberg release. In addition, I use Squarespace for the website you are currently reading. It is similar to the new Gutenberg format, so the skills I learned to navigate Squarespace easily translated to what I needed to continue working within Wordpress. In addition to operating the visual editor for these management systems, I have learned to edit small amounts of HTML code.

Creating the content for my blog has helped me develop my personal writing voice and an artistic direction. I have a unique, branded presence on the site as well as on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

Not only do I write the articles for the blog, I take most of the photos using a tripod, some lighting equipment, and a Canon EOS Rebel T5 or my iPhone 8S. I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as PicMonkey.com, to artistically edit the photos. I use Final Cut Pro X to edit videos I create.

To read samples of my freelance writing and fashion blogging, click here.

Below is one of the videos I created in collaboration with Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret.

Put on your go-go boots and get ready to giggle at the final episode of LOL 40-UP! This kooky comedy is brought to you by MELSHE Productions, a zany collab between Mel Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret and Sherry Dryja of Petite Over 40.

About me

At 48 years old, I am a happy, easy-going creative spirit, eager to make the world a little brighter with my art, skills, and talents. I am curious, inclusive, open and mostly optimistic. I try new things whenever something sparks my brain. For instance, in my 20s I took singing lessons. In my mid-30s I learned to speak Spanish fluently. For nearly a decade I organized and hosted large, annual murder mystery parties. When no one I knew was reading Classic Literature, I started a book club specializing in this genre. At one time, it had over 50 members. I’ve traveled to Colombia, Honduras, Chile, Poland, and all over Europe. Once upon a time I hiked the Golan Heights in Israel. I’m passionate about uncovering the stories of my family through genealogy and have traveled to reunite long-lost family members and uncover ancestral mysteries. Last year, I started learning how to sew clothes. In 2019, I will take my first improv class at Unexpected Productions Improv School in Seattle.

No matter what project I take on, I bring experience, curiosity, and a strong work ethic to every endeavor. In my 19 years as a technical illustrator for a patent law firm, and more recently as a freelance writer and model, I have never missed a deadline or created drama for those with whom I work. I pride myself on building long-term working relationships. I am a listener, a team player, and I go the extra mile to create satisfying work I can be proud of.

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