(Close-up of Blue Dasher Dragonfly)
© Cheryl Thorson
(Lady Bug with Pollen in its Grip)
© Cheryl Thorson
“Every photo I take, post and share is in memory of my momma who taught me to enjoy the little things in life.”
~ Cheryl Thorson
Cheryl Thorson was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently lives in Keystone Heights, FL. She took her first photography class in high school, but she had been interested in photography since she was a young child. Her high school photography teacher, Mrs. Hooper, helped fuel her interest by showing her tips and tricks of the trade. Before the digital age, photography was a very expensive hobby. Film and developing could get quite costly, so, at first, this made it difficult for her to practice her craft.
However, her mom also had a love of photography, and she regularly bought Cheryl cameras for Christmas - several Instamatics, Polaroid cameras, etc. In her early 20s, she received her first DSLR camera - a beautiful Minolta. She then enrolled in a class at New York Institute of Photography. She has taken photos at horse and rider shows and many other venues. Over the years, she has been gathering the equipment needed for a darkroom.
Cheryl’s world came crashing down when her mother became ill. Her mom had been the one constant in her life who had always encouraged and supported her. When her mom passed away in 2013, Cheryl became very depressed, and taking photos was from far from her mind.
After a year, she finally picked up her camera again. She joined FOAP, an online site for sharing and selling photos. She developed an incredible appreciation for nature while taking long hikes around her property and a nearby lake. This is when she became hooked on macro photography. She experiences a serenity when she captures the essence of tiny insects. She has even been called the “bug whisperer” by some. Her photography helps her to feel at peace and close to her mom.
Cheryl has been married for 21 years to her husband, Lee, and she has three children.