Interview: Tabitha and Larry Sherrell

Tabitha and Larry often get asked how they are able to balance family and business, and this year at Inspire, they are teaching a workshop on that topic. Learn more about their workshop here.Website: Sherrell Photography / Twitter:

What was your first experience in photography? Larry: When I was in the third or fourth grade I had picked up my parents fancy Pentax they they had bought but never bothered to learn to use. That same day I decided to take interest in such a curious piece of equipment is the same day we were having a barn burning and I exposed a roll of film of the days events and as fate would have it the settings must have been just so because when I got the roll of film back from the lab I was mesmerized at the crisp beautiful bright images that were on the paper.

Tabitha: What was your first experience in photography? I was surrounded by photography as a child. My home was my moms first portrait studio. She photographed me almost everyday and I had a love hate relationship with photography. In 1997 I picked up her Pentax K1000 and a roll of black and white film and went to Central Park. A few months later I met Larry and he developed that roll for me. And it all began...

Aside from photography, do you have other creative outlets? Larry: I like to try and play piano, djembe, and a bit o’ french harp. I’m not very good any any of them but it doesn’t stop me from playing.

Tabitha: I am a hostess with the mostess. Throwing a killer party makes me as happy as a Soundgarden Fan at a Soundgarden concert. (It's what just happens to be playing right now.) If you could go on a trip where would that be and what would you hope to do there?

What advice do you wish you had received (or followed) when you were starting your business? Larry: That taking photographs is only a tiny fraction of what goes into running a business. I know some really fantastic photographers that can’t put their talent to use and barely make a living and on the flip side of that I know some really challenged photographers that know business and make a killing taking photographs. Neither approach is wrong I however would like to be more business savvy and well versed. Imagine Minor White meets Bill gates meets Daniel Day Lewis. That would be a pretty great mix don’t ya think?

Tabitha: My mom always encouraged me to compete in PPA print comps and I thought no way not after years of watching her spend crazy money on competition prints and countless hours coming up with titles for them. It seemed so old school, but now I look at differently. A perfect substitute for my spouse to critique my work. Non biased, emotion free. Ahhhh....

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Larry: I would love to have the power of teleportation. If you’ve ever read the book “Jumper” by Steven Gould then you may know where I am coming from.

Tabitha: Is the ability to make my hands not clam up in awkward situations a superpower? Cuz' I'll take that one.

If you could go on a trip where would that be and what would you hope to do there? Tabitha: Today I am obsessed with visiting my friend in Austin who has an adorable new puppy. I would drink in some sun, swim in their pool and take pictures of that cute little puppy.

If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you? Larry: I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly it would be about but it would more than likely be part romantic comedy, part western, and part musical. Dana Carvey would probably fair well, but on second thought I think Michael Schur might pull off an oscar worthy performance. Don’t know who he is? Google it.

What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike? Larry: Tabitha may be better suited to answer that question.

Last song you listened to? We are listening to Andrew Bird as we answer this questionnaire.