MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - SHERRI CAPPABIANCA
Sherri is a relatively new member of CCoH, having joined last summer. She inherited her love of photography from her father. A lifelong photographer, he turned professional as a second career. While he focused mostly on stunning portraits, he was also asked to become one of Disney World’s first wedding photographers.
Sherri was born in Charlotte but grew up in Central Florida (Winter Park). She attended college in southern California graduating with a degree in Computer Science. While in college, she bought her first camera – a Pentax K-1000, and took a black and white class. She built a darkroom and managed to process both B&W and color photographs. She was hooked.
After college, she put the camera away and began working as a software engineer, initially for Lockheed Martin first in California, then in Orlando, where she met her late husband, Pasquale, who passed away in 2013. She worked a 1-year contract software job in Zurich, Switzerland before returning to the Orlando area, where she spent 20 years working for Siemens.
Because of her job with Siemens and the fact that her husband was born in Italy, they were fortunate to spend a lot of time in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Special to them was Puglia, where his home village of Vieste Del Gargano is located.
In 2005, Sherri began working with dogs part-time, focusing on their health and wellbeing. In 2009, she left her engineering job and along with her new business partner Toby, opened Rocky’s Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center in Orlando. It featured Florida’s only indoor hydrotherapy pool where they worked with dogs who suffered from various orthopedic, weight, arthritic, and other issues.
In 2015, when Sherri and Toby were finally able to begin taking vacations, they came to this area and fell in love with it. In 2017, they sold their business and bought some acreage in Hendersonville with the plan to build 2 homes. They moved here in mid-2018 and moved into their homes in Nov. 2019. During the same time, they began their latest business venture, Canine Harvest, which makes farm-fresh food and treats for dogs, using locally sourced ingredients.
In April 2021, Sherri decided it was finally time to pick up a camera again. She bought a Canon 80D and began practicing, never on auto, but not fully manual yet. Finally, after a chance meeting with a professional photographer, and watching him work, she moved to shooting in manual mode, and in raw. At the same time, she began trying to learn Lightroom. She still has a lot to learn about both. Two of her goals for joining CCoH is to learn from fellow members and to spend time with people who have the same interest. She looks forward to both!
Below are a couple of her photos.