You may not know her name yet, but just wait, Tracy Berry’s skills as a fashion and headshot photographer will make her a known talent in D.C., New York, and elsewhere. In the world of photography, she is already known as Lady Tre of L7 Designs and she markets herself as a freelance photographer. She has a day job in DC, but travels frequently to New York City to cover fashion shows and shoot both models and actors.
Tracy has always been an artist and as a kid she would sketch her favorite cartoons for hours on end. Desiring additional artistic skills, she ventured into graphics and to fuel her imagination she sought striking images.
“I would buy photos from stock sites until I realized that I could create my own images,” she said.
She taught herself photography skills and began to do photo re-touching. Once she mastered graphic design, her epic love affair with photography was ignited.
Driven to acquire professional design and photography skills, Tracy went back to school to get her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in multimedia visual communication. Since 2009, Tracy has been a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). In 2010, she was awarded the NAPP’s Editor’s Choice Award for her composition, “I NEED MY PRIVACY!”
Last year she desired to expand her photography skills even more, so she began studying at the Washington School of Photography.
“I learned so many techniques, and they gave me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and while studying there I even mentored a high school student who was working on his senior project about photography,” she said. “My goals, as a photographer, are to show the world what I see in a person through my lens and whatever it is that makes you beautifully you!”
Tracy connects with her actors on set by getting through the layers of their personality – even when they are in character – and revealing who they really are for the camera.
“I am big on letting a person shine through,” she said. “The eyes are what make a good headshot, and I think it’s the eyes that tell a story. An actor who’s shooting with me should be able to tell a remarkable story with his/her eyes.”
Tracy has immersed herself in fashion photography because she says it allows her imagination to soar to places where it’s never been and she says she’s able to do that repeatedly.
Next up on Tracy’s bucket list is to make her dreams come true by becoming a New York City-based photographer. Once there, she hopes to shoot for Glamour Magazine and teach photography workshops.
“I think that to teach one person what I know, would be an awesome way of sharing with the world.”
Acting Examiner’s Note: I was fortunate to have Tracy shoot my own headshot last year. I posted the photo on Facebook and a friend whose brother is a talent agent at a top agency in Hollywood wrote me and said that there was something about the photo that really captured me, and she liked it better than all the other headshots I had shared. As it turned out, that photo opened doors for acting auditions and impressive ones, too. I’m preparing now to shoot with Tracy again and am confident that she’ll capture yet another perspective of my real personality, and I’m excited to see the images that emerge.