Hi! My name is Cheriss May
I’m a visual journalist and educator, who is passionate about photography and graphic design. I’m a proud alumna of Howard University where I was an adjunct professor in the John H. Johnson School of Communications for over 10 years. I taught Advertising Copywriting and Design, and Newspaper Production and Design.
My career as a visual journalist has afforded me the opportunity to work for some of the top media companies, such as, The Washington Post and Gannett Co., Inc.; Lead staffs in Europe and Asia as an Assistant Managing Editor for The European-Pacific Stars & Stripes newspaper; Travel to Europe and South Africa and photograph people like Nancy Wilson, the Martin Luther King family and (then Senator) Barack Obama and Senator John McCain. All of my opportunities have empowered me to see the world beyond my doorstep and develop a varied set of experiences that inspire me everyday.
In 2006, I created Unified Soul (www.lovewhoiamstore.com), a line of positive t-shirts that celebrates and encourages diversity in individuals and communities through fashion, art and music.
I have over 15 years of experience in presentation design and print/online content management. I have extensive knowledge and experience in media publishing, pre-press and production in a daily deadline-intensive environment. I'm proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and other content management, photography and publishing software.
I've been a professional photographer for over 10 years, with a journalistic style. I love being able to tell a story visually that people can understand, enjoy and connect to. I have experience shooting everything from intimate to large corporate events and conferences, live studio/TV shows, weddings, and portraits. I have been designing websites for over 8 years. I love connecting extraordinary images to extraordinary stories with an engaging visual flair that is clean and user-friendly.
What is Ndemay (pronounced in/day/may)? "Nde" is Swahili for God sent. I combined "Nde" with my last name, "May". It became a nickname and also serves as inspiration. I believe when you make a living doing something you are passionate about it is a God send.
Ndemay reminds me everyday how truly blessed I am! I LOVE what I do and do what I Love!