Focus on Hope Mills – Photo workshop for teens


The Hope Mills Creative Arts Council partnered with The Studio on Trade Street to create a Photography Workshop for 2020!

Class size is limited to SIX students ages 12-18.  Cost : $10/per student. This covers all four dates of the workshop.  All class will be 6-8 pm.  Workshops will take place in The Studio on Trade Street.

February 11 – The first class will be taught by Cherri Stoute, the owner of The Studio on Trade Street.
Cherri graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Biochemistry and began work in clinical pharmaceutical research at Merck & Co. Over the next five-year period, she ran clinical trials at each phase of clinical development and was part of the approval process for four new therapies, three of which received FDA approval.
Then, during a visit of a former teacher, Stoute was reminded that there was an artist inside that needed attending to. Their small conversation led Stoute going to film school just “to see” and so it was midway through a lecture on the color temperature of light that the dye was cast. There was a “science” in film-making. Stoute discovered she could use her experience in a completely new and creative way. Stoute volunteered for the cinematographer slot on an NYU thesis project and has never looked back.

Next, Stoute moved to the role of Director. It started with a web-series “Tina’s Day Off” and other short films in a range of topics including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her film “New Faith”, which dealt with loss and organ donation, was an official entrant of the Broad Humor Film Festival. Stoute has directed commercials, music videos, and theater.

While Stoute’s skills were growing as a director, work continued as a Cinematographer, and Chief Lighting Technician(Gaffer) continued. Stoute’s work as a Gaffer included movies for Hallmark, “Relative Stranger” and “Our First Christmas”, a Science Fiction adventure “Scavengers” directed by her good friend Travis Zarwiny whom she met during her years at the Sundance Filmmakers Lab and the web-series “Tainted Love” created/written/produced and starring Orlando Jones.

Today as owner of The Studio on Trade Street, in Hope Mills, North Carolina, Stoute is once again bringing all of the experience and knowledge gained into her work to creating beautiful portraits and providing instruction in photography and lighting.

March 10 – Elizabeth Blevins will be the instructor for the second class.

Elizabeth is a member of the N.C. Press Association and the U.S. Press Association. She’s been a staff member/contributing writer for four regional publications, including Up & Coming Weekly, as well as an international magazine. Her writing has been featured in more than 23 national publications and her award winning photography has been featured in two exhibits and eleven publications. She’s the publisher/writer for and the Executive Director of the Hope Mills Creative Arts Council. .

April 21 – The third instructor will be Michelle DeHetre.

“I’ve worked at The Studio on Trade Street in Hope Mills NC for approximately 5 years as the operations manager. I have been fortunate enough to have studied photography and portrait work under Adrion Bell of Foodography by Adrion, Augusta Ga. and Cherri Stoute of Paws Pet Photography, Hope Mills, NC. Both have been influential in helping me find my own compositional and lighting styles. As a portraiture photographer, my style is both unique and classic and my art photography is of an abstract nature with high contrast and/or bold colors. I am based out of the Greensboro, N.C. with a studio space available in Hope Mills NC and am open to travel.”

May 12 – Bill McQueen will teach the final workshop.

Bill is the owner of Response Marketing Group (RMG), based out of his home in Hope Mills, NC for 31 years, providing consulting services to large and small businesses nationwide. He provides a “focal point” (usually photographs) to illustrate a planned method of implementation for a marketing program to bring about desired results. “Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words and our minds often cannot comprehend what we cannot see! Together, we will explore the known and the unknown opportunities awaiting you in this wonderful and magical world of digital photography.”

Space is limited! To reserve your spot please send an email to

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