Essence : Cherie Hershman

I’m so excited to be starting a new photo/community project called Seattle Mompreneurs.  Over the years, I have met so many amazing moms with unique talents in Seattle, WA!  Women who have pursued their passion and spend countless hours running their business and balancing it with family even though it can feel thankless at times.  I want to celebrate these passionate women entrepreneurs through providing head shots, promoting their business on the blog, and spreading the word to our community!

I will be highlighting a local woman-owned business throughout the year through blog posts telling you a little about what amazingness they bring to the community.  You can learn more about them and their business and how awesome our Seattle community of women are.  If you know of a hardworking, passionate Seattle Mompreneur who would be a great fit for this personal project, please have them contact me!

This month I interviewed the multi-talented mother and entrepreneur Cherie Hershman of Essence!


Hi Cherie!

How many years have you been in business? 10

Tell us a little bit about your business:  Essence is expanding: now offering salon services, yoga and fitness as well as life coaching. All available at

Why is it important to have great head shots that represent your business and your brand?

The photo and the website in today’s competitive marketplace are often the first points of entry for new clients. I need the headshots to reflect me and my professionalism as well as my welcoming non-judge mental nature.

When you aren’t working on commissioned projects, what can you be found doing? What are your other passions?

Teaching and doing yoga
Having coffee with friends
Spending time with my kids
Dancing – tap and ballroom


What first sparked your passion and made you decide to turn it into a paying gig?

I want to help others live a life of authenticity. I live to help others find their dreams and make them a reality.

What is your favorite project you never tire of doing?

Asking provocative questions

How do you find a balance between raising your kids and running a business?

At this point, my children have both left for college. This business has become my next child. Additionally, being self-employed has helped me set my hours and be able to be available for my children.

Coffee or Tea?  both

PC or Mac?  PC

Dogs or Cats?  both

Modern or Vintage?  both

Rain or Snow?  snow

Dicks or Burgermaster?  Burgermaster

Ferry or Train?  ferry

Fiction or Non-Fiction?  fiction

Crossword or Sudoku?  crossword

Seahawks or Sounders?  So indeed

Sunrise or Sunset?  sunset

Dancing or Singing?  both

Facebook or Instagram?  Facebook

Pearl Jam or Nirvana?  Frank Sinatra

If you’re in need of a new stylish haircut, or an overall mind/body makeover, reach out to Cherie.  You’ll be glad you did!

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