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Meet Alexandra Rodriguez of Kella Photography in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Rodriguez.

Alexandra, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My passion for photography started when I went to a high school led trip to Spain. My dad bought me my first film camera so I could document my adventures. I was hooked immediately and as I pursued the hobby, it turned into a profession years later. Luckily, the high school I attended offered a film photography class and I was fortunate to learn how to process my images in the dark room. Although I predominately shoot images digitally, I do enjoy picking up a film camera on occasion.

Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, it has been a smooth road (knock on wood). I have been blessed to have the support of my amazing family and friends who have helped me out along the way. My business thus far has predominately been based on referrals, which is a huge compliment. I am so thankful to be able to do something I love while preserving memories for my clients.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Kella Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
When I first started my business, I mostly photographed newborns and children. This was an area where I felt comfortable and familiar with. After several years, I was curious about photographing weddings so I contacted local photographers and began second shooting. Immediately I knew this was a niche I really enjoyed and wanted to focus on. Let’s face it, weddings are beautiful, happy events celebrating two people in love. I love capturing the joy, the details and raw candid moments. Your special day should be as stress-free as possible and I enjoy learning more about my clients who usually become friends. I pride myself on making the best of any situation while documenting beautiful and timeless images.

What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
When I think back on my childhood, I reminisce about the memories I shared with my dad. He has made a huge impact on me and I was lucky to have a dad who devoted so much of his time with me. We would play, go fishing together and bake cakes. I’m an avid baker today and I can attribute that to the many hours we spent in the kitchen together.

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