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Meet Eagle Rock Photographer: Rick Rodney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Rodney.

Rick, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Southern California. At an early age I got into punk music, eventually started a band called Strife, and at about that same time started taking photos. After about a decade of heavy touring, the band slowed down and I began working in fashion, but always stayed passionate about photography. Around 2008 I decided to jump into photography full-time and haven’t looked back. Today I am fortunate enough to have built an amazing roster of clients (which feel more like family) and continue to build through a strong work ethic and always keeping it fun.

Has it been a smooth road?
If it’s worth it, it should not always be easy. You have to work, learn, learn some more, them more work… try to shoot as often as possible; in a variety of different scenarios. I find this keeps me fresh, and often times prepared for whatever a client may bring my way. Every situation is a learning process. It’s important to stay humble and always push yourself to be the best you can be.

What are some of the influences that have played the biggest role in your journey so far?
There are a lot of people that have helped in many ways to get me where I am today. I think developing your own style and aesthetic comes with experience and confidence in what any artist or creative does. It really boils down to the individual to put the work in and to keep pushing. But without the support of clients, friends and family it can be a lot tougher. That said, I’ve been very fortunate to have those in my life who have given great support and trust in what I do. I feel lucky to say the least.

What kind of work do you look forward to most?
Every project is new regardless of my history with something familiar or new. In addition to the knowledge in what a photographer has, it’s important to be able to adapt to any given situation- quickly. Honestly, i just really enjoy taking photographs. My ideal shoot is one that allows me to follow my gut, and to have the client or subject trust it too. It could be something commercial, or fashion, or whatever… if I’m able to do my thing, I’m happy.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?
Not much haha. Maybe focused a bit more on the business side? I don’t know… Photography as a career has grown very organically for me so I don’t have too many complaints.

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All images by Rick Rodney

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