Today we’d like to introduce you to Roxy Rodriguez.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Roxy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began taking photos in high school. I would mostly photograph my friends and any wannabe model who would let me take their picture. I started venturing outside of my small circle and offering my services to strangers and businesses. I took any and all photo jobs offered to me. I said yes to projects even if they weren’t “cool” or the type of photography I liked. I took as many assisting jobs on weekends as I could. I was never too good for any work and I paid attention on set and learned everything I could from every situation regardless of it was good or bad. As the years went on, I became more experienced; businesses began to reach out to me and modeling agencies began responding to my inquiries. It definitely wasn’t an overnight success story. Although, I had a bit of a spotlight in 2016 when I was selected as a contestant for Nigel Barker’s show Top Photographer. Making it on the show was such an accomplishment for me; it reaffirmed that photography is more than just a passion/ hobby. I’m still hustling more than ever and grateful of any and all opportunities that come my way.
Has it been a smooth road?
No road worth traveling is ever going to be smooth! HAHA not to sound cheesy but it’s true! During the first chunk of taking photography seriously I was working a 9-5 office job. It was a tough choice to leave a steady income for “the unknown” but I knew in my gut I was going to be okay. I really didn’t give myself the option to fail. Some days, weeks, months can be scary, as I am sure is the case for any business at times but it just reminds me to appreciate when the work is good and learn from when the work is slow.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in commercial, fashion and portrait photography. I think I am best known for my portrait work? Or my fashion work? Either way, I’m happy to be known for any of the work I do. I think what sets me apart from others is my aesthetic. I am always able to somehow put my stamp/ signature look on all the work I create without trying. I am true to my vision and work ethic, which gives my clients reassurance that I know what I am doing. I also feel like my personality is perfect for this line of work. I’m a huge people person and really enjoy bringing out the best in my subjects and making sure my shoots are a chill and happy place for all people on set. I’ve lived in an Instagram era where there are photographers left and right. It’s important to not get lost in all of that and be true to yourself because THAT is what is going to set you apart.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
OH ABSOLUTELY. LA is a hub for all types of photography – fashion, commercial, portrait, wedding, family, street, food, you name it…LA has it and it needs to be photographed. If you are just starting out in photography, I would recommend reaching out to as many businesses/people in the sector you want to shoot in. There is really no excuse out here. LA is BOOMING with opportunity for those who want it. Keep knocking on those doors and eventually one will open and then another and another!
- Website: roxyrodriguez.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @Rocksea