Bonnie Rodriguez is a young Venezuelan photographer based in Miami. Her studio in the heart of downtown Miami offers premium photography services. She started her studies in journalism in Caracas, Venezuela and she finished her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the New York Film Academy. Her projects have been published and presented in New York, Los Angeles; Caracas and Miami.
Recently I had the opportunity to discover her on Instagram, and I was amazed not just because her work is amazing and because she is from Venezuela (which makes me extremely proud) but also by her fun approach and tips. Although she has her studio and she is successful as a photographer, she used her Instagram account not just to show her work, but also to give tips of photography, and she makes that in a unique way.
Today we bring you her story and how her journey in the photography world started.
When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
When I was 14. I was on vacation, and a friend asks me if I want it to join her on a photography course. I wasn’t that sure at the beginning. But when I got my first camera, and discover the magic of the darkroom, I never went back.
From where you get your inspiration
People. I love to discover a meet new people every day. They inspire with the moves, the way they talk etc.
How do you look for the perfect spots?
First, I like to have a concept in mind. If for example, I want to take photos of a designer new collection, I like to talk with them, know what inspired the collection. This is the first step to really know what’s the perfect location for that photo shoot.
Describe a typical shoot.
First, you discuss the concept with your team. Then make a mood board with the colour palette, location, makeup, and model you will need to make it happen. Then after finding your dream team, you share your mood board so everyone knows what the client is looking for. The more pre-production you make, the better the shoot is. Every shoot is different, so it can take from an hour to a full day. And then the post-production begins.
Were you educated in photography, or are you self-taught?
Educated. I study journalism in my country Venezuela, and at the same time, I did many photography courses. Then I move to New York and did my Master of fine arts and photography at the New York Film Academy.
What camera do you use most of the time?
Canon 5 D
Which photo are you currently most proud of?
It’s very hard to say. I feel every photo has a story behind it.
How is the fashion Industry in Miami?
Up and coming. It’s very cool to be able to share and work with talented people from all over the world.
Comparing where you are now with where you are when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?
I would start blogging earlier. I wasn’t consistent at the beginning because it wasn’t a “real thing”. But after I start seeing the result, I realize it was a great way to share my passion with many many people.
Favorite photography book?
Anything with Avedon in it
Tell us about your photography workshops
At the moment I have a selfie online course that is very fun. It’s great to learn photography basic but in a relaxed way.
For people who want to take their photography to the next level, every few month I make conference where I teach them how to understand their DSLR, composition, colour, editing and more.
With whom you would like to work the most?
Uhhhh I will love to work with Covergirl
To know more about Bonnie, please visit: Bonnierzm
To know more about her photography tips: @bonnierzm