There are some photographers I've met along the way who are hard workers, and Laura Rodriguez is one of those people. She inspires me as a mom and small business owner to just keep on moving forward.
Laura has been a member of Studio Share Photography since the fall of 2016.
She specializes in newborn to family photography. (Maternity and newborns are definitely her favorite to shoot) You can check out her work at Laura Rodriguez Photography.
She is one of those gals who has jumped into her business with both feet and continues to gain knowledge and skill to improve her work. She's only been in business for 1.5 years!
I'll forgive her because she shoots Nikon ;D but I'm with her on the 70-200mm 2.8 lens as being a favorite. Laura works with both studio and natural light, depending on the project. I am continually amazed at the kind of images that studio share members crank out in the same space....but looking so very different.
Here are some other questions I asked Laura:
Are you from the area? Why do you live in the midwest?
I live in Waukegan, I've lived here all my life minus 2 years that I was away for college. I definitely know I want to move away in the future. I hate winters!!! I definitely want to move somewhere where it doesn't get colder than 50 degrees!!
Tell us a little bit about your family...
I am a mom of 3 year old twins! They are definitely a handful, but I am just glad terrible twos are over! I can't wait for summer months, we will totally be beach bums :)
What got you started in photography? And how did you build your skill set?
I was first introduced to photography when I was 15 in my humanities class. I don't know what it was but I just knew that I wanted to be photographer since. I took all available photography classes in high school then I continued my photography education in college. I took photography classes at College of Lake County and Columbia College Chicago.
What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?
The hardest thing for me is keeping my wallet closed! haha. I want so many things for my camera. Luckily, I already have my favorite lens (70-200mm) but it's so hard not wanting to buy so many more lenses. And PROPS, oh my I can stay buying things for my newborns all day!
If you could share one piece of advice with a photographer just starting out, what would you tell them?
The first thing I would say is...don't be afraid to invest in yourself first. We sometimes get stuck wanting the best lens and the best camera but education can take you much farther!
Why did you decide to be part of Studio Share Photography?
I knew it was time to take the next step in my business. I was scared at first to join because I knew it would add more expenses to my business that I wasn't so sure I could take that on but it added so much value to my business. I think being able to evolve and learn with the other members has been the best investment ever.
5 years from now, where do you see yourself and your business?
I want to be able to develop my style where people in the are will know its my work without having to see who took it. I would like to have published work as well! That is my main dream!
Laura would rather stay up late to edit and eat something sweet (vs salty) if there was a choice. And you want to hear something else cool? Since I gathered this information about Laura for this blog post, she has announced an opportunity to open ANOTHER space for herself located in downtown Waukegan in front of Genesee Theater. So she is excited to offer studio portraits for her clients at both Studio Share locations and in Waukegan. You go girl! Keep up the good work!
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